From The Desk Of
Peter Birdsall Executive Director
As the legislative process moves towards approval of a final state budget for 2019-20, recurrent themes are that we are not just talking about LCFF anymore and county offices of education are viewed as key agencies in addressing a range of important issues. At the June General Membership meeting, we will be able to report how these issues were resolved. As the discussions continue in late May, key topics include:
- Teacher Assignment monitoring— California will be moving to annually monitoring of teacher assignments in all school districts and charter schools. The Governor’s January proposal would have removed county offices from that system, but all three versions of the budget (Governor, Senate and Assembly) now rely on county offices, with the Assembly version extending county office monitoring to all charter schools.
- Special education interagency coordination–CCSESA has led a coalition of groups in building a more collaborative relationship with the California Department of Health Care Services, but there is room for more progress. All versions of the budget include language and funding for a workgroup on interagency collaboration to expand access to federal Medi-Cal funds.
- Educator Workforce Investment Grants– would appropriate non-Proposition 98 funding to support teacher training, with preference given to applications that partner with a county office of education or consortium of county offices.