Alameda County Superintendent of Schools L. Karen Monroe Appointed to CCEE Governing Board
The California State Senate Rules Committee selected Ms. Monroe to join the CCEE Governing Board which also includes State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond and State Board of Education member Sue Burr. Ms. Monroe replaces Santa Cruz Superintendent of Schools Michael Watkins on the Governing Board, a five-member panel that oversees the statewide agency’s policies, operations, and finances. “County offices of education play such an important role in supporting districts to close equity and achievement gaps,” Superintendent Monroe said. “I hope my voice and my experience representing the work of county offices will be valuable to the Board as they seek to create opportunities for collaboration and partnership.”
Read the press release here.
New PACE Report and Event—The Challenges of Health Benefit Costs for California Districts
When: Tuesday, June 11, 2019 – 10:00am to 11:00am
Where: Tsakopoulos Library Galleria | 828 I St, Sacramento, CA 95814
PACE has released a new report highlighting a financial challenge facing many California districts – the cost of employee and retiree health and welfare. PACE will hold a briefing on this report in Sacramento on June 11, 2019 from 10:00-11:00am. Report author, Paul Bruno of the University of Southern California, will present his PACE report on the challenges of employee and retiree health benefit costs for California districts. Superintendent Jorge Aguilar will discuss the issue of health care costs for Sacramento City Unified School District, and Michael Fine, CEO of Fiscal Crisis and Management Assistance Team (FCMAT), will provide a broader perspective on districts across the state and what some possible approaches are to solving the financial pressures facing school districts as a result of escalating health care costs. Register for the event here.
New CDE Podcast Episode—News Update
State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond hosts bi-weekly media check-ins to provide an overview of what the CDE is focused on and updates from his office. Listen to it on iTunes or Android Podcasts by searching for ‘CDE Ed Talks.’ Or listen to it from your web browser on the CDE website here.
California Considers Overhauling Test of Reading Instruction for Teachers in Training
California is considering overhauling a test intended to measure whether prospective teachers are prepared to be effective reading instructors. To read more, click here.
Classified School Employee Week: May 19-25
California’s Legislature named the third full week of May “Classified School Employee Week” to honor the contributions classified employees make in the daily life of students. From the time students board a school bus to the time they head home at the end of the day, every aspect of their educational experience is impacted by a classified school employee. State Superintendent Tony Thurmond will honor the 2019 Classified School Employees of the Year at a luncheon on the 23rd of May. The annual program honors six outstanding classified school employees from the following categories: Child Nutrition; Maintenance, Operations, and Facilities; Office and Technical Support; Para-Educator and Instructional Assistance; Support Services and Security; and Transportation. This year’s recipients were chosen from more than 100 nominations statewide.