MDUSD’s special ed Community Advisory Committee to hear report on district’s Disproportionality Corrective Action Plan
After being identified by the state as a district that disproportionally identifies African-American and Latino students for special education and suspensions and expulsions, the Mt. Diablo district has been working on a plan to correct this situation.
The district’s special education Community Advisory Committee is set to hear a report about this plan Tuesday, along with other monthly reports. Here is the agenda for the meeting, which is open to the public:
“COMMUNITY ADVISORY COMMITTEE
DATE: January 8, 2013
TIME: 7:00 – 9:15 p.m.
PLACE: Dent Center – Board Room (1936 Carlotta Drive, Concord)
1. Call to Order 7:00
2. Introductions (7:02 – 7:05)
Please notify the audience during introductions if you are recording the meeting
Please let us know if this is your first time attending a CAC meeting
3. Adoption of Minutes – December 4, 2012 (7:05 – 7:10)
4. Presentation – “Disproportionality Corrective Action Plan” – Stephanie Roberts (7:10 – 7:40)
5. Chairperson’s Report – Lorrie Davis (7:40 – 7:50)
6. Old Business (7:50 – 8:20)
6.1 Interim Assistant Superintendent’s Report – Dr. Kerri Mills
6.2 Board of Education Report – Lynne Dennler
6.3 Board of Education Comments – Autumn Green
6.4 Budget Advisory Committee Report – Tricia Tamura-Li
6.5 Equity Advisory Team – Dorothy Weisenberger
7. New Business (8:30– 9:00)
7.1 QIAT – Christian Patz
7.2 Autism Task Force – Vi Ibarra
7.3 Advisory Commission on Special Education – No Report
7.4 Parent Liaison – Hilary Shen
7.5 Sub-Committee Updates
Parent & Community Education Committee – Julie Nibblett
Membership & Publicity Committee – Vi Ibarra
Legislative Committee – Denise Lambert
Blog Committee – Autumn Green
8. Public Comment (9:00 – 9:10)
Public comment is an opportunity to share concerns and comments with the CAC. In the interest of time, speakers are limited to three (3) minutes each with a total of fifteen (15) minutes for all speakers. Please respect student and personnel privacy. CAC members and district staff might not be able to respond to individual concerns in this forum, but will take your contact information and follow-up with you.
9. Information Items/Announcements/Adjournment (9:10 – 9:15)
DON’T FORGET – - BRING A FRIEND TO THE MEETING!!”
It is interesting that the board has not yet received a presentation regarding the disproportionality corrective action plan. The board also doesn’t receive monthly updates from several other district committees whose meetings are under the radar.
The CAC used to also include reports from the PAC, until it was disbanded.
In contrast, the WCCUSD board invites the following “standing reports” at every meeting:
“D.5 Standing Reports
Representatives of the following committees and employee unions are invited to provide a brief update to the Board. Representatives from these groups need to sign up to speak prior to the beginning of this item on the agenda by submitting a ‘Request to Address the Board’ form. Five minutes may be allowed for each subcommittee or group listed below:
Public Employees Local 1
Bayside Parent Teacher Association
Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee
School Supervisors Association
Community Budget Advisory Committee
United Teachers of Richmond
Ivy League Connection
College and Career Readiness Academies”
MDUSD’s board invites comments from organizations including unions, Bond Oversight Committee, the CAC and the PTA. But I have never heard reports from the Budget Advisory Committee, Parent Advisory Committee, Equity Advisory Team, Technology Advisory Committee, Bay Point Master Plan Committee or Graduation Requirements Committee. And if the district’s Facilities Subcommittee had presented reports in the past, perhaps the district’s solar plans wouldn’t have come as such a surprise, when Trustee Gary Eberhart assured the public in his blog that the Facilities Subcommittee had been discussing it for months.
The Pleasant Hill Education Commission meetings also include reports from representatives who serve on district committees.
Do you think the MDUSD school board should receive regular public reports from district committees?
JAN. 9 UPDATE: Here are links to video clips of the portions of the meeting I recorded (the CAC requires members of the audience to announce in advance any intention to record portions of the meeting):
Part 1 of Draft Disproportionality Corrective Action Plan presentation: http://qik.com/video/56699411
Part 2 of disproportionality discussion, including questions from CAC members: http://youtu.be/nTxQ8DXYu94
Part 3 of disproportionality discussion: http://youtu.be/dKy0Jqw6l3k
Chairperson’s report: http://youtu.be/Rn1VYIIlXq4
Assistant Superintendent’s report: http://youtu.be/z62KJ1Q-_J8