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2018 Legislative Action Day

April 18, 2018  |   Comments Off on 2018 Legislative Action Day

2018 Legislative Action Day

ACSA endorses Marshall Tuck for State Superintendent of Public Instruction

January 18, 2018  |   Comments Off on ACSA endorses Marshall Tuck for State Superintendent of Public Instruction

The Association of California School Administrators, representing more than 17,000 California education leaders, announces today its endorsement of Marshall Tuck in the 2018 statewide election for the position of Superintendent of Public Instruction.

“Tuck’s vision for California schools is consistent with ACSA’s commitment to putting the interests of students above all,” said ACSA President Dr. Lisa Gonzales. “Every one of his guiding principles maintains the objective of prioritizing California students.”

Tuck was the founding CEO of the nonprofit Partnership for Los Angeles Schools, a collaboration between Los Angeles city government and LA Unified School District to advance nearly 20 struggling schools serving 15,000 students. Under Tuck’s leadership, the Partnership raised four-year graduation rates by more than 60 percent and had the highest academic improvement among California’s school systems with more than 10,000 students.

Tuck’s educational agenda is built upon creating an equitable experience for students throughout California. Tuck served as President of the nonprofit Green Dot Public Schools, where he helped create 10 new public charter high schools in some of Los Angeles’ poorest neighborhoods.

“Marshall Tuck’s expertise working in and leading schools has provided him an appreciation and understanding of the complex role of school administrators in California,” said Terri Rufert, ACSA Vice President for Legislative Action. “Tuck has the most innovative and comprehensive vision for the role of SPI. 

To earn ACSA’s endorsement, Tuck went through an extensive vetting process, which included local and statewide meetings with ACSA members, as well as a formal interview process and questionnaire. View the questionnaire here. ACSA’s endorsement of Marshall Tuck was approved by ACSA’s twenty-eight member Board of Directors.

“ACSA’s endorsement of Tuck challenges many of the traditional narratives that persist in education politics in Sacramento,” said ACSA Executive Director Dr. Wesley Smith. “ACSA is proud to endorse a candidate who not only understands education leadership but is committed to working with educational leaders to improve student access and outcomes as well.”

Watch a special edition of ACSA News on the endorsement of Marshall Tuck for state Superintendent of Public Instruction.


December 4, 2017  |   Comments Off on ACSA 2017 LEADERSHIP SUMMIT RECEPTION

Celebrating the 2017 ACSA Leadership Summit held in San Jose, CA

Gubernatorial Candidate Forums

October 19, 2017  |   Comments Off on Gubernatorial Candidate Forums

The 2018 gubernatorial election provides an opportunity to elect a governor who prioritizes young children and families through public policies and public investments.

Silicon Valley Community Foundation and its Center for Early Learning are hosting moderated discussions with major candidates for governor. This series will help local philanthropists, educators, government officials and child advocates learn about each candidate’s stances and policies on young children and families, as well as other pressing issues in Silicon Valley.

This series is part of Choose Children 2018, a two-year, nonpartisan campaign that seeks to ensure the next governor of California is a champion for children.

For more information and to register for a forum, see the Silicon Valley Community Foundation website.

Combating Hate, Racism and Ignorance Through Cultural Responsiveness

October 16, 2017  |   Comments Off on Combating Hate, Racism and Ignorance Through Cultural Responsiveness

The presentation at last month’s Leadership Forum provided the audience with tools to break the silence and start a movement to inclusiveness in our schools.  Here is a link to the presentation.

ACSA Seeks Assistance from Region 8 to Begin New Strategic Plan

October 2, 2017  |   Comments Off on ACSA Seeks Assistance from Region 8 to Begin New Strategic Plan

ACSA is beginning a new Strategic Planning process that will build on the association’s success over the past five years and assure it remains vital and relevant for its members for many years to come. Your input and involvement are essential to crafting a successful plan. To that end,  ACSA is beginning to research trends that might impact our profession, public agencies, and society over the next decade. Please read these three questions and give us your thoughts ACSA Strategic Plan input.

Region 8 Membership Event – Escape Room 10/23/17

September 28, 2017  |   Comments Off on Region 8 Membership Event – Escape Room 10/23/17

On behalf of Region 8, I am happy to invite all of you to our first Membership Event of the 2017-2018 school year.  Please join us as we take a break from our busy schedules to engage in collegiality and community as we engage in a  challenging and unique experience called Escape the Room.

The Event will take place on October 23, 2017,  and will begin promptly at 4:30 pm.  Light snacks and beverages will be available after you Escape.  It is located on North 1st Street in San Jose.  There are only a limited number of slots available, and we will also have a waiting list.  

Please represent your charter and sign-up, sign-ups are due by Friday, October 13. If you register, then cannot attend, please let me know as soon as possible.

Escape the Room
701 North 1st Street
San Jose, CA 95112

For more information, contact me:
Jeff Bowman
Chief Information Officer
Cupertino Union School District
Tel:(408) 252-3000  Ext.61323
Fax: (408) 343-2802

October is Grassroots Advocacy Month

September 12, 2017  |   Comments Off on October is Grassroots Advocacy Month

Region 8 join hands to Educate & Advocate as per our Plan.

See additional resources below!

Grassroots Advocacy Toolkit[1][1] Grassroots Advocacy Welcome Call Leg Districts by Region VPLA 2017-18 Roster[1] Staff Assignments

ACSA Statement and Resources on DACA

September 6, 2017  |   Comments Off on ACSA Statement and Resources on DACA
ACSA is an organization focused on student advocacy. We are deeply concerned about the potential impact of the rollback of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals on California public school students.DACA allows undocumented immigrants who came to the United States as children to legally remain in the country to go to school and find employment.

The decision to end DACA is a direct attack on California families and their children. More than 200,000 California students are impacted by the rollback. The end of DACA paves the way for fear among immigrants who send their children to our schools and expect security and a first-class education.

It is our duty as educational leaders to deliver a healthy and safe environment on our school campuses, while also providing students with the resources they need to grow into the next generation of American leaders.

Some DACA-protected immigrants may only have six months left in the United States.

We want to challenge you to contact your Congressional representative to implement a legislative solution that supports children who may be impacted.  To find out who your representatives are, go to

Additionally, ACSA’s national affiliate, the National Association of School Superintendents, is convening school leaders in Washington D.C. to advocate for students on Capitol Hill. The event, October 2-3, will include face-to-face meetings with federal lawmakers. Get more information at

ACSA has dozens of Immigration-related resources available for our education leaders. These resources include legal fact sheets and videos in English and Spanish, infographics, family preparedness plans, as well as a full toolkit for supporting undocumented students and families. They are available at

ACSA will continue to stand by our focus of student advocacy and dedicate our efforts to secure a constitutionally guaranteed education to all California students. We need your voice.

2017 – 2018 Region 8 Leadership Directory

August 18, 2017  |   Comments Off on 2017 – 2018 Region 8 Leadership Directory

Here is the updated directory for Region 8 leadership  2017-18 ACSA DIRECTORY PDF