Official Publication of the California Association Supervisors of Child Welfare & Attendance
County Office of
IN THIS EDITION OF THE INTERCOM:
Model State SARB Recognition Program Social Networking Websites-Larry Hsieh
CSIS and Nancy Sullivan Teleconferencing-Joe Taylor
The Cost of Truancy–OUSD/CWA Top 10 Ways to Stabilize Enrollment–S. Garnett
CASCWA Highlights Jenifer Mendel Power of the CD
School Innovation and Advocacy In the Courts-Rob Jacobsen
Ask the Experts-Debbie Morris Legislative Update-Debbie Morris
2008 State Conference Edition Visit CASCWA Website at: cascwa.org
STATE PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE CASCWA
Jan Treff STATE EXECUTIVE BOARD
Alameda County Office of Education 2006 - 2007
CASCWA-COMING TO LONG BEACH! JAN TREFF
Alameda County Office of Education
DON’T MISS THE BOAT! 313 W. Winton Avenue
Hayward, CA 94544
Jan Treff, CASCWA State President (510) 670-4225 (510) 670-4146 Fax
As we move into another exciting year for CASCWA, I am pleased
to report that all sections are planning activities to benefit their SHERMAN GARNETT
members. You will find messages from each section president in San Bernardino County Office of Education
this edition of the Intercom. 601 North "E" Street
San Bernardino, CA 92410
I am looking forward to an exciting State Conference to be held on (909) 386-2903 (909) 386-2940 Fax
the Queen Mary on April 23 – 25, 2008. The conference includes firstname.lastname@example.org
two academies (CWA 101 for beginners; and CWA 201 for
advanced.) to be held on Wednesday, April 23rd. A full agenda of Vice President
breakout sessions and keynote speakers are scheduled for Sacramento County Office Of Education
Thursday, April 24th and Friday, April 25th. 10474 Mather Blvd. P.O. Box 269003
You will find more details of this conference included in the (916) 228-2508 (916) 228-2459 Fax
Intercom. More details and registration information can also be email@example.com
found on our website at www.CASCWA.org
As stated in its mission statement, CASCWA continues to provide SHERI HANNI
Butte County Office of Education
on-going professional development through conferences and
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workshops. The “Ask the Expert” available on our webpage Oroville, CA 995965
serves as an instant resource through which experts in the field (530) 532-5745 (530) 670-4225 Fax
respond to questions relative to our profession. firstname.lastname@example.org
Our legislative advocacy serves as a conduit to our elected officials Treasurer
on critical matters related to Child Welfare & Attendance. JERRY HIME
Legislative chairpersons Debbie Morris and Rob Jacobsen continue Retired
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to review proposed legislation to insure that the needs of our Huntington Beach, CA 92647
students are addressed (714) 898-1061 (714) 897-3471 Fax
Last year, CASCWA sponsored four student scholarships, one from
each section, to at-risk students. These scholarships will enable Northern Legislative Representative
the students to further their education. CASCWA looks forward to DEBBIE MORRIS
awarding additional scholarships at the State Conference in April. N. Sacramento Elementary School District
670 Dixieanne Ave.
Sacramento, CA 95815
The state conference will bring to a close my term as President. It (916) 263-8307 (916) 263-8521 Fax
will have been a productive and rewarding two years of service. I email@example.com
look forward to the continued leadership of the elected officers of
the Executive Board. Southern Legislative Representative
I look forward to seeing you at the state conference on the Queen Los Angeles County Office of Education
Mary! 9300 Imperial Highway
Downey, CA 90242
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CASCWA Membership & Website Special Projects Immediate Past-President
TOM MANGIONE TAD KITADA DENNIS WIECHMANN
Los Angeles Unified School District Placer C.O.E. Sanger U.S.D.
Retired 360 Nevada St. Auburn, CA 95603 818 "L" Street
(626) 390-0996 (530) 745-1392 (559) 875-0709
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CASCWA’S MISSION STATEMENT
CASCWA is an organization comprised of school and community professionals who are
dedicated to improving school climate, safety, and increasing school attendance. We create a
network of professional support, mentors and educators, influence relevant legislation, and advocate for
the needs of students, families and schools.
BAY SECTION PRESIDENT’S REPORT - Frank Valadez
Gilroy Unified School District (408) 848-7137 firstname.lastname@example.org
Welcome to CASCWA – Bay Section. I am honored to be able to participate as a section
president and part of the larger network of CASCWA officers throughout the State of
California. It is my opportunity to give back to a unique organization that has provided me
with unparalleled support throughout the years. With the efforts of our officers listed below
and our general membership, I hope we can continue to solidify the team effort that has
characterized our Bay Section, increase our membership, establish a professional working
relationship between homeschooling organizations and public school systems and initiate
changes in legislation pertaining to 1) The expeditious enrollment of new students 2) The
excusing of absences for students participating in organized and sanctioned activities not
related to a public school or district.
President: Frank Valadez, Gilroy Unified School District
Vice President:/Past President: Russell Sass, Fremont Unified School District
Secretary: Janet McMurray, West Contra Costa Unified School District
Treasurer: Cathy McConnell, Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District
Membership Chair: Leslie Rothwell, Castro Valley Unified School District
Scholarship Chair: Alan DelSimone, West Contra Costa Unified School District
DELTA-SIERRA SECTION PRESIDENT’S REPORT - Grace Espindola
Sutter C.O.E. (530) 822-2419 email@example.com
We are pleased to announce that the Delta Section has announced that we will be hosting
the 2009 CASCWA State Conference next year at the Embassy Suite in Lake Tahoe,
California. The theme for the 2009 State Conference is “Moving the Mountain -Intention to
Impact.” Our goal is to give a “new way of looking” at the issues that are faced everyday in
the world of CWA. You will find a “Save the Date” in this edition of the intercom. Please
mark your calendars today!”
Also we are extremely excited about the up-coming “Rich Davis Scholarship Luncheon”
which will be held March 8, 2008 at the Dante Club in Sacramento. Please see the flyer
that has been inserted at the end of this edition of the Intercom.
The Delta Section has always had a strong turn out at the state conference. We look
forward to seeing each of you on the Queen Mary in Long Beach. Please take the time to
welcome say hello to each other and remember “Tahoe in 2009!”
SAN JOAQUIN SECTION PRESIDENT’S REPORT - BENITA WASHINGTON
Fresno Unified School District firstname.lastname@example.org
Greeting from the San Joaquin Section. I look forward to serving as the CASCWA San Joaquin section president for the
remainder of the 2007-2008 school year. During my tenure we have provided professional development aimed at
increasing the knowledge and skills of our districts personnel. Presenter includes Randy Sprick, Bonnie Bernard, and Dr
Norma LeMoine. Our final event will be our Scholarship Luncheon featuring a guest speaker on May 16, 2008 at the
Madera Golf Course. Providing this level of professional development would not have been
possible without the exceptional leadership I am privileged to serve with. The leadership
team is comprised of the following individuals:
Bill Stewart - President Elect Clovis Unified School District
John Luis - Vice President/Legislative Representative Newman-Crow Landing Unified
John Christiansen – Treasurer Ceres Unified
Mike Robinson - Secretary Fresno County Office of Education
Tom Neeb - Past President
Galen Wright- Scholarship Chairman Madera Unified
Art Williams- Legislative Representative Central Unified School District
Dennis Wiechmann-Board Advisor
Greg Bass- Board Advisor
Joe Brucia - Board Advisor
In closing “I truly believe we should never give up our hopes and dreams. The path may be rocky and twisted, but the
world is waiting for that special contribution that each of us was born to make. What it takes is the courage to follow the
whispers of wisdom that guide us from the inside. When I listen to that, I expect nothing less than a miracle.” (Marilyn
SOUTHERN SECTION PRESIDENT’S REPORT - DR. VICTOR C. THOMPSON
Director, Division of Student Support Services – L.A.C.O.E.
(562) 922-6233 email@example.com
On behalf of the Board of Directors of the Southern Section, we are pleased to report that over
100 have already pre-registered for the CASCWA State Conference April 23-25, 2008 on the
Queen Mary. I hope that all of you will be joining us for YOUR conference. At $110 per night at
the Queen Mary Hotel including breakfast, it is a bargain! We need all of the sections on board in
Long Beach. The Queen Mary is the most unique conference venue you will ever see, with its
unusually shaped break-out rooms, and the splendor of the historic Grand Ballroom. We have
several student groups performing, including the Lakewood High School Madrigals Choir, Orange
High School Choir, Renaissance High School for the Arts, and Paramount High School Pacific
Islander Club. State Superintendent Jack O'Connell has been invited, and Superintendents Chris
Steinhauser, Long Beach USD, Dr. Darline Robles, LACOE, and Edward Velasquez, Montebello
USD, will speak. Don't forget our keynote speakers Judge Marcus O. Tucker, Detective Mona
Ruiz, and 40 break-out sessions! It is not too late to sign-up for CASCWA's Surfing
Extravaganza. Refer to the CASCWA website, and click on the Queen Mary icon to access the
official conference website. Everything you wanted to know about the conference and Long Beach, including Restaurants,
Airlines and Transportation, Recreation, Performing Arts, Shopping, and other Attractions can be found there. Remember,
Don't Miss the Boat!
CASCWA INTERVIEWS MR. ROB JACOBSEN
EDUCATIONAL CONSULTANT LOS ANGELES COUNTY OFFICE OF EDUCATION
If you have attended any State CASCWA events, then you have met Mr. Rob Jacobsen. Rob is listed as the CASCWA
Southern Section Legislative Representative, but he has quickly become an “MVP” to all CASCWA membership. Rob
is one of those individuals who is constantly working behind the scene to ensure that CASCWA is going in the right
direction and that all of the I’s are dotted and the T’s are crossed. Rob has been instrumental in our constitution and
by-law revisions. He has personally drafted to completion several contracts that needed to be generated. In his day
time job, Rob has become an expert in educational law and is a true ambassador for the Los Angles County Office of
Mr. Jacobsen, please tell us a little bit about yourself, your background and
how you wound up at LACOE.
As most folks in CASCWA know, I am a licensed attorney but have been an
educational consultant with LACOE since October 1999. I am currently also the
acting Coordinator for the Los Angeles County SARB. My entry into LACOE was
through becoming the Charter Schools Coordinator on an emergency basis in May
1999. Phil Kauble brought me on. Prior to May 1999, I held positions as staff
counsel for the law firm of Jones and Matson and in the General Counsel's Office at
My work experiences have included everything from running a bike shop, tending
bar, teaching high school science, and traveling the country as an environmental
consultant. I enjoyed all of those experiences and once spent two months in
uninhabited parts of Alaska conducting an environmental survey.
