Pictured (from R – L): Dr. Deneen Guss (Monterey), Dr. Barbara Nemko (Napa), Ms. Gayle Garbolino-Mojica (Placer), Mr. Scott Nanik (Calaveras), Ms. Lisette Estrella-Henderson (Solano), Mr. Peter Birdsall (CCSESA), Mr. Ted Alejandre (San Bernardino), Ms. Amanda M. Dickey, Esq. (CCSESA), Ms. Mary Sakuma (Butte), Dr. Steven D. Herrington (Sonoma).
In September, CCSESA led a group of eight county superintendents to Washington D.C. for our second federal advocacy trip of 2019. County superintendents from throughout the state met with the White House Office of Domestic Policy, the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services, Federal Communications Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel, U.S. Education Department Assistant Secretary Frank Brogan, as well as 24 meetings on the Hill with congressional offices.
Top priorities on CCSESA’s discussion platform included:
A push to allocate an equitable percentage of new available dollars to education programs;
The need for special education funding and regulatory reform;
Strategies to increase Head Start income eligibility;
Superintendents also spent significant time sharing local stories related to this trip’s highlight issue – mental health. Whether caused by natural disasters, neglect, or abuse, all of the superintendents spoke about the students in their communities who have been impacted by trauma and who need ongoing behavioral health treatment and care long after first responders leave and emergency funds dry up.
CCSESA members were joined by CCSESA Executive Director Peter Birdsall, and CCSESA Director of Intergovernmental & Legal Affairs Amanda M. Dickey, Esq..
As you have conversations with your Representatives in district, please feel free to use the materials below. CCSESA will return for our annual Spring legislative trip in March 2020.