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Dyslexia and Assembly Bill 1369

In November 2015, Governor Jerry Brown signed into law Assembly Bill 1369. This bill requires “the Superintendent of Public Instruction to develop program guidelines for dyslexia to be used to assist regular education teachers, special education teachers and parents to identify and assess pupils with dyslexia and to plan, provide, evaluate and improve educational services … to pupils with dyslexia.”

CASP has developed this position paper to clarify how state and federal laws and regulations related to Dyslexia, phonological processing and other reading disorders should be practiced in the schools. Access this position paper here.

About CASP’s Legislative Platform


The purpose of the 2015-2017 Legislative Platform is to support the Vision and Mission of CASP by establishing the Association’s legislative agenda for the upcoming legislative sessions. The Bylaws and Strategic Plan of CASP call for a legislative platform to be developed and adopted by the Board of Directors at the beginning of each two-year legislative session.

This platform provides the foundation and scope of CASP’s legislative efforts. The platform does not list every issue the Association is concerned about or involved in, but rather it describes those issues that the Board of Directors, Legislative Committee and the membership deem to be CASP’s priority issues for the 2015-2017 Legislative Sessions.

CASP publishes the Association’s Legislative Platform biannually. Historically and continuing to the present day, CASP has supported legislation to improve the education and related services for the children of all California schools. This includes all children in both general and special education programs.

CASP’s Legislative Platform can be found in the CASP Legislative Agenda section of this page.

Alumni Club


The Alumni Club is a new mechanism for raising money for the CASP Political Action Committee. It’s also a way for CASP’s retired, leading and other interested members to have a role in securing the future of the profession. All Alumni Club members are recognized for their efforts.

To learn more, see the CASP Alumni Club page.

CASP Legislative Agenda


Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) & School Psychologists


2016

2014-2015

Advocacy


Never has there been a time when grassroots/legislative advocacy was as important as it is today. As federal, state and local government budgets become more constrained, competition for limited public resources will continue to increase. It is critical, therefore, that school psychologists serve as advocates on behalf of their field and for the children they serve.

As the only professionals offering behavorial and mental health services for school aged individuals, school psychologists have an excellent opportunity to influence federal, state and local education policies. Through some easy and low-time consuming advocacy methods, school psychologists can have significant impacts on public policy outcomes. By providing valuable information to policy-makers in an insightful and honest manner, school psychologists can become respected participants in the policy process.

Mental Health


This section is designed to guide you through AB 114.

Background

On June 30, 2011 AB 114 was signed into law. Under AB 114, several sections of Chapter 26.5 of the California Government Code (GC) were amended or rendered inoperative, thereby ending the state mandate on county mental health agencies to provide mental health services to students with disabilities. With the passage of AB 114, it is clear that school districts are now solely responsible for ensuring that students with disabilities receive special education and related services, including some services previously arranged for or provided by county mental health agencies.

 

AB 114 Audit

 

Guidance From the California Department of Education

 

Department of Education Policy Papers Regarding AB 114

CDE has developed these policy papers to explain and discuss some of the changes schools are facing with the passage of AB 114.

School Psychologists Not Affected by AB 705

CASP has heard that there is a lot of misinformation being circulated regarding the status of school psychologists after the passage of Assembly Bill 705, by Assemblymember Susan Eggman. Gov. Jerry Brown signed the bill, which was designed to clarify the status of clinical psychology interns who are gaining hours needed become licensed psychologists.

As detailed in the two documents below, this bill does not affect credentialed school psychologists or school psychology interns, the latter because they are supervised by school employees. Licensed Educational Psychologists are not included in the bill because, as LEPs, they are licensed.

So, if your colleagues, administrators or others show concern about AB 705 and your status as a school psychologist, please assure them that for you and your status as a psychologist it’s business as usual.

Special Ed Task Force


Merging Special Education with General Education is how the Statewide Special Education Task Force recommends California transform its education policies, practices and special education financing.

The Task Force, formed in 2013 to study the causes of the state’s poor outcomes for students with disabilities, released it findings and recommendations in early 2015. The full report, executive summary and reports from four of the task force’s subcommittees are found below.

The report outlines how delivery of special education supports are severely hindered by inadequate early learning services. The report recommends improvements in early learning, teacher preparation and best practices. The recommendations have been forwarded to the Department of Education, Commission on Teacher Credentialing, State Board of Education, Advisory Commission on Special Education and many other agencies to consider legislation and regulatory changes.