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EEI Teleconference Minutes September 10, 2009

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State of California
Arnold Schwarzenegger, Governor

Curriculum Development and Supplemental Materials Commission
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Final Meeting Minutes: September 10, 2009 Ad Hoc Committee on the Education and the Environment Initiative (EEI) Teleconference Meeting Minutes

Approved on September 24, 2009

Report of Action

September 10, 2009
3:30 to 5:00 p.m.

EEI Ad Hoc Committee Members Present via Teleconference at the California Department of Education (CDE):
EEI Ad Hoc Committee Members Present via Teleconference at Additional Sites:
EEI Ad Hoc Committee Members Absent:
Curriculum Commissioners Present at Additional Sites:
CDE Staff Present:
Members of the Public Present at CDE:
Members of the Public at Other Locations:
  1. Welcome and introductions

Chair Tate called the Ad Hoc Committee on the Education and the Environment Initiative (EEI) to order at 3:30 p.m. and asked everyone on the conference call to introduce themselves. Chair Tate noted that the purpose of the meeting was to help the Committee prepare for the final recommendations on the EEI model curriculum at the full Curriculum Commission meeting on September 24, 2009. The meeting discussion included hearing public comment on the EEI model curriculum; discussing the IMR/CRE Reports of Findings, reviewing the written public comment received to date, and planning for the September 24 Curriculum Commission meeting. No formal action or roll call votes were taken at this meeting.

  1. Public Comment

The Committee heard public comment from Andrea Lewis, Assistant Secretary, Cal/EPA. Her comments addressed the public feedback received to date on the EEI model curriculum, edits and corrections identified by the review panels, revisions to unit 12.3.1., the draft outline for the User’s Guide, and the Cal/EPA’s and CIWMB’s proposed plan to revise the “partially” and “not met” units. No other comments were presented.

  1. Discuss the IMR/CRE Report of Findings

The Committee first discussed the “fully met” IMR/CRE Reports of Findings. Commissioners agreed with the findings of the “fully met” IMR/CRE Reports of Findings, and agreed that only substantive edits and corrections be included in the Curriculum Commission Advisory Report. Commissioners discussed that the review panel’s job was not to edit the units but to identify “content” errors that needed to be addressed. The Committee received confirmation from the Cal/EPA and CIWMB that the units were going through a thorough editing process. They will request the Curriculum Commission’s approval to make minor edits identified during the copy edit process.

Commissioner Ward asked why unit 12.3.1., which her panel found to be fully met, was being revised by the Cal/EPA and CIWMB. Andrea Lewis explained that subsequent to the submission of this unit for review, a Cal/EPA economist found that revisions were needed to clarify and strengthen the discussion of certain topics covered in the overview and background sections of the unit. The Cal/EPA and CIWMB felt that these changes improved the unit and will submit a plan for the revisions to the Curriculum Commission for approval.

The Committee then discussed the IMR/CRE Reports of Findings for the “partially” and “not met” units. Commissioner Bjerke had questions regarding the public comment on unit 4.2.1., that Indians were discussed as if they were “extinct.” Jerry Lieberman, the consultant in charge of the EEI unit development, discussed this issue with the commenter and plans to work with former Commissioner Dixon to address the concerns. Commissioners Lanphere and Ward, whose panels submitted the “partially” and “not met” reports, felt that the revisions proposed by the Cal/EPA and CIWMB targeted the panels’ concerns and would address the units’ alignment with the standards. All Committee members agreed with the findings of the “partially” and “not met” IMR/CRE Reports of Findings, and the Cal/EPA’s and CIWMB’s plans to revise these units.

The Committee also discussed the Department staff’s recommendation that the Curriculum Commission Advisory Report only include substantive edits and corrections, for example only those edits that affect the content of the materials not edits for punctuation, capitalization, spelling, or grammar. The expectation remains that these non-substantive edits will be addressed by the Cal/EPA and CIWMB, and language to that affect will be included in the Commission’s report.

  1. Discussion of written public comment received on the EEI curriculum units

Chair Brooks discussed the public comment received to date on the EEI curriculum. He noted that the concerns expressed in the public comment from the National Geographic Society, Heal the Bay, and Seventh Generation Advisors had been addressed by the Cal/EPA and CIWMB. Commissioners also discussed the public comment concerning Native Americans and the political tone of unit 12.7.6., “Making and Implementing Environmental Laws.” The Cal/EPA and CIWMB stated that revisions would be made to resolve these issues.

  1. Planning for the September 24, 2009, Curriculum Commission Meeting

Ad Hoc Committee Chair Tate discussed the agenda for the September 24 Curriculum Commission Meeting. At that meeting, Commissioners will schedule action on (1) the 76 “fully met” EEI units and staff’s recommendation to include only substantive edits in the Curriculum Commission Advisory Report; (2) the Cal/EPA’s and CIWMB’s plan to revise the “partially” and “not met” units and unit 12.3.1., and delegate the review of the revised units to the EEI Ad Hoc Committee or designated Commissioners; and (3) delegating the approval of the final Curriculum Commission Advisory Report to the Chairs of the Curriculum Commission and the EEI Ad Hoc Committee.

EEI Ad Hoc Committee Chair Tate called for any final public comment, hearing none, the meeting was adjourned at 5:00 p.m.

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