Tell the State Board of Education to Hold Schools and Districts Accountability for English Learners’ Academic Performance

Dec | 2016

!! ACTION ALERT !!

Voice your opposition to including, as a component of the English Learner LCFF academic indicator, data on Redesignated Fluent English Proficient students (RFEPs)!! This proposal requires the inclusion of 4 years of RFEP students scores with the scores of the current EL students.   The data wil be aggregated to determine the EL academic performance level (color coding from red, orange, yellow, green and blue indicate the level – red being the lowest and blue the highest). The accuracy and transparency of how these two groups of students are performing in Language Arts and Math will be invisible if they are combined as proposed.

Letters to Dr. Kirst, President of the State Board of Education expressing your opposition need to be emailed to him NOW!!

Click on the link below to send the letter. Please personalize the letter by filling in the blanks and adding any text that you feel is helpful !!

After you click on the link to the letter, copy and paste it into a new email and send to sbe@cde.ca.gov

If you are able to attend the meeting email Shelly Spiegel-Coleman at Shelly@californianstogether.org

The State Board of Education will take a final vote on this issue during the January 11, 2017 Board Meeting.

The letter must be emailed no later than 12 noon on Friday, January 6, 2017!!

ACTION ALERT!!! ACTION ALERT!!! ACTION ALERT!!! SB 750 (Mendoza) English Language Instruction Amended September 1, 2015

Sep | 2015

Senate Bill 750 (Mendoza) English Language Education is finally on Governor Brown’s desk!! He will determine the fate of SB 750 (Mendoza), to sign (and make law) or to veto.

Your continued support and advocacy is needed NOW to show Governor Brown how much support there is for this bill. Click on the link below to send the letter to the Governor.

SB 750 (Mendoza) revises current law specific to the definitions of a Long Term English Learner and pupils At Risk of becoming a Long Term English Learner in order for the California Department of Education to more accurately identify these pupils for the purpose of providing appropriate instructional services to these students by their school districts.

Please forward this Action Alert to other interested persons or entities. Our challenge is to get as many letters as possible to Governor Brown!! Governor Brown has until October 11, 2015 to decide.
Please click below to email a letter of support to the governor with a copy to the author of our bill Senator Tony Mendoza.

Mil gracias for your continued support of SB 750 (Mendoza) English Language Instruction!!

 

Dear Governor Brown

Feb | 2015

Add your voice and let Governor Brown know you agree!

Ed Trust – West has joined a diverse coalition of organizations including the American Civil Liberties Union, Californians Together, the California Association of Bilingual Educators and the California Latino School Boards Association in asking Gov. Jerry Brown to appoint an English learners advocate to the State Board of Education. The governor has the opportunity to do right by the more than 1.4 million English learners by choosing someone with a track record of fighting for these students and who understands the families and communities the students come from.

Coalition of Signing Organizatons
The Education Trust-West Californians Together California Association for Bilingual Education (CABE) Californians for Justice
Educators 4 Excellence – Los Angeles Reading and Beyond California Latino School Board Association Fresno Center of New Americans
InnerCity Struggle GEMAS Asian Americans Advancing Justice Public Counsel
United Way of Greater Los Angeles Public Advocates Inc. Parent Institute for Quality Education ACLU of California
CARECEN – Los Angeles United Ways of California United Way of the Bay Area Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA)
The Civil Rights Project (UCLA)

 

*Click link below to send an email to Govenor Brown*
Urge Governor Brown to Sign SB 1174 (Lara)

Sep | 2014

What’s the issue?

SB 1174 (Lara) repeals current law requiring English Only placement for English Learners while still maintaining English language development, access to all content areas and providing program opportunities for all students to become multiliterate.

Urge Governor Brown to sign this bill, so all students will be given access to a critical 21st Century skill; the ability to speak, read and write more than one language proficiently, including English!

Why is SB 1174 (Lara) important?

SB 1174 (Lara) removes a barrier created by Proposition 227 preventing English learners from participating in the most effective programs by repealing the English Only placement requirement.

SB 1174 (Lara) supports preparation for students to effectively participate in our state’s diverse and global economy by encouraging school districts to provide programs that promote multiliteracy for all students.

What do you need to do ?

