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April 30, 2018 EDCAL   1 Education California | The official newspaper of the Association of California School Administrators Volume 47 | Number 28 | April 30, 2018 Impending Supreme Court ruling brings spate of bills to Capitol A case with potentially huge political ramifications in the world of employer-em- ployee relations was heard at the end of February by the U.S. Supreme Court. A decision on the case will be coming soon. The case is Janus v. American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employ- ees. At its heart is the matter of the right of labor unions to collect fees from non- union members for the service of collective bargaining. As might be expected, labor groups are very nervous about the ruling. A similar case came before the court two years ago. At the time, most expected the conserva- tive-leaning court to rule against unions on this issue. However, the sudden death of conservative Justice Antonin Scalia resulted in a 4-4 non-decision. Scalia was eventually replaced by Neil Gorsuch, who is also viewed as a conserva- tive. Thus the trepidation by unions on this case before the court. Not surprisingly, unions have been doing all they can to stave off a sudden loss of political power. Therefore, a number of bills See BILLS, page 2 DeVos to consider repeal of discipline equity guidance ACSA’s Fatal School Violence Task Force prepares to meet recently in Sacramento. Task force to address student safety and creating a healthy learning environment With instances of school violence and threats permeating nationwide, ACSA is taking a proactive step in ad- dressing the importance of school safety with the formation of the Fatal School Violence Task Force. “We believe there is a need to have serious discussions about these issues because students are our first priority as educators,” said ACSA President-elect Holly Edds. “With regard to school violence and threats, we are facing new challenges every day and we’ve assem- bled a group that has a great interest in strengthening the school environment.” The Task Force is made up of more than 20 volunteers, including ACSA members and staff, school district law enforcement officers, and crisis manage- ment experts. Their goal is to go beyond discussion and build a strategic plan to creates a safe and healthy learning environment. “We want this group to determine what school safety tactics are possi- Periodicals Dated Material ble and how best to implement those tactics,” Edds said. “We see this as an opportunity to drive substantive change on our campuses.” Using a facilitator to move the initial brainstorming session, participants focused on three subject areas: preven- tion; preparedness; and communication. The Task Force members were asked to consider goals and what can be done through advocacy to save lives. “There is always the consideration of a funding mechanism,” Edds said. “But we have a need to think beyond the dollars and cents of the matter and consider what policies we can have im- plemented statewide through elections and advocacy days.” ACSA’s Resource Hub currently has a section called School Violence Resources that includes a crisis toolkit from San Bernardino City USD and several articles on making campuses safer. Task Force members believe pro- viding templates to districts in need of See TASK FORCE, page 8 Concern is mounting over the potential repeal of Obama-era discipline guidance that aims to ensure equitable treatment of all students. The formation of a federal commission on school safety following the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School mass shooting is the source of the concern. The task force, chaired by U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, plans to consider the repeal, among other measures. In an Education Week commentary March 27, key players in the crafting of the guidance document, Vanita Gupta and Catherine Lhamon, state: “The reality is, many American schools have a problem: separate and unequal discipline practic- es that discriminate on the basis of race. We know from careful investigations we oversaw at the departments of Justice and Education that children of color and those with disabilities often receive harsher disciplinary interventions than their white and non-disabled counterparts – for the same offenses. …Rescinding the guid- ance would not result in safer, nurturing schools. It would remove a crucial tool from educators’ toolbox, giving them no direction about how to address classroom situations and leaving students vulnerable to racial discrimination that has plagued American schools since the very first school desegre- gation agreements that the civil rights offic- es of both the Department of Justice and the Department of Education were created to secure and enforce.” Gupta and Lhamon led the civil rights offices at the Departments of Justice and Education, respectively, during President Obama’s administration. Gupta is currently the president and CEO of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, and Lhamon chairs the U.S. Commission Women’s leadership. “Empow- ering Our Future” is the theme for ACSA Region 8’s Women’s Leadership Network event, 7:30-9 a.m. May 30 at the Santa Clara County Office of Education in San Jose. Join county Superintendent Mary Ann Dewan and Emma Mayerson from Alliance for Girls for networking and presentations on developing persistence and courage on your leadership journey. The event is free to members and one guest and $10 for others. RSVP to bit.ly/wln53018 or email klarson@scoew.org. Personnel changes. CT3, formerly the Center for Transformative Teacher Training, has expanded its executive leadership and management team capacity to accommodate current cli- ents and prepare for company growth. 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