June 12, 2014
Education Roundup for Week Ending June 12, 2014
SACRAMENTO—The California Department of Education (CDE) today issued this week's roundup of education-related announcements of public interest.
CDE Deputy Superintendent Joining Rocklin School District
CDE District, School & Innovation Branch Deputy Superintendent Deb Sigman has accepted a new position with the Rocklin Unified School District. The local school board approved her appointment Wednesday as its new Deputy Superintendent of Educational Services.
"Deb's passion and expertise about education in California has been a huge boon to our students as we make our way through Common Core implementation, transitioning to modern new assessments, and a host of other improvements," said State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson. "We will miss her sorely, but wish her all the best in her new position."
Sigman has been with the CDE since 2004, first as a director and then a deputy superintendent, currently overseeing student assessment, intervention, federally funded educational programs, state and federal accountability, educational data, and charter schools. She also serves as co-chair of the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium [http://www.smarterbalanced.org/] Executive Committee, a position she will retain in her new role.
Sigman has more than 35 years of experience in California's public school system. Prior to joining the CDE, she was an administrator in both the Sacramento City Unified and Elk Grove Unified school districts.
CDE's Summer Meal Map Updated
Families can now access an updated 2014 Summer Meal Service Sites map to find out where to take their children to receive free meals during the summer recess. The online interactive map can be searched by county and displays locations, contact information, and dates of operation. Families can also call the National Hunger Hotline at 1-866-3hungry or 1-877-8hambre (for Spanish speakers).
The CDE's Summer Food Service Program and the Seamless Summer Feeding Option help provide nutritious meals to children in areas where at least 50 percent of students are eligible to receive free or reduced-price school meals. All families have to do is show up at any open meal site and their hungry children will be fed, with no need for identification or income verification. The programs operate when schools in a community are on vacation for at least 15 continuous school days or when year-round schools are off track.
Often the only nutritious meal disadvantaged students receive is at school. So when school is on recess, they miss out not only on healthy food, but also educational stimulation and physical activity. Many of the summer meal service sites have fun activities for the whole family.
Meal sites include schools, camps, Indian tribal governments, private nonprofit agencies, and municipal, state, county, or local government offices. All meals must meet U.S. Department of Agriculture requirements. The USDA is an equal opportunity provider.
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Tom Torlakson —
State Superintendent of Public Instruction
Communications Division, Room 5206, 916-319-0818, Fax 916-319-0100