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The ACCS advises the State Board on all aspects of the State Board’s duties under the Charter Schools Act of 1992.

The Commission is an advisory body required by Federal (20 USC 1412(a)(21)) and State Statute (EC 33590-6). The ACSE provides recommendations and advice to the State Board of Education, the Superintendent of Public Instruction, the Legislature, and the Governor in new or continuing areas of research, program development and evaluation in California special education. The ACSE holds a minimum of four meetings a year with additional subcommittee or task force meetings as budget permits. Some members may also attend meetings of other official and related organizations as liaisons.

Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Los Angeles (Advancing Justice – LA), formerly the Asian Pacific American Legal Center, is the nation’s largest legal and civil rights organization for Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders (NHPI). Founded in 1983, APALC serves more than 15,000 individuals and organizations every year. Through direct services, impact litigation, policy advocacy, leadership development, and capacity building, APALC focuses on the most vulnerable members of Asian American and NHPI communities while also building a strong voice for civil rights and social justice. Advancing Justice – LA is based in downtown Los Angeles, with satellite offices in Orange County and Sacramento.

The California Association for Bilingual Education (CABE) is a non-profit organization incorporated in 1976 to promote bilingual education and quality educational experiences for all students in California. CABE has 5,000 members with over 60 chapters/affiliates, all working to promote equity and student achievement for students with diverse cultural, racial, and linguistic backgrounds.

ACTE is the largest national education association serving thousands of professionals dedicated to the advancement of education that prepares youth and adults for successful careers. ACTE can help you grow as a CTE professional in California via National ACTE, your professional development and advocacy association for CTE. Our members represent all facets of career and technical education (CTE) and include:
Secondary and middle school CTE teachers and administrators
Postsecondary CTE instructors, faculty, administrators and deans
Guidance counselors
Students studying to become CTE educators
Federal and state government education professionals
Nonprofit organizations active in the advancement of CTE
Corporations working with CTE programs and educators on workplace skills

Goals ~ To improve education for students of Mexican and Latino decent. To advise State and Local Boards, Administrators and Faculties. To provide training and support for Latino Educators. To promote understanding and recognition of cultural differences.

Mission ~ The mission of the Association of Mexican American Educators, Inc. is to insure equal access to quality education at all levels for the Mexican American/Latino students where cultural and linguistic diversity is recognized and respected.

CARS+ is the only organization whose sole purpose is to represent the unique needs of resource specialists and other special education teachers. The California Association of Resource Specialists was founded in 1981 as a non-profit association dedicated to the support of resource specialists. In February 1996, the organization voted to expand its active membership to include all special education teachers.

We promote and support the regional delivery of exemplary career education, career development, and workforce preparation that contribute to student academic and career success and to the economic development of California.

The California Association of School Counselors, Inc.is a professional organization, which provides leadership and advocacy for the profession of school counseling in California.

Founded in 1953 and located in Sacramento, the California Association of School Psychologists (CASP) is the statewide membership organization for school psychologists in California. With a membership close to 3,000, CASP is the largest statewide organization of school psychologists in the nation and the strongest voice for psychologists practicing in California’s schools.

CATE (California Association of Teachers of English) is a non-profit organization promoting communication, collaboration, and educational knowledge among all responsible for teaching English and the language arts.

CATESOL represents teachers of English language learners throughout California and Nevada, promoting excellence in education and providing high-quality professional development.

The California Agricultural Teachers’ Association was formed in 1920. The purpose of the organization is to promote and improve the teaching of agriculture in California and to foster the welfare of those engaged in this work. The implementation of the Smith-Hughes Act in 1917 provided for vocational agriculture to be taught in all public secondary schools in the United States.

The mission of California Alliance for Arts Education is to promote, support, and advocate for visual and performing arts education for preschool through post-secondary students in California schools.

