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California Association of School Business Officials (CASBO) Eastern Section's Annual Conference 2.0!

Posted on September 11, 2017 at 2:00 PM Comments comments (0)

Registration is now open for the California Association of School Business Officials (CASBO) Eastern Section's Annual Conference 2.0!

This year's annual event will be held at the Riverside County Office of Education on Monday, September 25, 2017. This half-day professional development event offers a variety of break-out sessions, with an opportunity to meet and greet vendors, win exciting raffle prizes from sponsored vendors, and one lucky attendee will even win a complimentary 2018 Annual Conference registration from CASBO!

Attendance to this event qualifies for 3.5 hours of CASBO Continuing Education credit as well!

You may choose from any of the following great sessions upon registration:

Child Nutrition:

§ "Do you think you're SACSy?" (1 Hour Session)

Presenter: Jennifer Marrone, Business Manager, Food & Nutrition Services, San Diego USD

§ "Child Nutrition Procurement, Implementing Buy America Procedures" (1 Hour Session)

Presenter: Bob Quanstrom, Director, Nutrition Services, Val Verde USD

Finance:

§ "Night of the Living LCAP" (2 Hours Session)

Panelists: Thomas Cassida, Director of Business Advisory Services, San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools

Veronica Calderon, GA Generalist II, Lewis Center for Educational Research

Jeffrey Hinshaw, Director of Fiscal Services, Alvord USD

Jesus Holguin, Fiscal Analyst II, San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools

Human Resource:

§ "Telling Your Story with Generational Preferences in Mind" (2 Hours Session)

Presenter: Dr. Suzette Lovely, Former Superintendent, Carlsbad USD

Payroll:

§ "Keeping up with Wage & Hour Law" (2 Hours Session)

Presenter: Todd Robins, Partner, Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo

Technology:

§ "E-Rate" (2 Hours Session)

Presenter: Paula Prieto, Administrator I, Information Technology Services, Riverside COE with CSM Consulting

This year, our keynote luncheon speaker Dr. Martinrex Kedziora, Ed.D, Superintendent of Schools, Moreno Valley Unified School District, will be talk on "Professional Development & Growth Opportunities".

Registration includes continental breakfast and lunch. Attached are the Annual Conference 2.0 event flyer, RCOE location map, and RCOE parking information.

Online registration is now open at https://www.casbo.org/event/eastern-section-annual-conference-20 and closes on Monday, September 18, 2017.

Governor signs 2017-18 budget allocating more money to schools

Posted on June 28, 2017 at 11:30 AM Comments comments (0)

We have a budget.......


Ed Source

Teresa Harrington

June 28, 2017

Gov. Jerry Brown signed the $183 billion state budget on Tuesday, after announcing he had reached an agreement on the details with legislative leaders earlier this month.

 

“California is taking decisive action by enacting a balanced state budget,” Brown said. “This budget provides money to repair our roads and bridges, pay down debt, invest in schools, fund the earned income tax credit and provide Medi-Cal health care for millions of Californians.”

 

The 2017-18 budget allocates more money to K-12 schools and community colleges, expected to increase by $3.1 billion over the 2016-17 level to $74.5 billion. School districts’ share of the increase will include $1.4 million more for the Local Control Funding Formula, bringing its full implementation to 97 percent complete.

 

Higher education including the University of California and California State University systems will receive $14.5 billion in General Fund money, with new funding to expand access to public institutions for California students and the creation of “guided pathways” that will enable students to earn degrees or credentials, while keeping attendance costs low.

 

A Full-Time Student Success Program will receive a $25 million increase to expand grant awards to community college students. And a new California Community College Completion Grant Program will receive $25 million to provide grants of up to $2,000 for community college students in need of financial aid who enroll in 15 units or more per semester and meet other criteria, including the completion of an educational plan.

 

The Middle Class Scholarship and maximum Cal Grant award of $9,084 for students attending private, nonprofit and accredited colleges and universities will be maintained, after the governor initially proposed to phase out the middle class scholarship and reduce Cal Grant awards to students in private, nonprofit colleges and universities.

 

The budget also requires the University of California to implement cost structure reforms to ensure the system is sustainable into the future, in part based on a critical audit of the office of the president.

 

Teacher training funding includes $25 million to expand a Classified Employee Teacher Credential Program that will provide grants to support recruiting of non-certificated school employees to participate in teacher preparation leading to becoming certificated public school teachers; $5 million to create a Bilingual Teacher Recruitment and Professional Development Program that will provide competitive grants to support training for teachers and instructional assistants who want to provide bilingual instruction in multilingual classrooms; and $11.3 million earmarked for a California Educator Development Program that will provide one-time competitive grants to assist schools and districts in recruiting and providing ongoing training for educators and school leaders in high-need subjects and schools through the redirection of federal Title II funds, which were originally earmarked for preparing, training, and recruiting high quality teachers and principals.

 

The budget also increases child care provider reimbursement rate ceilings, due to the state minimum wage increase. In addition, it increases child care eligibility by establishing that a family determined to be eligible for state-subsidized child care and development programs remains eligible for 12 months, regardless of a change in need or income, unless income exceeds 85 percent of the state median income.

 

Finally, the budget includes a $7.9 million increase to provide access for an additional 2,959 children from low-income families to full-day state preschool starting March 1, 2018.

