American Indian Education Oversight Committee
March 26, 2011 – Meeting Minutes
Committee Members: Laura Lee George-Chair, Amber Machamer-Vice Chair, André Cramblit-Parliamentarian, Deb DeForge, Rod Lindsay, Rachel McBride, Irma Amaro and Kathleen Marshall
Absent: Marc Luker excused, John Focke excused, Matt Franklin unexcused, Bessie Shorty, unexcused
Staff Present: Judy Delgado. Absent: Program Manager Brian Centeno (joins meeting at 9:35 a.m.)
9:01 a.m. Laura Lee establishes quorum and opens meeting with a brief overview of the responsibilities of the American Indian Education Oversight Committee (AIEOC).
Review of minutes of July 26, 2010 meeting. Irma Amaro’s name was added as an excused absence via telephone call. Rod moved to accept with changes and seconded by Rachel. Approve by unanimous voice vote.
California Department of Education (CDE) Program Updates
Jose Ortega, CDE-Curriculum Frameworks Office, presented on Common Core State Standards (CCSS). A power point presentation with handout was discussed. The California State Board of Education adopted the Math and Language Arts CCSS in August 2010. The CCSS provide entrance and exit standards. Last previously adopted standards were in 1997. The CCSS are internationally based to ensure our students are able to compete globally. In 2009 the National Governors Association (NGA) and Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) committed to developing the CCSS. California SBX 51 established an Academic Content Standards Commission that developed the 15 percent supplemental standards. Additional background can be found on CDE iTunesU. Comments to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 916.319.0881.
André discussed the work he and Rachel have been doing on behalf of NIEA and the Campaign for High School Equity in designing implementation strategies and guidelines for CCSS. They are also part of a statewide coalition that is pursuing legislation regarding culturally and linguistically appropriate implementation and effective staff development pertaining to CCSS. California and New Mexico have been named as Tier 1 states for Native preparedness to implement CCSS. As part of this work group of the National Indian Education Association they are working to identify best practices and model programs that can be replicated to benefit American Indian communities and students.
Judy Delgado provided an update on the cuts that have been made to the American Indian programs. The Analyst position was cut, and the Consultant was cut to half-time. Rachel asked the Program Manager Brian Centeno what is being done to help restore the services and support that have been continually cut from our programs. He replied that we have a strong advocate in Superintendent Torlakson and he inherited the current situation due to budget cuts.
André stated that American Indians suffer the highest drop out and poverty rates and are ranked below their peers in measures of academic attainment. The limited resources that serve these students should be augmented instead of being reduced. He encouraged Brian to support the restoration of funds and services to the American Indian program. He stated that Chavela Delp has been an excellent representative of CDE and has been an invaluable resource in serving American Indian students in California. He also publically acknowledged her for her hard work on behalf of Native American students and the accountability she has brought to the programs. She has been an excellent representative of CDE and has been an invaluable resource in serving American Indian students in California.
Committee business was suspended until after the public hearing. Moved by Deb DeForge, seconded by Irma Amaro; Unanimous to approve.
Laura Lee brought up a point of order regarding the possibility of discussing the development of the State Board of Education Indian Advisory Committee. Judy replied that this could be brought up with Superintendent Torlakson at our May 9, 2011, meeting of the AIEOC that he will be attending.
Elections are required at first meeting of the year. Laura Lee was nominated as Chair by Deb DeForge, seconded by Rachel McBride; approved by acclamation. Amber Machamer was nominated as Vice Chair by Deb DeForge, seconded by Kathleen Marshall; approved by acclamation.
Member Attendance: Recommendation for Removal. André Cramblit moved that the AIEOC recommend to the SSPI that with regret we recommend that Matt Franklin be removed from the committee for attendance issues, seconded by Rod Lindsay. After discussion, there was no vote and it was redirected to staff to continue efforts to contact Mr. Franklin and inform him of the next meeting and discuss his interest in further participation.
Audience member April Carmelo asked about other members who are not present. The list of excused and unexcused absences was reviewed.
Laura Lee welcomed the new program manager and acknowledged the professionalism, and the work and efforts of Judy Delgado and Chavela Delp on behalf of the AIEOC and AIEC programs.
Irma discussed the need to improve communications with the department. She submitted a letter to Phil Lafontaine in October 2010 and to date has not received a reply. The efforts of the AIEOC to represent our communities are hindered by the lack of timely communications and reduction/re-assignment of staff.
Laura Lee stated that she received a phone call from Superintendent Torlakson and she did let him know it was refreshing and positive to note his interest in the AIEOC and the needs of American Indian students. He also contacted Rachel McBride.
Rachel McBride discussed her concerns that she has also contacted the CDE and Phil Lafontaine about a variety of issues and did not receive any reply. André Cramblit added that not only did he submit a letter but also made two phone calls to Phil Lafontaine’s office and was told to expect a return call within 15 minutes but the call was never received.
Audience member April Carmelo asked when Chavela’s work was reassigned. Judy replied that this occurred in December 2010. She asked when Brian started and he replied November 11, 2010.
Andre Cramblit moved to adjourn public hearing, seconded by Rod Lindsay, passed.
Motion to adjourn AIEOC meeting by Rod Lindsay and seconded by Rachel McBride. Unanimous to approve at 11:17 a.m.