Archive for August, 2016

Board Meeting – Sept. 1, 2016

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Sept. 1, 2016 – Board Meeting

AGENDA – Region 11 – Sept. 1, 2016 – Board Meeting

MINUTES – Region 11 – Sept. 1, 2016 – Board Meeting

John Snavely presented with Itzenhauser/Schlagel Award

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Tulare County Office Of Education / ACSA Summer Institute

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Keynote Speaker Joel Zeff and Bob Mayo, Principal, Exeter Unified High School, during an improve exercise at the 2016 Tulare County Summer Institute.

Keynote Speaker Joel Zeff and Bob Mayo, Principal, Exeter Unified High School, during an improve exercise at the 2016 Tulare County Summer Institute.

The force was with the Association of California School Administrations (ACSA) and the Tulare County Office of Education (TCOE) as they presented the very successful 2016 Tulare County Summer Institute, Wednesday, June 15 at the SCE Energy Education Center in Tulare. With an all-time high of nearly 300 Tulare County school administrators in attendance, the group enjoyed an inspirational day which included Keynote Speaker Joel Zeff, informational breakout sessions, entertainment by the TCOE Theatre Company, and award presentations.

Zeff, workplace expert and author of “Make the Right Choice,” energized the group with a unique blend of hilarious improvisational comedy and essential ideas on work and life. With the help of audience “volunteers,” he delivered a combination of inspiration, essential knowledge and significant ideas to help the leaders reconnect with their own passion and success.

They do a great job in bringing everybody together and every
year they do a great job of bringing in a great speaker to entertain us.
– George Eddy, Director of CTE, Exeter Unified

Dick Schlagel, retiring after 29 years serving as ACSA Newsletter Editor, was recognized and honored. He and David Itzenhauser, long-time fellow educator and charter member of ACSA, presented the Itzenhauser/Schlagel Award to John Snavely, retiring Porterville Unified School District Superintendent, for lifetime achievement.

Gabriela Santillan, 2016 graduate of Mt. Whitney High School, was presented with the Every Student Succeeding Award. She will also be honored at the 2016 ACSA Leadership Summit in San Diego in November.

ACSA Tulare Charter Student Scholarship Awards were presented to:

  • Kelcey Carrasco, Tulare Western High School, Tulare
  • Sydney Garcia, Harmony Magnet Academy, Strathmore
  • Noah Kroutil, Porterville High School, Porterville
  • Breanne Perez, Redwood High School, Visalia
  • Haley Spencer, Tulare Union High School, Tulare
  • Bradley Taylor, Central Valley Christian High School, Visalia
  • Kameron Trevino, Redwood High School, Visalia

Carrasco, Garcia, Kroutil, Perez and Trevino also received a scholarship from ACSA Region XI.

ACSA Tulare Charter Administrator of the Year Awards were presented to:

  • Professor of Education: Miguel Guerrero, Ed. D., Professor of Education, Brandman University
  • Continuation/Ed. Options Admin.: Victoria Porter, Principal, VTEC High School, Visalia Unified School District
  • Curriculum & Instruction Admin.: Tanya Goosev, Asst. Superintendent Curriculum & Program Improvement, Cutler-Orosi Jt. Unified School District
  • Business Services Administrator: Nathan Hernandez, Chief Financial Officer, Business Services, Visalia Unified School District
  • Superintendent/Principal: Jeremy Powell, Ed. D., Superintendent/Principal, Sequoia Union School District
  • Special Ed. Administrator: Joyce Nunes, Asst. Superintendent Business/Psychological Services, Tulare City School District
  • Career Technical Ad. Administrator: Bill Edminster, Director, Tulare Adult School, Tulare Jt. Union High School District
  • Confidential Employee: Alice Galvan, Administrative Secretary, Administrative Services, Cutler-Orosi Jr. Unified School District
  • Secondary Co-Administrator: Joy Naylor, Assistant Principal, El Diamante High School, Visalia Unified School District
  • Central Office Administrator: Lisa Castillo, Director College and Career Readiness, Cutler-Orosi Jt. Unified School District
  • Elementary School Principal: Whitney Avila, Principal, Frank Kohn Elementary School, Tulare City School District
  • Middle School Principal: Angel Valdez, Principal, Pioneer Middle School, Porterville Unified School District
  • Secondary Principal: Rick Hamilton, Principal, Mt. Whitney High School, Visalia Unified School District
  • Superintendent: Tim Hire, Superintendent, Exeter Unified School District
  • Marcus Foster Memorial Award for Administrator Excellence: Frank Chavez, Retired Superintendent/Principal Richgrove School District

Guerrero, Hernandez, Edminster, Naylor, Castillo, Valdez, Hire and Chavez were also honored on the region level; Edminster achieved state recognition, as well.

