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Transparency gets win as funds OK’d to digitize financial disclosure by public officials

Legislatures approved funds to bring California's paper-based system for public officials to declare economic interests into the digital age. Read More

Categories: Tech-enhanced Government, Open data, Accountability, Transparency, Accountability, Transparency

Open data bill would require cities to create data inventories

Local governments would need to catalog their data management systems and make the information publicly available under bill by State Senator Bob Hertzberg. Read More

Categories: Tech-enhanced Government, Open data, Accountability, Transparency, Government, Leadership Council, Bob Hertzberg, Accountability, Bob Hertzberg, Transparency

Voice of California labor adds perspective to skills gap task force

Boosting CTE funding and creating more work-based learning at community colleges are two recommendations from John Brauer of California Labor Federation, member of California Community Colleges' workforce Task Force.  Read More

Categories: Economy, Creating Jobs

Group of reform-minded California schools measuring more than test scores

10 districts reviewing a wider range of metrics in quest to improve academic performance, including chronic absenteeism, how students, teachers and parents view their school, suspension and expulsion rates Read More

Categories: Community Services, School Governance, Local Control Funding Formula, Education

VIDEO: How to boost youth voting? Change voting age says lawmaker

Lawmaker proposes lowering state primary voting age to engage young voters earlier in the electoral process and encourage lifelong voting Read More

Categories: Democracy, Civic Engagement, Elections, Elections

Wait… What? Agency advising Governor on payments to counties proposes moving to VBM to save money

The State of California, like some other states, has an "unfunded mandate" law that requires the state to make money available for new legislation that imposes costs on counties. In practice, those mandates can be "suspended" for budgetary reasons, leaving localities holding the bag on costs. Read More

Categories: Democracy, Elections, Fiscal Reform, Budget Reform, State Budget, Elections

Survey: Californians face knowledge gap of school funding reform but support grows when gap closed

Many parents surveyed said they received no information on participating in LCFF process but there's support for the goals and funding to close achievement gaps in California schools. Read More

Categories: Community Services, School Governance, Local Control Funding Formula

Michael Fullan: California schools are potential leaders in “whole system reform”

In conversation with CSBA magazine, expert on education reform touts CA Fwd paper on capacity building at the local level for positive change in school performance. Read More

Categories: Community Services, School Governance, Local Control Funding Formula

New MBA program masters the link between government & technology

Students go through curriculum combining design, innovation, leadership and technology to ultimately help government work more efficiently. Read More

Categories: Tech-enhanced Government, Open data, Accountability, Transparency, Accountability, Transparency

Three steps to restoring trust in a city’s finances and governance

Santa Ana shows what a sunshine ordinance and opening up governing can do for civic engagement. Read More

Categories: Tech-enhanced Government, Accountability, Transparency, Accountability, Transparency

City of Bell scores top grades for open data access one year after trials conclude

A year after former public officials were sentenced in financial scandal, the city now boasts one of the more open municipal websites in the state. Read More

Categories: Tech-enhanced Government, Open data, Accountability, Transparency

CA Fwd report highlights revenue options for investments in education and infrastructure

California's long-term prosperity depends on having this conversation about paying for state's top priorities regionally and statewide. Read More

Categories: Community Services, Economy, Creating Jobs, Regional Economies, Smart Investment, Infrastructure, Education

Head of California’s watchdog agency on right track to modernization

CA Fwd's mission of improving government transparency with technology lines up with push by FPPC's Jodi Remke to modernize the state's disclosure system. Read More

Categories: Democracy, Elections, Tech-enhanced Government, Open data, Accountability, Transparency

Jodi Remke: Technology and Transparency go hand in hand

Head of California's Fair Political Practices Commission talks about the need for state to modernize campaign finance disclosure. Read More

Categories: Democracy, Elections, Tech-enhanced Government, Open data, Accountability, Transparency

CSU San Bernardino lands innovation award for boosting Inland Empire college-readiness

Local universities work together to get Inland Empire high schoolers ready for college and increase the number of degrees earned across the two counties. Read More

Categories: Community Services, Innovation in Higher Education

The Santa Ana Partnership creates winning formula for student success

Award for innovation in higher ed goes to Santa Ana College's rigorous regional collaborative to maximize student success from high school into college Read More

Categories: Community Services, Innovation in Higher Education

VIDEO: Workforce Town Halls brainstorm ideas to take on skills gap problem

Employers made their voices heard during regional town halls; now Community Colleges' Workforce Task Force will work together on making recommendations for building up the state's workforce Read More

Categories: Economy, Creating Jobs, Regional Economies

California honors program to create more college-ready students in Long Beach

Long Beach City College and local partners win California grant award for initiative to boost graduation and transfer rates Read More

Categories: Community Services, Innovation in Higher Education, Education

Shasta College gives high schoolers head start in earning degree

Program assists high school students with earning college units and speeding up degree attainment at a lower cost Read More

Categories: Community Services, Innovation in Higher Education, Education

California State University Monterey Bay is double winner in innovation

School received two awards for programs to boost STEM programs and shortening graduation timeline, as part of Innovation in Higher Education competition Read More

Categories: Community Services, Innovation in Higher Education, Education

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