Coalition for Education Equity (CEAAC) Update

Fall 2016 Coalition for Education Equity Board Meeting

Thursday, November 10, 2016  4:00 - 6:00 pm

Anchorage Hilton

Details coming soon! 

Please RSVP Today:  RSVP

 

Dear Coalition for Education Equity Members: 

I hope you have all had a positive beginning to your school year! It has been a busy fall and I've been working with your executive committee members and many other partners across the state on our top priorities and initiatives. 

In this update, I'll share an overview of what we've been working on, but you'll learn more at our Fall Board meeting: Thursday, November 10, 2016, 4:00 - 6:00 pm. at the Anchorage Hilton (in conjunction with the AASB Fall Conference). Please make plans to attend - your school board members are also welcome. We will provide light snacks, and meeting materials will be sent out in advance for your review. RSVP today through this link. 

Kasayulie Consent Decree

Earlier this year, our membership identified and sought a legal opinion on potential breaches of the Kasayulie Consent Decree. It is the opinion of our attorney that over the past several Legislative sessions, our State Legislature has regressed to conduct and practices with regard to funding rural school construction projects that led to the original suit, effectively breaching the Kasayulie Consent Decree and Settlement Agreement. We believe the current administration to be favorably disposed towards education and rural school districts and have had initial discussions of these breaches with the Governor, his Chief of Staff and Deputy Chief of Staff, and the Attorney General’s office. Our intent is to negotiate a resolution of the breach by amending the Kasayulie Settlement Agreement and have convened a special committee of our members to outline a proposal of amendments, which seek to improve the mechanism for funding school construction and major maintenance and ensure its use. We will be sharing information about these negotiations at our board meeting, but please feel free to contact me if you have any specific questions. 

Legislative priorities for 2017

In the next couple of weeks, you’ll receive our proposed legislative priorities for your review. Our top priority remains ensuring adequate investment in Alaska’s public education system and public schools. We have been working on our legislative strategy to ensure that funding for education is reliable, adequate, and that funding decisions are made in a timely manner that enables school districts to plan efficiently and responsibly. We are also exploring legislative strategies based on the Moore Settlement that should improve and enhance education. 

Additional proposed legislative priorities include: 

Pre-elementary funding held steady and expanded

Fund school construction and major maintenance

Restore funding cut in 2017 budget

Broadband access for school districts

Increase capacity for cross-district resource sharing and collaboration

Protect small schools

Restore debt reimbursement program

Supporting action on revenue generation

If you have additional legislative priorities you would like to be considered, please send them to me as soon as possible. 

Ed Connector

Thanks to a partnership with DEED, Ed Connector has added a new learning community for Pre-Elementary professionals. New tools and discussion are underway in each of our customized learning communities: 

Assessment & Testing 

Communication & Marketing 

Early Learning 

Facilities & Operations 

Health & Safety 

Information & Technology 

Research & Evaluation 

School Principals & Asst. Principals 

Superintendents & Asst. Superintendents 

Community Services & Engagement 

Curriculum & Instruction 

English Language Learners & Literacy 

Food Service & Student Nutrition 

Human Resources 

Professional Learning & Development 

School Business Officials 

Special Education 

Student Activities & Athletics 

We have secured Year 3 support from both British Petroleum and UAA Center for Alaska Education Policy Research (CAEPR) at the Institute of Social and Economic Research (ISER). To date, Ed Connector provides 450+ users in 51 districts with FREE access to promising practices, peer rated vendors, and on-line collaboration tools. 

Ed Connector’s Advisory Team is new for the 2016-2017 school year. Their primary focus will be on user engagement and system functionality. Please help us welcome this dynamic group of leaders.  We are truly excited to have such diverse perspectives guiding our progress. 

In our next update: 

  • Plan being developed and partners engaged to promote positive perception of educators and education in Alaska through press, social media, story telling, and community engagement.     
  • Educator Quality and Quantity. We have updates to share about Future Educators of Alaska (FEA) expansion as a CTSO and development of a statewide Education Career Pathway. 
  • Moore Settlement Funds. We are in the final year of disbursement for Moore Settlement funds through pre-K, teacher retention, and targeted resources grants and evaluation is underway. 

Please RSVP today for our November 10, 2016 board meeting (link at the top of this email). 

Best, 

Sarah