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Education California | The official newspaper of the Association of California School Administrators Volume 49 | Number 21 | March 18, 2019 State Charter Task Force holds first meeting Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond facilitated the first meet- ing of the Charter Task Force as requested by Gov. Gavin Newsom. As Newsom stated in his first budget proposal, rising charter school enrollments in some urban districts are having real impacts on those districts’ ability to provide essential support and services for their students. The governor requested Thurmond provide a report and recommendations to him by July 1. Members of the Charter Task Force were selected by the California Department of Education, in consultation with the governor’s office. That task force met for the first time in Sacramento and will con- tinue to meet regularly in order to meet the governor’s July 1 deadline. Thurmond will continue to lead and facilitate these meet- ings throughout the process. “I am excited that we have this incredible assembly of experts from all sectors to help lead this charge, to take a deeper look at the impact of charter schools,” Thurmond said. “We plan to research data and facts, and will review the fiscal impact and authoriza- tion process of charter schools. But more importantly, we are going to do this with thoughtful intention and through the lens of identifying what is truly best for kids.” Members of the task force include: •  Edgar Zazueta, ACSA senior director, Policy and Governmental Relations. • Ed Manansala, El Dorado County superintendent; California County Superintendents Educational Services Association, board president. •  Cindy Marten, San Diego USD super- intendent. • Erika Jones, California Teachers Association, board of directors. • Cristina de Jesus, Green Dot Public Schools California, president and chief executive officer. See TASK FORCE, page 6 2019 Civic Learning Awards announced Gov. Gavin Newsom prepares to sign SB 126, the charter school transparency bill. He was joined at the signing by representatives of various education groups, including ACSA Executive Director Wes Smith, at left. Governor signs charter school transparency bill Alongside representatives from ACSA, the California Charter School Association, California Teachers Association, California School Employees Association, California Federation of Teachers and SEIU California, Gov. Gavin Newsom recently signed Senate Bill 126, historic legisla- tion requiring all schools that receive taxpayer funding to follow the same standards for accountability and trans- parency. “It’s common sense. Taxpayers, par- ents and ultimately kids deserve to know how schools are using their tax dollars,” Newsom said. “This isn’t the end of a conversation but a beginning. Let’s use this momentum to move forward together, constructively and in partner- ship, to improve education for children across California. I thank the leaders on both sides of this issue for coming together to help get this bill across the finish line.” SB 126 requires charter schools and charter management organizations to adhere to public records and open meet- ing laws such as the Brown or Bagley- Keene Acts, Public Records Act, conflict of interest provisions and the Political Reform Act, just as public school dis- tricts do. It will take effect Jan. 1, 2020. “For far too long, charter schools in California have been held to lower accountability and transparency stan- dards than traditional public schools,” said Sen. Connie Leyva, one of the bill’s authors. “By codifying the Attorney General’s recent advisory opinion related to charter schools, SB 126 will ensure that all publicly funded schools – includ- See SB 126, page 3 The California Department of Education announced that 92 schools won this year’s Civic Learning Awards, which celebrate public schools’ efforts to engage students in civic learning. Now in its seventh year, the awards program is co-sponsored by Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond and Chief Justice of California Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye. These schools engage students in civic learning through unique classes, clubs and programs preparing students for participa- tion in democracy. The awards are designed to both celebrate successful efforts to engage students in civic learning and to identify successful models that can be replicated in other schools. “Having had the chance to teach a civ- ics class, and from my time working with students in the Legislature, I’m a huge supporter of engaging students in civics early, which helps to engage them for life,” Thurmond said. “It was fulfilling to work with students in the state Legislature, where every year I had students help write a bill with me. I would like to continue that work by asking students to share their ideas on new bills, such as keeping college affordable, school nutrition and student housing.” “I commend our schools and teachers for their creativity and commitment to civic education,” Cantil-Sakauye said. “They are giving students the skills they will need as active participants and leaders in our democracy.” Cantil-Sakauye visited schools receiv- ing Awards of Excellence, the highest level, which include: • Flora Vista Elementary School in San Diego County, where students develop bud- gets and proposals for the school board on how to conserve energy in the classroom, CAASPP security. The California Department of Education has a guide available, “CAASPP Security Incidents and Appeals Procedure Guide.” This resource is linked on both the Manuals and Instructions webpage and the CAASPP Security and Test Administration Incident Reporting System (STAIRS)/Appeals Process for Summative Assessments webpage. Find out more at the CAASPP Portal, http://www.caaspp.org. NGSS resource. The Stanford NGSS Assessment Project (SNAP) has developed free resources to engage teachers, coaches, and administra- tors in professional learning on the development and use of assessments to support three-dimensional science learning. The resources include sample performance assessments for the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and a toolkit for developing and using the performance assessments. To find out more, visit the SNAP website at https://snapgse.stanford.edu. MTSS institute. The Orange County Department of Education, Butte County Office of Education, and the UCLA Center for the Transformation of Schools are host- ing the 3rd annual California Multi- Tiered System of Support Professional Learning Institute on July 29-31 at the Long Beach Convention Center. The 2019 California MTSS PLI theme “All Means All – Know My Name, Face, and Story” will focus on promoting excellence, equity and access for all learners. Visit camtsspli.ocde.us for information regarding event. Negotiators 2020. Mark your calendars now for the 2020 ACSA Negotiators Symposium, Jan. 22-24 in San Diego. This is one of the premier events for anyone on a management collective bargaining team. Be watch- ing www.acsa.org/conferences for more details as they emerge. See CIVICS, page 2 District staff members join homeless outreach Chaparral Middle School teacher Sherry Robertson has been showing others the importance of giving back throughout her 20-year career in education. At Castle Rock Elementary, her fifth graders worked at a local food pantry every Thanksgiving. When she transferred to the middle school level in 2007, Robertson was excited to share her passion for community ser- vice with a whole new crop of students. The Design-Based Learning social studies teacher launched a HUMANitarian Club to provide means for students to learn and become aware of global needs and the closer-to-home-homeless crisis. “There is a misconception that home- less people are lazy and can better their status in life if they just work a little harder,” Robertson said. “I wanted my students to learn first-hand the causes and effects of homelessness.” After doing some research, Robertson learned of the East San Gabriel Valley Coalition for the Homeless, a rotating win- ter shelter that services nearly 1,800 people from October through March. Local homeless people register and receive an ID card that they must present when they enter the facility each night for a warm home-cooked meal at 5:30 p.m. They sign up for a shower, browse through donat- ed clothing items, get a haircut and shave, and often receive medical and dental care. “It was an easy decision to take on the responsibility to feed 200 men, women and children,” Robertson said. For a decade, she signed the club mem- See HOMELESS, page 5 Periodicals Dated Material