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ACSA Sponsored Bills Moving Forward

May 10, 2012

Two bills in the state Legislature that are supported by the Association of California School Administrators (ACSA) – Assembly Bill 2001 and Senate Bill 1292 – have moved out of their respective house’s education committees on unanimous votes.

AB 2001, (Susan Bonilla, D-Martinez) brings institutions of higher education and K-12 together to begin to align California’s future generation state assessments with college and career ready entry and eligibility requirements. The STAR system will sunset in 2014, so now is the time to begin planning for what comes next. AB 2001 also creates a planning process – with student input – to develop a menu of incentives for students who are taking the future generation of state assessments.

In testimony in the Legislature, the California Association of Student Councils, California State PTA, California School Boards Association, Los Angeles Unified School District and the Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office joined ACSA in support of AB 2001.

SB 1292, (Carol Liu, D-Pasadena) reflects the work of ACSA’s ESEA (Elementary and Secondary Education Act) Task Force and its recommendations for principal evaluation reform. ACSA has felt strongly that the association needed to take the lead on this issue since evaluations of principals impact ACSA members directly.

The bill is broad in scope, placing into statute definitions ACSA believes are characteristics that make for an effective principal based on the California Professional Standards for Educational Leaders.

Source:  Association of California School Administrators