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CCSESA Newsletter2019

NovemberVolume 17 / Issue 10

Leadership Link

Mr. Kermith R. Walters Siskiyou County Superintendent of Schools

  • “Every decision I make I think about what is best for my students, period.”


    What led you to become County Superintendent?

    When the prior superintendent was getting ready to retire, there wasn’t interest from any of the other superintendents, so I put my name in the hat.

    What inspired you to enter the field of education?

    That one teacher, Mr. Else, in high school was my inspiration.


  • Do you have a particular goal that drives you?

    I want the students in my county to have the same educational opportunities that are available to other students in California.  To ensure that small school districts have access to all the same resources available to large urban districts. I want others know where Siskiyou County is and that it’s a part of our great state.

    What objectives do you hope to achieve?

    I have been involved in the National Forest Counties and Schools Coalition working on a long term solution for the Secure Rural Schools Act funding.  My hope is that before I retire, we will have a long term solution.

    What are your interests?

    My wife Shawn and I love to camp and take our kayaks to the many lakes we have in our area. We also enjoy fishing, hiking and riding our bikes  I love working on and restoring old cars and pickups.

    Who are the special people in your life?

    The special people in my life are my wife Shawn, who without her support and encouragement, I wouldn’t be where I’m at today.  My kids, Janessa and Jared, who I’m very proud of.

    Follow Siskiyou County Office of Education on twitter at @SiskiyouCOE

From The Desk Of

Peter Birdsall Executive Director

On Wednesday, the Legislative Analyst’s Office (LAO) released their “Fiscal Outlook” report for 2020-21 and beyond. At the very least, the report seems to imply that there will be substantial one-time funding available for allocation in the coming state budget.

Overall, the LAO projects a $7 billion surplus of revenues exceeding expenditures, but then projects that only $3 billion is available for ongoing purposes, and potentially less than $1 billion if “plausible” events take place, such as the federal government ruling against California on a major tax issue.

For Proposition 98, which includes K-12 education and community colleges, the Outlook projects $2.1 billion being available above the amount needed for a cost-of-living adjustment. However, the LAO recommends that at least one-half of that amount be set-aside for one-time spending.

For CCSESA, our response to these projections is crafted in at least two settings. First, the CCSESA Legislative Committee is scheduled to meet via conference call on December 10 and will review the LAO’s fiscal projections. If you have recommendations or concerns about the budget, I urge you to contact your region’s or steering committee’s representative on the Legislative Committee.

Second, CCSESA is an active participant in the Education Coalition, which consists of nine major statewide education organizations. Recognizing that the education community is most effective when speaking with a united voice, the Coalition will work to agree on priorities for the 2020-21 budget.

Initially we would expect that the top priorities for ongoing funding will be increased general purpose funding and/or special education funding. However, the amount of projected funding certainly allows room to advocate for important, smaller investments, like funding training and support for charter school authorizers to effectively implement the recent charter school legislation.

It is clear that State Board President Linda Darling Hammond is a strong advocate for increased funding for teacher and principal training and coaching. For that reason, it is reasonable to assume that the Governor will propose additional funding for such programs.

CCSESA has become increasingly active on budget issues outside Proposition 98. This is where Governor Newsom has funded expansion of early education and other services for children ages 0-5, and additional funding for mental health services for children. It is likely that these are the issue areas where the most serious tension will emerge between the projection of a significant budget surplus and the LAO’s cautionary statement to be prepared for “plausible events” that are outside the Legislature’s control.

Recruitment and Retention Symposium

The Recruitment and Retention Symposium took place in Downtown Sacramento on Wednesday, November 13th. Hosted by The San Luis Obispo County Office of Education, CCSESA, the California Center on Teaching Careers (CTC), the Symposium was attended by about 100 attendees, from 27 counties.

The Symposium focused on one of the most pressing issues facing California schools; how to staff our classrooms with a stable, quality teaching workforce. Educator shortages are a function of fewer individuals pursuing teaching, high rates of teacher turnover, and low unemployment. The symposium was designed to facilitate discussion across the state on successes in recruitment and retention of educators, how these practices can be leveraged, and which of the recent legislative incentives are having the most success.

The Symposium began with the keynote speaker, Tara Kini, Director of State Policy at the Learning Policy Institute, sharing current data and research on building a strong, stable and diverse educator workforce. Ms. Kini was followed by a dynamic panel which included Jack O’Connell, Mary Sandy (CTC), David Sapp (SBE), Hana Ma (ETW), Wes Smith (ACSA), and Darryl Johnson (Panama Buena Vista Union School District), led by Superintendent Jim Brescia (San Luis Obispo). The panel discussed effective and sustainable retention and recruitment strategies as well as advocacy.

