July 01, 2022 | EdSource
With no fanfare outside of a press release, Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a $307.9 billion state budget Thursday that includes a record $128 billion for TK-12 schools and community colleges.
June 29, 2022 | EdSource
Critics of the Carson v. Makin decision are warning that charter schools could be drawn into the next skirmish over religious expression.
June 28, 2022 | MarketWatch
Anxiety over inflation impacts everyone, but women may feel it more acutely. A combination of factors, including a gender imbalance in household duties and pandemic-induced financial insecurity driven by rising childcare costs, are impacting women’s mental wellbeing and, in turn, the children they care for.
June 25, 2022 | EdSource
The Education Commission of the States has named California this year’s recipient of the Frank Newman Award for State Innovation. The commission praised several of the state's programs, including using funding to hire additional paraprofessionals.
June 23, 2022 | The Desert Sun
About a dozen Coachella Valley Unified bus drivers and transportation employees made public comments at Thursday's board meeting to defend their professionalism and call on Trustee Jesus Gonzalez to apologize for comments he made about bus drivers two weeks ago.
June 22, 2022 | EdSource
Anew analysis of the enduring impact of Proposition 13, the 1978 initiative that voters passed as a backlash against rising property taxes, concluded it has contributed to a widening wealth gap, a severe housing shortage and, for decades, inadequate funding for public schools.
June 21, 2022 | Santa Clarita Valley Signal
The William S. Hart Union High School District and its chapter of the California School Employees Association have reached a tentative agreement that includes a 4% on-schedule raise and the district will cover the full cost of dental and vision benefits.
June 21, 2022 | EdSource
California Community College Chancellor Eloy Ortiz Oakley is resigning effective Aug. 1 to become CEO of the College Futures Foundation, he announced Thursday in a statement.
June 20, 2022 | WSJ
Educators say they are worn down by the Covid-19 pandemic, understaffed schools and political battles. Districts warn of a worsening shortage.
June 16, 2022 | aflcio.org
“It’s good to be home,” President Biden began, as he took the stage at the AFL-CIO Convention, which took place this week in Philadelphia.
June 09, 2022 | KGET-TV
Pam Padilla says when the district’s print shop was vandalized, instead of repairing it, the district decided to outsource the work and transfer her to work in the cafeteria. Padilla happens to be a staunch critic of the board and its troubled leadership.
June 07, 2022 | EdSource
The good news, at least for schools and community colleges, is that even if state revenues were to plummet, they’d be far better positioned to weather a sizable downturn than in the past — for reasons of foresight and luck.
June 06, 2022 | KFSN-TV - ABC30
Hundreds of Madera Unified employees participated in active shooter training as part of the district's annual Classified Employee Conference.
June 06, 2022 | sacbee.com
California’s population is falling. And the decline is especially pronounced in the state’s K-12 schools, which are eyeing the numbers as not only representing the total students they teach, but the money they receive to do so.
June 03, 2022 | EdSource
School districts and charter schools would get $4.5 billion more than Gov. Gavin Newsom is proposing for the Local Control Funding Formula, under a draft 2022-23 state budget that the Legislature released this week.
June 02, 2022 | KTLA-TV
School officials under pressure to balance accessibility and safety confront a variety of decisions about the seemingly mundane act of going in and out of a building or classroom. But as the attack on Robb Elementary School showed, such choices can sometimes spell the difference between life and death.
June 02, 2022 | kcra.com
A week after 19 children and two teachers were killed by a gunman in Uvalde, Texas, the Twin Rivers Unified School District is evaluating safety and security at its more than 50 sites.
June 02, 2022 | Ttownmedia.com
The Patterson Unified Chapter of California School Employees Association (CSEA) presented annual awards and recognition to Patterson Joint Unified School District staff members at a year-end celebration at Northmead Elementary.
May 30, 2022 | Tehachapi News
Outstanding employees of Tehachapi Unified School District were honored by the district's school board, including Sandy Resendiz, a custodian at Golden Hills Elementary School. She has worked for the district since 1998 and is president of the local unit of the California School Employees Association.
May 26, 2022 | lbschools.net
Grover Khem, a custodian at Jefferson Leadership Academy, has earned the Classified Employee of the Year Award from the Long Beach Unified School District. The award was announced during a recent celebration in honor of classified employees at the Teacher Resource Center.
