Approved on September 24, 2009
August 10, 2009
4:35 to 5:25 p.m.
John Brooks, Chair
Glee Johnson, California Department of Education, Sacramento, CA
Michelle Herczog, Williamsburg Inn, Williamsburg, VA
Martha Hernandez, Ventura County Office of Education, Camarillo, CA
Lucy Medina, Agua Caliente Elementary School, Cathedral City, CA
RoseMary Parga-Duran, Merced City School District, Merced, CA
Kevin Wooldridge, Education for Change Office, Oakland, CA
Senator Denise Ducheny, Senator’s District Office, Chula Vista, CA
Deb Sigman, CDE, Sacramento, CA
Susan Martimo, CDE, Sacramento, CA
Sandi Adams-Jones, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Doubletree Hotel, Sacramento, CA
Craig Scott, Math Teachers Press, Doubletree Hotel, Sacramento, CA
Marsha Russo, Teacher’s Curriculum Institute (TCI), Doubletree Hotel, Sacramento, CA
Christine Bertrand, California Science Teachers Association, Doubletree Hotel, Sacramento, CA
Andrea Lewis, California Environmental Protection Agency, Doubletree Hotel, Sacramento, CA
Gretchen Muller, California Mathematics Council, Doubletree Hotel, Sacramento, CA
Natasha Martin, Teacher’s Curriculum Institute, CDE, Sacramento, CA
Daniel Enz, Assemblymember Carter’s Office, CDE, Sacramento
Nadia Leal, Senator Ducheny’s Office, CDE, Sacramento
Angelo Sandoval, Senator Ducheny’s Office, CDE, Sacramento
Sheri Willebrand, California Mathematics Council, Williamsburg Inn, Williamsburg, VA
Chair John Brooks called the Curriculum Commission teleconference meeting to order at 4:35 p.m.
Chair Brooks stated that the purpose of the meeting was the effects of the state budget to the Curriculum Commission. This is an informational meeting and no action will be taken. He asked Thomas Adams, Executive Director, Curriculum Commission and Division Director, CFIRD, to update the Commission on the budget actions taken.
On July 28, 2009, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed AB X4 2. In Section 28, the bill stops all work on instructional materials adoptions and curriculum framework revisions effective immediately and continuing until the 2013-14 school year. The pertinent section of the bill states:60200.7. Notwithstanding Sections 60200 and 60200.1, the state board shall not adopt instructional materials or follow the procedures adopted pursuant to Sections 60200 and 60200.1 until the 2013-14 school year.
As a result, Governor Schwarzenegger cut funding to the California Department of Education by $705,000 in order to suspend the work on frameworks and instructional materials adoptions. The message states:
Item 6110-001-0001—For support of the Department of Education. The Governor reduced this item from $38,210,000 to $37,505,000 by reducing: (2) 20-Instructional Support from $158,747,000 to $158,042,000, and by deleting Provision 7.
The Governor is reducing this item by $705,000 to capture the maximum amount of savings from the instructional materials flexibility provided in the Education trailer bill to school districts, which suspends the adoption of instructional materials by the State Board of Education (Board) and the subsequent purchasing requirements for school districts until 2013-14. As a result, it is unnecessary for the Curriculum Development and Supplemental Materials Commission to continue to advise the Board on content frameworks and instructional materials adoptions for the next five years or until an agreed-upon process is reestablished. This reduction removes funding for unnecessary Commission per diem and travel as well as funding for Department staff.
To be in compliance with AB X4 2 and the Governor’s veto message, the Commission’s work on curriculum frameworks and instructional materials has been stopped and future meetings of the Commission will have to be modified to fulfill other statutory obligations and with minimal costs.
The Education and the Environment Initiative will continue; it is not a curriculum framework or adoption of instructional materials and it is funded by Cal-EPA.
Chair Brooks invited the Commissioners to briefly share the subject areas that will be immediately impacted by AB X4 2, which will affect the work of the Curriculum Commission.
Commissioner Ward, Chair of History-Social Science Subject Matter Committee, noted the strengths of the new draft, such as the new universal access, assessment and professional development chapters and the weaknesses of the existing History-Social Science Framework, for example the absence of guidance on teaching English learners.
Commissioner Medley, Chair of the Science Subject Matter Committee, reported that the existing Science Framework is not current and will not reflect developments in stem cell research and the Education and the Environment Initiative.
Commissioner Bjerke, Chair of the Mathematics Subject Matter Committee, stated that the existing Mathematics Framework does not adequately address problem solving, is anti-technology, and gives minimal guidance on English learners.
Commissioner Johnson, Chair of the Health Subject Matter Committee, noted that the current Health Framework is not aligned to the SBE-adopted standards.
Commissioner Lanphere, Chair of the World Language Subject Matter Committee, explained that without the follow-up adoptions there will not be the opportunity to adopt instructional materials in Mandarin Chinese. Currently, there are no materials adopted in this language.
Commissioner Ducheny suggested all Commissioners write letters to the legislature explaining what the effects of stopping the revision or update of content frameworks for the next five years or until an agreed upon process is established.
Chair Brooks will also be writing a letter to State Board of Education President Ted Mitchell on the effects of the recent actions.
The next Curriculum Commission meeting will be a conference call meeting on Thursday, September 24, 2009 from 3 to 5 p.m. The purpose of the meeting will be to recommend to the SBE the Education and the Environment Initiative (EEI) Curriculum review.
Christine Bertrand, Executive Director, California Science Teachers Association, concurred with the comments that Bama Medley made about the impact of not going forward with the update of the Science Framework.
Sheri Willebrand, President-elect, California Mathematics Council, concurred with the comment Hope Bjerke made about the impact of not going forward with the update of the Mathematics Framework.
The meeting was adjourned at 4:55 p.m.