CASBO has teamed up with leaders in school business and beyond to bring you timely and crucial information around COVID resources, legislation and policy updates, best practices and more.

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Anticipating the data that will be examined during negotiations can be difficult and overwhelming. The information battle in California is not becoming any easier and will be even tougher in upcoming years with relief funds ending and many districts experiencing declining enrollment. To better prepare your team before you get to the table, listen to this recorded session with a team of experts from our trusted CASBO Strategic Alliance Partner Forecast5 Analytics, now part of Frontline Education.


Vince Christakos, Strategic Account Advisor, Forecast5 Analytics, now part of Frontline Education

Bill McGuire, Consultant, Forecast5 Analytics, now part of Frontline Education

Adam Saleem, Senior Analytics Advisor, Forecast5 Analytics, now part of Frontline Education


Tatia Davenport, Chief Executive Officer, CASBO


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Chronic absenteeism has spiked during the pandemic, affecting local education agencies’ ability to meet students’ academic needs while facing financial implications.

To help you understand what can be done to mitigate the effects of absenteeism on your LEA, as well as reengage students and their families, we’ll be conducting a webinar with our trusted partner and expert to provide you with guidance on this complicated topic!

Listen in to this recorded session with School Innovations & Achievement National Education Manager Erica Peterson, who discusses:

• Strategic thinking principles for attendance management,
• Best practices for addressing chronic absenteeism, and
• System changes you can implement to reengage your students and families.


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On October 8, Governor Newsom signed Assembly Bill 438, controversial legislation designed to provide permanent classified employees with the same layoff rights that are provided to certificated employees.  

The new law, effective January 1, 2022, will apply to school districts (both merit and non-merit), county offices of education, and community college districts. 

To help you understand the key requirements and rights of AB 438, we’ll be conducting a series of webinars with our trusted partners and experts to provide you with guidance on this complicated topic! 

Our first session is with Dannis Woliver Kelley attorneys Jonathan Pearl and Ingrid Meyers, who will walk us through March 15 and May 15 notices, hearings, ALJ proposed decisions, resolutions and board actions, as well as discuss best practices for planning, seniority lists, bumping rights, union negotiability issues, service requirements, and effective and sensitive employee communications. 


Ingrid A. Meyers
Dannis Woliver Kelley  

Jonathan A. Pearl
Dannis Woliver Kelley 

Tatia Davenport
Chief Executive Officer


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As education leaders seek to increase their understanding of positive alternatives to school discipline and the role of school resource officers, it’s critical to recognize the importance of promoting fair and equitable solutions to help ensure student success in your local education agency.

To help you, we’ve partnered with Dora Dome, a legal expert on student discipline and equity issues, to present the next webinar in our series. Listen in to this recorded session to hear Ms. Dome discuss the importance of applying a proactive focus to your LEA’s efforts in building staff capacity that best addresses the changing needs of students.


Dora Dome, Attorney, Dora Dome Law
Tatia Davenport, Chief Executive Officer, CASBO
Sara Bachez, Chief Governmental Relations Officer, CASBO

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Local education agencies throughout California are evaluating their options in implementing the state vaccination verification order and whether to add additional mandates.

To help you understand the related legal considerations, we’ve partnered with CASBO Premier Partner Lozano Smith to present the next webinar in our series. Listen in to this recorded session to hear Lozano Smith Partners Chelsea Olson Murphy and Ramon Muñoz discuss:

  • Policy and procedural considerations,
  • Negotiable impacts, and
  • Administering and recordkeeping.

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As local education agencies continue to design, finance and implement energy projects as a method of reducing utility expenses and carbon footprints, it’s essential that you know how to leverage state and federal resources.

To help you understand the available resources and requirements, we’ve partnered with CASBO Premier Partner Fagen, Friedman & Fulfrost LLP (F3 Law) to present the next webinar in our series. Listen in to this recorded session to hear F3 Law Partners Kelley Owens and Jessica Ehrlich discuss:

  • Tales from the field,
  • Best practices for procurement of energy projects, and
  • Special considerations for state and federal funding requirements.

