EdCal 2008 Archives

December

December 22, 2008
December 22, 2008
ACSA Executive Director Bob Wells addresses current challenges and the association's commitment to securing adequate resources for schools; the 2009 Personnel Institute promises to be inspirational; an agreement is reached in a 14-year-old dispute on Positive Behavioral Intervention Plan mandates; and the Commission on Teacher Credentialing looks at math preparation.
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December 15, 2008
December 15, 2008
ACSA's new Web site is evolving as a cutting-edge tool; administrators are urged to contact their legislators about budget cuts; STRS releases audit results; ACSA forms a partnership with the Consortium for School Networking; and the Walk'bout protocol is back!
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December 8, 2008
December 8, 2008
New legislators are entering another round in the state's ongoing budget battle; the ACSA Education Legal Support Fund continues to fight for schools; the Negotiators Symposium aims to build capacity; and ACSA urges members to get involved by finding their regions and contacting the region president.
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November

November 24, 2008
November 24, 2008
The Legislative Analyst warns the state budget deficit could hit nearly $30 billion if the Legislature fails to act soon; the new Leadership Institute provides principal-focused delivery; Distingushed Schools criteria is expanded; and regional members are urged to become more active.
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November 17, 2008
November 17, 2008
The governor proposes fixes for an $11 billion budget deficit this year and outlines a plan for increasing revenues for the future; the ACSA Leadership Summit renews and refreshes; ACSA names AASA Supt. of the Year; LEA Cohort 2 enters Corrective Action; and recipients of the association's top five awards are profiled.
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October

November 3, 2008
November 3, 2008
The state budget picture continues to falter; A temporary restraining order stalls Algebra 1 mandate until Dec. 19 hearing; ACSA coaching programs benefit districts looking to combat principal turnover; and EdCal profiles the association's 2008 Superintendent of the Year.
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October 27, 2008
October 27, 2008
ACSA delivers the message that alegbra should be a graduation requirement, not an eighth grade mandate; a credentialing position paper is produuced; Leadership Summit networking will be first class; a new program aims to promote the principalship; and ACSA names its elementary and middle grades administrators of the year.
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October 13, 2008
October 13, 2008
ACSA loses its founding executive director, Bill Cunningham; the Legislature may meet in special session, as ACSA continues to call for a new and stable revenue source; women in the superintendency is the topic of a Leadership Summit breakfast; and ACSA names its 2008 Classified Manager of the Year.
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October 6, 2008
October 6, 2008
ACSA's final analysis of the 2008-09 state budget indicates a continued fiscal uncertainty for education into 2010-11; ACSA urges a stepped-up effort in the battle to return Social Security benefits to those who lose them upon entering the education field; and the 2008 Professor of Education of the Year is named.
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September

September 29, 2008
September 29, 2008
A state budget is signed that offers only short-term fiscal relief and threatens future funding; a Leadership Summit pre-conference aims to build political savvy; the SBE adopts a streamlined waiver process; and ACSA names its 2008 Superintendent/Principal of the Year.
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September 22, 2008
September 22, 2008
A new budget proposal, which the governor has said he will veto, would create longterm funding woes for education; the fourth education secretary in five years resigns; ACSA supports a ballot measure on redistricting; and the 2008 Personnel/Human Resources administrator of the Year is named.
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September 15, 2008
September 15, 2008
The Education Coalition holds budget rallies throughout the state; ACSA joins CSBA lawsuit on Algebra mandate; and ACSA names its Career Technical Education Administrator of the Year.
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September 1, 2008
September 1, 2008
The 2007-08 ACSA Annual Report can be found inside this edition; there is no state budget, 58 days after the constitutional deadline; ACSA joins a Prop. 39 charter facilities lawsuit; and the Confidential Employee of the Year is named.
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August

August 25, 2008
August 25, 2008
The state budget stalemate continues; Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O'Connell confirms he is speaking at ACSA's Classified Educational Leaders Institute; and ACSA names its 2008 Pupil Personnel Administrator of the Year.
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August 18, 2008
August 18, 2008
The state Legislature is close to reaching a deal on the budget; a new report reveals an increase in underqualified EL teachers; the state superintendent speaks out against a new algebra mandate; and ACSA names its 2008 Elementary Co-Administrator of the Year.
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August 11, 2008
August 11, 2008
Gov. Schwarzenegger proposes a 1-cent sales tax increase to offset the budget deficit; two California educators earn national awards for nutrition efforts; and ACSA names its 2008 Continuation/Educational Options Administrator of the Year.
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July