May 26, 2022 | California Healthline
A fourth-grade camping trip led to one outbreak, a high school prom to another. But even with covid cases rising as schools head into the final stretch of the academic year, most California districts have not moved toward reinstating mask mandates.
May 25, 2022 | losaltosonline.com
MVLA was selected as one of only 10 districts of the more than 700 in California to participate in the Appreciating Classified Employees program, in which MVLA leaders followed along with one or two CSEs to gain a deeper understanding of what their jobs look like on a daily basis.
May 25, 2022 | The Sacramento Bee
A national, youth-driven wave of unionizing could soon reach the California State Legislature, where a new proposal would allow collective bargaining for the first time for legislative employees.
May 19, 2022 | Viewpoints Online
Classified employees of the Riverside Community College District expressed that they feel unrecognized and underappreciated during classified employee week.
May 18, 2022 | Cerritos Community News.
CSEA member Silvia Cobian was recognized as Montebello Unified’s 2022 Classified Employee of the Year.
May 17, 2022 | EdSource
The superintendent of Alameda County apologized last week after her office spent about $600,000 in Covid relief funds on stipends for mostly managers and not union members.
May 16, 2022 | South Pasadena News | The South Pasadenan
Custodians, instructional aides, playground supervisors, food services staff, general office employees, technology staff, health staff, maintenance staff, extended day staff and more go above and beyond what is required to support the SPUSD community.
May 13, 2022 | EdSource
Nationwide, new Covid infections have increased substantially in the past month, with California adding more than 158,000 new cases during that time.
May 13, 2022 | EdSource
The TK-12 budget includes a 10% increase in general funding under the Local Control Funding Formula, which school districts and legislative leaders had made their #1 priority. It would increase to $73.4 billion, according to the Department of Finance.
May 13, 2022 | The Pajaronian | Watsonville, CA
School custodian Raúl Gonzales has put in 42 years at various schools since 1979. He is now a full-time custodian at Ohlone Elementary School, where his impact on the campus earned him a brass plaque in 2017 naming the school’s academic and administration building after him.
May 11, 2022 | School Transportation News
Two of California's 2022 Classified Employees of the Year work in pupil transportation and were honored for their dedication to California’s public-school students.
May 05, 2022 | The Coast News
Dozens of the nearly 200 San Marcos Unified School District staff who received layoff notices in March breathed a sigh of relief this week after being informed that their jobs were, in fact, safe.
April 30, 2022 | EdSource
Legislative leaders agreed this week that giving schools billions of dollars more in unrestricted funding would be their top priority in negotiations with Gov. Gavin Newsom over next year’s bountiful state budget.
April 26, 2022 | EdSource
Facing huge questions about enrollment next year and long-term projections of a double-digit decline statewide over the next decade, charter school leaders say they have been consumed with keeping schools open and have put off thinking about growing again.
April 22, 2022 | NPR
"In most school districts, the second-largest yearly expense after salaries is the energy bill." That's a quote from Vice President Kamala Harris, speaking earlier this month at an elementary school in Washington, D.C.
April 22, 2022 | Sierra Sun Times
“Our members, including instructional assistants and attendance clerks, know that student absences actually cost money and demand additional resources to track down absent students and prepare make-up assignments," stated California School Employees Association President Matthew “Shane” Dishman.
April 20, 2022 | EdSource
After years of prioritizing English-only classes for students who spoke other languages at home, California is now pushing to expand bilingual programs for all students. But the state has a huge hurdle: It needs more bilingual teachers.
April 18, 2022 | sacbee.com
A proposal before the CalPERS Board of Administration would put a two-year limit on “retired annuitant” appointments — which allow retirees to collect both a government paycheck and a pension — but would allow extensions in some circumstances.
April 15, 2022 | The San Diego Union Tribune
Inflation has raised the stakes in school union negotiations statewide as public school salary growth has failed to keep up with rising living costs. In San Ysidro, union leaders say the issue of pay has become pressing especially for classified employees, a sometimes-overlooked group that makes considerably less than their certificated teacher colleagues.
April 15, 2022 | Long Beach Press-Telegram
Gilbert Bonilla Jr., president of CSEA’s Long Beach Chapter 2 said the district’s classified workers are struggling to make ends meet, with exponentially increasing costs of living in Long Beach and Los Angeles County generally. “How else are people going to be able to stay in Long Beach and survive in Long Beach?”