Region 11 President David Bowling leads Planning Retreat

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State President Ralph Porras speaks at Region 11 Board Meeting

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Mt. Whitney High School grad Gabriela “Gaby” Santillan is presented with the Every Student Succeeding Award by David Tonini (left) and Ralph Porras.

Mt. Whitney High School grad Gabriela “Gaby” Santillan is presented with the Every Student Succeeding Award by David Tonini (left) and Ralph Porras.

The Every Student Succeeding award was given to Gabriela Santillan, 2016 graduate of Mt. Whitney High School. She will also be recognized at the 2016 ACSA Leadership Summit in November.

Bills watched as Legislature closes in on end of session

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From EdCal, August 1, 2016:

California’s K-12 schools are severely underfunded compared to many other states.

In addition to a dozen bills included in the last issue of EdCal, following are additional key legislative issues the ACSA Governmental Relations team is closely monitoring. The Legislature has until Aug. 31 to pass bills, and the governor has until Sept. 30 to sign or veto legislation sent to his desk. For complete language on the bills, please visit www.leginfo.legislature.ca.gov.

Assembly Bill 1985, Williams. Ad-vanced Placement credit. Status: Scheduled for Senate Appropriations Committee Aug. 1. The bill would require the office of the Chancellor of the California Community Colleges to develop, and each college district to adopt, a uniform policy to award a pupil who passes an Advanced Placement examination course credit for certain requirements in a course with subject matter similar to that of the AP examination. The bill would require each community college campus to post the most recent policy on its website. ACSA position: Support

AB 2091, Lopez. Special education: individualized education programs: translation services. Re-referred to Senate Appropriations. Current law requires a local education agency to initiate and conduct meetings to develop, review and revise individualized education program of each student with exceptional needs in accordance with federal law. Current law requires the LEA to take any action necessary to ensure the parent or guardian understands the proceedings at a meeting, including arranging for an interpreter for parents or guardians with deafness, or whose native language is not English. The bill would require the LEA, if requested by a pupil’s parent, guardian or educational rights holder, to provide a translated copy of the IEP, any revisions and certain documents discussed at an IEP team meeting within 60 days of that meeting. ACSA position: Oppose. While the bill has good intentions, the additional translation requirements would result in a new, unfunded mandate at a time when there are limited qualified translators of languages other than Spanish. Further, the bill codifies the translation requirement, but does not condition it on parental request.

AB 2248, Holden. Teacher credentialing: out-of-state trained teachers: English learner authorizations. On the governor’s desk. Current law requires the Commission on Teacher Credentialing to issue authorizations for a teacher to provide specific services to limited-English-proficient pupils, if certain minimum requirements are met. This bill would provide that a teacher who possesses any of several specified California credentials or permits, and who is able to present a valid out-of-state credential or certificate that authorizes content instruction delivered in a pupil’s primary language, may qualify for that authorization by submitting an application and a fee to the commission. ACSA position: Support

AB 2336, Olsen. Special education: substitute teachers. Re-referred to Senate Appropriations. This bill would, until Jan. 1, 2022, authorize, subject to the issuance of specified federal guidance, a person holding a valid emergency 30-day substitute teacher permit to serve as a substitute in a special education classroom for up to 40 cumulative school days per vacancy when specified conditions are met. The bill would require an employing authority to report annually to its county office of education, as part of the monitoring and review of certificated employee assignment practices, the number of permit holders employed pursuant to these provisions and the length of time they were employed. ACSA position: Sponsor

AB 2785, O’Donnell. Special education: English learners: manual. Scheduled for Senate Appropriations Committee Aug. 1. The bill would require the California Department of Education, on or before July 1, 2018, to develop a manual providing guidance to LEAs on identifying, assessing, and supporting English learners who may qualify for special education services, as specified, with the goal of providing guidance, for voluntary use by LEAs, including charter schools, on evidence-based and promising practices for the identification, assessment and support of English learners who may have disabilities and to promote a collaborative approach among general education teachers, special education teachers, school administrators, other personnel and parents in determining the most appropriate academic placements and services for these pupils. ACSA position: Support