The California Commission on Teacher Credentialing is an agency in the Executive Branch of California State Government. It was created in 1970 by the Ryan Act and is the oldest of the autonomous state standards boards in the nation. The major purpose of the agency is to serve as a state standards board for educator preparation for the public schools of California, the licensing and credentialing of professional educators in the State, the enforcement of professional practices of educators, and the discipline of credential holders in the State of California.

The California Commission on Teacher Credentialing consists of nineteen Members, fifteen voting Members and four ex-officio, non-voting Members. The Governor appoints fourteen voting Commissioners and the State Superintendent of Public Instruction or his/her designee serves as the fifteenth voting Member. The four ex-officio Members are selected one each by the major elements of the California higher education constituency: Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities; Regents of the University of California; California Postsecondary Education Commission; and the California State University. The Governor-appointed Commissioners consist of six classroom teachers, one school administrator, one school board member, one school counselor or services credential holder, one higher education faculty member from an institution for teacher education, and four public members. Governor appointed Commissioners are typically appointed to four-year terms and serve as volunteers in unpaid positions.

The California Community Colleges is the largest system of higher education in the nation, with 2.4 million students attending 112 colleges. Our colleges provide students with the knowledge and background necessary to compete in today’s economy. With a wide range of educational offerings, the colleges provide workforce training, basic courses in English and math, certificate and degree programs and preparation for transfer to four-year institutions. The mission of the California Community Colleges Board of Governors and the Chancellor’s Office is to empower the community colleges through leadership, advocacy and support.

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With over 3,800 members, the California Council for Adult Education (CCAE) is the largest professional organization serving adult education in California. CCAE is unique in that it serves all levels of the adult education family including teachers, classified employees, students, and administrators. Legislation—Sponsoring, endorsing, monitoring supporting and gaining Legislative backing for Legislation that provides positive support for adult schools, adult education, adult students and communities is a prominent focus for CCAE.

The California Collaborative for Educational Excellence is a state agency created in 2013 under California’s groundbreaking Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF). We offer personalized, immediate, and evidence-based support to county offices of education, school districts, and charter schools so they can take ownership in continually improving learning for all students. The CCEE is a small yet dynamic team consisting of the state’s foremost leaders in education research, strategy, school governance, and professional development. The Executive Director, Dr. Carl Cohn, is a nationally recognized and respected thought leader in public education. He is the former superintendent of schools in Long Beach Unified and San Diego Unified. He also served on the California State Board of Education. A five-member Governing Board oversees the CCEE’s operations. Members include State Board of Education member Sue Burr and State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson.

CITEA was founded in 1928 as the California Industrial Arts Association (CIAA), later became the California Industrial Education Association (CIEA) and is now the California Industrial and Technology Education Association, reflecting our commitment to both Technology Education and Industrial/Vocational Education. Due to the crisis in California’s ITE Education System and the need for political engagement to address these issues, CITEA is also a politically active nonprofit organization. The CITEA Foundation carries on the educational, professional development, and networking needs for our membership though-out California.

The mission of the California Kindergarten Association is to foster the development of the whole child by promoting best practices in teaching and learning.

We are you, the 10,000 teachers, administrators, parents, and teacher-educators from California, 45 other states, Canada, Australia, and 7 other foreign countries who are committed to improving mathematics learning in the private and public classrooms throughout California, North America and the world! All of the work of the Council, with one exception, is done by volunteers.

California League of Schools is a nonprofit educators’ association encompassing the communities of California League of Middle Schools, California League of High Schools and California League of Elementary Schools. CLS is dedicated to helping K-12 educators improve student learning through useful, evidence-based professional development and other resources.

CMEA is a Federated unit of NAfME: National Association for Music Education.
Membership is open to all music educators working in public and private schools, colleges and universities in California.

The purposes of the association are:

  1. to promote access to a sequential music education for all Pre-K through Grade 12 students taught by fully qualified music educators;
  2. to support and improve existing music programs;
  3. to promote quality pre-service and in-service music teacher preparation programs; and,
  4. to create a greater awareness of the value of music education through partnerships with other associations and advocacy among state and local agencies.

