In May, CCSESA led a group of county superintendents back to Washington D.C. for our first federal advocacy trip of 2018. County superintendents met with both California Senators, House leadership, members of the Education, Budget, and Appropriations Committees, as well as with the Assistant Secretary of Special Education and the Assistant Secretary of Health and Human Services.
Our federal platform included a number of important issues to California schools including the request that Congress fulfill their commitment to fund forty percent of costs for the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and the request that Congress take action to protect students and teachers who qualify for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. We were also happy to include many “thank yous” to legislators for the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2018 which provided an additional $3.9 billion to the U.S. Education Department (USED).
Featured (left to right): Karen Sakata (Contra Costa County Superintendent of Schools), Ed Manansala (El Dorado County Superintendent of Schools), Ms. Gayle Garbolino-Mojica (Placer County Superintendent of Schools), Dr. Steven D. Herrington (Sonoma County Superintendent of Schools), Amanda Dickey (CCSESA Director, Intergovernmental and Legal Affairs), Dr. Barbara Nemko (Napa County Superintendent of Schools).
Materials from the federal advocacy trip can be found here: