CASC is a statewide advocate for youth. The Government Affairs Program Director on the CASC State Council serves as a lobbyist in Sacramento, working with legislators and other policy makers to support and draft education related legislation.
CASC supports such legislation by organizing letter-writing drives and other methods to reach out to students and adult stakeholders in education for support.
All positions and ideas for legislation are created by students at the Student Advisory Board on Education and the Student Advisory Board on Legislation in Education. At these conferences, delegates create formal proposals which they present to State Board of Education and the State Legislature. After the conferences, the Government Affairs Program Director follows up with the policymakers and coordinates students statewide to provide support.
In order to know how best to support California’s students, CASC needs to hear from the students themselves! Please encourage your schools to take the time to share their experiences in the California Student Perspective Survey.
CASC has begun a project to bring changes and improvements to every school in the state in a way that is tangible, measurable, and concrete by the year 2020. CASC 2020 facilitates improvements in education and student government at every school, which CASC has been doing on the state level through the State Board of Education by
Our vision for the ideal school system in 2020 includes the achievement of four goals, which we as an organization and schools will continuously work towards at both the state and school levels. Our vision for 2020 is that:
- Every school board has a student board member.
- Every school has an effective student government.
- All stakeholders are educated about student rights and responsibilities.
- Every school has a process for student evaluation of teachers.
CASC will provide the resources, coaching, and workshops to achieve this vision, but the changes themselves must come from the schools, the students, and the educators. We are looking for schools interested partnering with us in an effort to reach these goals.
Student Advisory Board on Education (SABE)
Summary of 2015 SABE Proposals
The Student Advisory Board recommended that the SBE
- 1) establishes a committee to create a new Common Core Next Steps Plan. 2) selects student committee member(s), teacher(s), and education professionals to serve on the aforementioned committee.
- 1) forms a committee which consists of stakeholders including, but are not limited to, administrators, teachers, parents, and students to collect best practices, analyze case studies, provide feedback, and interpret the results; and 2) uploads the compilation of best practices and insight onto the California Department of Education website.
- Establishes an unbiased system that prioritizes the improvement and consistency of a school’s performance over merit, by analyzing academic performance and school climate to determine a school’s overall performance and by incorporating the recommended and prioritized guidelines.
- 1. Includes a student member on the Education Technology Task Force; 2. Surveys the effectiveness of the technological component of the SBAC on a yearly, state-wide basis for students and administrators; 3. Incorporates technology as a test taking tool in the classroom; 4. Requires that all textbooks adopted have an online as well as a physical version; and 5. Requires demonstrations on how to use technology that is implemented
- 1) adds one or more full voting student positions to the Student Mental Health Policy Workgroup; and 2) proposes that the Student Mental Health Policy Workgroup and Instructional Quality Commission review the mental health sections in the Health Framework for California Public Schools.
- 1) instructs the California Department of Education to disseminate the California Association of Student Councils California Student Perspective Survey and analyze the aggregate data from schools across the state and 2) recommeds utilizing the California Student Perspective Survey as a tool for soliciting pupil involvement in the LCAP process.
SABE Proposals Archive