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ACSA Human Resources Council Meeting Minutes - January 22, 2019
Negotiator's Symposium

The following topics were discussed:

· Nomination of HR Council interim president and incoming president due to resignation of current council president

· Legislative Update

· CTC Update and Information

· TPSL Presentation

· Negotiator’s Symposium Update

· ACSA Strategic Plan

· Shared Regional and State HR Issues/Concerns and Updates

1. Legislation Update/Information---Laura Preston and Edgar Zazueta

New Governor and New Goals
Edgar described the process as the new governor takes office. The governor discussed heavily funding early childhood and higher education so it is unclear what that will mean for TK-12. The budget is Newsom’s centerpiece for his policy focus with new money in non-Prop 98 funds. The 2nd big headline is the pension liability with stated plan to add funds to off-set costs including money set aside for STRS (approx. $3 billion) and PERS more difficult as only one portion of the liability is related to education.

Charter Schools
There’s a lot of energy behind making changes to Charter’s and the regulations for them noting that charters have a strong foothold in the Senate. Recently CTA and charter school supporters have discussed competing interests. Laura suggested that much of the focus of charter schools may return to “centers of innovation” as they were originally intended. Edgar noted that charter school folks realize they are in a complicated position, with a new governor etc. Expect to see new legislation related to charters in the state.

Superintendent of Public Instruction (SPI)
ACSA supported the losing candidate in this role. Edgar shared that ACSA has had meetings with Tony Thurmond to re-build this connection. Thurmond expressed that even though he did not receive ACSA’s full support, he will do what is best for kids. ACSA believes that there will be a positive working relationship moving forward.

Legislation Updates
1) Weber will bring a new bill for a 3 year probationary period
2) ACSA sponsored bill to change the make-up of CTC to remove one public member and add an HR admin with a focus on upcoming credentialing changes
3) AB 218 extends the window for liability of employees who commit sex crimes
4) Adult Ed Credentialing (Ed Code 44260.3)
5) Title II with a push for a percentage of monies to be set aside for PD for admin

2. CTC Update—Erin Skubal, CTC 

CTE Credential
—Focus on January through March this year with new recommendations in June

SPED Credential - Workgroups focused on this area over time and are finalizing language on student support and not necessarily limited to specific disabilities; students can fall into more than one category, based on their support needs. New authorizations will allow for more flexibility. Those teachers who are already credentialed and authorized will not be affected by proposed changes. Questions were raised by council about better preparation for gen ed credentials in the area of SpEd and Erin shared they are in the early stages of looking at authorizations for that purpose. A new bill will come forward that would allow someone who is an out of state candidate with a preliminary credential and clears it in California, waiving other requirements. Those coming from outside California should have an easier time qualifying for the newer authorizations since they will not be based on actual disability but need/support. The council asserted that we need to build a strong bridge for those prepared out of state to help ease shortage.

Early Childhood Education - CTC will bring forward draft performance expectations based on field input (surveys) which will help guide higher education entities/colleges/programs (not including TK).

Bills - Addition of majors related to SpEd and remove all NCLB references. Assignment monitoring language has been streamlined. The process will remain the same for assignment monitoring and include charter schools. Currently CTC only has enough money to cover COEs but over time will expand participation to charters. [The council and CTC had a rigorous discussion regarding the disparity between the guidelines that the CTC follow and the “real world”, which his much more complicated. Discussion also included that many districts will not be equipped to do credentialing of charter schools and so a better pathway may be to have the COE involved and work through each district to monitor assignments in the charter---improving consistency in practices and outcomes.] Erin reminded all that the system will be responsible to determine if a teacher is misassigned and it is then the district or COE who intervenes when there is an error. This should take a lot of the burden off of the school personnel, though it will be a long and involved process to get everything running smoothly over time.

Credential Revocation -A member proposed that credentials “under review” is an area that can and should be improved and attention to this area would reduce the number of candidates “bouncing” around to districts.

Stage Grants (Teacher Residency) - Grants are currently being graded and funds will be awarded soon.

3. TPSL Presentation/Information

Quick Facts and Specifics: TPSLs may look difficult from the outside but are much simpler if you simply review requirements and follow through correctly.
    If the classroom teacher separates from the district (leaves or dies) the TPSL reverts to a 20 day assignment for SpEd or 30 day assignment, as the district must fill that vacancy. Military leave can be covered by a TPSL. Stay tuned (waiting for answer from CTC) if Administrative Leave can be covered by TPSL. 
    Always provide support to TPSL; there is not a requirement that the 45 hours have to be from each of the “Broad Content Areas”, as long as they have 45 hours within any of the areas. Any TPSL who qualifies for multiple or single subject will also qualify for SpEd, so have your credential analyst qualify the candidate for as many authorizations as possible.

4. Negotiator’s Symposium - HR Council members discussed and checked in as a team to support the break-out sessions by introducing speakers/presenters. The HR council members also thanked the Negotiator’s Symposium leaders.

5. ACSA Strategic Plan

Survey coming from ACSA to capture a variety of data (needs of different-sized districts for ex.) including professional development needs for admin. Need to continue to encourage HR directors and admin to attend ACSA’s HR events including the Personnel Academy, Personnel Institute. ACSA is considering putting together “boot camps” for HR. Council members made suggestions for improving communication on current PD offerings with an improved webpage for ACSA.

6. Regional/State Updates

· Discussion on AASPA (led by David Robertson) and the national standards; online courses and training of high quality. Need for intensive HR training for those coming into HR from site admin positions. Discussion on partnering with AASPA or looking for interest in their training for HR Admin.
· Discussed AB 1808 (Classified Summer Program)
· Bus driver recruitment---discussed possibility to negotiate an incentive stipend at two different benchmarks---as part of the “free” training they receive to retain
· Increased participation of more recent admin with more folks moving into HR
· Teacher recruitment and retention
· LMI Institute gaining steam and holds promise through a forum to address issues more collaboratively
· Declining enrollment in some districts
· Districts’ savings from STRS offset in many ways
· Special education numbers and costs are increasing - districts using attorneys for each of their specialty areas, so some JPAs are now providing services to all districts leading to a net savings to all districts
· Scholarships - ACSA regions now offering scholarships to attend conferences
· Greater needs for counselors and mental health for students as well as more strategies to work with students who have great needs (and teachers have greater needs as well currently).
· Small law firm outreach/recommendations (as many regions/districts also use the larger firms like Lozano-Smith, F3 etc). Recommendations for small-size firms from council members include: All issues/everyone---School and College Legal Services/Kingsley Bogard, Law Office of Byron C Smith, Margaret Chidester and Associates, Rutan and Tucker, Currier and Hudson
· ACSA Leadership Assembly is Feb. 21st and HR Council will be represented

Next HR Council meeting will be June 21, 2019, in Sacramento and at the Capitol.