The California School Boards Foundation is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit, tax-exempt educational organization whose mission is to provide direct support and training to school board members, conduct policy research and analysis, and recognize educational leadership and achievements in California. The Foundation is integral to achieving the long-term vision of CSBA, which is to build a “state where the public schools are widely recognized as the foundation of a free and democratic society, where local citizen governing boards are fully vested with the means to advance the best interests of students and the public, and where the futures of all children are driven by their aspirations, not bounded by their circumstances.”
Education Workforce Housing
The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI) awarded the California School Boards Foundation a 2-year grant in the amount of $1.7 million to support districts' efforts to attract and retain teachers by providing technical assistance and resources to help build housing on existing district property. This grant expands the 2022-23 pilot housing workshop and resource library project, also funded by CZI, into a replicable, two-tiered project-based learning model designed to move LEA projects from pre-development to releasing an RFP. The project also seeks to expand the necessary tools and resources for LEAs and to conduct new research into two critical areas of education workforce housing: the effectiveness of such projects on teacher retention, and the role of county offices of education in providing housing. The project stems from a UCLA and UC Berkeley research report and handbook released in February 2022, developed in collaboration with CSBA and published at www.csba.org/workforcehousing.