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The Voice of School Business

CASBO Connect California Association of School Business Officials (CASBO)

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The Voice of School Business

    New Podcast Series: Budgeting for Educational Equity

    New Podcast Series: Budgeting for Educational Equity

    How can dedicated teams of leaders, school business officials, educators, and entire school communities allocate resources to better meet the needs of all students?
    That’s the story we’re sharing in this new limited series presented by CASBO and WestEd. In each episode, our host Jason Willis welcomes education leaders and practitioners to discuss funding, educational improvements, and advancing resource equity across all levels of California’s public education system. We’ll explore their motivations, the tools they’re using, and what’s working, and what they’ve learned. Join us to tap into the experiences of guest experts and colleagues who are doing the work every day of ensuring a more equitable allocation of resources. It’s valuable insight you won’t want to miss!

    Visit the CASBO website to listen and subscribe. 

    • 1 min
    Rethinking Special Education Funding

    Rethinking Special Education Funding

    The way California provides funding for students with disabilities has not changed in decades and is the largest remaining categorical program in the state.  WestEd has been researching alternatives that could provide more efficiency in how existing resources are distributed to school districts along with better accountability to enhance services and improve outcomes for students.  The WestEd study on special education finance has been released.  We talk to one of the study authors on their findings and recommendations to rethink the state's funding model and align it with other current accountability systems.

    Guest: Jason Willis, Director, Resource Planning, WestEd

    • 51 min
    Food for Thought

    Food for Thought

    While most of California has moved "Beyond the Blueprint," it is anything but business as usual for schools.  This summer, we will highlight the challenges in different areas of school business as we prepare for full reopening this fall.  In Nutrition Services, in-person service will continue under the current USDA waivers.  We talk to three CASBO members about what this will mean for their programs, what logistics issues they are dealing with, and the big news from Sacramento this week on the deal reached to continue no-cost meals for all students next year.

    Guests:
    Jennifer Marrone, Food & Nutrition Services Business Manager, San Diego Unified School District, CASBO State Director
    Ralph Peschek, Chief Business Officer, William S. Hart Union High School District, CASBO Legislative Committee Member
    Dominic Machi, Director of Food & Nutrition Services, Mt. Diablo Unified School District, CASBO State Nutrition Services Professional Council Chair

    • 1 hr 2 min
    May Revise

    May Revise

    Following a week of good news for education, the governor released the May Revision to his 2021-22 budget proposal. CASBO's advocates, Sara Bachez and Elizabeth Esquivel discuss the highlights in the budget and the outlook for increased funding and programs.

    Guests:
    Sara Bachez, CASBO Chief Governmental Relations Officer
    Elizabeth Esquivel,  CASBO Senior Director of Policy & Governance

    • 55 min
    Unemployment Blues

    Unemployment Blues

    This is a Call to Action!  Unemployment Insurance rates charged to school districts in 2021-22 will increase by 2,400% and divert over $550 million dollars meant for students to the Economic Development Department of California.  Learn how the new rates will siphon off school funding in this episode.  Follow the links below to see the potential impact on your school district and contact your legislator to take action to preserve school funding.
    Find your Legislator - Enter your Zip Code in the "Find your elected officials" boxSample Letter to Legislator - Halt UI Rate IncreaseGuests: 
    Richard De Nava, CASBO President and Assistant Superintendent of Business, San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools
    Darrin Watters, Deputy Superintendent of Business Services, Hemet Unified School District
    Sara Bachez, CASBO Chief Governmental Relations Officer

    • 51 min
    Negotiations 2021

    Negotiations 2021

    In a normal year, and even with good relations, negotiating sessions with our labor partners can be challenging. Then the pandemic came along and we've been negotiating ever since. In this episode, we talk with two seasoned negotiators about their experience in the last year, what issues are on the horizon as we reopen schools, and how to make the best use of state and federal funding over the next school year.

    Guests:
    Matt Phillips, Director, Management Consulting Services, School Services of California
    William Diedrich, Partner, Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo,

    • 56 min

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