March/April 2017 – Vol. 29 No. 6

Applications Invited for Appointment to the California Practitioners Advisory Group

Posted: Wednesday, February 10th, 2016

The State Board of Education (SBE) is currently seeking applications to fill up to 15 positions on a newly constituted advisory committee, which will be called the California Practitioners Advisory Group (CPAG), to provide input to the SBE on ongoing efforts to establish a single coherent local, state, and federal accountability system. The advisory committee will also serve as the state’s committee of practitioners under federal Title I requirements.

All applicants must currently meet one or more of the practitioner categories listed below:

  • Superintendents or other Administrators
  • Teachers from traditional public schools and charter schools and career and technical educators
  • Principals and other school leaders
  • Parents of student(s) currently enrolled in the K-12 public education system
  • Members of local school boards
  • Representatives of private school children
  • Specialized instructional support personnel and paraprofessionals
  • Representatives of authorized public chartering agencies
  • Charter school leaders
  • Education researchers

All applicants should provide evidence of demonstrated experience with California’s K-12 public education system, including familiarity with the Local Control Funding Formula. Applicants should also provide evidence of familiarity with federal program requirements, including Title I, as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act (Public Law 114–95).

The recent enactment of the Every Student Succeeds Act altered the membership requirements for the State Title I committee of practitioners. The SBE’s Screening Committee’s recommendations for appointments to this committee, along with adoption of a governing policy that is consistent with the new federal requirements, will be presented at the SBE’s March 2016 meeting.

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Background

With the enactment of the Local Control Funding Formula in 2013, California changed the finance and accountability systems for its K-12 public education system. The SBE was delegated authority to implement key provisions of the Local Control Funding Formula, including the Local Control and Accountability Plan template (Education Code § 52064), spending regulations (Education Code § 42238.07), and the Local Control Funding Formula evaluation rubrics (Education Code § 52064.5).

Additionally, Title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act (Public Law 114–95 § 1603, 20 United States Code § 6573), requires each State educational agency that receives Title I funds to create a State committee of practitioners to advise the State in carrying out its responsibilities under Title I.

These changes to the local, state, and federal education policy landscape present a unique opportunity for California to develop a single coherent accountability system.

Purpose

The purpose of this advisory committee is to provide input to the SBE on practical implications of decisions before the SBE, which may include providing input on the design of the Local Control Funding Formula evaluation rubrics and other decisions related to implementing the Local Control Funding Formula.

The committee will also review any State rules and regulations relating to Title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act, in order to advise the State in carrying out its Title I responsibilities.

Composition

Members are appointed by the SBE. The majority of members must be representatives from local educational agencies. The membership will include representatives who currently meet one or more of the following categories:

  • Superintendents or other Administrators
  • Teachers from traditional public schools and charter schools and career and technical educators
  • Principals and other school leaders
  • Parents of student(s) currently enrolled in the K-12 public education system
  • Members of local school boards
  • Representatives of private school children
  • Specialized instructional support personnel and paraprofessionals
  • Representatives of authorized public chartering agencies
  • Charter school leaders
  • Education researchers

Members will be appointed to ensure appropriate representation among the membership categories. Members may qualify as representatives of more than one membership category.

Term of Office

Members will serve for a term of up to three years. Terms of office will be staggered to avoid the need to replace the majority of members at the same time.

Frequency of Meetings

Regular meetings of the CPAG will be conducted annually or as needed.

Travel, Lodging, and Other Expenses

CPAG members will be reimbursed for travel and per diem expenses related to Committee meetings only, at the same rate applicable for CDE staff. No reimbursement will be made for other activities.

Application Form

The Application form can be found on the SBE Application Web page. Please note that the application form requests that you include a resume and requires that you submit two letters of recommendation. The entire package (application, resume, and letters of recommendation) must be received by the application deadline in order to be considered for appointment.

Application Deadline

All applications for appointment to the CPAG should be sent via email to cpag@cde.ca.gov. The complete application can also be sent by fax to 916-319-0175.

All applications received by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, February 26, 2016 will be considered by the SBE Screening Committee for appointment at the March 2016 State Board of Education meeting.

Questions

If you have any questions about the application process or the role and responsibility of the CPAG, please contact Amy Bubbico by telephone at 916-319-0393 or by email at cpag@cde.ca.gov.

Questions: State Board of Education | 916-319-0827

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