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Year 2011

Correspondence from State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson from 2011.

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December

California State Board of Education 2012 Call for Applications Instructional Quality Commission
December 15, 2011: Letter to County and District Superintendents and Charter School Administrators requesting assistance in recruiting individuals for membership on the Instructional Quality Commission.

Child Nutrition Reauthorization 2010: Indirect Cost Guidance
December 9, 2011: Letter to County and District Superintendents, Charter School Administrators, School Business Officials, and Nutrition Service Directors regarding guidance for charging indirect costs to the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program.

2012 Classified School Employee of the Year Program
December 6, 2011: Letter to County and District Superintendents and Charter School Administrators the 2012 Classified School Employee of the Year Program (CSEY).

Request for Reviewers to Evaluate Supplemental Instructional Materials Aligned to the Common Core State Standards
December 2, 2011: Letter to County and District Superintendents, Charter School Administrators, and Interested Individuals and Organizations requesting assistance in recruiting individuals to participate in the evaluation of supplemental instructional materials aligned to the Common Core State Standards.

November

Recruiting Focus Group Members for the Revision of the Mathematics Framework for California Public Schools, Kindergarten Through Grade Twelve
November 16, 2011: Letter to County and District Superintendents and Charter School Administrators announcing recruitment of members for four focus groups to provide input on the revision of the Mathematics Framework for California Public School, Kindergarten Through Grade Twelve.

October

Proposition 39 Comment Opportunity
October 25, 2011: Letter to County and District Superintendents and Charter School Administrators regarding Proposition 39.

Implementation of Assembly Concurrent Resolution 162
October 18, 2011: Letter to County and District Superintendents, Charter School Administrators, and Special Education Local Plan Area Directors regarding Assembly Concurrent Resolution 162.

2012 California Distinguished School Awards
October 11, 2011: Letter to County and District Superintendents and Charter School Administrators regarding the California Distinguished School Awards Program.

State Schools Chief Torlakson Urges Congress to Approve American Jobs Act
October 10, 2011: Letter to Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi regarding the American Jobs Act.

Release of 2011 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 State Fiscal Stabilization Fund Great Teachers and Principals Survey Data
October 10, 2011: Letter to County and District Superintendents and Charter School Administrators regarding the 2011 Great Teachers and Principals Survey data required for collection by the American Recovery and Investment Act of 2009, State Fiscal Stabilization Fund.

2011–12 California Partnership Academies Clean Technology and Renewable Energy Grants
October 10, 2011: Letter to County and District Superintendents and Charter School Administrators regarding the availability of funds through the California Partnership Academies Program for Clean Technology and Renewable Energy grants.

Great California Shakeout Drill on October 20, 2011
October 10, 2011: Letter to County and District Superintendents and Charter School Administrators regarding the Great California ShakeOut Drill scheduled on October 20, 2011.

Genocide Education Survey
October 5, 2011: Letter to County and District Superintendents, Charter School Administrators, and High School Principals regarding the Genocide Education Survey.

September

Through Your Child’s Eyes: American Sign Language DVD
September 22, 2011: Letter to County and District Superintendents and Charter School Administrators regarding the announcement of a new DVD called Through Your Child's Eyes: American Sign Language.

Improving Student Nutrition and Academic Achievement Through School Breakfast Programs
September 21, 2011: Letter to County and District Superintendents, Charter School Administrators, and Nutrition Service Directors regarding School Breakfast Programs and the BreakfastFirst Campaign.

Work Experience Education and Work Permit Authorization
September 21, 2011: Letter to County and District Superintendents and Charter School Administrators regarding Work Experience Education programs and regulations associated with the issuance of work permits.

Working in Cooperation on the School Construction Process to Provide Safe and Modern School Facilities
September 8, 2011: Letter to County and District Superintendents and Charter School Administrators regarding the school construction process.

Common Core State Standards: Link to Listserv
September 7, 2011: Letter to County and District Superintendents and Charter Administrators with an invitation to subscribe to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) listserv account and a number of other communication resources.

Release of the Education for Homeless Children and Youth Programs Request for Application 2012–13
September 7, 2011: Letter to County and District Superintendents and Direct-Funded Charter School Administrators announcing the opportunity to request funds for the Education for Homeless Children and Youth Programs for fiscal year 2012–13, the first of a three-year grant cycle.

State Schools Chief Urges President Obama to Protect Education and Invest in Schools
September 6, 2011: Letter to President Obama in regards to protecting education by investing in teachers and needed school facilities.

National Preparedness Month
September 2, 2011: Joint letter with the California Department of Education and the California Emergency Management Agency to District Superintendents regarding National Preparedness Month.

American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 Section 1512 Reporting—September 2011
September 1, 2011: Letter to American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Subrecipients regarding September 2011 Quarterly Reporting under ARRA Section 1512, final State Fiscal Stabilization Fund apportionments, final ARRA Title I apportionments; final expenditure reports, and instructions for reporting.

