CDE Trims Budget Through Partial Reorganization

By Jeff Hudson - July 10, 2009

Faced with budget cuts, plus the recent departure of Deputy Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction Tony Monreal, a partial reorganization of the California Department of Education (CDE) was announced last week by State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O’Connell.

Effective July 1, the following Branch and Division changes went into effect:

  1. Deputy Superintendent Deb Sigman will head the Curriculum, Learning and Accountability Branch which will include the following divisions: Accountability and Improvement,...

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The African American Advisory Committee Seeking Members

January 30, 2009

The State Board of Education (SBE) is looking for teachers, administrators, parents, and education and business stakeholders to serve on the African American Advisory Committee (AAAC).  The Committee is charged with providing the SBE ongoing advice on variety of issues related to the education of African American students.  The AAAC was created to ensure that African American students have access to the same high quality core curriculum, is tested to determine their academic progress and the progress of their school...

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Revisions in Recognition Program Aim to Narrow Gap

November 21, 2008

In State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O'Connell's efforts to narrow the achievement gap in California’s schools, he announced the revisions made to the California School Recognition Program (CSRP).  Under the 2009 CSRP, in order to become a California Distinguished School, schools must meet a variety of eligibility criteria including designated federal and state accountability measures based on No Child Left Behind, Adequate Yearly Progress, and the Academic Performance Index...

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State Board Discusses Program Improvement, Looks to New Administration in Washington

November 7, 2008

Tuesday night's dramatic presidential election results generated reverberations on Wednesday and Thursday at the State Board of Education (SBE) meeting in Sacramento, as the board members looked forward to the day when a new administration will be handling federal requirements under the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB).

On multiple agenda items, SBE members mentioned that the California Department of Education (CDE) will soon be working with a new Secretary of Education at the federal level – an Obama appointee...

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Reducing Paperwork from the Funding Master Plan

October 24, 2008

California school districts need to make an annual effort to keep their records “up-to-date” with the California Department of Education.

Under the revised Funding Master Plan (FMP), applicants only have to submit certain information once a year, and that information will be kept on file for use in other applications.

This revision should help save personnel hours, avoid duplicative paperwork, increase efficiency...

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TSS Services Endorsed By ACSA

October 10, 2008

The educational consulting firm Total School Solutions (TSS) and the Association of California School Administrators (ACSA) have entered into an agreement by which ACSA endorses the following TSS services:

    1. Demographic Analysis & Enrollment Projection Studies
    2. Developer Fees Justification Studies
    3. District Assistance & Intervention Team (DAIT)
    4. District-wide Strategic Planning...

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