April 14, 2022 | Los Angeles Times
California will not require schoolchildren to be immunized for COVID-19 after Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Thursday that he is pausing a state mandate set to go into effect before the upcoming academic year.
April 13, 2022 | Long Beach Post
The Long Beach Unified School District has reached a tentative agreement with the Long Beach chapter of the California School Employees Association on a new contract, ending a year-long dispute that included threats of a strike.
April 11, 2022 | EdSource
For Gov. Gavin Newsom and legislators, the new numbers will add urgency to decisions on how to fund schools post-Covid. Schools are funded largely by students’ average daily attendance, but drops in enrollment will affect their bottom lines and ability to meet expenses.
March 31, 2022 | EdSource
State education leaders put their support behind Gov. Gavin Newsom's proposal to pay for literacy coaches and specialists at schools with low reading scores.
March 29, 2022 | LAist
School districts across the state are scrambling to hire an estimated 11,000 teachers and 25,000 teacher assistants to expand transitional kindergarten. In addition to the teachers and aides already working in early childhood centers, this also creates an opportunity for paraprofessionals, to consid
March 28, 2022 | EdSource
In his 2023 fiscal year budget released Monday, President Joe Biden proposed $88.3 billion in new discretionary spending for schools and colleges, an increase of 15.6% over last year’s spending.
March 27, 2022 | The Press-Enterprise
The “endorsement draft” of conservative Christians who plan to run against school board members in Lake Elsinore, Menifee, Murrieta and Temecula this November is part of a national trend that’s turned public schools into political battlefields over COVID-19 mandates, LGBTQ acceptance and what children should learn about race.
March 23, 2022 | The Sacramento Bee
Sacramento schools closed Wednesday morning as teachers and school staff went on strike and stood at picket lines at about 80 campuses across the city. Many of Sacramento City Unified’s 2,800 teachers and 1,800 classified school employees from SEIU Local 1021 planned to stand outside of their empty,
March 23, 2022 | EdSource
For two decades, K-12 enrollment in California was stable, hovering between 6.1 million and 6.2 million students. But within the state, there was movement: sharp enrollment declines in coastal counties, where housing prices outpaced incomes – and sharp increases inland, as families moved east to bigger lots and cheaper homes.
March 21, 2022 | sigtrib.com
Amid vocal union activism outside the Long Beach Unified School District (LBUSD) Board of Education meeting on Wednesday, March 16, the board learned there was still no progress on its final stage contract negotiation with the California School Employees Association (CSEA).
March 18, 2022 | The Sacramento Bee
Interest rate hikes the Federal Reserve announced Wednesday come with a modest upside for public pension funds such as CalPERS and CalSTRS. While the interest rate hikes raise borrowing costs for consumers, they also improve returns on stable, long-term investments, and California’s two largest pension funds, with a recent combined value of about $790 billion, benefit from stability.
March 15, 2022 | Coronado Times
Coronado Unified School District annually recognized five outstanding classified employees at its March 10 Board meeting.
March 15, 2022 | EdSource
The end of California's mask mandate for schools Monday meant students and school staff no longer have to wear masks to school, but many still did.
March 14, 2022 | Los Angeles Times
A few weeks ago, Lorena Gonzalez, former politician and current union troublemaker resigned from the state Legislature and signed up to lead the California Labor Federation. She said nothing you can legislate ever makes the world as good for workers as a union contract.
March 11, 2022 | Antelope Valley Press
AVSTA’s Board of Directors unanimously approved the collective bargaining agreement with California School Employees Association Chapter 652.
March 10, 2022 | EdSource
The board voted 3-2 against proposals that called for the reduction or discontinuance of the equivalent of 93 certificated staff and 107 classified staff.
March 10, 2022 | EdSource
School districts across California were required to draw new maps for trustee elections by Feb. 28, a process that's become political in some districts.
March 10, 2022 | EdSource
Among the most difficult pandemic-related staff shortages is a lack of school bus drivers. It’s an important job, ensuring kids who might otherwise lack a ride get to school on time.
March 10, 2022 | Lodinews.com
Belinda Yeats, the district’s California School Employees Association representative, said if the district wanted to add full-time employees and keep them in the long-term, the positions should be offered to existing part-time employees who want to stay in Lodi.
March 09, 2022 | CNN
Kids are basing their masking decisions on several factors, including their understanding of the pandemic, their family's health and what their friends are doing.