As to my educational background, I earned a B.S. in Biology from U.C. Irvine and later returned to earn a single subject
teaching credential in Biology and Chemistry. In 1995, I earned my Juris Doctor degree from Loyola Law School in Los
You work with an incredible team at LACOE. Tell us a little bit about a few of the LACOE team members from the
past that you have worked with and give us the scoop on your present team and why they are so successful.
I am not sure I could have been more fortunate as to the persons who introduced me to the world of child welfare and
attendance. I had to honor to work with Phil Kauble, Jerry Hime, Lillie Wilson, Bill Ybarra, Lorraine Korbett, and Shirley
Each day I had a personal audience with those people as I began my ‘apprenticeship’ in this area. Phil Kauble was
especially gracious, always stopping what he was working on to talk with me about the field. These people gave me my
understanding of the developments in child welfare and attendance, the policy concerns behind some of the basic legislation
which guides the work we do, and the practical implications of that guidance.
I believe our current team is strong because it shares Phil's vision of maintaining a multidisciplinary team to approach the
issues presented by our field. We have Victor Thompson, a seasoned practitioner who held a variety of positions related to
child welfare and attendance and who holds a doctorate in education with a thesis
in SARB. Victor also shares the great passion for children in need. A passion I
also saw in Phil Kauble. Catherine Terry is also a seasoned practitioner with
extensive experience in elementary education. It has been a pleasure to serve
under her. Ray Vincent has held positions in child welfare and attendance with
Azusa and Beverly Hills Unified School Districts and is an adjunct professor at
Azusa Pacific University. Last, but not least, Shirley Abrams has been involved
with SARB and homeless youth since the 1970’s and is a nationally recognized
You have rapidly established yourself to be an incredible resource for all of
us in the field of Child Welfare and Attendance. What is your secret? How do
remain so knowledgeble on so many subjects that are essential to our field?
I admit I do find the field of child welfare and attendance interesting and often will not let an issue go without researching the
law and policy behind it. It has been 10 years and I am not in the least bored by what I do. I believe my background in law
helps me look into an issue in a way that a practitioner may not. But I also stongly believe that I am the resource I am today
because of all the great practitioners that I work with, many of whom are members of CASCWA. Working for the Child
Welfare and Attendance Unit at LACOE and serving all 80 school districts gives me perspective as to the issues we face and
the best practices being employed to address those issues.
You have a special interest in legislation and annually
conduct a legislative update for all of Southern
California. What is the significant piece of this year's
new legislation that will have the biggest impact on the
field of CWA?
That is a tough question. I would have to say Senator
Steinberg’s legislation requiring schools to address student
dropout rates as part of the accountability reporting.
If you could look into a "Crystal Ball", what new
legislation would you predict for next year's session?
That is another tough question. I predict that CASCWA
members will use their legislative representatives, including
Debbie Morris, Tim Catlin, Jane Claar, Russell Sass, Toby
Spainhower, and myself, to identify concerns and suggest
solutions that we may present to our Legislature. How’s that
for a sidestep?
In your spare time you have been putting the pieces together for the 2008 CASCWA State Conference on the Queen
Mary. What are some of the challenges facing the "Conference Committee" in regards to the logistics of the cruise
ship and will our membership come face to face with the "Queen Mary Ghost?"
It is a great old ship with lots of character and history. As to details, I would defer to Jerry Hime. I understand he booked
passage on the ship back in its heyday in the 1940s. The Committee is concerned about the great views many of the
presentation rooms provide but we figure that should keep presenters on their toes engaging their attendees.
You have become one of the "MVP's" of CASCWA at the "State
Level" and with "Southern Section." We want you to know how
much we appreciate you and your efforts. What has CASCWA
meant to you and your career?
CASCWA has meant a lot to me. It is the association for which I have
the greatest affection. The attitude, comraderie and the colloboration
among its members is second to none. Most of the contacts on which I
rely to keep current in our field have come from CASCWA.
Thank you for the interview, is there anything else that you would
like to share?
I feel very blessed to have found a calling in public education. Although
at times challenging, I’m sure my colleagues will agree with me, it is one
of the few ways we can impact and impart hope to our future generations even if it is only through one child at time. In the
law field, I never quite received as much satisfaction as I do now in supporting this endeavor.
Los Angeles County Office of Education
9300 Imperial Highway
Downey, CA 90242
GARNETT’S TOP TEN WAYS TO STABILIZE ENROLLMENT
BY SHERMAN GARNETT, COORDINATOR, CHILD WELFARE & ATTENDANCE
San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools
Sherman Garnett will become the “CASCWA State President” in April of
2008. For the past several months, he has been chairing the state
meetings while Jan Treff recovers from surgery. Sherman is an incredible
man and we know you will appreciate the following information:
As you know, a vast majority of school districts throughout the state are suffering
from declining enrollment due to economic and social issues that are beyond our
control. Unless school districts implement positive steps immediately, a
potential disaster may occur via potential layoffs among all staff and reduction in
services to our student population.
To combat this issue, I have developed “Garnett’s Top Ten Ways To Stabilize
Your Enrollment” in your school district. I strongly suggest that you implement
one or more of my proposals if your school district is one suffering from declining
Some of my suggestions may be unpopular, however; the proposed ideas can benefit your district in many ways.
Garnett’s Top Ten Ways To Stabilize Enrollment
1. Limit Interdistrict Transfers per Education Code 48307
2. Develop and implement a wide array of alternative education program
3. Heavy marketing of all school district programs
4. Strict attendance accountability at the school site level
5. Meaningful ongoing usage of the SARB/SART process
6. Strong collaboration with community resources
7. Identification and invitation for home-schooled children to join your
school district programs
8. Develop extensive student incentive attendance programs
9. Creation of a staff position dedicated solely to address enrollment and
10. Ongoing collaboration with county schools and CDE staff to address
critical needs issue in the areas of student attendance/transfers.
If you would like to do your own research on enrollment trends for individual districts or
schools, please go to the California Department of Education’s Website “DataQuest” at
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STATE SCHOOLS CHIEF O’CONNELL ANNOUNCES 2008 MODEL PROGRAMS FOR DROPOUT PREVENTION
SACRAMENTO—In keeping with his call to improve graduation rates and reduce dropout rates in California public schools,
State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O’Connell today announced 10 school districts have been designated as Models
of Dropout Prevention by the State School Attendance Review Board (State SARB).
“Implementing programs to ensure regular attendance and high school graduation of our highest-risk students is one of
the most daunting challenges we face in public education,” O’Connell said. “These school districts have taken on that challenge
by creating a safety net for students with persistent school attendance or behavior problems. They are to be congratulated and
recognized for their outstanding commitment to their students by keeping them in school and on track.”
There are seven model SARB programs that cover 10 districts and a community day school. They are: Bellflower Unified
School District, Chula Vista Elementary School District, Grossmont Union High School District, Redlands Unified School District,
Rio Linda Union School District, Vista Unified School District; and one program that includes Redondo Beach Unified School
District, El Segundo Unified School District, Manhattan Beach Unified School, and Hermosa Beach Community Day School.
A list of the model SARB programs and their contacts is attached. They are the first models in dropout prevention
designated by the State SARB.
“These districts have used the SARB process as an opportunity to work with families and community representatives to
garner the support students need to stay in school and regain access to standards and learning,” O’Connell said. “They have
achieved equity and access for these challenging students.”
Because it is difficult to track students without a fully developed longitudinal student data collection system, it is not yet
possible to determine exactly how many students drop out of California schools each year. However, data from the SARB
programs throughout the state provided to the county superintendents revealed that thousands of students referred to SARBs for
habitual truancy have returned to school and graduated.
The SARB process for dropout prevention was created by the Legislature in 1974 to provide a framework for school
districts and county offices striving to deal with persistent school attendance and school behavior problems.
SARBs are composed of parents, representatives from the school district, and members of the community at large,
including representatives from law enforcement, social services, probation, and school or county health care personnel. The
members meet regularly to combine their expertise and resources to develop dropout prevention strategies and to meet with the
high-risk students referred to them.
In cases where parents or other persons continually and willfully fail to respond to SARB directives or services provided
to ensure school attendance, SARBs direct the school district to file a criminal complaint. The State Superintendent of Public
Instruction appoints an advisory group called the State SARB for annual recommendations on dropout reduction and prepares
and disseminates a handbook for information regarding effective practices to improve pupil attendance.
Districts or county offices applying for model SARB designation must demonstrate excellence in content areas, including
SARB chairperson leadership, interventions prior to SARB referral, SARB collaboration, inventory of resources for high-risk youth,
goals and objectives, program design and content, measuring and reporting outcomes, and interpersonal communication.
O’Connell appointed representatives to the State SARB from appropriate groups throughout the state to design the
model SARB application and to evaluate the model applicants. Districts recognized for their model dropout prevention programs
retain their title through the 2008-09 school year.
These exemplary programs will be recognized at the State Conference for the California Association of Supervisors of
Child Welfare and Attendance on April 24 on The Queen Mary in Long Beach.
For more information on SARBs, please visit School Attendance Review Boards at http://www.cde.ca.gov/ls/ai/sb/ For
more information on O’Connell’s education reform efforts, please visit his State of Education page:
2008 MODEL SARB PROGRAMS
(Seven Programs/10 Districts)
1. Bellflower Unified School District, Terry Gendreau, SARB Chairperson, Bellflower, 562-866-9011, ext. 3343,
Superintendent/Designee: Lisa Azevedo
2. Chula Vista Elementary School District, William W. Hall, Ed.D., SARB Chairperson, Chula Vista, 619-425-9600,
ext. 1570, Superintendent/Designee: Susan Fahle
3. Grossmont Union High School District, Lucia Washburn, SARB Chairperson, El Cajon, 619-258-3740,
Superintendent/Designee: Donald Haught
4. Redlands Unified School District, Ann Davis-Schultz, SARB Chairperson, Redlands, 909-748-6727,
Superintendent/Designee: Robert J. Hodges
5. This model SARB program includes Redondo Beach, El Segundo, and Manhattan Beach Unified School
Districts; and Hermosa Beach Community Day School; Kenneth Flood, SARB Chairperson, Redondo Beach,
310-937-3358, Superintendent/Designee: Dr. Steven Keller
6. Rio Linda Union School District, Jane Claar, SARB Chairperson, 5703 McClellan, 916-566-1771,
Superintendent/Designee: Debra E. LaVoi
7. Vista Unified School District, Elaine Anderson, SARB Chairperson, Vista, 760-726-2170, ext. 2351,
Superintendent/Designee: Dr. Joyce F. Bales
A SPECIAL CASCWA “CONGRATULATIONS” TO THE RECIPIENTS OF THE
STATE SARB RECOGNITION. Each of the SARBs will be receiving their
recognition at the 2008 CASCWA State Conference on the Queen Mary. If
all goes well, invited guest State Superintendent Jack O’Connell will be able
to attend and present the awards in person.