LCFF Implementation and Impact Conference

Posted on June 19, 2017 at 10:45 AM Comments comments (0)

Looking for an update on the state of LCFF implementation?  This meeting might be perfect for you then!

http://edpolicyinca.org/events/lcff-implementation-and-impact-conference#rsvp


Date:

Thursday, June 22, 2017 - 1:00pm to 4:30pm

Venue:

California Secretary of State Office Building Auditorium

Address:

1500 11th St, Sacramento, CA 95814

Policy Analysis for California Education (PACE) is excited to invite you to The Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) Implementation and Impact Conference. 


Job Openings

Posted on May 26, 2017 at 4:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Per Bill McGuire:

Great Job, with new Superintendent Ben Drati (I know from by Clovis Unified Days). Pay is 163,600 and closes on June 5th. Let me know if you have any questions.

Pass this along to a person with a great future if you are not interested!



Gov. Brown's proposal delays $1 billion for schools until 2019

Posted on May 22, 2017 at 10:55 AM Comments comments (0)

The Governor's decision to delay funding the one time discretionary funds has created quite a stir in education.  Be sure to read this interesting article about it.

 

https://edsource.org/2017/gov-browns-proposal-delays-giving-schools-1-billion-in-next-years-budget/582299?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email

California's largest charter group pushes its agenda with money and people power

Posted on May 7, 2017 at 12:45 AM Comments comments (0)

It is amazing that CCSA is now viewed as a major player and rival to CTA.  I wonder if we will ever arrive at a place where school districts and charters can live in a non-adversarial manner?  


https://edsource.org/2017/californias-largest-charter-group-pushes-its-agenda-with-money-and-people-power/581044?utm_source=newsletter-506-17&utm_medium=email


Latest CASBO Job Openings

Posted on April 28, 2017 at 12:55 AM Comments comments (0)

Yes, it's that time of year again....interview season...

Here are the latest CASBO job openings.  Remember, if you are looking for a CBO position, be sure to send a copy of your current resume to SSC and let them know you are interested in opportunties.

As always, if you need help preparing for interviews, just let me know. 


https://www.casbo.org/sites/default/files/userfiles/Job%20Listings%204-25-17.pdf

2016 Special Education Report

Posted on April 23, 2017 at 9:15 PM Comments comments (0)

An excellent report on special education excellence in California Charter Schools.  

Everyone can learn something from reading this report.  Carve out a few minutes and add it to your "to do" list.


http://www.ccsa.org/2016-Special-Education-Report.pdf


My Word: Transparency desperately needed on school funding

Posted on April 20, 2017 at 12:05 AM Comments comments (0)

Check out this opinion piece from Ted Lempert, president of Children Now and Ryan J. Smith, executive director of The Education Trust–West..  They suggest that LCAP should be reported out at the site level rather than the entire district.  Some very interesting food for thought about what the word "transparency" truly means.  

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Gov. Jerry Brown fundamentally changed how we fund our K-12 education system when he signed the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) into law in 2013. Since doing away with the archaic system that sustained inequitable school funding, California has been pushing dollars and decision-making to the district level, and providing more funding for the students that need it most.


Despite these improvements, the success of the funding formula is in jeopardy unless the alarming lack of transparency into how schools are spending this money and whether the investments are improving student outcomes is fixed.


Our organizations pushed for the funding formula and continue to believe in its benefits and potential to close opportunity and achievement gaps for our 6.2 million students. Since LCFF’s passage, we have seen promising changes around the state — a boost in community engagement, more equitable funding of districts and increased efforts to reduce chronic absenteeism and improve school climate, among others. However, since LCFF’s passage, we and many others have tried every possible way to build fiscal transparency into the system to no avail.


Currently, LCFF requires districts to report how the districts overall – not the schools specifically – are spending their dollars. Without school-level expenditures, we cannot tell if districts are spending these additional dollars to serve the schools and students that generated them — English learner, low-income, and foster youth students.


These dollars are intended to increase or improve services for those students, but the lack of transparency on actual expenditures makes it nearly impossible to gauge the impact of those investments, or even determine if they’re actually occurring.


Recent research — including a study conducted by The Education Trust-West (ETW) — underscores these concerns. ETW’s research found that while funding has become more equitable across California school districts, there is little evidence to prove this funding has translated into more opportunities or success for students in low-income schools.


That is why Assemblymember Shirley Weber has introduced AB1321. It will give us the ability to determine why this is happening and the information necessary to fix it.


Transparency and accessibility are core to LCFF. When the governor introduced the formula in his January 2013 budget proposal, he stated that it would “greatly increase transparency… empowering parents and local communities to access information in a more user friendly manner and enhance their ability to engage in local school financial matters.” AB 1321 brings such transparency to every district, ensuring LCFF in practice truly embraces the intended principles of the original LCFF legislation by creating a consistent and direct method for districts to report their actual spending, by type of funding at the school and district level.


Parents, local communities and others should not have to hire research teams and data analysts to get the information they need to understand how school funds are being used.


Waiting any longer to fix this transparency problem will be to the detriment of our students and will stifle the very districts we expect to be innovating and transforming communities by depriving them of sufficient information and direction from the state.


To be clear, districts face an enormous amount of often-competing pressures, ones that will only continue in the wake of pension reforms and economic changes. Ensuring LCFF works, given these pressures, will take a great deal of work — but it is work our students and our state deserve.


California took bold action once before in the name of equity, fairness, and the pursuit of closing achievement gaps when it shifted to LCFF, and policymakers must now approve AB 1321 for the same reasons.


Ted Lempert is president of Children Now and Ryan J. Smith is executive director of The Education Trust–West.


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