Frequently Asked Questions

(Updated 10/19/20) The COVID-19 pandemic is having a significant impact on CSEA members working in our public schools and community colleges. We understand that you have many questions regarding your rights, bargaining options and protecting your health.

CSEA supports new CDPH guidelines on schools reopening

(7/17/20) Governor Gavin Newsom announced his plan for learning and safe schools ahead of the 2020–2021 school year, as the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) issued new guidelines for when and how schools should reopen for either distance learning or in-person instruction. The key change requires schools in counties that are on the coronavirus monitoring list to begin the school year via distance learning only, prohibiting them from in-person learning until their county is removed from the monitoring list.

Fridays with Ben

Association President Ben Valdepeña shares recent news and information with CSEA members in a weekly video address called “Fridays with Ben.”

Budget deal provides full funding for public schools

(6/24/20) Because of COVID-19 and the resulting economic downturn, news about the state budget and funding for public schools has been highly anticipated. CSEA’s Governmental Relations team has been using our strong relationships with state leaders to advocate for necessary school funding. 


A budget deal, as agreed upon by legislative leaders and the governor's office, provides full funding for our K-12 districts, county offices of education and community colleges. This is very good news and means that your districts and colleges will receive the same level of state funding next school year as they did for the year that just ended. The deal also includes "legislative intent language" that states that no district, no county office of education, no joint powers authority and no college should lay off any of their classified staff for financial reasons. 

State Superintendent delivers message of solidarity at CSEA Board Meeting

(5/27/20) Tony Thurmond, State Superintendent of Public Instruction, shared a message of gratitude and solidarity for the 250,000 classified employees CSEA represents during this month’s Board of Directors Meeting on May 15.

“I’m In” Washable Mask

CSEA members can order our new washable masks with the “I’m-In” logo on it. They are only purchasable over the phone. The price is $6 each, and masks will be shipped out once a week. Call (866) 487-2732 to order.

Schools will require a comprehensive safety plan before reopening

(5/8/20) “Regardless of when or how the students return to school, the state must have a comprehensive plan in place to protect the health and safety of the students and the staff,” said Association President Ben Valdepeña.

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