California Department of Education
State School Attendance Review Board
DAVID KOPPERUD THANKS “STATE SARB”
DAVID KOPPERUD – CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION - EDUCATION PROGRAMS CONSULTANT
1430 N STREET, SUITE 6408 - SACRAMENTO, CA 95814 - (916) 323-1028 - DKopperud@cde.ca.gov
Dear State SARB Members:
The final results from all the Model SARB application readers are in, and we
have tabulated the final averages for all the SARBs that submitted applications.
First of all, I want to thank all the dedicated State SARB members who spent
countless hours reading applications: Joe Taylor, Ray Culberson, Alan
Friedman, Kathy Moffat and Jane Claar.
Our readers include representatives from the north and the south as well as
representatives from school districts, a county office, the State PTA, and a
Joshua Brady and I represented the California Department of Education, and we also evaluated the applications with the
rubric. We can confirm the excellent analysis and close reading that was done by everyone on the committee. Since this was
the first time that the State SARB has ever identified model SARBs, it was very instructive to all of us. I think we gained a
better appreciation for the excellent work in dropout prevention that is being done in select school districts as well as the
work that still needs to be done in ensuring that all students who need a referral to SARB receive that opportunity for
All twenty SARBs that applied represent districts which deserve recognition
for garnering the extra support many students need to stay in school. I hope
that all those that were not selected as model SARBs learned from the
process and apply again next year. Implementing a SARB process to provide
intensive guidance and coordinated community services to meet the special
needs of pupils with persistent school attendance or school behavior
problems is a daunting challenge, and every SARB that applied has taken
that challenge with the determination it deserves.
We are in the process of getting
approval for letters of commendation
with Jack O'Connell's signature. The
applicants which were not selected as
model SARBs will be commended for
content areas which were truly exceptional. All applicants showed leadership in
addressing the dropout crisis. I will notify the applicants by e-mail before the official
letters go out.
If you have any questions, please feel to e-mail me or call me.
I want to thank all the members of the State SARB for their support and collaboration
with recognizing model SARBs. I am convinced that this is a process that we will
continually improve. I believe we all share a conviction that an effective SARB process
is the best way--and perhaps the only way--to ensure that all high-risk youth get the expert assistance they need to stay in
school until high school graduation.
IT IS REALLY THE “STATE SARB”
THAT SAYS THANK YOU TO DAVID KOPPERUD!
CSIS – NANCY SULLIVAN
Nancy Sullivan, Special Projects Administrator
FCMAT/California School Information Services
770 L Street, Suite 1120 - Sacramento, CA 95814
916-325-9280, Fax: 916-325-9290,
Today, you may not know what CSIS is all about and you may not
know Ms. Nancy Sullivan. However, it is just a matter of time
before all school district’s data systems will be tracking students
through CSIS and dropout data will have greater accuracy. This is
the future of student data reporting and a key figure in this
important technology is Ms. Nancy Sullivan. CASCWA recognizes
Nancy as an expert in this field and asked her to provide a few
answers to today’s questions. Her responses are as follows:
The California Department of Education has a webpage with staff contacts for CALTIDES, SSID, CALPADS
and CSIS. Please share with our members what these acronyms stand for and a brief description of each of the
programs (Nancy provided the following table for her response.)
Acronym Term Definition
CALPADS California California Longitudinal Pupil Achievement Data System is a new longitudinal student data
Longitudinal system that was authorized by SB 1453 in 2002. As required by statute, the system will
Pupil provide: 1) school districts and the California Department of Education access to data
Achievement necessary to comply with federal No Child Left Behind reporting requirements; 2) a better
Data means of evaluating educational progress and investments over time; 3) LEAs information
System that can be used to improve pupil achievement; and 4) an efficient, flexible, and secure
means of maintaining longitudinal statewide pupil level data. The California Department of
Education has contracted with IBM to develop CALPADS. The scheduled implementation
for this new system is 2009-10.
CALTIDES California Senate Bill 1614 authorized the development of the California Longitudinal Teacher
Teacher Integrated Data Education System (CALTIDES). SB 1614 also authorizes the Commission
Integrated Data on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) to assign Statewide Educator Identifiers (SEIDs) to all
Education System educators working in the K-12 public school system in a position that requires a credential
or authorization granted by the CTC. CALTIDES will be a new comprehensive system
environment that primarily entails integrating existing databases to enable the retention of
longitudinal educator data to meet federal No Child Left Behind (NCLB) and other state
reporting requirements, to facilitate assignment monitoring, and to conduct high quality
program evaluations. CALTIDES will be jointly developed by the CTC and the California
Department of Education.
CSIS California School The California School Information Services Program supports assignment and maintenance
Information of a unique Statewide Student Identifier, assists with electronic state reporting, enables
Services electronic records transfer and builds capacity of local education agencies (LEAs) to
implement and maintain comparable, effective, and efficient student information systems.
Our goal with local capacity building is to support LEA daily program needs and improve
the quality of data available for educational decision-making by school-site, district office
and State stakeholders.
CSIS is administered by the Fiscal Crisis and Management Assistance Team (FCMAT).
CSIS is providing subject matter expertise to CDE and IBM in the development of
CALPADS. CSIS will be involved in CALPADS throughout the development, pilot, and
implementation phases. CDE and CSIS both plan to have CSIS assume responsibility for
maintaining CALPADS once IBM’s obligations are complete.
For more information about CSIS, visit: www.csis.k12.ca.us/library/default.asp.
SSID Statewide Student The Statewide Student Identifier is a unique student identifier assigned to each K-12 pupil
Identifier enrolled in a public school program or in a charter school that will remain with the student
throughout his or her academic 'career' in the California public school system. Some
districts refer to the SSID as the “CSIS ID”.
You are a "Special Projects Administrator" for CSIS. Please tell us a little bit about your background and your
career path to your present position.
I’ve always had a passion for using data to inform efforts to improve teaching, learning, and most importantly, outcomes for
students. Prior to joining CSIS, I worked in the California Department of Education for 15 years, with my last position being
the Director of the Data Management Division. I left CDE about four years ago for a position at Springboard Schools, a
nonprofit organization in San Francisco that works with districts to help them use data to improve teaching and learning. After
15 years at the Department, I worried I had become too removed from the day-to-day challenges educators face and looked
forward to opportunity to work more directly with districts. At Springboard, I was responsible for the professional development
conducted by Springboard and for developing tools the Springboard coaches and educators could use to help them apply
research findings to their work in very practical ways. Although I really enjoyed the work at Springboard, I missed being
involved in State policy issues related to data, and so when the position at CSIS opened, I was very pleased for the
opportunity to join the CSIS team.
The definition of a drop out in the State of California has been changed over the years to align with the federal
definition. Can you briefly describe what the definition of a drop out is today and where our members can find
specific information on dropout coding for our schools?
Information on the definition of a dropout as well as the formulas for calculating one and four-year dropout rates are available
on the California Department of Education web site, www.cde.ca.gov. That web site contains a wealth of information and it
also has good search capabilities. The definition of dropout and the calculation for dropout rate provided below are from
CDE’s web site.
In October, 2003, the California Department of Education (CDE) adopted
the National Center for Educational Statistics (NCES) Dropout definition.
Following the new guidelines, the CDE now defines a dropout as a person
1. Was enrolled in grades 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 or 12 at some time during
the previous school year AND left school prior to completing the
school year AND has not returned to school as of Information Day.
2. Did not begin attending the next grade (7, 8, 9, 10, 11 or 12) in the
school to which they were assigned or in which they had pre-
registered or were expected to attend by Information Day.
For each student identified in the criteria above, the student is not a dropout if:
• The student has re-enrolled and is attending school.
• The student has graduated from high school, received a General Education Development (GED) or California
High School Proficiency Examination (CHSPE) certificate.
• The student has transferred to and is attending another public or private educational institution leading toward a
high school diploma or its equivalent. (Does not include adult education programs unless the district can verify
that these students are still enrolled in a GED or high school completion program on Information Day.)
• The student has transferred to and is attending a college offering a baccalaureate or associate's program.
• The student has moved out of the United States.
• The student has a temporary school recognized absence due to suspension or illness.
• The school has verified that the student is planning to enroll late (e.g., extended family vacation, seasonal work.)
• The student has died.
In terms of the formula for calculating dropout rates,
1 Year Rate Formula: (Gr. 9-12 Dropouts/Gr. 9-12 Enrollment) * 100
The 1-year dropout rate is the percent of dropouts during a single year, calculated from actual data submitted. It is also
called the "annual" or "event" rate and it is the dropout rate used by the National Center for Education Statistics to compare
states and school districts.
4 Year Derived Rate Formula: (1-((1-(drop gr 9/enroll gr 9))*(1-(drop gr
10/enroll gr 10))*(1-(drop gr 11/enroll gr 11))*(1-(drop gr 12/enroll gr
The 4-year derived dropout rate is an estimate of the percent of students who
would drop out in a four year period based on data collected for a single year.
To create an actual 4-year rate we would need to collect individual student
data and be able to track such data over time.
** Asterisks in the 4 year derived rate column indicate that one or more grade
levels have zero enrollment. If a grade level has zero enrollment, the formula
can not be calculated.
We are living in a time of data overload. Your division oversees the CSIS identification numbers for students
throughout the State of California. The concepts of identifying and correcting data on students who have gone from
one district to another and are identified in the first district as a drop out is mind boggling. How do you do it?
The system for assigning and maintaining Statewide Student Identifiers (SSIDs) is designed so that the number can follow
the student throughout his or her K-12 years. When a new student enrolls, the student’s district submits a data file to CSIS
with a small set of data elements, including the student’s name, gender, date of birth, ethnicity, and primary language. That
data is matched against the 10 million+ SSIDs currently in the State student locator database and the system returns
possible matches to the district. The matching software is very sophisticated and will return matches even if different
variations of the student’s name are used. For example, if the student is enrolled as William Brown in one district and Willie
Brown in another, the system will still consider the name to match. When districts review possible matches, they can see the
data used for the match as well as the enrollment history, including previous school and
district for the student. The district reviews possible matches and, if one of the students in
the system is the same student the district now has, the district will confirm that SSID for
the student. The system then considers the student to be enrolled in that district.
