From: CSG West
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Subject: CSG West Regional Roundup
Date: Thu Jun 19 17:19:27 MDT 2014


The Council of State Governments West



June 19, 2014 


In This Issue
Accepting Nominations for CSG West Vice Chair & CSG National Chair
Teacher Tenure: How California Differs From Other Western States
Sound Science Webinar
2014 CSG & CSG West Annual Conference 

August 9-13. 2014
Anchorage Alaska
Upcoming Webinars 

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June 25, 2 p.m. EDT
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In the Weeds: Exploring the Science around Medical Marijuana and Operating a State Program
July 8, 2 p.m. EDT
State Facts
Population Density Per Square Mile (2012)

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  Nominations open for CSG West Vice Chair 
and CSG National Vice Chair



Nominations for 2015 CSG West Vice Chair Position


The CSG West Nominating Committee will convene in Anchorage, Alaska to consider applicants for the 2015 CSG West Vice Chair position (who will succeed to the position of chair in 2017). Pursuant to CSG West Rules, only legislators that are members of the CSG West Executive Committee are eligible for election as officers. As required by the Rules, in order to maintain party balance among the officers, this year the nominating committee will be interviewing Democratic legislators who are interested in serving as an officer of CSG West.


Additional information about the election of 2015 CSG West Officers, including nomination process and deadlines, will be forthcoming in the following weeks.


Nominations for 2015 CSG National Vice Chair Position


The CSG West Nominating Committee will also be considering nominations for the position of 2015 CSG National Vice Chair (to rotate to the position of CSG National Chair in 2017). The regional nomination to the national leadership position occurs every four years in accordance to the CSG Articles of Organization.


CSG Articles of Organization allow for any member of CSG West to apply for the CSG National Vice Chair position.


Click here for Notice of 2015 Officer Election.

Click here for information on how to apply for a position.


If you have any questions or require additional information, please feel free to contact Edgar Ruiz at (916) 553-4423 or via email at   





Teacher Tenure:  How California Differs

 From Other Western States


By Alma Lopez




Earlier this month the Superior Court of the State of California, in Los Angeles County, announced its tentative decision ruling that teacher job protections, or tenure, in that state was unconstitutional.


The arguments presented in Vergara vs. State of California were that underqualified teachers were being retained and that the process of dismissal for poor performance was long and costly to the districts, therefore hurting students' right to quality education. In the same manner it was argued that younger, better prepared, and qualified teachers were being affected by current tenured laws protecting teachers who held seniority, but were not necessarily qualified.


Various statutes were found unconstitutional, including the time it takes for a teacher to receive tenure, the process of firing a teacher, and the preference of seniority when layoffs occur.


In the California Permanent Employment Statute, tenure is granted after two-years while nationwide, 32 states have at least a three-year period of probation status before granting tenure and nine other states have  a four or five-year period. After presenting this information, California Judge Rolf M. Treu ruled that both students and teachers are unfairly and unnecessarily disadvantaged by this statute.


According to the evidence presented at the court, the Dismissal Statute states that it can take from two to ten years and cost $50,000 to $450,000, or more, to dismiss an underqualified teacher.  This particular dismissal process was determined to be very long, complex, and expensive and therefore unconstitutional, but it does not take away teachers' right to reasonable due process.


Read more here, under "Policy Briefs".... 




 Sound Science Webinar

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CSG eCademy Series


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Policymakers are bombarded with information in today's ever-connected, fast-paced world. Advances in communication platforms like social media and information technology have brought a sea change in the public's ability to access data at unimaginable depths and speeds. 


This interconnectedness, however, also can pose challenges for state officials trying to solve already difficult issues by adding another layer of complexity to the public policymaking process. This webinar will explore CSG's new strategic guidance, A State Official's Guide to Science-based Decision Making, to help policymakers cut through the jargon and spin that can accompany technical issues. 


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The mission of CSG West is to facilitate regional, nonpartisan cooperation and exchange of information, and to strengthen legislative institutions among our 13 member states. These services are achieved through a variety of programs and services offered to legislators and their staff, including the convening of policy forums, professional development training, international relations opportunities, publications and institutional links with other political entities in the West.   


CSG West serves the Western legislatures of Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming. Associate members include the Canadian provinces of Alberta and British Columbia and the Pacific islands of American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands and Guam. 

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