For the Preservation and protection of Native American Human Remains, Associate Grave Goods and Cultural Resources.

Pupil services organizations responsible for delivering education, health, mental health, and social services are working together to address mutual legislative and regulatory agendas, to understand, collaborate and strengthen the roles of our professional contributions to student academic and personal success, and to provide relevant information and data to assist state legislative decision makers.

California Reading Association (CRA) is a non-profit professional organization of educators who are actively involved in all aspects of reading and language arts education, from kindergarten through university levels. The state organization, an affiliate of the International Reading Association (IRA), consists of more than 55 active local reading councils located in different service areas around the state. Over 3,000 educators hold membership in this professional organization. The California Reading Association is committed to promoting standards-aligned instruction consistent with the California Reading/Language Arts Framework (1999), which is designed to meet the needs of all learners. CRA supports the use of research-based teaching strategies designed to enable students to decode, comprehend, and think critically.

CSLA advocates for excellence in school library programs, develops leaders in the school library field, and collaborates with other educational leaders to ensure that all California students are effective, responsible users and creators of ideas and information.

The mission of CSNO is to promote and strengthen its members in their role as the primary health professional within the educational community. This will be accomplished through: professional development, legislative advocacy, communication with members, membership recruitment, public relations, governance and leadership development.

CSTA represents science educators statewide—in every science discipline at every grade level, Kindergarten through University. CSTA demonstrates leadership in science education in the state by organizing and participating in statewide reform initiatives, and provides leadership opportunities for members who wish to serve on state advisory committees, including framework, standards, and textbook committees. CSTA works to ensure that the interests of science educators are represented at the state level, with legislators and state education policy-makers.

CSHA is a professional non-profit organization to promote speech and hearing to children and adults with communication and related challenges. Our mission is to support Speech-Language Pathologists, Audiologists and Families with communication and related disorders through: Information, Education, Advocacy, and Professional Collaboration

Californians Together is a statewide coalition of parents, teachers, education advocates and civil rights groups committed to securing equal access to quality education for all children.

Founded in 1998 after the passage of Proposition 227, Californians Together joined with other organizations to foster full participation in a democratic society through quality education for children and parents from underserved communities.

Authorizes the creation of an educational accountability system for California public schools. Its primary goal is to help schools improve and to measure the academic achievement of all students

The California Community Colleges is the largest system of higher education in the nation, with 2.4 million students attending 112 colleges. Our colleges provide students with the knowledge and background necessary to compete in today’s economy. With a wide range of educational offerings, the colleges provide workforce training, basic courses in English and math, certificate and degree programs and preparation for transfer to four-year institutions. The mission of the California Community Colleges Board of Governors and the Chancellor’s Office is to empower the community colleges through leadership, advocacy and support.

CUE provides leadership and support to advance student achievement in the educational technology community.

The Consumer Federation of California is a non-profit advocacy organization. Since 1960, we have been a powerful voice for consumer rights. We campaign for state and federal laws that place consumer protection ahead of corporate profit.

Equality California is the largest statewide LGBT advocacy organization in California working to secure full and lasting equality for and acceptance of LGBT people. Over the past decade, Equality California has partnered with social justice advocates, businesses, grassroots supporters and legislative leaders to strategically move California from a state with extremely limited legal protections for LGBT people to a state with some of the most comprehensive human rights protections in the nation.

The mission of the Department of Fair Employment and Housing is to protect Californians from employment, housing and public accommodation discrimination, and hate violence. The DFEH is the largest state civil rights agency in the country.

The Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) was created by the Political Reform Act of 1974 (Act), a ballot initiative passed by California voters in 1974 as Proposition 9.

To meet its responsibilities under the Act, the Commission adopts and amends regulations. It also develops required forms, prepares manuals and instructions, aids agencies and public officials with record keeping and reporting, and maintains a central file of statements of economic interests (SEI) for certain state and local officials.