In addition to helping districts assign SSIDs, the CSIS system, called the State Reporting
and Records Transfer System (SRRTS), also helps districts maintain the SSIDs over time.
That process includes looking across all of the students in the state database to identify
students who were previously coded as being dropouts but are now shown as being
enrolled in another district. These students are flagged as “dropouts re-enrolled elsewhere”
and districts have access to reports that show them the count of these students as well as
detail reports that show the specific students who have been found enrolled in another
district. Districts are encouraged to verify that these students are actually the same student
they previously coded as dropouts. If the students are the same students, the district is
strongly encouraged to update their exit records with exit code “160” meaning that the
students transferred to another California public school. Once this change is made, the
student no longer counts as a dropout.
CSIS does not change data on behalf of districts. It is our policy that districts own their own data. We provide reports so that
districts can know the status of their data, but we do not make changes in the data because we cannot possibly know as
much about the data as the district does. For example, in the case of dropouts re-enrolled elsewhere, it is possible that the
new district assigned the wrong SSID to their student and that the dropout never really re-enrolled. This is why it is important
that districts verify the student actually did re-enroll before they change their local data. While this does require time, the
effort has resulted in the records for thousands of students who were previously considered as dropouts being corrected to
reflect that they actually transferred to another California public school.
If you could speak to the school site and district site registrars about the CSIS information and accuracy of data,
what would you tell them?
When I speak to school site and district registrars, I talk about how important it is to establish local processes that support
collecting accurate data in a sustainable way and I acknowledge challenges most face in doing this work. Most registrars are
very aware of the importance of complete and accurate data; however, for a whole range of reasons, including lack of
resources, competing responsibilities, and challenges in getting required data from various departments across the district,
many struggle to meet state reporting deadlines. Our CSIS Best Practices Cohort Project is a project focused on helping
districts examine their local data management practices and make changes in those practices so they have an easier time
with state deadlines and are prepared for CALPADS. There are approximately 950 districts, county offices of education and
independently-reporting charter schools that are eligible to receive funding under the Best Practices Cohort Project, but a lot
of eligible local education agencies have not yet joined the project. As a result, when I talk to registrars, I let them know they
can learn about the project by visiting http://www.csis.k12.ca.us/bp-cohort/default.asp and I also let them know that
participating districts are telling us that the project is helping them improve both their practices and the quality of their data.
The changes in student data reporting has been remarkable over the past ten years. If you can be a visionary and
predict the next ten years, what would you predict?
I think access to data will be a lot easier in the future. Right now, many districts have a lot of data in their local systems, but
not everyone in the district who could use that data to inform their work has easy access to the data. I hope that both
technology and the State data system make it easier for staff members at schools and in the district office to query and use
their data. I also hope that this becomes practically a daily activity rather than something that is done once or twice a year.
You are an important member of the California State SARB, what would you like to say about State SARB and the
important work that they are doing?
I believe the work the State SARB is doing to identify model SARB programs, share best practices, and update the SARB
Handbook helps districts strengthen their own SARBs and helps keep students in school. This work is incredibly important
because it DOES make a difference to students, their families, and their communities. At each meeting I am inspired by the
dedication of the other State SARB members and the California Department of Education staff. I’m honored to be a member
of the State SARB.
OK, it is time to brag, many professionals in the field consider you to be an exceptional lady. What do you consider
to be your most important accomplishment that is reaching school districts across the State of California?
I’m the administrator at CSIS responsible for the CSIS Best Practices Cohort Project. When the project was approved by the
Legislature, I led the team that developed the implementation plan and I’ve been responsible for overseeing all aspects of
the project. Our goal was to help districts examine their local data management practices and strengthen their practices as
necessary to both improve the quality of data they have for local decision making and prepare them for CALPADS. I’ve seen
way too many districts struggle with State data submissions because they are not fully prepared—very dedicated staff work
extremely long hours under stressful conditions to meet deadlines. It shouldn’t be that way. The Best Practices Cohort
Project is trying to help districts create sustainable practices. We’ve built needs assessments that are helping districts
identify which data management practices need to be strengthened and we’ve created a library of best practices that include
practical tools and processes for districts to use and adapt to meet their needs. We are getting good feedback from those
participating in the project and I know some districts now have better quality data as a result. I feel very fortunate that I’ve
had the opportunity to design and implement this project. I’m pleased that districts are finding it helpful. I’m also grateful that
because my team believes in continuous improvement, we’re all dedicated to making this project even better over time.
CASCWA appreciates this interview. Is there anything else that your would like to share?
Thanks for the opportunity to talk about these issues. I am very passionate helping students and at the risk of sounding
sappy, I’ll say again that this is incredibly important work. Child welfare and attendance work is challenging and at times it
can be down right depressing, but in my opinion, it is so worth the effort. I salute CASCWA members and thank you all for
making a difference.
“SOCIAL NETWORKING WEBSITES”
CASCWA TURNS TO NETWORK TECHNICIAN LARRY HSIEH FOR ANSWERS
In today’s world of attendance accounting, student discipline and
school records, computer technology is essential. When you have a
problem, you do not hesitate to go to an expert and it is amazing
how young and knowledgeable today’s experts are who help you.
Larry Hsieh is one such individual. Gwen Davis, Orange Unified
School District’s Director of Information Services recognized Larry’s
exceptional skills and quickly added Larry to a staff that included
Andy Harper, Craig Hofflund, Ben Perez and several other cutting
CASCWA wanted to do an article that focuses on the sites and the
accessing of information. This is not an article about the dangers of
the internet or about the predators who stalk unsuspecting internet
users of all ages. There isn’t a school district in the nation that
hasn’t been impacted with student threats on myspace.com or
videos uploaded on youtube.com. Districts are often faced with
gathering evidence quickly and storing on paper, hard drives, CD’s or flash drives. Although school district’s often deal with
the negatives on the internet, it is important to note that millions of individuals interact on “Social Networking Websites” on a
positive basis everyday. Social Networking Websites are not going to go away at anytime in the future. Larry Hsieh fully
understands this tech world and CASCWA greatly appreciates the information he provided in this article.
The Intercom Editor asked Larry to meet in the office of Child Welfare and Attendance. He was accompanied by a cutting
edge teacher, Jackie Francoeur, who has been instrumental in the development of several “on-line classes.”
Larry, everyday we have a bunch of students who go to youtube.com and myspace.com. Where else do they go to?
Other social networking websites are facebook, friendster, pounce twitter, jaiku and dozens more. If you do a search on
“Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia” and type in “social networking” you will find a listing of the current social
networking sites. Wikipedia is constantly doing a third party updated listing of the most popular sites.
What are the most popular sites?
Myspace.com and facebook are the most popular. The catch is that social networking sites get changed all the time and
very quickly based on what is popular. At least for the next year or two, myspace and facebook will remain the biggest in the
area, but two years, three years from now or even 6 months from now, the entire thing can be changed by the next newest
social networking site.
Facebook is a social networking website, launched on February 4, 2004. Facebook was founded by Mark Zuckerberg, a former Harvard student. Initially
the membership of Facebook was restricted to students of Harvard College. It was subsequently expanded to MIT, Boston University, Boston College,
and all Ivy League schools within two months. Many individual universities were added in rapid succession over the next year. Eventually, people with a
university (e.g .edu, .ac.uk, etc.) email address from institutions across the globe were eligible to join. Networks were then initiated for high schools on
February 27, 2006 and some large companies. Since September 11, 2006, anyone 13 or older may join. Users can select to join one or more
participating networks, such as a school, place of employment, geographic region, or social group.
The site has more than 62 million active users (including non-collegiate members) worldwide. From September 2006 to September 2007 the site's
traffic ranking increased from 60th to 7th, according to Alexa. It is the most popular website for uploading photos, with 14 million uploaded daily.
The name of the site refers to the paper facebooks depicting members of the campus community that some U.S. colleges and preparatory schools give
to incoming students, faculty, and staff as a way to get to know other people on campus.
MySpace is a social networking website offering an interactive, user-submitted network of friends, personal profiles, blogs, groups, photos, music and
videos internationally. Its headquarters are in Beverly Hills, California, USA, where it shares an office building with its immediate owner, Fox Interactive
Media; which is owned by News Corporation, which has its headquarters in New York City.
According to Alexa Internet, MySpace is currently the world's sixth most popular website, and the third most popular website in the United States,
though it has topped the chart on various weeks. The service gradually gained more popularity than similar websites to achieve nearly 80% of visits to
online social networking websites in 2006. Today its traffic is similar to that of Facebook, a competing social network.
The company employs 300 staff and does not disclose revenues or profits separately from News Corporation. The 100 millionth account was created on
  
August 9, 2006 in the Netherlands and a news story claimed 106 million accounts on September 8, 2006, and the site reportedly attracts 230,000
new registrations per day. As of February 3, 2008, there are over 300 million accounts.
Twitter is a free social networking and micro-blogging service that allows users to send "updates" (or "tweets"; text-based posts, up to 140 characters
long) to the Twitter website, via short message service, instant messaging, or a third-party application such as Twitterrific.
Updates are displayed on the user's profile page and instantly delivered to other users who have signed up to receive them. The sender can restrict
delivery to those in his or her circle of friends (delivery to everyone is the default). Users can receive updates via the Twitter website, instant messaging,
SMS, RSS, email or through an application. For SMS, four gateway numbers are currently available: short codes for the USA, Canada, and India, as well
as a UK number for international use. Several third parties offer posting and receiving updates via email.
You’re a young man. When you were in high school, a few years ago,
were you involved in any of these?
When I was in high school, no, and I am not doing any right now. I am not a
blogger. I don’t place my life up on the internet.
What is a blog?
A blog is where you put something up about yourself, such as the kind of date
you had or your opinion on certain things. Big bloggers that have been around
and have died off are pages like life journal, xanga. These are sites in the past
that were really popular for high school students and middle school students.
They would use them to publicly post their real life on the website.
A blog (a portmanteau of web log) is a website where entries are commonly displayed in reverse chronological order. "Blog" can also be used as a
verb, meaning to maintain or add content to a blog.
