CAROL L. MCCORMICK
DON FRANKLIN RICHARDSON
Trustee area 3:
STEVE R. LANG
Trustee area 5:
the past, CUSD has been split into three Assembly Districts; however, after the
redistricting, all CUSD voters now reside within Assembly District 73. In November, voters will
elect a representative for Assembly District 73.
State Assembly District 73: DIANE HARKEY
& JAMES CORBETT.
the past, CUSD was split into three state Senate Districts, in the future all
of CUSD will fall within a single state Senate District 36. There will be no State Senate elections
within CUSD boundaries in 2012. In
an interesting twist, State Senator Mark Wyland whose term ends in 2014 no
longer lives within the boundaries of his elected District 38. Senator Wyland will remain in the
senate through his term and has indicated a willingness to continue to be
available to constituents in the new District 36.
districts: CUSD will be divided
into 3 Congressional Districts: 45, 48, and 49. All 3 seats will be on the ballot on November 6.
Congressional District 45: JOHN
CAMPBELL & SUKHEE KANG
Congressional District 48: RON VARASTEH
& DANA ROHRABACHER
Congressional District 49: DARRELL ISSA
& JERRY TETALMAN
federal senate seat will be on the ballot with candidates DIANNE FEINSTEIN & ELIZABETH EMKEN
information is available at: http://www.ocvote.com/voting/candidate-info/candidate-filing-log-with-statements/
CUSD Budget Update
the June 27th school board meeting, the board voted to approve a
budget in the amount of $331M for the 2012/2013 school year. The budget represented a reduction of
approximately $31.2 M from the prior year with a contingency plan to bridge
potential approx.. $21M in additional mid-year cuts which are expected to take
effect in the event that voters fail to approve the Governor’s tax initiative,
Proposition 30 on November 6.
bridge the anticipated shortfall, the district implemented the following
$11M was identified in reductions that the district could make unilaterally,
which included layoffs and reduction in services. Approx. $20M in additional reductions was accomplished
through negotiated reductions in compensation with employee groups. In addition, a contingency plan was
approved to bridge anticipated mid-year cuts should the Governor’s initiative
fail in November.
Employees: 1.2 percent salary reduction, delayed salary schedule advances for 6
months, three non-instructional furlough days and five instructional furlough
days with commensurate reduction in salary. Also, class-size will increase by
1.5 students on average district wide.
Employees: 3 non-instructional and 5 instructional furlough days with reduction
on pay and salary scheduled advances delayed until July 1, 2013.
1.2% Salary roll back and 8 furlough days a ½ year salary schedule freeze and
reduction in management positions.
and Deputy Superintendent have both implemented the same reductions as CUMA.
5 instructional furlough days with offsetting reduction in salary.
Proposition 30 fails in November and the Governor implements the mid year cuts
proposed, the District will add an additional 10 instructional furlough days
and an additional 1.5% salary schedule reductions for certificated
employees. Classified employees
will have an additional 10 furlough days and 1.6% salary schedule reduction.
Teamsters will add 9 additional furlough days and salary schedule freeze. The Superintendent, Deputy
Superintendent and CUMA will take an additional 10 furlough days with
commensurate salary reductions.
The last day of school is scheduled for
June 11, 2013 with 175 instructional days. In the event mid year cuts are implemented an additional 10
instructional furlough days will be implemented at the end of the school year
resulting in 165 instructional days. Should Prop. 30 not pass in November, the state will
allow as few as 160 instructional days.
Please contact your principal to learn
how your campus has been impacted by the budget cuts.
“JUST THE FACTS”
CUSD website has an informative link in a question and answer format, giving
information about the current state of the CUSD budget, school calendar and
issues regarding teachers.
Communications Director Marcus Walton prepared this. For complete information, please go to:
There will be five instructional furlough days if the Governor's tax
proposal passes in November and 15 instructional furlough days if it doesn't.
Teachers have an additional three non-paid furlough days that are not school
Even under the worst-case budget scenario, the District will still
provide five instructional days above the state minimum. In 2010-2011 and
2011-2012, the District provided 180 instructional days, above the 175 required
by the state. In 2012-2013, the district will provide 175 or 165 instructional
days, still surpassing the state requirements by at least five days.
Teachers are taking a salary reduction of 12.9 percent for the
2012-2013 school year in the worst-case scenario. Any COLAs the district is supposed
to receive are offset by what’s called a “deficit factor.”