The Commission also investigates alleged violations of the Political Reform Act, imposes penalties when appropriate, and assists state and local agencies in the development and enforcement of conflict-of-interest codes.

Californians believe that our state’s children are a top priority. That’s why in 1998 voters passed Proposition 10, adding a 50-cent tax to each pack of cigarettes sold to create First 5 California, also known as the California Children and Families Commission. First 5 California is dedicated to improving the lives of California’s young children and their families through a comprehensive system of education, health services, childcare, and other crucial programs. Since its creation nearly a decade ago, First 5 California has brought these critical services to millions of parents, caregivers and children ages 0 to 5, and we’re striving to reach thousands more every day.

First 5 California distributes funds to local communities through the state’s 58 individual counties, all of which have created their own local First 5 County Commissions. Eighty percent of the annual revenues are allocated to the 58 County Commissions, while the remaining 20 percent fund the state’s overall guiding programs and administrative costs. The amount of funding provided to each First 5 County Commission is based upon the area’s birth rate. Funds are used to address the local needs of communities statewide.’’’

The Instructional Quality Commission (IQC), formerly called the Curriculum Development and Supplemental Materials Commission, is an advisory body to the California State Board of Education (SBE) on matters related to curriculum, instructional materials, and content standards in accordance with Education Code Section 33530-33540.

To promote the welfare of children and youth in home, school, community, and place of worship.

To raise the standards of home life. To secure adequate laws for the care and protection of children and youth.

To bring into closer relation the home and the school, that parents and teachers may cooperate intelligently in the education of children and youth. To develop between educators and the general public such united efforts as will secure for all children and youth the highest advantages in physical, mental, social, and spiritual education.

We provide retirement and health benefits to more than 1.6 million public employees, retirees, and their families and more than 3,000 employers. Select from the options below to learn more about us.

The Public Employment Relations Board (PERB or Board) is a quasi-judicial administrative agency charged with administering the collective bargaining statutes covering employees of California’s public schools, colleges, and universities, employees of the State of California, employees of California local public agencies (cities, counties and special districts), trial court employees and supervisory employees of the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority.

The State Board of Education (SBE) is the K-12 policy-determining body for California. The State Superintendent of Public Instruction, who heads the CDE, also serves as SBE’s executive officer and secretary. The SBE has 11 members, all of whom are appointed by the Governor and serve four-year, staggered terms, with the exception of the student member, who serves a one-year term. The SBE sets K-12 education policy in the areas of standards, curriculum, instructional materials, assessment, and accountability. The SBE adopts instructional materials for use in grades kindergarten through eight. The SBE also adopts regulations (Title 5) to implement a wide variety of programs created by the Legislature, such as charter schools, and special education. In addition, the SBE has the authority to grant local education agency requests for waivers of certain provisions of the state Education Code.

CalSTRS was founded in 1913 with 120 retired members and 15,000 active members. One hundred years later, CalSTRS remains committed to its mission to secure the financial future of California’s educators, providing retirement, disability and survivor benefits for 862,000 educators and their families. Over the last 100 years, CalSTRS hasn’t just kept pace with California’s evolving history; we’ve been an important part of that history.

Information about school attendance review boards (SARBs) that are composed of school and community members who meet regularly to diagnose and resolve persistent student attendance or behavior problems.

The Accrediting Commission for Schools, Western Association of Schools and Colleges (ACS WASC) is one of six regional accrediting associations in the United States. The Accrediting Commission for Schools, WASC, extends its services to over 4,500 public, independent, church-related, and proprietary pre-K–12 and adult schools, works with 16 associations in joint accreditation processes, and collaborates with other educational organizations.

The ACS WASC accreditation process fosters excellence in elementary, secondary, and adult education by encouraging school improvement. WASC accreditation recognizes schools that meet an acceptable level of quality, in accordance with established, research-based WASC criteria.