California Association of School Business Officials
November 26, 2013

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Dec. 6 | Harris Ranch, Coalinga

Dec. 6 | Doubletree Hotel, Sacramento
Dec. 13 | Castlewood Country Club, Pleasanton
CASBO Committee Meetings

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Task Force Meeting
Dec. 2 | Sacramento

Professional Standard & Leadership

Dec. 11 | Sacramento


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School Business News


Improved economy, housing starts leading districts to consider bonds

Improvements in the economy and an uptick in new housing starts mean some California school districts are considering placing general obligation bond measures on ballots in 2014.  During the economic downturn known as The Great Recession, few districts placed bond measures on ballots, believing they would go down to defeat.  More



The second half of a $1.25 billion block grant from the state to support the move to the Common Core academic standards was released to schools mid-November.  Districts received the first half of the funds in September and the second half-about $622 million -on November 12.  More


$100 million up for grabs through high school contest

Details of a $100 million competition for high schools that can show they better prepare students for college and high-tech careers were announced by last week by the Obama administration. The competition was described by EdWeek as a mix between the Race to the Top and Investing in Innovation programs, and will be funded and operated through the Department of Labor.  More


School Bus Safety resolution passes in the US Senate

Bullies just got their final warning to stand down and sit down on school buses around the nation. With a little rallying help from co-sponsors Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-WV), chairman of the Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, and ranking member John Thune (R-SD), the CSN Safe Bus resolution recognizing a month of school bus safety is on its way to President Obama's desk for a signature.  More


Charter schools resource project announced

The California Department of Education has launched a new project that provides administrators and teachers with access to online resources to aid in starting and operating charter schools. The Charter Schools Best Practices Project has information to assist in planning charter schools; evaluating charter school petitions; developing partnerships with other schools and local districts; and increasing student achievement in the classroom.  More


California's Rocketship Education named RTTT contest finalist

Charter school group Rocketship Education, based in California, is one of 31 finalists for the second Race to the Top district competition which puts $120 million up for grabs. Among the finalists are large urban districts in Baltimore, Denver and Houston and a handful of rural districts.  More


Are your students well hidden?

If a bipartisan group of federal lawmakers finds success on Capitol Hill, students' online privacy will add more layers of protection in the near future. The bill is known as Do Not Track Kids Act, and it's sponsored by Massachusetts Sen. Edward Markey (D) to take the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act of 1998 a step further.  More



Eight ways to make your work count today

Personal fulfillment isn't just a catch phrase of the decade, as Morten Hansen and Dacher Keltner know. After all, the average American will devote 80,000 hours toward her career, so what you get out of that time commitment isn't child's play. And that's why these psychology professors at University of California, Berkeley, have identified eight ways you can choose to make your work day more meaningful - and quitting isn't one of the options.  More

CASBO Insights

Deadline for awards nominations approaching

With just a few short weeks until the deadline, CASBO is seeking nominations for several awards to be presented at the 2014 Annual Conference & School Business Expo coming to Sacramento in April. Please take a look at the list below and consider who among your CASBO colleagues might qualify for recognition. More

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Reflections on the 2013 CBO Symposium

As I write this blog, the CASBO staff has just returned from the 2013 CBO Symposium held November 21 - 22. Over 463 CBOs and executive staff joined together with our officers, presenters, sponsors and professional staff for two intense days of training and interaction. It was exciting to be a part of the largest gathering of this group in the last 10 years!  More

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The California Association of School Business Officials is the premier resource for professional development and business best practices for California's school business leaders. CASBO is dedicated to promoting excellence and professionalism in all aspects of school business. Founded in 1928, CASBO serves more than 3,000 members by providing certifications and training, promoting business best practices and creating opportunities for professional collaboration. CASBO members represent every facet of school business management and operations. The association offers public school leaders an entire career's worth of growth opportunities.


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