July 28, 2008
A new report shows a lack of algebra teachers in California, the Education Coalition supports the Legislature's budget plan, and ACSA names its 2008 Adult Education Administrator of the Year.
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July 21, 2008
Many school programs are being cut due to the state budget deficit, newly released data using individual student identifiers is inaccurate, and ACSA names its 2008 Secondary Principal of the Year.
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July 14, 2008
New radio ads focus on protecting funding for public schools, educators decry a new requirement for Algebra 1 in eighth grade, and ACSA names its 2008 Business Services Administrator of the Year.
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June

June 30, 2008
The state Legislature has adopted a cash management plan to deal with the state budget crisis, ACSA submits comments on regulations under Title 1 of NCLB, and ACSA names its 2008 Curriculum and Instruction Administrator of the Year.
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June 23, 2008
A bill advances in Congress that would halt the provisions of No Child Left Behind, ACSA's new president outlines his goals for the coming year, and ACSA's 2008 Central Office Administrator of the Year is highlighted.
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June 9, 2008
A trial court rules in favor of the SBE in regards to approving benefit charters; ACSA speaks out against proposed changes to English learner regs under NCLB; and ACSA's 2008 Special Education Administrator of the Year is named.
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June 2, 2008
A poll shows most Californians are opposed to the governor's budget cuts to education; ACSA installs its new officers for 2008-09; and ACSA names its 2008 Secondary Co-Administrator of the Year.
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May

May 19, 2008
Although it still contains huge cuts to schools, Governor Schwarzenegger's May Revise avoids the suspension of Proposition 98; ACSA introduces a new professional learning package for superintendents; and ACSA's Learning and Teaching Task Force outlines its goals.
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May 12, 2008
The state has named its first-ever Classified Employees of the Year; ACSA was successful in removing fingerprinting mandates from CBET regulations; and California's budget woes have the unexpected consequence of teachers being wooed away by other states.
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May 5, 2008
The U.S. Secretary of Education proposes changes to NCLB; a new report shows although more minorities attend college, fewer graduate; and the PTA joins together to oppose budget cuts.
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April

April 28, 2008
ACSA's Chuck Weis was named superintendent of Santa Clara County; a new report shows that career technical education can reduce dropouts; and ACSA leaders are encouraged to meet with state officials to discuss the impact budget cuts would have on local schools.
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April 21, 2008
The bill-making process is in full swing with a number of autism- and retirement-related bills making their way through the Capitol; while the governor's approval rating dips in the aftermath of budget cuts.
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April 14, 2008
A bill would make improvements to the API regarding student data; state officials discuss the graduation rates of special education students; and a report questions U.S. Census Bureau data regarding per-pupil spending.
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March

March 31, 2008
ACSA vice presidential candidate Bob Noyes discusses his vision for the future of the organization; while leaders at one San Jose high school share their methods of narrowing the achievement gap and improving their school's API.
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March 24, 2008
This issue describes the State Board of Education's Action regarding local educational agencies facing corrective action under No Child Left Behind, while ACSA's Administrators of the Year Awards is announced.
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March 17, 2008
ACSA bestows its Friend of Education Award on Assembly member Gene Mullin; regulations regarding charter school facilities are approved; and one ACSA leader describes why continuation high schools are a crucial component to public education.
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March 10, 2008
This issue provides a question-and-answer guide to March 15 notices; while school leaders from throughout the state descend on the State Capitol to rally against proposed budget cuts.
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March 3, 2008
Governor Schwarzenegger and Superintendent of Public Instrution unveil their plan for 97 local education agencies facing corrective action under No Child Left Behind.
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February

February 25, 2008
The state Legislature passes mid-year budget cuts; ACSA receives the President's Award from the California Association of School Psychologists; and a coalition is formed to address the rising costs of health care in schools.
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February 11, 2008
This issue describes the development of ACSA's Urban Education Committee's position paper. This includes a biannual publication of an Urban Ed Newsletter and an urban education conference.
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February 4, 2008
ACSA calls on its members to take action to protect students and schools from buget cuts and the suspension of Prop. 98; while President bush out lines a plan to expand a federal school voucher program.
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January

January 28, 2008
In this issue, the Education Coaliltion speaks out against budget cuts; Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O'Connell delivers his annual State of Education address; and ACSA's Professional Standards Advocates answer questions regarding superintendent contracts.
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January 21, 2008
This issue further discusses the Education Coalition's opposition to the evisceration of Proposition 98; the governor's Committee on Education Excellence releases its report; while No Child Left Behind is ruled an unfunded mandate.
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