Many blogs provide commentary or news on a particular subject; others function as more personal online diaries. A typical blog combines text,
images, and links to other blogs, web pages, and other media related to its topic. The ability for readers to leave comments in an interactive format is
an important part of many blogs. Most blogs are primarily textual, although some focus on art (artlog), photographs (photoblog), sketchblog, videos
(vlog), music (MP3 blog), audio (podcasting) are part of a wider network of social media. Micro-blogging is another type of blogging which consists of
blogs with very short posts.
As of December 2007, blog search engine Technorati was tracking more than 112 million blogs.
Xanga (pronounced / zæŋgə/) is a website that hosts weblogs, photoblogs, and social networking profiles. It is operated by
Xanga.com, Inc., based in New York City.
Do these sites include phone numbers, addresses and other personal information?
Looking at facebook, they ask for the information , but you can control what you release to others. You basically put the
names of your friends on your list for face book. You add them to your friend’s list and control who has access to your site
and therefore the information they will receive. If you have a group of friends that you really know, they can get access to
your real name, addresses and other information, such as phone numbers and email addresses.
This is similar to my space.com where you can control who is in your group?
No, facebook is inherently private. Right now if I go into myspace.com, I can see several sites. Face book is different. Face
book has a lot more gradiency. It gives out your name. People can do a search, but to
access your contents, they need to be on your friends list. Until you give them access as a
friend, they cannot go on the website.
Are you familiar with myspace.com?
I browse it, but I don’t have an account. I have an account on facebook.
I can go on to myspace and see all sorts of things, but the next day they go private. Is
there a way that people see who I am when I go into their sites?
For myspace or facebook, there is no way for the people to see who has viewed their site.
But if you run the websites yourself you can see the IP’s. This will not tell you who, but will
give you an approximate area of who viewed the site. It is basically a string of numbers and
they would have to trace it back to Cox, AT&T etc. and from there they can get to within an
area of about 50-60 miles
Let’s talk about youtube.com.
About YouTube: Founded in February 2005, YouTube is a consumer media company for people to watch and share original videos worldwide through
a Web experience. YouTube allows people to easily upload and share video clips on www.YouTube.com and across the Internet through websites,
blogs, and e-mail. YouTube currently delivers more than 100 million video views every day with 65,000 new videos uploaded daily and it has quickly
become the leading destination on the Internet for video entertainment.
There is no question that there are several videos posted on YouTube that are funny. It has also been used to share
events and presentations in a positive light. For example, you can find band performances, cheerleading
assemblies, athletic events and many more. Unfortunately, students have often crossed the line and have placed
acts of violence on the site where other students are the victims. This district has viewed students fighting or being
the victim of an assault and battery with the event being posted on YouTube later that day. YouTube is not private,
it is very public. If someone puts something damaging on YouTube, can we trace that person if we do not see their
name on the site?
You would have to work with the YouTube website’s staff, you may need to get some form of a court injunction
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., October 9, 2006 - Google Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOG) announced today that it has agreed to acquire YouTube, the consumer
media company for people to watch and share original videos through a Web experience, for $1.65 billion in a stock-for-stock transaction. Following
the acquisition, YouTube will operate independently to preserve its successful brand and passionate community. The acquisition combines one of the
largest and fastest growing online video entertainment communities with Google's expertise in organizing information and creating new models for
advertising on the Internet. The combined companies will focus on providing a better, more comprehensive experience for users interested in
uploading, watching and sharing videos, and will offer new opportunities for professional content owners to distribute their work to reach a vast new
In order to view videos on YouTube, you need to join YouTube. This is easy to do. The site has the ability to search
topics. Pick a topic, search and view the video. The site has its own player and you can watch and hear the event.
According to YouTube: Can I download videos to watch later? No, currently you can't download our videos to your
computer. YouTube's video player is designed to be used within your browser as an Internet experience. As an
alternative to downloading, you can temporarily save videos to watch later by adding them to your QuickList. If
you'd like to save them more permanently, login and click "Save to Favorites" under the videos you'd like to keep.
Although you cannot save to a hard drive, you can bookmark a video as a favorite to retrieve later. The site has
several help links to assist you with your download or your bookmark:
You need to follow YouTube’s current directions for
downloading and viewing. This may have changed recently
and would require you to preserve evidence by using a camera
to make an image of the video and sound on your computer
In the past, we have been able to save the videos by cutting
and pasting the url file and saving to the hard drive. Many video
files are large. A typical video could be up to 50 or 60 megs for
a 4-5 minute video. But in YouTube, they really are not that big.
Once on the hard drive we would download a free program to
play the video. According to Larry, A great program for that is
VLC or video lan controller. It is a free program that you go out
and get and download at http://www.videolan.org/
What are some of the good things about the social networking websites?
They are a great way to keep in contact, share links, and keep your friends posted on what is going on in your life. You can
share pictures and other stuff. It is like keeping in touch with others without actually talking to them, yet keeping them up-to –
date with your life. You also have websites like twitter and jaiqu which are more short form social networking website.
Some people call these “stalkerware” because you can access them at the flick of a wrist. You can go when ever you want
and where ever you want to. It’s nice that you can do that, but if you put too much information on these sites, people you
don’t know can actually be following you and that is the downfall of publicly open websites. Remember, it is easy to lie on
the website. A good example is all of the children who are supposed to be 14 to be on myspace.com and then report that
they go to a certain elementary school.
Larry went on to say that It is a great time to be on computers today…. computers yes …. security and privacy no.
Larry also discussed the world of onion routers, but that is a discussion for another interview. Larry directed
all CWA’s to go to "http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_social_networking_websites" for
more information on social networking websites! Thank you Larry for this great information!
CASCWA STATE CONFERENCE
QUEEN MARY – LONG BEACH
Hosted by Southern Section
APRIL 2008 – “Don’t Miss the Boat!”
AGENDA – CASCWA CONFERENCE 2008
“Don’t Miss the Boat”
7:30-8:30 a.m. Registration, Exhibitors, and Continental Breakfast – Grand Salon and Grand
Salon (R Deck) Foyer
8:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. CWA Academies: 101 (Grand Salon) and 201 (Windsor Room)
12:00-1:30 p.m. Lunch - Lakewood High School Madrigals Choir; Welcome Remarks: Chris Steinhauser,
Superintendent, Long Beach USD and General Session Keynote Speaker Judge Marcus Tucker - Grand Salon
1:30-4:30 p.m. CWA Academies: 101 Grand Salon and 201 Windsor Salon
5:00-6:30 p.m. Academy Reception – Queens Salon Ballroom Dance with the Tim Catlin Band
7:30-8:30 a.m. Registration, Exhibitors, and Continental Breakfast - Grand Salon and Grand Salon
(R Deck) Foyer
8:30-9:30 a.m. General Session Cabrillo High School ROTC; Renaissance High School for Performing Arts, Section
Student Awards presented by Dr. Darline Robles, Superintendent, LACOE – Grand Salon
9:45 -11:00 a.m. 8 Breakout Sessions: Royal Salon, Kings View, Regent Room, Board Room, Victoria Room, Caronia
Room, Mauretania Room, Capstan Club
11:10-12:25 p.m. 8 Breakout Sessions
12:30 -1:55 p.m. Lunch - Welcome Remarks, State Model SARB Awards by *State Superintendent
Jack O’Connell; Orange High School Choir – Grand Salon
2:00-3:15 p.m. 8 Breakout Sessions
3:20-4:35 p.m. 8 Breakout Sessions
5:00-6:30 p.m. President’s Reception – Grand Salon – Salsa DJ & Dance
7:30-8:30 a.m. Registration, Exhibitors, and Continental Breakfast - Grand Salon and Grand Salon
8:30-10:00 a.m. General Session Paramount High School ROTC; Paramount High School Pacific Islander Club; Welcome
Remarks: Edward Velasquez, Superintendent, Montebello USD and Keynote Speaker Detective Mona Ruiz, Santa Ana
Police Department, Author of “Two Badges” – Grand Salon, State & Section Awards
10:10-11:25 a.m. 8 Breakout Sessions
11:30-12:00 p.m. Closing Ceremony & Installation of Officers – Grand Salon
REGISTER AT: http://www.cascwa.org Space is limited)
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consisting of two doubles or a king and twin combination, accommodate three to four guests at a higher rate,
and may be requested subject to availability. Rates are same before the conference and on the weekend.
• Additional adults are $15 per night, crib or rollaway $15 per night, children under 17 stay with parents free when
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Detective Mona Ruiz, Santa Ana Police Department was raised in
Santa Ana, California, and she was typical of so many young women who struggle
in their youth and take the wrong path for the wrong reasons. Detective Ruiz
overcame issues of self-esteem,
gangs, substance abuse, family pressure, and trying to understand issues relating
her life to her future.
Mona speaks about those individuals who cared about her during her formative
years and that eventually it was the sum of those connections that shaped her
decision to become a law enforcement professional. Mona is a police officer in
Santa Ana and is currently the head investigator for the "Santa Ana Police Graffiti
Task Force" and supervises the "Diversion Program for Juvenile Offenders". She is
an every day hero and is truly giving back to her community in ways she believes
will impact and shape the decisions of young people positively. She is the author
of the book Two Badges.
Hon. Marcus O. Tucker
Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Marcus O. Tucker, Jr. was born in Santa Monica, California, on
November 12, 1934. His father was a physician who migrated from Kansas and his mother a teacher and
realtor from Georgia.
Tucker graduated from University High School in Los Angeles in 1952. He
briefly attended Fisk University but soon transferred to the University of
Southern California. There, Tucker was an honor student and majored in
international studies. When he earned his B.A. in 1956 his plan was to
attend Law School. His uncle, Chicago lawyer James McClendon, was a role
model who became an Illinois state senator. Tucker attended Howard
University Law School and served on the editorial staff of the Howard Law
School Journal from 1959 to 1960. He matriculated with a distinguished
class that also included Vernon Jordan. Tucker earned a J.D. in 1960 and in
1997 earned an MA. in Criminal Justice from Chapman University.
Returning to Santa Monica, Tucker served as the first Santa Monica African
American deputy city attorney in the criminal division from 1963 to 1965. He was an assistant U.S. attorney
in the Los Angeles Criminal Division from 1965 to 1967. Tucker was the first African American to serve as
presiding judge of the Long Beach Municipal Court in 1977 and was a supervising or presiding judge in Los
Angeles-area juvenile courts from 1987 to 1994. In 1985, he became judge of the Los Angeles County
Superior Court and holds that position today. As presiding judge of the Los Angeles Juvenile Courts, Tucker
was in charge of the largest system in the United States. Tucker innovated low-cost drug testing for parents
under the court's jurisdiction, referrals for community resources and a new system for tort lawyers. Tucker
initiated Teen Courts with peer juries and closely monitored truancy rates. He also established a playground
facility for children awaiting court action.
