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Santa Cruz County School Boards Association

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The Santa Cruz County School Boards Association is a government sector lobbying association in California.[1] The purpose of the group is to be a unified voice before state legislators, particularly in matters relating to the local education budget.[1] The group is modeled after the Santa Clara County School Boards Association.[2]

Santa Cruz County has 40,000 students.

All of the county's 10 districts and the County Office of Education must agree with the rules of the group before the group fine-tunes the bylaws and begins meeting once every other month. Each district and the county Office of Education will have one trustee on the board.[2]

Taxpayer-funded lobbying

See also: California government sector lobbying

The bylaws of the Santa Cruz County School Boards Association explicitly state that the association exists to lobby on behalf of public bodies:[3]

ARTICLE II - PURPOSE

The purpose of the Association shall be:
1) to promote and advance education in Santa Cruz County K-12 public schools;
2) to provide liaison and promote communications, cooperation and common interests among Santa Cruz County K-12 public school boards of trustees;
3) to advocate and/or lobby on behalf of the Association and Santa Cruz County School Boards to legislators at the local, state and federal levels to support public education; and
4) to support and cooperate with the California School Boards Association.

The association is affiliated with the California School Boards Association, which also lobbies.[3]

Members

Charter schools are represented in the association through elected officials serving on their boards of oversight.[2][4] This has become the cause of debate bringing to light the differences between size and composition of school districts, which will ultimately come to play when deciding how to weigh representation in the association.[5]

Eight of the 11 school districts in the county are currently members.

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