Education groups withhold support of rainy day fund | EdSource

By John Fensterwald

Gov. Jerry Brown won’t have key education groups helping him make the case to voters for a bigger and more restrictive state rainy day fund. The most he can count on is that they won’t actively campaign against it.

Organizations representing school district financial officers (California Association of School Business Officials) and school superintendents and principals (Association of California School Administrators) voted during the summer to officially oppose Brown’s Budget Stabilization Account, which will appear on next month’s ballot as Proposition 2. And at a meeting in late September, the board of the California School Boards Association voted not to take a position on the proposition. That decision was actually good news for the governor, since at a press conference in May, association President Josephine Lucey vowed to push her board to fight the proposal.

 

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SCOE’s Facebook Wall: Catherine Castro, student in SCOE’s Adult Transition Program, Every Student Succeeding (video)

Catherine Castro, a student in SCOE’s Adult Transition Program at the Fairfield-Suisun Adult School, was recognized at the Association of California School Administrators (ACSA) Solano Charter’s Every Student Succeeding event at SCOE’s main office on May 6. This video was shown at the event and Castro received a $250 scholarship from ACSA’s Solano Charter.

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SCOE’s Facebook Wall: John Vuu, student at Country High School in Vacaville, Every Student Succeeding (video)

John Vuu, a student at Country High School in Vacaville, was recognized at the Association of California School Administrators (ACSA) Solano Charter’s Every Student Succeeding event at SCOE’s main office on May 6. This video was shown at the event and Vuu received a $250 scholarship from ACSA’s Solano Charter.

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SCOE’s Facebook Wall: Katie Lee Rose, student at Vanden High School in Travis Unified, Every Student Succeeding (video)

Katie Lee Rose, a student at Vanden High School in Travis Unified, was recognized at the Association of California School Administrators (ACSA) Solano Charter’s Every Student Succeeding event at SCOE’s main office on May 6. This video was shown at the event and Rose received a $250 scholarship from ACSA’s Solano Charter.

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SCOE’s Facebook Wall: Julianna Vazquez, student at Armijo High School in Fairfield, Every Student Succeeding (video)

Julianna Vazquez, a student at Armijo High School in Fairfield, was recognized at the Association of California School Administrators (ACSA) Solano Charter’s Every Student Succeeding event at SCOE’s main office on May 6. This video was shown at the event and Vazquez received a $250 scholarship from ACSA’s Solano Charter.

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SCOE’s Facebook Wall: Monica Torres-Jones, student at Liberty High School in Benicia, Every Student Succeeding (video)

Monica Torres-Jones, a student at Liberty High School in Benicia, was recognized at the Association of California School Administrators (ACSA) Solano Charter’s Every Student Succeeding event at SCOE’s main office on May 6. This video was shown at the event and Torres-Jones received a $250 scholarship from ACSA’s Solano Charter.

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SCOE’s Facebook Wall: Solano Charter ACSA’s Every Student Succeeding (photos)

The Association of California School Administrators (ACSA) Solano Charter’s Every Student Succeeding event was held at SCOE’s main office on May 6.

Local students recognized during Every Student Succeeding included: Julianna Vazquez, Armijo High School; Katie Rose, Vanden High School; John Vuu, Country High School; Catherine Castro, Solano County Office of Education; and Monica Torres-Jones, Liberty High School. These students received a $250 scholarship from ACSA’s Solano Charter.

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The Educated Guess: Morgan Hill superintendent new ACSA executive director

Wesley Smith, the superintendent of Morgan Hill Unified for the past four years, will become the new executive director of the Association of California School Administrators, which offers professional development programs and advocates on behalf of superintendents and school administrators in Sacramento.

“Wes has the professional skills and the leadership qualities required to grow the organization, advocate on behalf of public education, build the capacity of school leaders and develop a coalition of support for the success of our students,” said ACSA president David Gomez in a news release Tuesday.

via Morgan Hill superintendent new ACSA executive director – by John Fensterwald.

SCOE’s Facebook Wall: Local educators went to Sacramento for ACSA’s Leg Action Day (photos)

Local educators went to Sacramento on March 17 and 18 for the Association of California School Administrators (ACSA) annual Legislative Action Day.

The event, which attracts more than 400 practicing ACSA members each year, provides a unique opportunity for school leaders to tell their personal stories of how legislation, policy and the budget affect their districts, schools and students. By meeting face-to-face with their constituency, legislators gain a better understanding of the real-life implications of their work.

SCOE’s 2013-14 Legislative Priorities can be found here: http://www.solanocoe.net/apps/news/show_news.jsp?REC_ID=299278&id=0

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The Educated Guess: Policymakers react to StudentsFirst’s ‘F’ for California

California is one of 11 states to get an “F” on the report card.

California’s policy efforts to improve student achievement earned an F from StudentsFirst, the Sacramento-based advocacy group led by Michelle Rhee, the former Washington, D.C., schools chancellor. The state ranked 41st in the nation on education policies in three major areas involving teachers, parents and school finance and governance. No state earned an A, and more than two-thirds of states received D’s or F’s on the group’s State Policy Report Card.

“While there is great momentum for reform in a number of states, nearly every state has a long way to go in terms of reforming its policies,” the report states. However, California is “stagnant,” it said.

via Policymakers react to StudentsFirst’s ‘F’ for California – by Susan Frey.

The Educated Guess: EdWatch 2013: Unfinished agenda on school discipline

A California assemblyman is once again trying to curb expulsions and suspensions for what’s known as “willful defiance,” when kids act out or misbehave in class or during school activities.

