Monthly Archives: March 2019

Californians for School Facilities (CSF) provides federal lobbying for nationwide school facility program funding. Bob Canavan, CSF’s Washington, D.C. lobbyist, John Dominguez (CSF Vice Chair), Joe Dixon (CSF and CASH Past Chair), John Baracy (CASH Board Member) and David Walrath were in Washington, D.C. recently to lobby for The Rebuild America’s Schools Act of 2019…

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After two teachers’ strikes in as many months in California, it is too soon to tell whether the labor disputes in Oakland and Los Angeles presage a new era of school-based activism. But regardless of what comes next, this year’s strikes had much in common, and yielded valuable lessons and insights for other districts where…

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The state Fiscal Crisis and Management Assistance Team (FCMAT) leads the investigation of Sweetwater Union High School District’s financial crisis, and recently turned heads for their candor discussing the district’s mess. FCMAT’s Michael Fine told Sweetwater officials they were in the middle of a fiscal crisis brought on by $30 million in overspending. The district…

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The Poway Unified School District is facing a growing dilemma after its facilities condition assessment report showed the district could face a liability of up to $811 million in facilities maintenance costs by 2045. The district’s maintenance liability in 2019 is $94.7 million, caused by a backlog of deferred maintenance. This backlog is due to…

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Taking stock five years into landmark changes for California’s schools, a new report calls for doubling down on efforts to deepen and strengthen “one of the country’s most ambitious equity-focused education reforms.” The lengthy analysis by the Palo Alto-based nonprofit Learning Policy Institute is mostly positive about the policy changes that former Gov. Jerry Brown…

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Underscoring the high priority he has placed on the issue, Gov. Gavin Newsom has signed into law a bill approved by lawmakers at lightning speed that will require more transparency in charter school operations. The new law requires California’s 1,300-plus charter schools to follow the same laws governing open meetings, public records and conflicts of…

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A new task force that will examine the financial impact of charter schools and report back to Gov. Gavin Newsom by July 1 met for the first time privately on March 7. Charter schools, unions, school districts are represented on the 11-member group. Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond led the meeting, at Newsom’s request,…

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