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Model SARB Recognition Program Invitation Letter

Letter Head: Tom Torlakson, State Superintendent of Public Instruction, California Department of Education

November 25, 2014

Dear School Attendance Review Board Chairpersons:

MODEL SCHOOL ATTENDANCE REVIEW BOARD RECOGNITION PROGRAM 2014–15

You are cordially invited to participate in the 2014–15 Model School Attendance Review Board (SARB) Recognition Program, which is sponsored by the California Department of Education (CDE) in cooperation with the California Association of Supervisors of Child Welfare and Attendance (CASCWA).

This program identifies and recognizes results-based school attendance improvement programs at the district or county level—outstanding and innovative programs that will serve as models for other SARBs in the state.

This year’s application package has been streamlined to provide more options to applicants. There are nine Content Areas. Applicants will complete the five required Content Areas, and choose a sixth from among the four optional Content Areas instead of completing all nine Content Areas. This new approach is designed to make the application process easier and to allow local SARBs to highlight an area of particular strength in their program.

The CDE encourages SARBs that meet the eligibility criteria in the required Content Areas to submit an application to the Model SARB Recognition Program. The application is available on the CDE School Attendance Review Board Web page at http://www.cde.ca.gov/ls/ai/sb.

Awards will be presented to successful Model SARB Recognition Program applicants at the annual CASCWA State Conference in April 2015 in Napa, California.

If you have any questions regarding this subject, please contact David Kopperud, Education Programs Consultant, Educational Options, Student Support, and American Indian Education Office, by phone at 916-323-1028 or by e-mail at dkopperud@cde.ca.gov.

Sincerely,

Tom Torlakson

TT:dk

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