Academy (Cal Prep)
California Preparatory Academy is the new independent
study high school established through Capistrano Unified School District.
California Preparatory Academy has the benefits and flexibility of virtual
curriculum blended with face- to-face instruction with highly qualified
Capistrano Unified teachers. Students at California Preparatory Academy
will have the opportunity to select high-quality, rigorous, UC/CSU approved
California Preparatory Academy will be accepting 9th
and 10th grade students starting in the Fall of 2012. Cal
Prep students will have numerous class offerings to choose from including
Advanced Placement and accelerated courses. Students can also “dual
enroll” at their home high school and take courses at both campuses.
For more information: http://www.calprep.org/cms/page_view?d=x&piid=&vpid=1303901100255
Mandarin Immersion Program
Mandarin Immersion Program has begun at Marian Bergeson Elementary School for
Kindergarten and First grade.
There is also a fee-based Preschool and Pre-K program. There is
a maximum of 24 children in both the 2-day and 3-day class with one teacher and two instructional assistants. The
sessions run from 8:30 to 2:30 at Bergeson Elementary. Fees for the 2-day class is $405/month;
for 3-day is $580/month, plus a non-refundable registration fee of $105.
more information: http://bgnes.capousd.ca.schoolloop.com/cms/page_view?d=x&piid=&vpid=1219889066161
info at: http://childed-capousd-ca.schoolloop.com/cms/page_view?d=x&piid=&vpid=1235692443637
State PTA Advocacy Goals for 2012-13
California State PTA is an association of
nearly 1 million members throughout California working to improve the lives of
all children and families with the motto, “every child, one voice.” Membership
is open to everyone.
The California State PTA has adopted the
following advocacy goals for 2012-13.
funding for education to ensure every child has the opportunity to meet his or
her full potential.
bullying and cyber-bullying.
Access to a
full curriculum for every student that includes physical education, arts and
STEM (science, technology, engineering and math).
children’s health by promoting healthy lifestyles and putting health and
support services within reach.
needs of vulnerable children.
and more meaningful family engagement.
The California State PTA has listed the 2011-13
Legislative Priorities on their website.
Please see them at: http://www.capta.org/sections/advocacy/downloads/LegislationPriorities.pdf
The California State PTA
Board of Managers has taken actions and positions on the following November
statewide ballot measures.
30, Temporary Taxes to Fund Education.
Guaranteed Local Public Safety Funding. Initiative Constitutional
35, Human Trafficking, Penalties. Sex
Offender Registration. Initiative Statute. SUPPORT
37, Genetically Engineered Foods.
Mandatory Labeling. Initiative Statute. No position taken yet – study group formed for additional research.
38, Tax for Education and Early Childhood
Programs. Initiative Statute. SUPPORT
initiatives qualified for the November ballot. Based on the resolutions
and position statements, the PTA does not have the authority to take positions
on any of the remaining ballot measures.
With regard to Propositions
30 and 38: California State PTA previously endorsed and continues to
support Proposition 38, the Our Children, Our Future education
initiative. PTA helped to write this measure, which guarantees additional
funding for every local school and authorizes greater parent and community
input in the decision-making process.
Based on conflicting
authorities in our resolutions and position statements, a "neutral"
position was taken on Proposition 30, sponsored by the Governor. This
initiative proposes to help address the state's budget deficit, which impacts
overall school funding, but it does not guarantee new, additional funding for
schools, since the legislature may supplant existing funding for schools with
monies raised by Proposition 30.
According to the PTA Toolkit, a neutral position means, "The
initiative may be relevant to the welfare of children and youth, but after
careful analysis, the California State PTA has chosen to neither support nor
oppose this particular initiative due to either lack of existing specific
authority or conflicting authorities." PTA will not support or
oppose passage of the initiative.
Prop. 38 (Our Children, Our Future) will
be the primary focus of PTAs throughout California this fall.
The initiative would raise about $10
billion per year, to be allocated directly to K-12 public schools, early
childhood education and paying off school bond debt.
An Orange County Campaign Kick-off Event
is scheduled for September 11 with training. Location: Teacher Created Materials at 5301 Oceanus Dr. in
Recent polls have shown that the more
people know about Prop. 38, the more likely they are to support it. Every PTA member can be involved in
educating voters about the need for more school funding and the dramatic
opportunities this proposition provides.
