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Release: #13-24
February 15, 2013
Contact: Communications
Phone: 916-319-0818

Education Roundup for the Week Ending February 15, 2013

SACRAMENTO—The California Department of Education (CDE) today issued this week's Education Roundup of education-related announcements of public interest.
CDE Cosponsors Summit to Help
African-American Students Succeed Academically

The CDE is cosponsoring an important summit next week in Sacramento titled "Strategies to Increase Excellence in Education for African-American Students." The event is designed to spotlight practical and alternative solutions to help increase the academic achievement of African-American students.

African-American students have historically fallen below national norms in student achievement and performance measures. Their graduation rates, dropout rates, receipt of special education services, and rates of suspension and expulsion are also critical concerns.

The event is designed for anyone in the education community interested in discussing effective solutions to these issues. People can sign up online for the summit through the California Association of African-American Superintendents and Administrator's [] [Note: the preceding link is no longer active] Web site.

The three-day summit at the Sacramento Sheraton Grand Hotel is also cosponsored by the California Association of African-American Superintendents and Administrators and the Association of California School Administrators.

CDE Division Director Wins National Afterschool Honor

CDE After School Division Director Michael Funk was named this month as a State Afterschool Champion by the Afterschool Alliance. Funk earned the title for his ceaseless support of afterschool programs.

Funk was one of 19 state champions named from around the country and honored at a Breakfast for Champions gala event in Washington, D.C., by the Afterschool Alliance. The Afterschool Alliance [] External link opens in new window or tab. is a nonprofit advocacy organization working to ensure all children have access to quality afterschool programs.

Funk has been a leader in ensuring access to afterschool programs for low-income children. He was a founder and director of the Sunset Neighborhood Beacon Center in San Francisco, where he worked to ensure that the program was student-centered, meaningful, and life-changing. He is committed to ensuring all of California's publicly funded programs do the same.

In January 2012, Funk became the Director of CDE's newly formed After School Division, which had been a unit of another division until the recent CDE realignment. The creation of a new division to provide leadership and support to afterschool programs is part of State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson's A Blueprint for Great Schools initiative.

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Tom Torlakson — State Superintendent of Public Instruction
Communications Division, Room 5602, 916-319-0818, Fax 916-319-0100

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