American Indian Education Oversight Committee
March 16, 2012
Committee Members: Laura Lee George (Chair), André Cramblit (Parliamentarian), Amber Machamer (Vice Chair), Irma Amaro, Deborah DeForge, Rodney Lindsay, Kathleen Marshall, Rachel McBride
Absent: Helen Doherty (excused), Russell “Butch” Murphy (excused)
California Department of Education (CDE) Staff: Craig Cheslog, Judy Delgado, Chavela Delp
Guests: Katherine Valenzuela
Meeting convened at 10:00 a.m.
Laura Lee George—Asked for approval to move agenda Item 6 between Items 1 and 2.
Deborah DeForge moved to approve the agenda with changes. Rodney Lindsay seconded. All in favor.
Item 1―CDE Updates, Presented by Judy Delgado, CDE
- The Non-Proposition 98 funding ($376,000) is still on the table to be eliminated. This is a 10 percent reduction to the American Indian Education Centers (AIEC), for a total reduction of 25 percent in the last five years. This impacts direct services to our students. The State Superintendent of Public Instruction (SSPI) is opposing this cut. The agenda attachments A and B are the Legislative Analyst’s Office (LAO) findings and recommendations to remove the AIECs from flexibility. However, it doesn’t look like the AIECs are going to be pulled out of flexibility.
- The American Indian Early Childhood Education Program (AIECE) is still in the weighted formula. We will wait to see what happens with the May Revision.
- The AIEC and Tobacco-Use Prevention Education Program (TUPE) will be a competitive grant in 2013–17.
- The State Board of Education (SBE) Native Advisory is still on hold. This may be changed to a task force instead of a commission. Funding would go towards staffing the committee to perform research on three major issues: curriculum, closing the achievement gap, and one more major issue to be determined.
Rachel McBride―The LAO’s recommendation is great. In the last two or three meetings, the American Indian Education Oversight Committee (AIEOC) has requested that all American Indian education programs be put in one office. We would like to see the AIEC, AIECE, and the TUPE programs all in one office. Is this something that can happen?
Craig Cheslog—The CDE has taken a $3.5 million cut since Tom Torlakson has come into this office.
Katherine Valenzuela—Is it possible to see where positions have been cut?
Irma Amaro―The AIECs that owe back money (unexpended funds) to the CDE should not receive priority status if the AIEC Program is pulled out of flexibility.
Rachel McBride―The AIECs need to be held accountable. So if there are AIECs that do not pay back the CDE, can the AIECs that did pay back their unexpended funds be reimbursed? If AIECs are not going to be required to pay back their unexpended funds, it is going to create a bigger division amongst the AIECs. This is setting a bad example. If the AIEC Program gets pulled out of flexibility and there is a competitive grant, the AIECs that owe money to the CDE should not receive priority. It should be administered uniformly and these AIECs should not be given priority in future competitive applications. The CDE did a program and fiscal review of all the AIECs years ago and now there is another investigation?
Craig Cheslog—I am not aware of this issue; however, the SSPI would want the AIECs to be held accountable.
Laura Lee George—The AIEOC recommends sending an advisory to the SSPI to ensure that AIECs with fiscal review findings resulting in paybacks are required to complete payment. Rachel McBride moved to approve that an advisory be sent to the SSPI. Rodney Lindsay seconded. All in favor.
Item 6―Legislative Field Trips, Presented by Laura Lee George, Chair, AIEOC
- Where are we with the field trips? We have a trip set up to visit Hoopa in April, so are we putting these trips off?
Craig Cheslog—Field site visits are still on hold due to funding constraints. The priority is for the SBE Task Force. We would like to get the Task Force and Joint Committee up and going, then start some fundraising to complete these field trips.
Craig Cheslog—Senate Bill (SB) 1540 moves the social science framework forward and the revision process continues. There was a previous advisory to include the Round Valley curriculum on the CDE Resources Web page. Future moves like this need to be vetted for accuracy and meet Tribal and community concerns.
- The Round Valley curriculum has been approved and will be put on the CDE American Indian Education Resources Web page.
Item 2―Public Comment
- There was no public comment.
Item 3―Legislative Update, Presented by Katherine Valenzuela, Public Advocates
- Budget preparations are a major concern and discussions have been held with the Governor’s staff. Assembly Bill (AB) 18 is moving forward on a parallel track with the Bromley Bill. The SBE has moved forward on implementing the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). The Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) waiver requests are moving the accountability standards forward with the knowledge that reforms need to be made with existing procedures.
- AB 1246 (Brownley) Instructional Materials—This can open doors for communities to work with local districts.
- AB 1521 (Brownley) Standardized Testing and Reporting Program: academic achievement: assessment instrument—Primary language assessments relating to pupil assessments.
- AB 2001 (Bonilla) Pupil Assessment―Aligns testing for school and career to better meet student needs.
- AB 2116 (Lara) Academic Content Standards―To evaluate the implementation of the CCSS Initiative, which will create a mechanism to identify how CCSS are being administered and address the achievement GAP.
- SB 1322 (Wyland) Pupil Assessments: Public Hearings―Creates Public Hearings to include a discussion that examines Standardized Testing and Reporting test results by school, grade, and subgroup, as specified.
- Katherine Valenzuela announced that she will be leaving Public Advocates.
Laura Lee George—Because Rachel McBride is out, we will skip to Item 5.
Item 5―AIEOC Report, Presented by André Cramblit, Parliamentarian, AIEOC
- The AIEOC Report was updated by Laura Lee George, adding the advisories that had been submitted to the SSPI. Also, need to add wording to the last sentence of the last paragraph on page 6: “and will be exploring CALPADS data possibilities.” The changes were reviewed by the AIEOC.
Laura Lee George—Asked for a motion to approve the report with changes.
Amber Machamer moved to approve the AIEOC Report with changes. Rachel McBride seconded. All in favor.
Item 4―AIEOC Involvement in Other CDE Committees, presented by Rachel McBride
- The AIEOC interacts and participates in other CDE committees to meet our mandate of advising on all aspects of Indian education. How can the committee maintain and continue voicing their concerns regarding American Indian education in other programs within the CDE that affect our students?
Craig Cheslog—There are four or five committees being developed in the near future: Educator Excellence, Coronado School for the Arts, Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics, and Environmental Literacy. New task forces will regularly be brought to the AIEOC’s attention.
Item 7―Committee Business
- Review and approval of minutes of the previous AIEOC meeting on January 25, 2012.
Laura Lee George—Asked for a motion to approve the January 25, 2012, meeting minutes. André Cramblit moved to approve the meeting minutes. Kathleen Marshall seconded. All in favor.
Laura Lee George—The AIEOC would like to take this opportunity to thank
Katherine Valenzuela for working with this committee. Her hard work and dedication will be missed.
Laura Lee George—We should hold a teleconference meeting before the May Revision comes up. The teleconference meeting will be April 24, 2012, 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. The only agenda items will be legislative updates and budget items.
Laura Lee George—Asked for a motion to adjourn the meeting. Rodney Lindsay moved to adjourn the meeting. André Cramblit seconded. All in favor.
The meeting adjourned at 12:10 p.m.