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Newark USD  |  BP  1160  Community Relations

Political Processes   

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State and Federal Legislation

The Governing Board has a responsibility to actively advocate fiscal and public policy that supports the district's schools and the children in the community. This responsibility may include that of lobbying at the state and national levels. The Board shall inform members of the community about these activities.

The Board shall identify issues that will affect its schools and the children in its community, establish goals and priorities for legislative advocacy, solicit community input, and adopt legislative positions. The Superintendent or designee shall establish a coordinated plan for carrying out the advocacy agenda, including specific activities, target groups or individuals, staff responsibilities, and timelines.

The Board may provide members of the community with fair and impartial information which may help them communicate with their legislators about educational and children's issues.

(cf. 1020 - Youth Services)

Ballot Measures

The Board may determine how ballot measures may affect the schools. Any Board discussion of the effect such measures would have on the district shall include an opportunity for Board members and members of the public to speak on all sides of the issue. The Board may also adopt positions in support of or in opposition to ballot measures of importance to education.

(cf. 9323 - Meeting Conduct)

No district funds, services, equipment or supplies shall be used to urge the support or defeat of any ballot measure or candidate. (Education Code 7054)

The Superintendent or designee may use district funds to furnish students, parents/guardians and community members with fair and impartial information about the impact of ballot measures on the district.

(cf. 1325 - Advertising and Promotion)

District facilities may be used for the conduct of forums about ballot measures as long as the forum is made available to all sides of the issue on an equitable basis. (Education Code 7058)

(cf. 1330 - Use of School Facilities)

Upon request, Board members and district administrators may appear before a citizens' group to discuss reasons that the Board called an election for the issuance of bonds and to answer questions. (Education Code 7054.1)

(cf. 4119.25/4219.25/4319.25 - Political Activities of Employees)

(cf. 9000 - Role of the Board)

(cf. 9010 - Public Statements)

Legal Reference:


7054 Use of district property

7054.1 Requested appearance

7056 Soliciting or receiving political funds

7058 Use of forum

35160 Authority of governing boards

35172 Promotional activities


50023 Attending legislature to support or oppose legislation

53060.5 Attendance at legislative body; expenses

54953.5 Right to record proceedings

54953.6 Broadcasts of proceedings

81000-91015 Political Reform Act

Choice-in-Education League et al v. Los Angeles Unified School District (1993) 17 Cal.App.4th 415

Stanson v. Mott (1976) 17 Cal. 3d 206

League of Women Voters v. Countywide Criminal Justice Coordination Committee (1988) 203 Cal.App.3d 529, 250 Cal. Rptr. 161, rev.den.

73 Ops.Cal.Atty.Gen. 255 (1990)


adopted: July 16, 1996 Newark, California