From important budgetary wins to a legislative package in which five sponsored bills were signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom, the CSBA Governmental Relations (GR) staff was omnipresent in the Legislature, Governor’s office and Department of Education advocating for the association’s policy and budget priorities. 2023 was a challenging year given the growing “culture wars” in the state and nationally, and the GR team worked to help achieve concessions in critical pieces of legislation born out of concerns from the actions of only a few districts.
In addition to working with GR to keep membership informed and active in advocating for CSBA’s policy and budget priorities, the Communications Department shared the latest education-related news and important issues at the local, state and federal levels. The work of trustees continued to be recognized through the School Boards in Action campaign and the Communications team spearheaded the effort to meet members throughout the state via the CSBA Roadshow.