Following the panel, breakout sessions focused on best practices to diversify the workforce, and strategies for rural and urban LEAs.

The Legislative Analyst’s Office (LAO) Releases the 2020-21 Budget Fiscal Outlook

Prior to the release of the Governor’s January budget proposal, one of the most anticipated pieces of information is the Fiscal Outlook report coming from the LAO’s office.

Each year the LAO publishes the Fiscal Outlook in anticipation of the beginning of the state budget process. The Fiscal Outlook relies on specific assumptions on the future of the state economy, including predictions on revenues and expenditures. The information provided by the LAO is not definitive, rather it reflects their best guidance to the Legislature based on their professional assessments.

For the 2020-21 budget year, the LAO believes that the state will have significant resources to pay for its existing commitments. Further, the LAO believes that there will be an estimated $7 billion surplus available for fiscal year 2020-21.

The LAO estimates that between $1 to $3 billion of the surplus will be available for additional ongoing spending. This would be based on, among other things, whether the federal government approves the managed care organization tax and the extent to which the state faces any major wildfires or other disasters. The balance not directed to ongoing expenditures could be used to fund one-time spending.

With respect to education funding, the LAO believes that the Proposition 98 guarantee for 2020-21 will be at $84.3 billion, an increase of $3.4 billion. After accounting for a 1.79 percent Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA), approximately $1.1 billion; and, a deposit of $350 million to the Proposition 98 Reserve required pursuant to the California Constitution, the LAO predicts that approximately
$2.1 billion would be available for additional ongoing education spending. The LAO also estimates that an additional $500 million would be available from one-time funds.

If this additional funding is available, there are several areas where it could be programed including Local Control Funding Formula, special education, mental health, and reducing retirement contributions, just to name a few. We will know more in the coming months and when Governor Newsom releases his January budget proposal.


Click here for the full LAO fiscal outlook report for 2020-21.


Virtual Teaching Career Fairs 2020

California Center on Teaching Careers is hosting a series of virtual career fairs. Interested candidates can participate in California’s upcoming statewide virtual job fairs and consider the teaching profession, without geographic barriers for recruiting districts and agencies.

The unique virtual experience simulates the look and feel of a real fair through an online platform and allows prospective teacher candidates to remotely meet with California education agencies. Candidates can chat live and connect via videoconference from the comfort of respective offices and homes.

Upcoming dates in March, April and May of 2020.  Download the flyer here.  If you are a Local Education Agency and are interested in hosting a booth please contact Marvin Lopez for more information.

Sign Up For Emergency Alerts In Your County

Each County in California has an alerting program that you can sign up for to receive alerts if an emergency situation were to arise in your county. If you work in one county, but you live in another, you can sign up for both. In most cases you will need to provide a mobile phone number and an email address. Signing up for local emergency alerts is an important part of any emergency preparedness plan. Click here  for resources to sign up for alerts in your county.

For tips on preparedness, the Governors Office of Emergency Services (CalOES) has created a helpful brochure listing 10 ways to be prepared for an emergency situation. You can download the brochure here.

For emergency preparedness on the county level, make sure to download CCSESA’s Emergency Recovery Guide For California County Offices Of Education – which informs county offices of education (COEs) as they help school districts prepare for recovery after a large-scale multiagency, multijurisdictional emergency.

CCSESA Arts Initiative Offers Professional Development Opportunity

Join us for a powerful day of learning based on this new Creativity at the Core Module 20 Music Instruction and Universal Design for Learning (UDL): Grades TK-6. California school districts have been undergoing change, incorporating Multi-Tiered System of Supports into their schools and district. This has decreased the population of students with IEPs in Special Day Classes, increasing the inclusion of students in classrooms throughout the district.

Based on data attained from educator and administrator surveys, teachers, both general classroom and certificated specialist teachers, would like to learn how to provide quality arts instruction to all students in their classroom. Learn instructional strategies needed to allow the various types of learners access to arts learning, and would like to receive more professional learning in this topic.

What: Module 20: Music Instruction and Universal Design for Learning (UDL) Training

When: January 15, 2020

Where: Yolo County Office of Education, Woodland, CA

Cost: $100 – lunch and printed materials included

Interested? To register, click here!

Presented by:
Stacy Young ,Visual & Performing Arts Program Manager, Humboldt County Office of Education, Steve Venz, Chief Program Officer/Chief Academic Officer, Little Kids Rock and Former Visual and Performing Arts Coordinator, Orange County Department of Education

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