Policy Platform Committee
CCBE's Policy Platform provides a broad policy framework for implementing the organization's vision and mission. It guides the organization in its leadership activities, partnerships, legislative and regulatory advocacy, and work with the media and the public. For avoidance of doubt, nothing in this document should be interpreted as seeking to alter the division of responsibilities as provided under California law between county boards and superintendents. To the extent CCBE's officers and committees take action on the organization's behalf, the Policy Platform serves as the foundation for their efforts and guides the organization in its policy and political leadership activities.
The ultimate goal must be to prepare all students for college and career, consistent with state-adopted standards, and for the challenges they will face in the 21st century. Moreover, the essential role of COEs in attaining that goal must be recognized, including the COEs' ability to efficiently deliver cost-effective programs and services in such areas as professional development and in-service training for teachers and administrators, teacher preparation and induction, technology, and centralized purchasing.
• 2017 Policy Platform
There are four overarching policy pillars that we believe will lead to the outcome we all want for California’s children: graduates prepared for post-high school success in college and the workforce with the skills to be lifelong learners and effective, contributing members of society.
1. Strengthen local governance
California K-12 public schools belong to the communities they serve. Within our constitutional, statutory, and regulatory framework, County Boards and Superintendents, working collaboratively, must have authority consistent with their responsibilities, including responsibilities related to charter school authorization and oversight, to ensure that all students are successful and that all LEAs have long-term fiscal stability.
2. Secure fair funding
Funding for each COE in California must be sufficient to provide for high quality teaching and learning in the COE's schools, as well as to enable the COE to support high quality teaching and learning in every public school in the county. The funding must be guaranteed, stable, and fair, consistent with the needs of the students being served.
3. Improve conditions of children
County Boards realize that proper nutrition, physical and mental health; support for learning; safe school environments; and access to community resources help students achieve and succeed. To the extent of their authority, County Boards and Superintendents must establish policies and practices to overcome the barriers that students face.
4. Ensure achievement for all
COEs must provide (and assist school districts in providing) all students with high quality teaching and learning driven by curricula that prepare the students for post-high school success in college and career; research-based instruction; timely assessments that accurately measure student performance, and strong professional teacher development.
Policy Platform Adoption
For years, the process of updating the ten primary critical issue areas, with their dozens of supporting statements, during the General Membership meeting every two years had proved cumbersome and time-consuming. While the Platform’s purpose in guiding the association’s policy and legislative committee activities is essential, the process needed revision. At the September 2015 General Membership meeting, members unanimously approved a dramatically revised and simplified Policy Platform.
The role of the Policy Platform Committee is to review the Policy Platform every two years. Members will have an opportunity to provide input electronically. The committee reviews all submissions and brings its recommendations to the General Membership for final adoption.