American Indian Education Oversight Committee
July 18, 2012
Committee Members: Laura Lee George (Chair), André Cramblit (Parliamentarian), Amber Machamer (Vice Chair), Irma Amaro, Deborah DeForge, Rodney Lindsay, Kathleen Marshall, Rachel McBride, Russell “Butch” Murphy
Absent: Helen Doherty (excused)
California Department of Education (CDE) Staff: Judy Delgado, Chavela Delp, Ramona Hoffman, Andrew Laufer, Gordon Jackson
Guests: Coleen Bruno
Meeting convened at 10:03 a.m.
Item 1―CDE Updates, Presented by Judy Delgado, CDE
- The Non-Proposition 98 funding ($376,000) was added into the Proposition 98 funds and now the Non-Proposition 98 funds will be reduced by approximately 19 percent, as will the rest of the Proposition 98 funds. For all funds in Proposition 98, there is no accountability, and maximum flexibility applies. The Legislative Analyst Office supports removing the American Indian programs from flexibility and from categorical programs.
Andrew Laufer―The Adult Education programs in California determined on their own that they need to collect data. Once collected they send it to the CDE and legislators to support continuation of the Adult Education funding. Assembly Bill 18 is in legislative process as a two-year bill, to remove the Adult Education Program from flexibility legislation. Perhaps the AIECs could be added to that legislation?
Laura Lee George—Recommend drafting an advisory to the State Superintendent of Public Instruction (SSPI), Tom Torlakson, stating that the American Indian Education Oversight Committee (AIEOC) supports the removal of the American Indian Education Center (AIEC) Program from flexibility in order to be in compliance with the original legislation. Rachel McBride moved to approve that an advisory be sent to the SSPI. Rod Lindsay seconded. Seven members in favor, two abstentions. Motion carried.
- The CDE is working on the Tobacco-Use Prevention Education (TUPE) application and expects to fund four programs at $50,000 each. The TUPE grant currently funds Four Winds of Indian Education, Resources for Indian Student Education, Northern California Indian Development Council, and the American Indian Child Resource Center. The deadline for applications will be 60 days after release of the Request for Applications.
- Gordon Jackson―Follow up on the investigation of three AIECs that were found out of compliance based on audits and expenditures from fiscal year 2006. The investigation on two AIECs have been completed, and were found to have reduced amounts owed to the CDE. The investigation with the remaining AIEC has not been concluded due to the Center Director having health issues.
Rachel McBride―Centers were reduced? How does that happen?
Gordon Jackson―After our audit, additional receipts were found that reduced the amount of money owed to the CDE.
Laura Lee George―Are there any ramifications?
Gordon Jackson―Depending on the outcome of the audit of each AIEC, the CDE will follow the regulations (priority points will be awarded to AIECs in good standing) prior to refunding.
- Follow up from last meeting:
- AIEOC meeting sites―Every site must be noticed on the agenda and at least one member must be there to call in from that site.
- American Indian Early Childhood Education (AIECE) Programs―Are still in flexibility. The CDE staff has not heard from the SSPI about the AIEOC advisory to put the AIECEs under the AIEC legislation.
- The CDE staff is looking into whether or not individuals (not AIEOC members) can call in to listen to the AIEOC meetings.
Deborah DeForge―Can the public call in for the AIEOC meetings, as with the State Board of Education (SBE) meetings?
Judy Delgado―We are not at that level. We are not broadcasting over the Internet like the SBE does. If the AIEOC wants to let the public call in, an AIEOC member must be present at each site.
Deborah DeForge―But they do that for the AIEC meetings.
Judy Delgado―But the AIEC meetings are not under Bagley-Keene rules, and AIEOC meetings are. An AIEOC meeting has to be noticed on the agenda, an AIEOC member would have to be present to call in, a public notice would have to be posted on the building, etc. I will check on this.
Item 2―Public Comment
Coleen Bruno―The Indian Action Council’s Board supports the accountability process for the AIECs.
Item 3―California Heritage Youth Build Academy, Presented by Lupe Cordova and Cathy Taylor
- The California Heritage Youth Build Academy (CHYBA) is a charter school for Native Americans that will be opening in September 2012. The CHYBA is partnering with the Local Indians for Education (LIFE) Center, Youth Build, and Shasta Builders’ Exchange. The focus is on sixteen to twenty-four year old youth and young adults who have dropped out of high school but still want a high school diploma, as opposed to a General Education Development (GED) completion. The CHYBA works with the American Virtual Academy for distance learning for students not in the geographical vicinity, and is affiliated with the Job Corps, which gives the youth job and leadership skills.
Item 4―Criteria for Approval of Web links to the CDE AIEOC Web page, presented by André Cramblit and Judy Delgado
- Criteria for approval of links to the CDE AIEOC Web Page. The AIEOC discussed rights, responsibilities, and process for approval of links to be added. The AIEOC looked at several samples of requirements and asked about the need for a disclaimer for inaccuracies and nonfunctioning links, and also discussed existing links of how and when they were posted. The AIEOC asked for a presentation from the CDE.
Item 5―Committee Business
- Review and approval of the March 16, 2012, meeting minutes. Amber Machamer moved to approve with corrections. Kathleen Marshall seconded. All in favor.
- Review and approval of the March 16, 2012, Public Hearing. Amber Machamer moved to approve with corrections. Irma Amaro seconded. All in favor.
- Review and approval of the May 24, 2012, teleconference. No quorum, therefore, no approval needed.
- Next meetings:
- November 14, 2012
- January 7, 2013
- March 2013―Will be held at the Annual California Conference on American Indian Education in Santa Barbara, California. The dates have not been selected.
- July 15, 2013
- October 14, 201
Laura Lee George—Asked for a motion to adjourn the meeting. Rodney Lindsay moved to adjourn the meeting. Irma Amaro seconded. All in favor.
The meeting adjourned at 1:37 p.m.