March 09, 2022 | EdSource
For now, most California districts are flush with money. But those that aren't face a March 15 deadline to initiate layoffs they hope won't happen.
March 08, 2022 | Gold Country Media
The district has to close a $3 million budget shortfall, prompting consideration of closing one of its elementary schools and plans to eliminate 20 classified positions and 7.5 certificated positions – pink slips go out next week.
March 05, 2022 | Daily Breeze
Letetsia Fox, president of the California School Employees Association’s L.A. chapter, supports the current masking mandate and the district’s decision to act with extra caution when it comes to the safety of students, staff, and community.
March 03, 2022 | EdSource
California returned the contentious issue of masking to school district officials to decide when Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Monday that the school mask mandate would end March 12. The state also has given school staff the option to go without a mask if their county public health office and school district approve.
February 28, 2022 | Los Angeles Times
California’s governor called on the heads of the state’s two largest pension funds and of the University of California Retirement System to divest any Russian investments, as the state joined others in the nation trying to squeeze Russia over its war in Ukraine.
February 28, 2022 | EdSource
Students in most counties in California would no longer have to wear masks in schools, effective immediately, under new guidance released Friday by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control.
February 24, 2022 | Los Angeles Times
Nearly two-thirds of California voters, including a majority of parents, support mask and vaccine mandates in K-12 schools, according to a poll conducted this month by the Institute of Governmental Studies at UC Berkeley and co-sponsored by the L.A. Times.
February 23, 2022 | Long Beach Post
The Long Beach Unified School District and the union that represents 3,000 classified workers have begun state-mediated fact-finding sessions, the latest phase of a protracted labor dispute largely over pay.
February 23, 2022 | The Sacramento Bee
The last five years have been defined by significant economic growth and rising financial markets, despite a global pandemic that will soon enter its third year. Throughout, America’s largest pension fund, CalPERS, has grown and emerged stronger.
February 22, 2022 | Los Angeles Times
The Los Angeles Unified School District on Tuesday dropped its outdoor mask mandate after the county allowed K-12 schools to lift the requirement last week.
February 22, 2022 | AP NEWS
Proposed legislation in California would require all K-12 public schools to develop COVID-19 testing plans for students and staff and the funding for schools to do it, Sen. Richard Pan said in announcing it Tuesday.
February 21, 2022 | The San Diego Union Tribune
Some San Diego County school district leaders are pleading for help as they bear the brunt of families’ discontent over the state’s indoor school mask mandate, which at this point has no expiration date.
February 19, 2022 | SFGATE
Gov. Gavin Newsom, while discussing California’s new “SMARTER” plan as the state shifts its COVID-19 efforts away from the pandemic, provided some insight as to when masking in public schools will be lifted.
February 18, 2022 | ABC30 Fresno
A Madera Unified educator is making history. She's the very first in California to earn her teaching credential through a free college program provided to members of the CSEA labor union.
February 17, 2022 | EdSource
California ended its mask mandate for fully vaccinated people Tuesday for all but school staff and students, prompting protests across the state. Most school districts are sending unmasked students home, but the number of schools that are welcoming them is growing.
February 17, 2022 | Los Angeles Times
The Los Angeles Unified School District will keep its outdoor mask mandate in place for at least the rest of the week, even though county health officials allowed K-12 school systems to lift the requirement as of Wednesday.
February 17, 2022 | The Sacramento Bee
At Roseville Joint Union High School District, defying the state’s K-12 mask mandate is now stated policy. Schools there will not enforce face coverings in class.
February 14, 2022 | The Sacramento Bee
Millions of Californians will remove their masks this week when the state’s universal mandate ends on Wednesday. Teachers and students, however, will not be among them.
February 09, 2022 | Fortune
Popular discourse around the American public education system tends to focus on the problems facing teachers, but what about the thousands of support staff, like bus drivers, cafeteria workers, and custodial staff, who work alongside them and are facing many of the same problems?
February 09, 2022 | FoodService Director
The Biden administration is recommending that school cafeteria workers be employed full-time via a new report from the White House Task Force on Worker Organizing and Empowerment.
February 09, 2022 | San Francisco Chronicle
Oakland school board officials voted early Wednesday to close or merge 11 schools across the district over the next two years, with two schools set to close this year and five more next year.