Take action by contacting Governor Brown

1.)   By phone:  Call the Office of Governor Brown at 916-445-2841
         between 9 a.m. and 5p.m. weekdays. Ask to speak to the
         Legislative Representative assigned to SB 1174 (Lara) and state: 

     ” Hello, my name is _____ and I am a (parent/educator) and I support
       SB 1174 (Lara) English Language Education. I urge Governor Brown to sign
       SB 1174 (Lara) because it will provide all of our children/students with a
       critical 21 Century skill, that of speaking, reading and writing proficiency
       in one or more languages in addition to English. The knowledge of languages
       will empower our children/students to effectively participate in our diverse
       state and global economy. “

 

OR

     2.)    Click link here or below to send a letter urging the Governor to sign
             SB 1174 (Lara) so that all students are provided the critical
             21st Century skill of one or more languages, in addition to English

AB 2303 (Bloom) State Recognition Program of Multiple Pathways to Biliteracy

Apr | 2014

On Wednesday, April 30, 2014, AB 2303 (Bloom) will be heard and voted on in the Assembly Education Committee. This bill would: Establish a state recognition program for school districts with articulated and comprehensive multiple pathways to biliteracy programs preK – 12th grade. Define the criteria for receiving the multiple pathways district recognition. Provide descriptions of program models and language learning opportunities that can be combined into comprehensive pathways, prek – 12th grade. For more details download the attached fact sheet on the bill. Take Action Now!!! Download the sample letter,sign it and fax to Assembly Member Joan Buchanan at 916-319-2187 to support the passage of AB 2303. Have others sign a letter and fax today.

 

Oppose Elimination of Spanish Language Arts Achievement Assessments

Apr | 2013

On Wednesday, May 1, 2013, AB 484 (Bonilla) will be heard and voted on in the Assembly Education Committee.  This bill would reauthorize many state assessments while eliminating others by suspending these tests.  A test to be eliminated by suspension includes the Standards Test in Spanish (STS) for next year.  AB 484 calls for an extend process, if funding is available for this purpose, to decide whether it is needed or necessary to develop a new Spanish Academic Achievement test.  The uncertainty of whether there will be a Spanish academic test and/or when it would be implemented is a major catastrophe for English Learners.

Californians Together has a position of oppose unless amended on AB 484 in order to address the two issues of primary language assessment for English learners.  We need everyone to download the letter below and email a copy to Assembly Member Joan Buchanan, Chair of the Assembly Education Committee at Joan.Buchanan@asm.ca.gov

Oppose Diminished Services and Programs for English Learners

Apr | 2013

The governor has proposed a new education funding formula for California schools called the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF).  His intent is to equalize the funding across districts and give additional funds to support services for English learners, poor students and foster youth.  This would repeal the Economic Impact Aid (EIA) and replace it with the LCFF. On first blush this makes sense.  But there are significant problems with the formula and its impact on English learners.  We need each of you to sign the letter attached below (you may personalize) and send it to Assembly Member Joan Buchanan, Chair of Assemble Education.  The letter needs to arrive by Friday, May 3, 2013.

Governor Sign AB 2193 (Lara) -Long Term English Learners

Feb | 2013

AB 2193 (Lara) sits on Governor Brown’s desk and we need him to sign our bill.  AB 2193 begins to address some of the recommendations from our research and policy document, Reparable Harm:  Fulfilling the Unkept Promise of Educational Opportunity for California’s Long Term English Learners.  AB 2193 does the following: 1) establishes a statewide uniform definition of Long Term English Learners (LTELs) and a student at risk of becoming a LTEL and 2) requires the California Department of Education to report the numbers of each cohort of LTEL students to each school and school district.  Please read the action alert and email the governor NOW.

Do Not Flex the Economic Impact Aid Funds

Apr | 2012

Governor Brown proposed to fold into his categorical flexibility program the Economic Impact Aid funds (EIA).  This means that approximately 1 billion dollars targeted for economically disadvantaged students and English learners can be used for other purposes, including non-instructional purposes, as determined by the district!!  The EIA already provides maximum flexibility so long as the funding is spent on the two-targeted groups of students; economically disadvantaged students and English learners.  In this time of limited resources, it is critical that targeted funds remain targeted to the most vulnerable students that need the extra assistance and attention, including economically disadvantaged and English learner students.  Say NO to flexing the EIA – sign the attached letters and mail them immediately.