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Many cyberattacks, including ransomware, start with a phishing email. To avoid falling victim to any of the latest scams and put your local education agency (LEA) at risk, it’s essential that you know how to defend against them.

To help you understand the cyber threats you and your LEA face, we’ve partnered with CASBO Associate Member Tyler Technologies to present the next webinar in our series. Listen in to this recorded session to hear Tyler Technologies Cybersecurity Client Experience Consultant Max Greene discuss:

  • Common tactics cybercriminals use to perpetrate attacks,
  • How to detect fraud,
  • Remote worker safety and threats,
  • Best practices and effective training to defend against attacks and protect your information from being compromised, and
  • How to build a cybersecurity culture throughout your LEA.

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California schools are receiving much-needed financial relief via the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) Fund in the amount of $396.3 million (ESSER I), $1.6 billion (ESSER II) and $15 billion (ESSER III).

As local education agencies make their plans to leverage ESSER funding to provide instruction and support services for their schools, many questions have arisen regarding allowable uses of these funds.

To help your LEA understand and comply with allowable uses, we’ve partnered with the California Department of Education (CDE) to present the next webinar in our series. Join CDE Government Affairs Division Director Elly Garner and her team as they discuss:

  • Allowable activities and expenditures;
  • Expenditure and obligation deadlines, application timelines, and reporting requirements; and
  • ESSER III Application for Funds.

Listen in as Bob Canavan, principal of Federal Management Strategies, and Kevin Gordon, president and partner of Capitol Advisors Group, LLC, as they discuss the federal update and resources to help guide how ESSER funds can be used for instruction and support services including:

  • Federal guidance on use of funding and requirements,
  • Best practices for expending ESSER funds, and
  • The latest news from the federal government.



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Listen in as San Bernardino County Supt. of Schools Director of Human Resources Violet Gutierrez, San Diego County Office of Education Senior Director of Charter Schools Kristin Armatis and Shasta Charter Academy Chief Business Officer Matthew Wahlman discuss these issues, with a focus on track placement and verified data components that directly affect data-driven decision-making.

Listen in as School Services of California, Inc., President and CEO John Gray and Fiscal Crisis & Management Assistance Team CEO Michael Fine discuss:
  • Revised proposals from the Governor’s January budget;
  • Fiscal projections and the state economy; and
  • In-person instruction and expanded learning opportunities.

Long Beach USD Assistant Director of Fiscal Services Sara Slater, Splice Senior Program Manager Casino Fajardo and Long Beach USD Business Services Administrator Alan Reising discuss:

  • Facilities master plans, maintenance planning and sustainability efforts; and
  • The importance of advocacy and involving executive-level personnel in your planning, including:
    • Tying current approaches to your local control accountability plan; and
    • Making the best use of CARES Act funds.

Merced COE Assistant Superintendent of Business Services Janet Riley and Napa COE Deputy Superintendent of Business Services Josh Schultz share their perspectives on:

  • Best practices in budgeting,
  • Considerations for technology security and school facility modifications, and
  • Lessons learned in the distance-learning environment.

CPUC Commissioner Martha Guzman Aceves and CDE Education Programs Consultant Geoff Belleau discuss:

• How to access affordable internet services and programs for families and students,

• How to connect with CPUC’s Adoption Call centers for technical assistance, and

• The vision for long-term broadband infrastructure for schools and students.

Sandra Rodriguez, Ed.D., assistant superintendent for student services, and Colleen Williams, director of student wellness and support services, illustrate the value of SEL systems for education leaders and share real-world examples and best practices.

EdSource staff writer John Fensterwald examine last week’s election results and discuss the future of public education, as well as:

  • Future COVID-19 relief and recovery packages,
  • The outcome of the top state initiatives, and
  • Implications for the 2021-22 state budget.

CDE Government Affairs Division Director Elly Garner and her team discuss:

  • The allocation of federal funds and the expending timeframe,
  • The eligible use of these federal funds, and
  • Overcoming the strict expending deadline.