The Fourth District PTA Advocacy Team
offers a Speakers Bureau, with knowledgeable presenters on a variety of
legislative topics, including Prop. 38. If you would like a speaker at your PTA
meeting or program, contact Shereen Walter at email@example.com.
For more information about the
initiative, including a calculator that shows how much your school would
receive, go to www.prop38forlocalschools.org.
Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law AB 2040 (Swanson), a California
State PTA-supported bill that helps sexually exploited minors make a fresh
start. PTA supported the measure as part of the association's focus on
supporting the needs of vulnerable children and implementing the "Child
Trafficking in California" resolution approved by convention delegates in
2010. ? ?AB 2040 makes it easier for a minor with a prostitution offense
to have those records sealed. Under the old law, once a person turned 18, he or
she could petition a court to have juvenile records sealed if he or she was not
subsequently convicted of a felony or misdemeanor and could establish
rehabilitation. ? ?According to the bill's author, Assembly member Sandré
R. Swanson (Senate District 16 - Oakland), these conditions are unreasonable in
cases of victims of human trafficking charged with prostitution offenses. “It
doesn’t make sense to require a person who was forced into prostitution as a
minor to demonstrate rehabilitation in order to clean up his or her records,”
he said. ?According to Swanson, “Between 100,000 and 300,000 children — some as
young as five years old — are prostituted in the United States every year.
(This law) makes it a little easier for these former victims to clean up their
records once they turn 18, increasing their ability to integrate back into
society and a safe environment."? "AB 2040 is an important bill
for children and minors who are victims of human trafficking” said California
State PTA Vice President of Community Concerns Kathy Rabun. "It gives them
a chance to seal their records and move forward in their lives without making
them jump through hoops. We commend Assembly member Swanson for introducing
this measure and the governor for signing it."?
the last year, legislation was passed that protects our students’ health and
welfare. On Oct. 9, 2011 Governor
Jerry Brown signed important legislation to protect students from bullying and
harassment. The California State PTA sponsored the bill, AB 1156, by Assemblymember Mike Eng. “PTA was a powerful and essential
partner in this bill’s success,” said Assemblymember Eng. “Having the voice of
so many parents behind this legislation raised public awareness of the need to
take action. Working together, we made a real difference for the children of
PTA has taken a SUPPORT position and urges the Governor to sign this bill that
would create a Children’s Coordinating Council to focus on increasing
efficiency and improving service delivery across California’s many
Teacher evaluation. The PTA
previously took a SUPPORT position on this bill in it’s original state, but after further consideration, in light
of the recent LAUSD decision, the Stull Act, the uncertainty about whether or
not the provisions of AB 5 would meet federal requirements for an NCLB waiver,
and the less-than-ideal funding scheme that would make AB 5 operative only in
some schools and districts – PTA moved to an OPPOSE position along with many
other advocacy groups. At this
time, the bill has been pulled and is considered DEAD.
AB1575 (Lara) Pupil
Fees. ENROLLED. This bill prohibits a pupil enrolled in
a public school from being required to pay a pupil fee, as defined, for
participation in an educational activity, as defined, as specified. The bill
would provide that this prohibition is not to be interpreted to prohibit
solicitation of voluntary donations, voluntary participation in fundraising
activities, or school districts, schools, and other entities from providing
pupils prizes or other recognition for voluntarily participating in fundraising
activities. The bill would specify that these provisions apply to all public
schools, including, but not limited to, charter schools and alternative
schools, are declarative of existing law, and should not be interpreted to
prohibit the imposition of a fee, deposit, or other charge otherwise allowed by
AB1172 (Mendoza) Charter
Schools. DEAD This bill would have included the finding that the charter school
would have a negative fiscal impact on the school district, as specified, among
those findings upon which a school district may base denial of a petition for
the establishment of a charter school
· AB1500/1501 (Pérez) The
proposal to raise taxes on out-of-state firms for college scholarships
is dead for this year after Assembly Speaker Pérez met with Gov. Jerry Brown and Senate President Pro
Tem Darrell Steinberg. The speaker wanted to tighten a
corporate tax formula to generate $1 billion, most of which would go toward
reducing tuition at California State
University and the University of California.
August 31 - was the last day for each house to
Adjournment until September 13
September 30 - is the last day for the Governor
to sign or veto bills passed and in his possession on or after September 1.
October 2 - Non-urgency bill enacted on or
before this date will take effect January 1, 2013
November 6 - General Election
State STAR Testing