February 09, 2022 | EdSource
Although rates vary wildly depending on the county and school district, as of last week only 1 in 4 of these elementary school-age children had been fully vaccinated in California. That compares with just under two-thirds of 12- to 17-year-olds who have been fully vaccinated.
February 09, 2022 | Los Angeles Times
Anticipating that thousands of Los Angeles Unified students may not be vaccinated when the district mandate kicks in this fall, educators are preparing a significant expansion of online learning options.
February 09, 2022 | EdSource
Gov. Gavin Newsom’s school vaccine mandate is at least five months away, but some school boards, particularly those in small, rural, mostly conservative areas of California, are already saying they won’t enforce it.
February 08, 2022 | sacbee.com
California workers who had to miss work because they or a loved one caught COVID-19 this year will be able to get at least 40 hours of paid sick leave under a bill passed by the state Legislature on Monday.
February 08, 2022 | Los Angeles Times
Educators and families are bracing for another round of pandemic policy shifts as California officials weigh when to lift mask mandates for schools — with some eagerly calling for students and staff to unmask and others urging caution.
February 08, 2022 | The Sacramento Bee
California’s statewide mask mandate will expire for vaccinated people in some indoor settings on Feb. 16, according to the state’s department of public health. But you won’t want to ditch your masks just yet. There are still exceptions to the rule, including inside K-12 schools and childcare centers.
February 03, 2022 | Gold Country Media
The California School Employees Association and its Western Placer Chapter Number 741 presented their initial proposal of their Collective Bargaining Negotiation for the 2021-2022 school year during Tuesday’s Western Placer Unified School District board meeting.
February 03, 2022 | Long Beach Post
Imagine being on a job for 30 years and struggling to pay $1,200 to rent out a room in someone’s home. It sounds farfetched to a lot of us but, it is a reality Americans across the country are dealing with and, it is the reason why classified employees who work for the Long Beach Unified School district are asking for a 7% salary increase.
February 02, 2022 | EdSource
After seeing a large number of staff and student Covid absences throughout January, West Contra Costa Unified’s school board will reconsider the board’s April 2021 action statement committing to 100% in-person instruction this year.
January 31, 2022 | EdSource
In coming weeks, California will embark on a massive undertaking to convert several thousand schools in low-income neighborhoods into centers of community life and providers of vital services for families as well as students.
January 31, 2022 | FacilitiesNet
Yerba Buena High School in San Jose has been certified as the first AGZA Green Zone High School in the United States, where all routine grounds maintenance is performed with low-noise zero-emission battery-electric equipment.
January 30, 2022 | Associated Press
A bill that would have created the nation’s only government-funded universal health care system died in the California Assembly on Monday as Democrats could not gather enough support to bring it for a vote ahead of a legislative deadline.
January 28, 2022 | Daily Breeze
The Redondo Beach Unified School District will give an extra day off in April — with pay — to classified employees who worked on Juneteenth last year and will make it a paid holiday for them moving forward.
January 27, 2022 | School Bus Fleet
“California’s home-to-school transportation program was originally intended to reimburse districts for school transportation, but its funding formula hasn’t allowed for increases in almost a decade while costs like fuel, labor, and maintenance have skyrocketed,” said CSEA President Matthew “Shane” Dishman.
January 26, 2022 | KTVU-TV
CSEA President Matthew "Shane" Dishman said that California’s home-to-school transportation program was originally intended to reimburse districts for school transportation, but its funding formula hasn’t allowed for increases in almost a decade while costs like fuel, labor, and maintenance have skyrocketed.
January 26, 2022 | East Bay Times
SB 878, Road to Success, is sponsored by the California School Employees Association (CSEA). The legislation would replace the state’s outdated and severely underfunded school transportation program.
January 25, 2022 | Willits News
The Willits Unified School District reported that at least 10 percent of its staff was out due to infection or quarantine. CSEA representative Dan Green thanked those who came together to help the transportation department to keep the buses running during staff shortages.
January 24, 2022 | Los Angeles Times
Deaths from COVID-19 in Los Angeles County have soared over the last week, with officials saying most of the recent fatalities appear to be from the Omicron variant.
January 23, 2022 | Antelope Valley Press
The Mojave Unified School District Board of Trustees unanimously approved a COVID-related agreement with the District’s classified personnel union to extend the supplemental paid sick leave put in place during the pandemic and signed into law, in March.