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Education California | The official newspaper of the Association of California School Administrators Volume 49 | Number 28 | May 20, 2019 State invests $101.8B on ed Gov. Gavin Newsom’s May budget revi- sion includes the most investments ever for the state’s nearly 6.2 million K-12 students at a total $101.8 billion. Higher than expected revenues in the first part of the year freed up more funds that were targeted to education. According to the governor, 45 percent of the total $213 billion budget is dedicated to K-14 education. “California public education is stronger today than it has been in years and we applaud the governor for his fiscal growth mindset that will position our students to be leaders of our next generations,” said ACSA Executive Director Wes Smith. Changes from Newsom’s January budget include: •  $696.2 million in ongoing funds for special education (increase of $119.2 mil- lion from January). •  $13.9 million in ongoing professional development for administrators. •  $44.8 million in non-Prop. 98 fund- ing to provide professional development for inclusive practices, social emotional learning, computer science and restorative practices. •  Additional $150 million to reduce STRS employer contributions, further reducing the financial burden on school districts. •  $89.8 million for one-time funding for loan forgiveness. •  $36 million in one-time funds for Classified School Employees Summer Assistance Program. ACSA Governmental Relations Senior See BUDGET, page 2 Equity conference. Join teach- ACSA Vice President Ron Williams and President Holly Edds prepare to give out awards honoring ACSA leaders during a dinner held at Leadership Assembly May 8. Leaders recap year’s successes at Assembly Members of ACSA’s Leadership Assembly met in Sacramento May 8-10 for an update on the year’s progress and to make decisions about the organiza- tion’s future. The Leadership Assembly’s action item for the Thursday meeting was to elect the 2019-20 Vice President and Vice President for Legislative Action. Charlie Hoffman, superintendent of Shasta-Trinity ROP and Bella Vista ESD, was elected Vice President of the board, which puts him in line to be ACSA President in the 2021-22 year. Hoffman, who ran unopposed, has been an ACSA member since 1997 and has represented Region 1 on ACSA’s CTE Council, Superintendency Council and the State Board. Barbara Martinez, principal at Pacific Grove Adult Education, was elected as Vice President for Legislative Action. The post puts her in charge of leading ACSA’s efforts at the 2020 Legislative Action Day. ACSA Executive Director Wes Smith gave the Leadership Assembly an update on the accomplishments ACSA has had in the 2018-19 year. Highlights included ACSA’s Photos from response to the Leadership Camp Fire by Assembly. donating 2,000 Page 4 Chromebooks to help establish makeshift class- rooms for students displaced by the fire, strike support and training materials to help districts facing teacher strikes, Inside See ASSEMBLY, page 4 Health framework draws hundreds to SBE More than 200 parents, educators and interested citizens filed into the State Board of Education meeting on May 8 to express support and opposition for the state’s new Health Education Framework. The board approved the framework, but not before removing five reference books for educators that provoked the most heat- ed opposition. The framework, which is optional and does not mandate specific curriculum or instruction methods, includes updates on teaching sexual health content as mandated by the 2016 California Healthy Youth Act. The CHYA requires that students receive medically accurate and unbiased comprehensive sexual health education and HIV prevention information once in mid- dle school and once in high school. Parents can opt out of CHYA com- pletely — schools must inform parents first so they have the option — and sexual education is not required until 7th grade, although districts are permitted to include lessons sooner. According to the CDE, the framework’s focus is on guiding districts and teachers as they develop curriculum and instruc- tion that enables students to make healthy choices and avoid high-risk behaviors. The framework’s guidance also includes sug- gestions on the use of gender-neutral and LGBTQ-inclusive language during health instruction to make classrooms safer learn- ing environments free from bullying and harassment. The framework is the culmination of work that began in 2016 that includ- ed focus groups and establishment of a Curriculum Framework and Evaluation Criteria Committee. The committee, which See SBE, page 3 ers, parents, counselors, and school site administrators and their teams for the Excellence Through Equity Conference, Sept. 19-20 in Napa. ACSA and SCOE are hosting two days of workshops designed spe- cifically to build a strong network of support for those doing equity work. Participants will hear from experts in the field that will challenge and in- spire while providing the tools need- ed to create innovative, inclusive, and equitable pathways to learning. The keynote speaker is Pedro Noguera, a distinguished Professor of Education at the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies at UCLA. Registration is $399 with discounts for registering by June 15. For more information, visit www.acsa.org/ excellencethroughequity. Math symposium. Registration is now open for the annual Early Math Symposium. The symposium will be held on Friday, June 21 from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. at California State University, East Bay in Hayward. Registrants can attend in person or via live broadcast. The symposium is organized by CDE and the California Early Math Project. The goal of the EMP is to promote awareness of the importance of math in early education (birth to age 8) and provide tools to parents and educa- tors. Register at www.calstat.org/ EarlyMathSymposium. iLEAD Lab Series. ACSA an- nounces a new equity workshop called 2+1 iLEAD Lab Series. In partnership with Generation Ready, this lab is designed for school site teams responsible for leading reform efforts to address achievement gaps. This series will lead teams through two days of group work to identify an equity challenge and craft solutions using the design thinking process. Teams then put their prototype idea into action at their school sites before coming back for a third day to share their progress. The lab series will be June 10-11 and Nov. 5 in Sacramen- to. Registration is $650 per person or $3,000 per team of five. Register online at http://www.cvent.com/d/ h6q6q0. Summer ‘bootcamp’ prepares principals to lead effectively Periodicals Dated Material As Jer J. Soriano nears the end of his first year as a principal, he’s mostly proud of one thing — that he survived. “I survived my first year and I am going into my second year with more valuable experience across the board as an admin- istrator in regard to organization, building positive relationships, and professional net- working,” said Soriano, principal at John E. Steinbeck Elementary in Salinas. The new principal didn’t go into his first year unprepared. Last summer, Soriano participated in ACSA’s Institute for New & Aspiring Principals, a residential pro- gram held each summer at UCLA that brings together new and aspiring principals for five days of speakers, workshops and exercises. The Principals’ Summer Institute, another program designed for principals with three or more years of experience, is held at UCLA around the same time. The programs were created as a place where principals could seclude themselves and focus on improving leadership. “We take them away from family, away from school, away from any concerns other than self-improvement,” said Laserik See SUMMER, page 6