California School Business News

California School Business News

By: Julie Phillips Randles | Tuesday, September 22, 2015

 

As part of a legal settlement, education officials agreed last week to increase oversight of school districts’ efforts to help the state’s 1.4 million students who are learning English. The agreement came after a Los Angeles judge ruled last fall that the California Department of Education had failed to compel a number of school districts to provide students who are learning English with legally required assistance, according to a Los Angeles Times report.

By: Julie Phillips Randles | Tuesday, September 22, 2015

 

It’s not easy being a school business leader. Sometimes, we all could use a little guidance, a new resource or a place to do some independent professional learning.

One way to hit those high points is to tap into some of the leading education blogs. Here are some of the best, according to Edudemic:

By: Joyce Tribbey | Tuesday, September 22, 2015

 

As an educational leader, you are used to working intimately with your administration and school board on significant issues. Every district deals with special education and its program and financial challenges on a regular basis. Understanding the dynamics of special education is difficult for educators and school business officials—it also can be difficult for governing boards.

By: Molly McGee Hewitt | Tuesday, September 22, 2015

 

Here’s your sign …

Comedian Jeff Foxworthy has made this statement a household word today. His humorous and often hilarious examples of “redneckness” tickle our funny bones. His signs all point to the extreme in human behavior.

By: Joyce Tribbey | Tuesday, September 22, 2015

 

Prop 39 projects are hitting the market, and in many locations the supply of qualified contractors doesn’t match demand, driving up pricing. Some districts are joining together to procure construction services in order to achieve economies of scale and secure more favorable pricing.

By: Joyce Tribbey | Tuesday, September 22, 2015

 

So … your LCAP goals have been defined and your funds have been allocated. What should you do next to meet those goals? School Innovations & Achievement, a CASBO Strategic Alliance Partner, will present a webinar to guide you as you monitor and measure your LCAP goals.

By: Molly McGee Hewitt | Tuesday, September 8, 2015

 

Just a thank you …

We celebrated Labor Day last weekend and, for me, this holiday is a celebration of public employees and all those who contribute to a free and public education system. Your labor creates campuses where students can learn, achieve and thrive. 

Thank you for making do with less when you have to. For going the extra mile that most people would not go. For coming in early and staying late. For doing an exceptional job when a satisfactory job was expected.

By: Julie Phillips Randles | Tuesday, September 8, 2015

 

Where you sit in a meeting spells victory as strongly as what you say while you’re seated there. Review this to control the message or to improve your personal impact in several ways:

The leader of the pack must arrive ahead of time. Choose any even-numbered chair—the one farthest from the door offers a natural spot to run the meeting.

By: Julie Phillips Randles | Tuesday, September 8, 2015

 

How old are you?

You don’t need to share this personal information, of course, but your number plays a large part in developing a friendship network, studies show.

By: Julie Phillips Randles | Tuesday, September 8, 2015

 

Self-help volumes aside, the secret to feeling happy isn’t necessarily a secret for normal brains. Just ask Dr. Amit Sood, a professor of medicine at the Mayo Clinic, a fellow of the American College of Physicians, and a well-respected researcher and practitioner of integrated medicine.

Sood breaks it down to three facts about the brain:

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