As a member of the John Mercer Langston Bar Association, Tucker initiated the History of Black Lawyers in
Los Angeles project. Among his many honors and affiliations, Tucker was recently named to the National
Bar Association Hall of Fame. He lives in Long Beach with his wife, Indira Hale Tucker, and his daughter.
udge Tucker was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on November 22, 2002.
Darline P. Robles, Ph.D Superintendent
Montebello Unified School District
The County Superintendent of Schools, Darline P. Robles, Ph.D. serves as
executive officer for the Los Angeles County Office of Education (LACOE), the
nation’s largest regional education service agency, serving 81 K-12 school
districts that educate 1.7 million students.
Under her leadership and supervision, LACOE directly educates students in the
county court system and special education students; serves the instructional,
administrative and technical needs of school districts; monitors and maintains
the fiscal solvency of all school districts; and directs the nation’s largest Head
Edward Velasquez, Superintendent of Schools,
Montebello Unified School District
Edward Velasquez, Montebello Unified School District Superintendent of
Schools is a graduate of Whittier College, received his master’s degree in
educational administration from Azusa Pacific University and also attended law
school at Western State University.
He is a former Deputy Sheriff for the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s
Department, who later returned to the classroom as a teacher. During his 26
years of services at MUSD, he has
served as a teacher, assistant principal
and principal at Bell Gardens
Intermediate School, and as the
district’s associate superintendent. In
1997, he was appointed by the Former
State Superintendent of California,
Delaine Easton to the State of California
Safe School Task Force.
Mr. Velasquez is a recipient of the
Humanitarian of the Year award from
the Board of Directors and Advisory
Council of the Rio Hondo Boys and Girls
Club, recognizing the difference he has
made in education and in the lives of
Christopher J. Steinhauser, Superintendent of Schools
Long Beach Unified School District
Christopher J. Steinhauser, Superintendent of the Long Beach Unified School District, is a long- time Long Beach resident
and 26-year veteran educator in local schools. He has earned a well- deserved national reputation for improving student
achievement here in America’s Best Urban Schools. He is respected as a friendly, tenacious, hands-on leader who helps
students reach high expectations here in the most diverse large city in the nation. He began his career as a third and fifth
grade teacher, program facilitator, and vice principal. He was promoted to Principal at Signal Hill Elementary School, which
became known as “the miracle on Walnut Avenue” under his leadership. He was a Director of Special Projects Services, Area
C Superintendent, and Deputy Superintendent, before his appointment as Superintendent in 2002. He is a product of the
Long Beach Unified School District, where he attended continuously from kindergarten until his graduation from Wilson High
School. He attended Long Beach City College and California State University Long Beach, earning a bachelor’s degree in
liberal studies and a master’s degree in educational administration. He earned multiple-subject and administrative services
credentials at the university. Steinhauser’s wife, Alida, is a veteran educator who teaches fifth grade literacy in the district.
Their son Edward and daughter Patricia both graduated from Wilson High School.
2008 State CASCWA Conference
Priority Registration Form
Wednesday, April 23 – Friday, April 25, 2008
Historic RMS Queen Mary & Hotel
1126 Queens Highway, Long Beach, CA 562-435-3511
Name Business Phone ( )
Address Home Phone ( )______________________
School District or Agency Position / Title
E-mail FAX ( )______________________
1. Wednesday Pre-Conference Academy Registration
(Either includes continental breakfast, lunch, plus complimentary CASCWA Membership)
(Please check event you wish to attend)
A. CWA 101 Academy
B. CWA 201 Academy
Additional Lunch for Guest $20.00 each
2. Thursday & Friday Conference Registration
(Includes continental breakfast, lunch, complimentary CASCWA Membership, Intercom $215.00
Subscription, and President’s Reception) Additional Lunch for Guest $20.00 each
3. COMBO PACK – Pre-Conference Academy and
Conference Registration (1 & 2) BEST DEAL! $275.00
4. COMBO GROUP PACK – Group discount if you send 5 or more registration forms
from same district/agency and mail in together. BEST GROUP DEAL!! $225.00
5. Conference Registration for Retirees (includes CASCWA Membership) $75.00
Additional Lunch for Guest $20.00 each
6. Conference Registration without CASCWA Membership (Thursday & Friday) $250.00
Additional Lunch for Guest $20.00 each
7. Thursday only Conference Registration without CASCWA Membership $165.00
(Includes continental breakfast & lunch) Additional Lunch for Guest $20.00 each
8. Friday only Conference Registration without CASCWA Membership
(Includes continental breakfast) $140.00
__ I would like to request a vegetarian lunch on ___ Wednesday ___ Thursday Total Amount Due:
Registration fee must accompany this form. Purchase Orders will be accepted for registration.
All sales are final. No refunds—substitutions will be accepted.
Disability Access: Please indicate any special accommodation needs
Make check payable to: CASCWA Host Hotel Reservations (Limited number of rooms)
Mail registration form and payment to: QUEEN MARY HOTEL
(562) 435-3511 or (800) 437-2934
Los Angeles County Office of Education Room rates: $110 for single or double occupancy
9300 Imperial Highway, ECC 3236 (plus 15% tax) includes one breakfast voucher per room
Downey, CA 90242 Additional vouchers are $10.00 each.
Room rate is the same for early arrivals or weekend stays. Rates
Questions regarding event and/or registration: (562) 922-6247 guaranteed through March 23, 2008 – Parking is $10 daily
This conference is an authorized expenditure of School Safety, Safe and Drug Free Schools, Title I, Title VI, and SIP Funds.
Staterooms are $110 per night, one king or two twin beds. Family staterooms consisting of two doubles or a king and twin
combination, accommodate three to four guests at a higher rate, and may be requested subject to availability. Room rates
are $110 for earlier arrivals and those staying the weekend. Additional adults are $15 per night, crib or roll away $15 per
night, children under 17 stay with parents free when no additional bedding required. Wheelchair accessible rooms are
available. Stateroom tax is 12%, with a 3% Long Beach Tourism assessment. Call (800) 437-2934 for Reservations,
check-in is 4:00 p.m., check-out is 12:00 noon. It is important that you make your reservation early!
Room Block is: 4/22/08 = 15, 4/23/08 = 125, 4/24/08 = 125, 4/25/08 = 50, 315 total room nights The cutoff date to hold the
room block is 5/23/08. The cutoff date to hold the room block is 4/23/08. Self-parking is $10.00 per day. Hotel guests
receive a breakfast voucher daily and complimentary admission to the Queen Mary's Self-Guided Shipwalk Tour. Other
attractions include "Ghosts & Legends," Russian Submarine & Spy-Fi Exhibit.
AIRPORT TRANSPORTATION: Long Beach Airport or LAX
Long Beach Airport - LGB - (6 miles)
John Wayne Airport - SNA - (24 Miles)
Los Angeles International Airport - LAX - (23 Miles)
TRANSPORTATION: To & From Long Beach & Queen Mary
The official Long Beach Airport and local area conference shuttle transportation is the La Navette
Shuttle. Conference attendee will need to contact the service at (562) 761-3287 on their own to arrange
for pick up. The conference charge is $19 per person from the airport to the Queen Mary and $7.00 per person if the
shuttle is filled to capacity (6 passengers). There is reduction in rate for each addition person on the shuttle by about $5.00.
The Official CASCWA Conference Car Rental is
Advantage Car Rental. The phone
number for Advantage Car Rental is
TRANSPORTATION: Around Long Beach
Aqua Bus - $1 water taxi from Queen Mary to the Aquarium,
Shoreline Village & Pine Ave.
Aqua Link - $3 catamaran ride from Queen Mary to Long Beach
Passport Bus -
Free bus from Queen Mary to all shopping areas and restaurants
Bus Transportation - Long Beach www.lbtransit.com
Blue Line -
Light Rail to Downtown Los Angeles, LAX, Hollywood
Catalina Cruises www.catalinaadventuretours.com
Catalina Express www.catalinaexpress.com
Catalina Island Chamber of Commerce www.catalinachamber.com
Island Express Helicopter www.islandexpress.com
RESTAURANTS - ON or NEAR THE QUEEN MARY
Sir Winston's - Queen Mary
Chelsea - Queen Mary
The Promenade Café - Queen Mary
Observation Bar - Queen Mary
The Reef www.specialtyrestaurants.com
Bubba Gump www.bubbagump.com
California Pizza Kitchen www.cpk.com
Cold Stone Creamery www.coldstonecreamery.com
Mai Tai www.maitaibar.com
PF Chang's www.pfchangs,com
Outback Steak House www.outback.com
King's Fish House www.kingsseafood.com
La Traviata Restaurant www.latraviata301.com
Sharky's Wood Fired Mexican Grill www.sharkys.com
The Madison Steakhouse www.themadisonrestaurant.com
The Skyroom Restaurant www.theskyroom.com
Wasabi Japanese Restaurant www.wasabilb.com
Tequila Jack's www.tequilajacks.com
The Funnel House: Desserts www.thefunnelhouse.com
Yard House www.yardhouse.com
MARINA PACIFICA/ALAMITOS BAY
The Crab Pot Restaurant www.thecrabpot.com
Khoury's Chicken and Seafood www.khourys.com
Lucille's Barbecue www.lucillesbbq.com
LONG BEACH ATTRACTIONS
Bay Boat Rentals www.bayboatslb.com
Harbor Breeze Cruises: Blue Whales, Dolphins, and Sealife www.longbeachcruises.com
Carnival Cruises www.carnival.com
Pierpoint Landing Fishing www.pierpoint.net
Rainbow Rocket Speedboat www.rainbowrocket.net
Gondola Getaway gondola rides www.gondolagetawayinc.com
California State University, Long Beach: The Pyramid www.csulb.edu
Aquarium of the Pacific www.aquariumofpacific.org
Long Beach Museum of Art www.lbma.org
Museum of Latin American Art www.molaa.org
Rancho Los Alamitos www.rancholosalamitos.com
Rancho Los Cerritos www.rancholocerritos.org
CASCWA Surfing Extravaganza E-Mail - email@example.com
OTHER LOCAL ATTRACTIONS
Knotts Berry Farm, Buena Park www.knotts.com
Universal Studios www.universalstudioshollywood.com
Belmont Plaza Pool www.ci.long-beach.ca.us
Bike Paths www.bikestation.org
Marina Sailing www.marinasailing.com
Off Shore Water Sports: Wave Runners, Boats,
Wheel Fun Bicycle Rentals www.wheelfunrentals.com
Carpenter Center-Cal St.Univ.,
International City Theater www.iclongbeach.com
Long Beach Opera www.longbeachopera.org
Long Beach Symphony www.longbeachsymphony.com
The Theater League www.theaterleague.com
Belmont Shores www.beachcalifornia.com/belmont
Cerritos Center www.shopcerritos.com
City Place Long Beach www.longbeachcityplace.com
Lakewood Center www.shoplakewoodcenter.com
Long Beach Towne Center www.longbeachtownecenter.net
Marina Pacifica/Alamitos Bay www.ecomallbiz.com/alamitosbay
Shoreline Village www.shorelinevillage.com
The Pike at Rainbow Harbor www.thepikeatlongbeach.com
Visitor's Bureau website
“CASCWA INTERCOM” HIGHLIGHTS JENIFER MENDEL
SOUTHERN SECTION’S AREA VI REPRESENTATIVE
AREA VI Representative - San Diego County
Grossmont Union High School District
1100 Murrray Dr. - El Cajon, CA 92020
(619) 664-8014 Fax (619) 448-7191
Over the past decade, Southern Section’s membership has significantly grown in the
San Diego County area. This growth began through the work of Cecil Munsey and has
steadily grown through the efforts of San Diego County Office of Education’s Steve
Fraire. Steve invited Jenifer Mendel to join CASCWA’ s Southern Section’s Executive
Board and she is rapidly becoming an MVP. Jenifer is down to earth, intelligent and
realistic. Through much of her own effort, the Grossmont Union High School District has
the distinction of submitting the first Model SARB application.