Advocates who support the assemblyman want to shift the state’s discipline policies away from punitive practices and toward alternative approaches that keep students in school and get to the root of their misbehavior. The advocates were largely successful in the last legislative session, sponsoring five discipline bills that became law.

via EdWatch 2013: Unfinished agenda on school discipline – by Susan Frey.

FSUSD’s Facebook Wall: Congratulations to our own Director of Human Resources Rob Martinez

Congratulations to our own Director of Human Resources Rob Martinez for being named the Association of California School Administrators Personnel Administrator of the Year!

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EdSource Extra!: Multiple bills to reform school discipline laws get hearing in Sacramento

By Susan Frey ~ EdSource Extra

A major legislative push is underway to reform California’s laws governing school discipline. A half dozen bills intended to do just that will be heard today in the state Senate and Assembly education committees.

The bills have been introduced against a backdrop of recent research that shows that African American and Latino students are disproportionately suspended or expelled. Some districts have introduced alternative approaches to school discipline and have reduced suspension rates, but these strategies have not been universally adopted. The flurry of bills is an attempt to make such practices part of California law, as well as to clarify aspects of school discipline policies.

In a sign that some reforms might emerge from this legislative session on the issue, two key school organizations are now supporting three of the measures they had previously opposed after the bills’ authors accepted a range of amendments.

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The Educated Guess: CSBA: Vote for both tax plans

By John Fensterwald – Educated Guess

The state PTA backs the tax initiative financed by civil rights attorney Molly Munger; the California Teachers Association and the Association of California School Administrators endorsed the governor’s initiative. This week, the California School Boards Association decided to support both.

On Sunday, at the urging of CSBA’s board of directors, school board members in the Delegate Assembly voted 129-79 to encourage their constituents to vote for both tax proposals that will appear on the November ballot. They did so after an hour-and-a-half debate and after defeating, by voice vote, an amendment calling for CSBA to support only Munger’s “Our Children, Our Future” initiative. There was no motion to support only “The Schools and Local Public Protection Act of 2012,” which Gov. Jerry Brown and the California Federation of Teachers are sponsoring.

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The Educated Guess: Charters, Ed Coalition at odds over buildings

By John Fensterwald – Educated Guess

The Education Coalition, the organization that represents mainstream education groups, announced its opposition Thursday to Gov. Jerry Brown’s plan to require a school district to offer charter schools any building that it decides it no longer needs.

The proposal is one of several that the governor included in his May budget revision to benefit charters, which, the budget notes, receive lower state reimbursements than district schools and generally face higher facilities costs. But the Coalition noted that selling surplus property and using the proceeds for general fund purposes is “one of the few ways districts have mitigated cuts.”

via Charters, Ed Coalition at odds over buildings – by John Fensterwald – Educated Guess.

SCOE’s Facebook Wall: (Video) Philip Marecek was recognized at the Solano ACSA’s Every Student Succeeding

Philip Marecek, a student in the Golden Hills Adult Transition Class, was recognized on May 8 at the Solano County Association of California School Administrators (ACSA) Every Student Succeeding event held at SCOE’s main office. Marecek spoke about his significant academic and life-skills gains during his time in the SCOE class. Marecek’s teacher, Judy Waelbrock, and his principal, Gail Pizzo, also spoke about his strengths and his bright future. Click to watch the inspiring two and a half minute video which was shown at the event.

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EdSource Extra! Report: Continuation schools often “exit ramp” from school than “on-ramp to success”

By Pamela Martineau ~ EdSource Extra

California’s continuation schools are failing to provide the academic and critical support services that students need to succeed,  a new report from researchers at UC Berkeley and Stanford has concluded.

A fixture on the education landscape for a half century, the state’s nearly 500 continuation schools  are intended to help students who are struggling academically, but haven’t succeeded in a regular high school setting and are in danger of not graduating from high school.

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Daily Republic: Solano educators honor Fairfield student who came ‘out of his shell’

FAIRFIELD — Teachers at Golden Hills Education Center’s Adult Transition Program do not know all the details about Philip Marecek’s childhood, but they know enough to know it was tough.

Marecek, who has autism, lost each of his parents at an early age. When his mother died, he came to Fairfield from Florida to live with his sister, attending Armijo High School for a brief period to earn a certificate of completion and later attending the Adult Transition Program.

Teachers and administrators are in awe of his turnaround. For it, they honored him Monday as part of the Solano County Chapter of Association of California School Administrator’s Every Student Succeeding initiative.

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The Educated Guess: Should districts be handed full control over spending?

To mitigate the impact of substantially cutting spending for K-12 schools, the Legislature agreed to temporarily let school districts decide how to spend money that had been earmarked for dozens of special programs, from adult education to teacher training. Now, as part of his plan to reform how education is funded, Gov. Brown is proposing to go a big step further and give local districts total and permanent flexibility over nearly all of the remaining categorical programs. He also wants to drop two dozen mandated programs, leaving districts the option of continuing to fund them without state reimbursement. Is spending flexibility over billions of dollars, ending state control over what the Legislature deemed important priorities, wise policy? Can districts be trusted to do right by children? And suppose they don’t – what then?

To explore this issue, we asked four leaders with different perspectives: Jill Wynns, president of the California School Boards Association; John Affeldt, managing partner of the nonprofit law firm Public Advocates; Bob Wells, executive director of the Association of California  School Administrators; and Erin Gabel, Director of Government Affairs for State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson. What do you think? Please share your views.

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