school n ews California What’s I nside Adequacy, 2 Leadership, 3 April 2017 Vol. 23, #4 » New report: Ensuring adequacy and high-quality education » Vantage Point: Charity begins at home: Investing in CSBA Bill to lift cap on school district reserves moves forward In a unanimous vote on April 19, the Senate Education Committee passed Senate Bill 751, a CSBA-sponsored bill that would adjust the current cap on school district reserve levels. SB 751, co-authored by Senators Jerry Hill (D-San Mateo) and Steve Glazer (D-Orinda), calls for the statutory reserve limit to be raised from six percent to 17 percent. The bill would amend the current reserve cap law to only apply to the reserves in a school district’s unassigned general fund and a portion of the reserves in a district’s special reserve fund. SB 751 would also exempt all small school districts and basic aid districts from the enforcement of reserve cap limits. Easing the reserve cap limit would not only help school districts prepare for budget uncertainties, but help reduce the possibility of programmatic cuts or layoffs and support local districts’ efforts to save for specific stu-dent services like purchasing textbooks, buses or computers. “The ability to plan ahead and be proac-tive in saving money for expenses such as instructional materials, pension costs and for the basic needs of school districts is critical to their operations,” CSBA Legislative Advocate Teri Burns said at the hearing. SB 751 would provide school districts, especially small and basic aid districts, more control over how to best provide educational continued on page 3 Resources, 4 » Superintendent contract available to help with hiring » CSBA lobbies for federal funds for small and rural districts Leadership, 5 » Showcase your innovative district or COE programs and practices » Nominations open for 2018 CSBA officers Resources, 6 » Apply for CDE summer nutrition program Resources, 7 » Research outlines strategies school boards can use to help drive achievement » Resources available to help parents understand the California School Dashboard Onthe W eb csba.org/Newsroom: » Visit www.csba.org/Newsroom for links to digital versions of current and past issues of California School News. State superintendent candidate meets with CSBA leaders Marshall Tuck, a candidate for state superin-tendent of public instruction, met with CSBA President Susan Henry and CSBA CEO & Executive Director Vernon M. Billy earlier this month. Tuck previously led the charter orga-nization Green Dot Public Schools and the Partnership for Los Angeles Schools. He also ran for the state superintendent of public instruction position in 2014. In advance of the June 2018 primary for the superintendent position, CSBA is meeting with each candidate to discuss priority issues for California’s 6.2 million public educa-tion students.