California must incentivize and support further efforts to expand TK programming

In an effort to expand transitional kindergarten to all 4-year-old children in California by 2025–26, local educational agencies have focused their efforts on developing facilities and ensuring suitable staffing, but state leaders must turn their attention to promoting high-quality teaching and learning if universal TK […]

Extreme weather events’ impact on students with disabilities

The National Council on Disability on May 4 released the report, The Impacts of Extreme Weather Events on People with Disabilities, which includes an overview of past emergencies and recommendations to support mitigation efforts aimed at lessening the effects of catastrophic natural disasters on the more […]

Panel says LEAs need emergency plans in place as cyberattacks increase in public schools

Cybersecurity is in flux across the public sector, with traditional processes and tools proving inadequate for today’s global threats. Some school districts and county offices of education are at particular risk since they currently lack the internal resources, capacity or expertise to mount an effective […]

Legal update: State officials weigh in on removal of library books and instructional materials from school settings

On June 1, 2023, Gov. Gavin Newsom, Attorney General Rob Bonta and State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond issued a joint letter related to book bans and the legal standards that guide decisions related to limiting instructional materials and resources available in school libraries. […]

Governor, AG and SPI weigh in on book bans with a joint letter

On June 1, 2023, Gov. Gavin Newsom, Attorney General Rob Bonta and Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond sent a joint letter to California superintendents and school principals under the heading, “Educational Rights and Requests to Remove Instructional Materials Statewide.” The joint letter advised county and […]

Pride Month resources for LEAs: How districts are supporting LGBTQ+ students

Local educational agencies across California have been working for years to ensure that members of the LGBTQ community feel safe and heard on their campuses. For Pride Month, CSBA is highlighting the efforts of LEAs, organizations and experts throughout June on its blog and social […]