Jenifer, you are well known to those of us in the field of student attendance in Southern California. You positively
impact the attendance and education of thousands of students in the Grossmont Unified School District. Please tell
us a little bit about the Grossmont Unified School District, your position, and how your career path has led you to
this important position.
Grossmont Union High School District is located in the east region of San Diego County that serves approx 25,000 student.
It includes 11 High Schools, 1 Continuation High School, 2 Community Day Schools and multiple alternate education
programs. Our district prides itself on the fact that we provide programs that reach and enhance the educational program for
all the student populations whether they are at AP level or identified At Risk.
I began in the District in 1981 as a campus supervisor then was asked to take a position in Attendance. In Aug 2004 I
completed the Dropout Prevention Specialist course thru Cal State Sacramento. The administration of the District supported
the Dropout Prevention Program and we established a program and job description hiring 5 DPS in January 2005. I was
asked if I would be interested in working with Foster youth and McKinney Vento population as the District Liaison in addition
to the Dropout Prevention and SARB program and in July 2006 a job description was developed and I was hired into the
Describe for our members what a typical work week entails for Jenifer Mendel.
My work week includes SART hearings at multiple sites, I am part of the SARB and attend hearings on Tuesdays. I also
attend Truancy Court each week in an effort to give continued support to the DA and Judge. The rest of my week is filled with
multiple collaborative community meetings addressing At Risk student population and developing programs in the community
to assist and address the obstacles that these students face.
Your smiling face is easily recognized at our CASCWA events. How did you first get involved in CASCWA? What
has CASCWA meant to you professionally and describe your involvement in the Southern Section Executive Board?
During the DPS course training our group attended the CASCWA conference held in San Diego and I was hooked ever
since. CASCWA is a tremendous connection for information and resources that is truly unique and I was truly honored and
humbled when I was given the opportunity to serve as the Area VI (San Diego County) representative.
You often car pool with Steve Fraire, CWA, San Diego County Office of Education. Please describe the interaction
and involvement between the activities in your office and the efforts in the County Office of Education.
In my position as Coordinator of CWA for the District my path to the SDCOE, Pupil Services Dept is well established. Being
relatively new to this arena I have been truly fortunate to have Steve Fraire Coordinator of CWA for the county office as not
only an advocate but a mentor, teacher and friend. I have never been afraid or embarrassed to ask questions to acquire
knowledge and information to enable me to accomplish my job to the best of my ability and Steve has been very gracious
and tolerant to answer all my questions and give me sound guidance.
You have the distinction of submitting the very first application to the California Department of Education's State
SARB for a model SARB program. Please take the time to tell our members about your district's SARB process.
Also, please describe your application and your personal comments regarding the process.
The SARB process for the District went from basically no program to
model SARB in 2.5 years. It took dedication, support and hard work of
many individuals including Assistant Principals and support staff at the
sites as well and district probation officer and Dropout Prevention
Specialists. Under the direction of Lucia Washburn, Director I this
program has been allowed to reach the status of Model SARB. She is
passionate about the at risk student population and has a no nonsense
approach with these kids to instill in them that finishing high school is a
must to be successful in this world today. She is willing to develop
programs that are outside the box to assist them is this goal and has the
respect and backing from the top administration of the District to bring
them to life. It has been exciting to have been a part of the development
of the SARB program from the beginning with her.
Is there anything else you would like to share, especially with those
who are new to the field?
I do not hesitate to encourage any of you that are new to this field to make CASCWA a go to organization for knowledge and
resources, you will not be disappointed.
I would like to share with all of my CASCWA friends that I have a 29 year old son who is practicing at Lebonheur Childrens
Hospital located in Memphis Tenn in the field of CRNA and is finishing up his PHD in Pharmacology. I think my passion for
my job and working with these kids has been fueled by my own life experience with my own son never believing that taking
the path of least resistance would be the best way.
SCHOOL INNOVATIONS & ADVOCACY
NEW SOLUTIONS FOR EDUCATION
School Innovations & Advocacy continues to be a major supporter of CASCWA and our State Conferences. This year will be
no exception. CASCWA thanks SIA for their sponsorship at the recent “2ND ANNUAL WESTERN REGIONAL TRUANCY
PRVENTION CONFERENCE” – October 10-12, 2007 at Hotel Zoso, Palm Springs California. SI&A will also sponsor the
upcoming State Conference on the Queen Mary in Long Beach.
SI&A serves more school districts in the State of California than any other organization of its kind. They are a strong
supporter of the efforts of CASCWA and have been our partners in several endeavors. If your district is not already
involved with SI&A, please take the time to visit their website at http://www.sia-us.com/
District income is closely tied to student attendance, and the effectiveness
of your district's policies translates to real gain or loss. SI&A's
Attention2Attendance program provides a comprehensive set of
technology services, professional development and publications for
For information on:
Notification to Teachers
Go to: http://www.sia-us.com/services/a2a.htm
TELECONFERENCING –TIMES ARE A’CHANGING
Joe Taylor –CASCWA State Vice President
Joe Taylor, Administrator
Child Welfare and Attendance
Sacramento County Office of Education
(916) 228-2508 Fax (916) 228-2459
Your CASCWA State Executive Board will be utilizing today’s technology to
bring together “Executive Board Members” throughout the state. It is
important that the “Executive Board” meet regularly, but this requires
significant distances to travel, expenses and time away from the workplace.
Joe Taylor has taken on the challenge of bringing our “Executive Board”
together via teleconferencing. This is exciting and there is a high
expectation that this will better serve our membership. In addition to the
scheduled state meetings, Joe recently sent out information on a
teleconference focusing on “Dropout Recovery.” Below, your will find
information regarding the teleconference that Joe recently sent out.
After some discussion, it was decided to have the topic for our next Teleconference to be on model or successful SARB
components. The next Teleconference is: Dropout Recovery: SARB the Successful Intervention. It is scheduled for May
1, 2008, 9:00 A.M.-12:00 P.M. The Sacramento County Office of Education will coordinate the teleconference broadcast.
The tentative schedule includes:
9:00 A.M.-10:00 A.M. - Mock SARB Hearing (A CD will be sent to and played at each site, followed by a group discussion at
each site during the first hour)
10:00 A.M.-Teleconference Broadcast begins-Keynote Introduction (Keynote Speaker(s) to be invited include Jack
O'Connell, Jerry Brown, Darryl Steinberg)
10:10 A.M.-10:30 A.M.-Components of a Successful SARB-Leadership, Collaboration, Resources (game show activity by
10:30 A.M. -11:00 A.M.-Reactions, Interactions, Q&A Session
11:00 A.M. -11:30 A.M.-Model SARB Presentation (by Model SARB Program award winner-TBA)
11:30 A.M.-12:00 P.M.-Q & A: Broadcast ends 12:00 P.M. Post Teleconference Activity (each site)
THE COST OF TRUANCY
Frank Boehler/CWA – Orange Unified School District
According to CDE, in 2005-06, there were 1,974,645 9th-12th grade students in California’s public schools and 68,420
students were reported as being a dropout. This represents a one year dropout rate of 3.5% and a four year dropout rate of
14.1%. Many of the students, dropping out of high school today have the potential of graduating from college and becoming
professionals in our society. The following chart reflects the potential loss in salary for each hour of truancy per potential
educational attainment. The columns on the right reflect an hourly rate per entire school year truancies. The example is
much more realistic in regards to the students and families interacting with the Offices of Child Welfare and Attendance. The
Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation recently released an excellent document focusing on dropouts. It is a must for anyone
who works with young people: http://www.gatesfoundation.org/nr/downloads/ed/TheSilentEpidemic3-06FINAL.pdf
Is an hour of truancy worth it?
You do the math!
Prepared by the Orange Unified School District’s Office of Child Welfare and Attendance
In 2005-06, there were 1,974,645 9th-12th grade students in California’s public schools and 68,420 students were
reported as being a dropout. This represents a one year dropout rate of 3.5% and a four year dropout rate of 14.1%.
There is a high correlation between truancy and dropping out of school. Too many students live for today, this
moment, this hour and have little or no connection to their future.
The following data represents the potential loss of income per hour of truancy for students who dropout, but were
capable of obtaining a high level of education. Students need to make good decisions every day. Perhaps this
information will help students realize why staying in school is the best choice for their future. All of the data is
based on public information developed by the U.S. Department of Labor in the years 2004 and 2006 as noted. In
the typical high school, a student attends six – one hour classes a day for 180 days in a school year. That is 1,080
hours a year and 4,320 hours for the 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th grades. The potential loss of earning per hour of truancy
is calculated by dividing the lifetime difference in earnings by the 4,320 hours.
