SSDA Today - Spring/Summer 2018 - 6

UPFRONT
is published for:

Small School
Districts' Association

A WORD FROM THE
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Debra Pearson
Executive Director
(916) 662-7212
debra@ssda.org

Corrie Pelc
Membership
& Marketing Manager
(916) 662-7213
corrie@ssda.org
Executive Committee
Eric Bonniksen,
Superintendent
Placerville Union
Elementary SD
Dr. Helio Brasil,
Superintendent
Keyes Union Elementary SD
Dr. Justin Cunningham,
Superintendent
Retired
Linda Irving, Superintendent
Sebastopol Union
Elementary SD
Stuart Packard,
Superintendent
Buttonwillow Union
Elementary SD
Terri Rufert, Superintendent
Sundale Union Elementary SD
Alvin Sandrini, Emeritus
Barry Simpson, Superintendent
Bishop Unified SD
Tim Taylor, Superintendent
Butte County Office of
Education
Andres Zamora,
Superintendent
Livingston Union
Elementary SD

SSDA FOUNDERS
Dr. Don Brann
Dr. David Evans
Ray Edman
1926-2006

SSDA
GOVERNANCE TEAM
Kevin Gordon
Capitol Advisors Group
(916) 557-9745
kevin@capitoladvisors.org
Jack O'Connell
Capitol Advisors Group
(916) 557-9745
jack@capitoladvisors.org

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Dear Colleagues:
Welcome to the Spring/Summer 2018 issue
of SSDA TODAY! Whether you are reading this
in your office, at home, or at our 2018 Annual
Conference, we hope that you thoroughly enjoy
our members-only magazine and learn some
things you can implement right now in your own
district.
Articles in this issue of SSDA TODAY address
technology legal issues. In today's world, technology has become a vital tool in helping people
communicate and keep abreast of everything
going on in the world around them. And in education, technology helps educators, parents, and
students stay connected in a myriad of ways, with
the aim of providing an enhanced experience for
everyone involved.
However, as with any tool, technology can
sometimes be tricky and superintendents may
find themselves with questions on how best to use
it. For example, how should a district react when
faced with a student posting inappropriate content on a social media account? Sloan Simmons,
Penelope Glover and Joshua Whiteside from
Lozano Smith Attorneys at Law provide some
guidance and resources for dealing with such a
complex situation.
As district and school websites are many times
considered to be major communication vehicles
in keeping parents informed on what's going on
during the school year, there have been many
questions recently regarding website accessibility and what educators need to do to make
sure their site is accessible to everyone. Ellie R.
Austin, Schools Legal Counsel at School & College
Legal Services of California, answers a variety of
questions regarding website accessibility and
offers advice on how schools and districts should
proceed.

SSDA TODAY | SPRING/SUMMER 2018

Because technology is so important, we have
an entire string of workshops devoted to the topic
at our 2018 Annual Conference, February 19-21,
2018, at the Hilton Sacramento-Arden West. We
offer strategies for effective parent engagement
using technology, to learning how to build smarter
buildings to small school districts. This year's
conference tackles a variety of tech-related topics to help small and rural districts stay on the
cutting edge.
Our Annual Conference is just one of the many
ways SSDA works to strengthen small school
districts throughout California to help assure that
all students in California are given the same opportunities, regardless of the size or location of their
district of residence.
Some of SSDA's many accomplishments for the
good of small school districts include:
* Changed the law for DIR reporting and certified
payroll reporting
* Helped ensure all districts below 2,500 are
exempted from the Reserve Cap
* Helped facilitate applications for smalls to
obtain state grant funding to replace old school
buses
* Ensured smalls are not over-identified in the
"red" performance level across measures in
the state's accountability system
SSDA will continue with its advocacy in
Washington, DC, on small school district positions
related to the reauthorization of the Elementary
and Secondary Education, education appropriation, Rural Education Achievement Program funding, and access to federal funding for rural school
facilities.
If you are not yet a member of SSDA, we
encourage you to make 2018 the year you join
us. With all SSDA has accomplished thus
far, imagine how much more we could do
with more members supporting us!
As always, we thank you-our members-
for being part of all our efforts as we work
to ensure our small school districts get great
results. We wish you all a successful school
year and look forward to seeing you all at this
year's SSDA events!
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of SSDA Today - Spring/Summer 2018

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR’S COLUMN
Student Free Speech: School Officials’ Response to Student Social Media Comments, “Likes” and Followers
CalPERS Rate Increases Begin to Stabilize
New School Nutrition Laws Take Effect
Website Accessibility: How an Educational Entity Can Ensure its Website is Accessible to those with Disabilities
After Years of Debate, Special Education Credential Seems Destined for Changes
School Board Elections and the California Voting Rights Act: Districts Shift from At-Large to District-Based Elections
ADVERTISER’S INDEX
SSDA Today - Spring/Summer 2018 - Intro
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SSDA Today - Spring/Summer 2018 - EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR’S COLUMN
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SSDA Today - Spring/Summer 2018 - Student Free Speech: School Officials’ Response to Student Social Media Comments, “Likes” and Followers
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SSDA Today - Spring/Summer 2018 - 12
SSDA Today - Spring/Summer 2018 - CalPERS Rate Increases Begin to Stabilize
SSDA Today - Spring/Summer 2018 - 14
SSDA Today - Spring/Summer 2018 - New School Nutrition Laws Take Effect
SSDA Today - Spring/Summer 2018 - Website Accessibility: How an Educational Entity Can Ensure its Website is Accessible to those with Disabilities
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SSDA Today - Spring/Summer 2018 - 18
SSDA Today - Spring/Summer 2018 - After Years of Debate, Special Education Credential Seems Destined for Changes
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SSDA Today - Spring/Summer 2018 - School Board Elections and the California Voting Rights Act: Districts Shift from At-Large to District-Based Elections
SSDA Today - Spring/Summer 2018 - ADVERTISER’S INDEX
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