Senate Bill 933, Allen. Teachers: California Teacher Corps Act of 2016: teacher residency programs. Placed on Assembly Appropriations suspense file. SB 933 would enact the California Teacher Corps Act, under which the superintendent of public instruction would make grants to applicant LEAs and consortia of LEAs to assist in establishing, maintaining or expanding teacher residency programs. These would be school-based preparation programs in which a prospective teacher would teach alongside an experienced mentor teacher, as defined, while also receiving teacher training instruction in a credentialing program in a qualified institution of higher education. The bill would establish eligibility standards and contains other related provisions and other existing laws. ACSA position: Support

SB 1072, Mendoza. Schoolbus safety: child safety alert system. Scheduled for Assembly Appropriations Aug. 3. Current law requires the county superintendent of schools, the superintendent of a district or the owner or operator of a private school that provides transportation to or from a school or school activity to prepare a transportation safety plan containing procedures for school personnel to follow to ensure the safe transport of pupils. The bill would require that plan to include procedures to ensure pupils are not left unattended and standards for designating an adult chaperone, other than the driver, to accompany pupils on a bus. The bill would additionally require a charter school to prepare this plan. ACSA position: Support.

SB 1121, Leno. Privacy: electronic communications: search warrant. Scheduled for Assembly Appropriations Aug. 3. The bill would authorize a government entity, without a warrant or other order, to access electronic device information by means of physical interaction or electronic communication with the device for the purpose of accessing information concerning the location of the device in order to respond to an emergency 911 call from that device. The bill would also provide that the definition of “electronic device” does not include a magnetic strip on a driver’s license or identification card. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws. ACSA position: Oppose unless amended.

SB 1314, Block. Cal Grant Program: Middle Class Scholarship Program: community college baccalaureate degree program students. Scheduled for Assembly Appropriations Aug. 3. The Ortiz-Pacheco-Poochigian-Vasconcellos Cal Grant Program establishes the Cal Grant A and B Entitlement Awards, the California Community College Transfer Entitlement Awards, and the Competitive Cal Grant A and B Awards and eligibility requirements for participating students attending qualifying institutions. The bill would provide that community college students participating in specified baccalaureate degree programs who also satisfy eligibility requirements shall receive these awards for upper division coursework fees. ACSA position: Support.

SB 1343, Wolk. Pupils: intradistrict transfer of pupil convicted of violent felony or misdemeanor. On the Assembly Floor.This bill would authorize school district governing boards to transfer to another school in that school district pupils who have been convicted of violent felonies or designated misdemeanors if the pupil and victim of the crime are enrolled at the same school, if certain requirements are satisfied, including, but not limited to, that the governing board of the school district adopts a policy and notifies parents or guardians of the policy as part of its annual notification to parents and guardians, as specified. ACSA position: Support if amended.

SB 1455, Block. Pupil enrollment: military dependents. Scheduled for Assembly Appropriations Aug. 3. The bill would provide that a pupil complies with a school district’s residency requirements for school attendance if he or she is a pupil whose parent is transferred or is pending transfer to a military installation within the boundaries of the district while on active military duty. The bill would require a school district to accept applications by electronic means for enrollment and course registration for those pupils ACSA position: Support

SB 1466, Mitchell. Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnosis and Treatment Program: trauma screening. Scheduled for Assembly Appropriations Aug. 3. In addition to the required periodic screening services, current federal law provides that Medicaid-eligible children are entitled to interperiodic screenings in order to identify a suspected illness or condition not present or discovered during the periodic examination. This bill would require, consistent with federal law, those screening services under the EPSDT Program to include screening for trauma, as defined by the bill. The bill would require that any child who is removed from the custody or care of his or her parent or legal guardian, be assessed by the county mental health plan for specialty mental health services. The bill contains other existing laws. ACSA position: Support

Check for regular legislative and policy updates at www.acsa.org/advocacy.

Legislative Resources

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Planning Retreat – June 13 & 14, 2016

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June 13 & 14, 2016 – Planning Retreat

AGENDA – Region 11 – June 13, 2016 – Presidents Planning Retreat

AGENDA – Region 11 – June 13, 2016 – Executive Board Planning Retreat

AGENDA – Region 11 – June 14, 2016 – Planning Retreat

MINUTES – Region 11 – June 13 & 14, 2016 – Planning Retreat

Board Meeting – May 12, 2016

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May 12, 2016 – Board Meeting

AGENDA – Region 11 – May 12, 2016 – Board Meeting

Delegate Assembly – April 7, 2016

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April 7, 2016 – Delegate Assembly

AGENDA – Region 11 – April 7, 2016 – Delegate Assembly

MINUTES – Region 11 – April 7, 2016 – Delegate Assembly