Legislative Updates (GRC)

Fast Facts for 17-18

posted Mar 14, 2018, 11:44 AM by Lela Rondeau

This is the updated Fast Facts for the 17-18 year, with new student data from 16-17. Note this is also on the main Workability Central page. 

Legislative Updates for 2018-19 by Government Relations Committee (GRC)

posted Mar 14, 2018, 11:41 AM by Lela Rondeau   [ updated Mar 21, 2019, 11:05 AM by Tara Jones ]

Here are the legislative updates for the 2018-19 school year, updated March 2019.

Competitive Integrated Employment Blueprint update!

posted Oct 12, 2017, 12:06 PM by Lela Rondeau

The final version of the CIE Blueprint was posted in May 2017. Look for it here: 


Part 4 of the document is where goals for DDS (Regional Centers), DOR and the Local Education Agencies (LEAs) are found. 

The website above also has a User Friendly Overview and a template for a Local Partnership Agreement (LPA). It is definitely worth checking out!

DACA update

posted Oct 12, 2017, 11:56 AM by Lela Rondeau

As you have likely heard, on September 5, 2017 President Trump ordered an end to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The DACA program provided undocumented persons, who came to this country as children and met other conditions, to be provided deportation deferrals and temporary work permits. California is home to 223,000 DACA recipients. 

The Association of California School Administrators has put resources together at www.acsa.org/undocumented. The resources include DACA renewal application scholarships, free application assistance, fact sheets, and a FAQ. 

Attached to this post are ten things educators can do to assist student recipients of DACA. 

NEA has a great resource page to help educators and support professionals in the classroom and beyond.

Another source of information on all things immigration: https://www.sandersinstitute.com/issues/immigration?sources

GRC will keep you updated as immigration law changes. 

March 2017 Legislative Updates

posted Mar 15, 2017, 8:56 AM by Lela Rondeau

The GRC has created a legislative updates document current as of March 2017. This will be distributed at your spring Region meetings, but is also available here for your download. We hope you find it helpful!

New ESSA Regulations

posted Mar 13, 2017, 1:25 PM by Lela Rondeau

Congress has repealed regulations issued by the Obama administration on how to implement ESSA and today came out with a  new template for states to use for their plans. Expect further analysis on this in coming days and weeks. 


Facts for Undocumented Students and Their Families

posted Mar 13, 2017, 1:13 PM by Lela Rondeau

The attached document from the Association of California School Administrators gives guidance to school sites regarding the rights of undocumented students and their families. 

ESSA Updates

posted Nov 17, 2016, 4:03 PM by Lela Rondeau

ESSA Regulations are expected to be published in December 2016, with California's state plan slated for completion in January 2017. ESSA will be implemented in the 2017-18 school year. Updates on ESSA will be posted here: http://www.cde.ca.gov/re/es/ 

California's CIE Blueprint Draft Posted!

posted Nov 17, 2016, 10:53 AM by Lela Rondeau   [ updated Apr 10, 2017, 2:58 PM by WorkAbility Central ]

Today the California Department of Education (CDE), California Department of Rehabilitation (DOR), and California Department of Developmental Services (DDS) in partnership with a wide range of stakeholders including Disability Rights California (DRC) with leadership provided by the California Health and Human Services Agency (CHHSA) released the final draft California Competitive Integrated Employment (CIE) Blueprint and the opening of the final public comment period. The Blueprint is the combined effort of to develop a proactive interagency plan to increase opportunities for individuals with intellectual disabilities and developmental disabilities (ID/DD) to prepare for and engage in CIE and reduce reliance upon subminimum wage jobs and segregated work settings.

The goals of the Blueprint are:

1. Improve collaboration and coordination between the three departments to prepare and support all individuals with ID/DD who choose CIE.

2. Increase opportunities for individuals with ID/DD who choose CIE to prepare for and participate in the California workforce development system and achieve CIE within existing resources.

3. Support the ability of individuals with ID/DD to make informed choices, adequately prepare for, transition to, and engage in CIE.

The Blueprint identifies Objectives, Targeted Outcomes, Strategies, and Actions to achieve each goal.

To view the final draft Blueprint, please visit the California Health and Human Services Agency webpage at www.chhs.ca.gov and select the tab at the top titled “CIE”. The Blueprint is available in the following seven languages: English, Spanish, Chinese (Traditional) , Tagalog, Armenian, Russian and Vietnamese. The public comment period will close on December 30, 2016 and a public teleconference will be held on December 13, 2016.

Immigrant Legal Resource Center Talking Points and Resources Re: DACA

posted Nov 10, 2016, 3:33 PM by Lela Rondeau

These are talking points regarding Deferred Action Childhood Arrival, (DACA), and has information and resources for students who are undocumented and may or may not have filed for DACA yet

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