August

SMARTER Balanced Assessment Consortium Mathematics Content Specifications Feedback Opportunity
August 29, 2011: Letter to County and District Superintendents and Charter School Administrators with an opportunity to provide feedback on the draft content specifications for the SMARTER Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC).

Schools Chief Torlakson Seeks Relief from NCLB Sanctions
August 23, 2011: Letter to U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan asking for support in providing state schools with immediate relief from the flawed policies of the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act.

SMARTER Balanced Assessment Consortium Draft Content Specifications Feedback Opportunity
August 15, 2011: Letter to County and District Superintendents and Charter School Administrators regarding an opportunity to provide feedback on the draft content specification that will be used to inform test development for the SMARTER Balanced Assessment Consortium.

2010–11 School Accountability Report Card Update
August 3, 2011: Letter to County and District Superintendents and Charter School Administrators regarding the 2010–11 School Accountability Report Card template.

July

2011 Budget Act and Related Legislation (Revised)
July 25, 2011: Revised letter to County and District Superintendents, Direct-Funded Charter Administrators, and County Chief Business Officers regarding the 2011 Budget Act and related legislation.

Invitation to Food Distribution Program Webinars
July 14, 2011: Letter to County and District Superintendents regarding upcoming Webinars that will introduce the avenues for recipient agencies to receive U.S. Department of Agriculture Foods through the State Distribution Centers.

Title II, Part A, Administrator Training Program
July 6, 2011: Letter to County and District Superintendents and Charter School Administrators regarding the opportunity to apply for federal Title II funds for the Administrator Training Program.

May

Public Charter Schools Grant Program Update
May 19, 2011: Letter to County and District Superintendents, Charter School Administrators, Charter Management Organizations, Charter School Developers, California Charter Schools Association, and Charter Schools Development Center regarding the Public Charter Schools Grant Program.

Pertussis Immunization Requirement for Students in Grades Seven Through Twelve
May 13, 2011: Letter to County and District Superintendents and Charter School Administrators regarding the pertussis epidemic and immunization requirements.

April

May 2011 California School Recognition Awards Ceremony Cancellation
April 29, 2011: Letter to District and County Superintendents and Charter School Administrators regarding the cancellation of the May 2011 California School Recognition Awards Ceremony.

Governor’s Budget for 2011–12 and Legislative Actions to Date
April 26, 2011: Letter to County and District Superintendents, Direct-funded Charter School Administrators, and County Chief Business Officers regarding the Governor’s budget proposals that affect kindergarten through grade 12 education and child care.

Improving Access to Summer Meals
April 21, 2011: Letter to County and District Superintendents and Direct-funded Charter School Administrators regarding summer meal programs.

2010–11 Senate Bill 70 Middle Grades Career Technical Education and Career Pathways Grant Program
April 12, 2011: Letter to County and District Superintendents and Charter School Administrators regarding a funding opportunity provided through the Governor’s Initiative on Career Technical Education (SB 70).

National Board Certified Teachers
April 8, 2011: Letter to County and District Superintendents and Charter School Administrators regarding National Board certification.

March

American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 Section 1512 Reporting—March 2011
March 10, 2011: Letter to American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Subrecipients regarding March 2011 Quarterly Reporting under ARRA Section 1512, availability of ARRA funds, and instructions for reporting.

Fiscal Emergency Information Request
March 9, 2011: Letter to County Superintendents requesting help with compiling information about the number of pink slips and layoff notices being issued, as well as proposed program cuts.

2011 National Youth Science Camp Nomination Process
March 3, 2011: Letter to County and District Superintendents and Charter School Administrators regarding the 2011 National Youth Science Camp.

February

U.S. Department of Education Issues Advice Regarding California Interns and Highly Qualified Teacher Status
February 22, 2011: Letter to County and District Superintendents and Charter School Administrators regarding the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruling on Renee v. Duncan.

2011 Classified School Employee of the Year Program
February 18, 2011: Letter to County Superintendents with information on the School Employee of the Year Program.

Striving Readers Comprehensive Literacy Grant
February 17, 2011: Letter to County and District Superintendents and Charter School Administrators with an update on the Striving Readers Comprehensive Literacy (SRCL) grant and formation of the SRCL State Literacy Team.

2011 Early Assessment Program (PDF; 22KB; 3pp.) | 2011 Early Assessment Program Student Letter (PDF; 17KB; 2pp.)
February 2011: Joint letters with the California Department of Education, California State University, and California Community Colleges to County and District Superintendents, Charter School Administrators, High School Principals, College and High School Counselors and Career Center Directors, Grade Eleven English and Mathematics Teachers, and Grade Eleven Students regarding the 2011 Early Assessment Program (EAP).

Pertussis Immunization Requirement for Students in Grades Seven Through Twelve
February 1, 2011: Joint letter with the California Department of Education and the California Department of Public Health to County and District Superintendents and Charter School Administrators regarding new vaccination requirements per Assembly Bill 354.

January

2010–11 California Partnership Academies Planning Grants
January 24, 2011: Letter to County and District Superintendents and Charter School Administrators announcing the availability of funds through the California Partnership Academy (CPA) Program.

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