Potential Loss of Earnings per
Lifetime Difference from
Lifetime Earnings for 40
Hour of Truancy for missing a
Median Weekly Salary
Median Yearly Salary
year(s) of school
Truant/DO 1 year
years grades 9-12
years grades 11-
No high school 6.8% $419 $23,400 $936,000 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
High school 4.3% $595 $30,400 $1,216,000 $280,000 $65 $89 $129 $259
Some college 3.9% $674 $36,800 $1,472,000 $536,000 $124 $170 $248 $496
Associate 3.0% $721 $38,200 $1,528,000 $592,000 $137 $188 $274 $548
Bachelor’s 2.3% $962 $52,200 $2,088,000 $1,152,000 $266 $367 $533 $1066
Master’s 1.7% $1,140 $62,300 $2,492,000 $1,556,000 $360 $495 $720 $1440
Professional 1.1% $1,474 $109,600 $4,384,000 $3,448,000 $798 $1098 $1596 $3192
Doctorial 1.4% $1,441 $89,400 $3,576,000 $2,640,000 $611 $840 $1222 $2444
In the world of Child Welfare and Attendance, there are patterns of attendance that exist correlating truancy to
dropping out. Rather than calculating 6 periods a day for 4 years, it would be more realistic to use the following
example: Let’s say a student named Jim is an excellent middle school student and has the potential to go on to
college and graduate with a four year degree. However, Jim starts hanging around with the wrong crowd and turns
to the world of marijuana. Jim has 20 single period truancies in the 9th grade (20 hours.) He goes on to the 10th
grade and has 45 single period truancies (45 hours.) He is transferred to the continuation school in the 11th grade
and has 75 single period truancies (75 hours.) Jim attends school for half the year in the 12th grade with 40 single
period truancies (40 hours) and drops out for the final 90 days (540 hours.) That is a total of 720 hours of truancy.
Since Jim had the potential of going on and earning a four year college degree but dropped out, his hourly loss of
potential earnings was $1600 per hour of truancy. For more dropout information, please go to:
“POWER OF THE CD”
California School Laws Relating to Minors
Former State CASCWA President, Phil Kauble has
continued the tradition of maintaining a current document
reflecting all of the laws relating to minors that pertain to the
field of Child Welfare and Attendance.
The Book, “California Laws Relating to Minors”, has been a
must for all school districts for over 20 years. Recently, the
book was modified and placed on a CD Rom. Phil is
donating profits from the CD for CASCWA scholarships
throughout the state.
If you have been in the field for very long, you will recognize
the book immediately. You will also have a working
knowledge of the sections of the book and you know how to
quickly navigate through the book to find the topic and
specific codes you are seeking. An important feature of the CD is the ability to do a word search to immediately locate the
sections of the book that pertain to the topic. This feature is also exceptionally thorough and will hit on the key word for
every code pertaining to the laws relating to minors. You will need to update to one of the newer “free” Adobe readers.
The editor uses the CD daily. Recently, the following key words were entered searching the 916 pages of specific text with
the following results:
KNIFE – There were 44 word hits that referenced several education codes, penal codes, definitions and indexing.
KNUCKLES – Recently, this office processed an expulsion for a student in possession of brass knuckles. The family was
minimizing the violation calling the weapon a paper weight. During the initial meeting, this office was able to quickly do a
search for brass knuckles. There were no hits for brass knuckles. A search was quickly ran for knuckles and instantly there
were 3 hits for “METAL KNUCKLES” (pages 425, 429, & 642.) We then Xeroxed our book and provided copies of the law to
the family, which immediately changed the tone of the violation and turned the meeting around.
SUBPOENA –There are several important codes pertaining to
subpoenas. We wanted to make sure that our operations were sound
and in compliance with the law and searched the word subpoena. We
found 45 hits on 18 different pages ranging from page 47 to the index on
page 914. Included in the hits was the state recognized definition for
HOMELESS – Wow! What a topic and what a responsibility to school
districts. We ran the key word “homeless” and received 28 hits over 15
different pages and quickly found the reference we were looking for to
place into a document.
As with any book, there are copyright laws that need to be followed.
What many district choose to do is to quickly find the code they need
either directly through the book or through a word search on the CD.
Then they go to California Law’s website at:
http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/calaw.html. You can then check which code
you want (penal, EC, WIC, etc.), type in the number, retrieve the code
and then cut and past into the document.
CASCWA “Thanks” Phil Kauble for his generous contribution to our scholarship funds and we are exceptionally pleased with
the 2008 CD that just recently was released by Legal Books Distributing at http://www.legalbooksdistributing.com/index.htm.
For specific information on the book and CD please go to:
“ASK THE EXPERTS”
Debbie Morris – North Sacramento School District
Director Student Services/Principal CDS
North Sacramento School District
The following questions were asked via “Ask the
Experts” on CASCWA.org.
1) Are there any good guidelines for setting up and
operating an Administrative Panel for expulsion
hearings? What are the do's and don'ts.
At Los Angles County Office of Education (LACOE),
there is a script prepared by County Counsel covering
what a hearing should entail.
Education Code 48918(d) provides for the use of an impartial administrative panel of three or more certificated persons. The
hearing may be chaired by one of the panel members or by the CWA person. The hearing should mirror the kind of hearing
that used to be provided by the governing board.
Also, There is an extensive section in Chapters 3 & 5 of the San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools Due Process
and Suspension book dealing with this topic. You may download the order form at the CASCWA web site for the San
Bernardino County manual.
2) Do you make a recording of the SARB hearings when parents/students are going through SARB hearing? Do you
record when parents are not in the
We follow the School Attendance and Review Boards Handbook. Page 10 and 11 of the manual address your concerns and
recommend that minutes, either written or recorded, not be taken during the closed sessions
In Sacramento County at the District SARB hearings we do record the actual SARB hearing. We turn the recorder off during
the period when the SARB Board is deliberating the directives to be given to the family. And the tape is turned back on when
the directives are stated to the family. We use a SARB script at each of our hearings and at the very beginning of the script it
reads: "this hearing is being recorded to provide a record of these proceedings". I know that these procedures vary in
different counties and districts but here in Sacramento County our District Attorney encourages us to record the SARB
3) Where is the Education Code that speaks to informing schools/staff as to the presence of students who have
committed dangerous offenses?
Dangerous Student Notification is Education Code 49079
For more information on “ASK THE EXPERTS”, please go to:
Debbie Morris – North Sacramento School District
Director Student Services/Principal CDS
North Sacramento School District
AB68: Dymally – Pupil Services Block Grant
This bill would have established the pupil services block grant
for the purpose of providing education, mental health, and social
services support services to pupils. This bill died in
committee due to the budget shortfalls. Assembly Member
Dymally will continue the discussions into this coming year.
SB173: Dymally – Pupils: academic support program
This bill would have re-established the CSS/SB65 Model Replication Fund Program for the purpose of training. This bill
was moved to the assembly appropriations suspense file last week. This essentially kills the bill for the year and
means that the model replication funds we had hoped to take out of the block will remain in the public retention
block grant for the 2008-2009 school year.
“IN THE COURTS”
Rob Jacobsen – Los Angeles County Office of Education
ROBERT JACOBSEN - Los Angeles County Office of Education
9300 Imperial Highway - Downey, CA 90242
(562) 922-6301 firstname.lastname@example.org
A California Court of Appeal in Levi v. O’Connell (November 2006) held that the State
was not required to pay the cost of a college education for an extremely gifted 13-
year-old student. The child began attending college at seven, passed the high school
exit exam at nine, and started attending UCLA when he was 13.
The court reviewed the free school guarantee of the California Constitution and found
that it only covers kindergarten schools, elementary schools, secondary schools, and
technical schools. Colleges and universities are not part of the "common schools" of
the state that must be provided free under a single uniform statewide system.
The court also addressed the mandates of the federal No Child Left Behind Act and
the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and found no basis in
those laws to support payment of a college education. In considering IDEA, the court
noted that extreme giftedness was not listed within the disabilities and impairments enumerated in IDEA, the child did not
come within IDEA and was not a child with "exceptional needs," as defined by the state special education law.
The court acknowledged there is significant debate in the field of education regarding the educational needs of gifted and
highly gifted children and cited Davidson, Genius Denied: How to Stop Wasting Our Brightest Young Minds (2004) and
Colangelo, A Nation Deceived: How Schools Hold Back America's Brightest Students (2004). However, the court did not rule
on that concern stating that it is a matter of public policy properly addressed to the Legislature or electorate.
SAVE THE DATE
CASCWA STATE CONFERENCE 2009
MOVING THE MOUNTAIN
INTENTION TO IMPACT
April 22, 23, and 24, 2009
Embassy Suites Hotel
Lake Tahoe Resort
South Lake Tahoe, California
For information, contact:
Joe Taylor, Administrator
Child Welfare and Attendance
Sacramento County Office of Education
(916) 228-2508 Fax: (916) 228-2459
Delta-Sierra Section of CASCWA Presents:
Richard C. Davis Scholarship
Saturday, March 8, 2008 11 AM - 2 PM
Dante Club - 2330 Fair Oaks Blvd. Sacramento, CA 95825
Invited Guest Speakers:
* Honorable Senator Darrell Steinberg
* Jack O’Connell, State Superintendent of Instruction
* Jan Scully, Sac County District Attorney
* Richard C. Davis
* Past Scholarship Recipients
* Local Celebrity, Master of Ceremonies
Each year the Delta-Sierra Section provides two Alternative students with
assistance to attend college. The Richard C. Davis Scholarship supports those
students who have had significant issues with school attendance who as a
result are able to attend college and be successful. Your participation at the
luncheon provides the funding to help Alternative Education students have the
opportunity to receive a college education. Please support the Richard C. Davis
Proceeds Benefit: Alternative Education & Continuation High School Graduating
Seniors Wishing to Continue Their Education in College or Vocational School
Donation: $50.00 *Contributions to this organization may be tax deductible* Checks payable to: CASCWA
Mail to: Sacramento County Office of Education
Child Welfare and Attendance
P.O. Box 269003
Sacramento, CA 95826-9003
Registration Deadline: March 3, 2008
Name: _____________________________________________ Title: _________________________________________
City: ___________________________________________________ State: __________________ Zip: ________________
Phone: ( ) ________________________________________ Fax: ( ) __________________________________
For more information contact Joe Taylor at (916) 228-2508.
California Association Supervisors of Child
Welfare and Attendance
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