February 2017                                  News & Updates                              www.cawee.org                                                              
Important Updates in this Newsletter Include:

Student Scholarships ~ CAWEE Board Needs ~ EWEE / CTWEE Issue
Transgender Student Work Permits ~ New Minimum Wage ~ Safety First Program
Spring Work Permit Certification Workshop Dates ~ Standards for Career Ready Practice

SAVE THE DATE for our 2017 Annual Conference!!

We have been working hard to bring you another outstanding Fall Conference in 2017, so you will want to make plans now to be there! Here is the basic information:
  • Embassy Suites Sacramento Riverfront
  • October 3-5, 2017 (exact schedule out in March)
Watch for more information in the coming months!! Now is the time to get everything rolling at your District so you can register early and save some money!!! 

Watch our website www.cawee.org for updated information!

CAWEE Student Scholarships

CAWEE will once again be offering scholarships to your well-deserving Work Experience studen ts who submit an application and are awarded...it's almost that ea sy!!  All YOU need to do is:
  • Encourage your Work Experience Education students to apply;
  • Verify their eligibility to apply for Work Experience Education student scholarships;
  • Go to the CAWEE Website to download the criteria information and the student application form. (www.cawee.org).
DEADLINE:  March 13, 2017 5:00 p.m. 
Student  applications MUST be received by this date.


CAWEE WANTS YOU!


Want to be a part of a wonderful organization and give back some of the talents you have as a Work Experience Educator?  

It is time for CAWEE's annual election to the Executive Board for 2017-19!  We have the following positions open:
  • 1 Northern Representative
  • 1 Southern Representative
The job description for a Representative is:
Each Representative shall be responsible for the following duties:
  • Serve as a voting member of the E-Board.
  • Submit to the President a budget for the operational and clerical expenses to fulfill the duties as Regional Representative.
  • Submit quarterly reports and other newsworthy items as they occur to the webmaster.
  • Contact local chapters in the respective region to obtain and maintain records. Acquire all names and contact information of officers in local chapters within each region of representation.
  • Act as liaison between the Chapter Presidents and the E-Board.
  • Act as Co-Chairperson of the Presidents Council in each of the respective regions.
  • Prepare the agenda for the respective Presidents Council meetings.
  • Prepare and distribute minutes of Presidents Council meetings. May distribute minutes to respective Chapter Presidents and the E-Board through the Association Mailgram, electronic means, CAWEE website or the U.S. Postal Service.
  • Encourage the development and participation of local/regional chapters of the Association.
  • Work with regional chapter members to facilitate chapter meetings, development of chapter meeting agendas, and increasing and maintaining chapter membership.
  • Assume any other duties assigned by the E-Board and perform all duties necessary and incumbent upon and in accordance with the office.
 
In addition, you have the opportunity to participate in conference planning, learning opportunities, and great camaraderie with other Executive Board members and CAWEE members.

APPLY NOW!  Applications are available for download here (Word doc)

Important Message Regarding Paid and Unpaid Employment
Exploratory Work Experience Education (EWEE)
Career Technical Work Experience Education (CTWEE)

As a valued CAWEE colleague who promotes non-paid work-based learning experiences, we want to inform you that it was brought to our attention that, for quite some time, CDE-published materials have inaccurately stated that Career Technical Work Experience Education (CTWEE) was a program for paid and unpaid work-based learning experiences. Unfortunately, this does not align with the California Code of Regulations, Title 5, Section 10071.

We were informed that the CDE will be taking action to correct this inaccuracy on their website and other documents.

While the corrections are being made, it is suggested that we revise all of our information, written and verbal, in order to represent unpaid on-the-job experiences as Exploratory Work Experience (EWEE). Paid positions related to Pathways and Academy programs remain as CTWEE programs.

We realize this adjustment will take time. Please feel free to contact us if we can be of any assistance.

Transgender Students and Work Permits

Report from CDE Consultant, Erle Hall:
Work Permits re: Transgender and Home School
 
Home School
I asked our legal team "Does EC 49110 apply to home schools, and thereby allow a homeschooling parent to designate an unqualified person (i.e., someone without the knowledge and training required by EC 49110(a)) who has been designated an "administrator" of their home school, issue a work permit to their own children?"

Answer
First, yes, EC 49110 applies to home schools. Home schools are encompassed within the "private schools" referenced in EC 49110 and EC 49110.1, as long as they meet all applicable requirements for private schools. The relevant EC provisions do not expressly exclude home schools from the statutes governing work permits, and California courts have ruled that "private schools" referenced in EC 48222 include qualified home schools.  
   
Second, there are a couple of safeguards in the governing statutes. They restrict authorized, designated administrators to only those persons that meet the general knowledge and training requirements of EC 49110(a). Efforts to comply with this provision would seem to avoid at least some of the improper work permit signings. Also, EC 49110.1 provides for some compliance monitoring of these arrangements, and it may be possible to have improper arrangements or work permit activities investigated through a complaint to the school district superintendent or county superintendent of schools, as appropriate. Said officials must periodically ascertain that the designated person (i.e., administrator) are complying with the work permit statutes. (EC 49110.1.)

Transgender
Specifically, in light of the confidentiality policies against disclosing that a student is transgender and similar information, how are LEAs supposed to apply the Education Code provisions requiring student work permits and related documents to state the subject student's "name" if the student is transgender and wants to be called something other than his/her original name, or does not want his/her original name disclosed ?

Answer
The short answer is as follows:  School districts/LEAs must use students' "legal" names* where the Education Code requires students' "name(s)" to be stated in student work permit documents. The relevant statutes do not define "name" for these purposes, so they must be interpreted according to the traditional rules of statutory interpretation in this state. Here, the statutes governing LEAs' student records and work permits are reasonably interpreted to require districts/LEAs to use and disclose only the current "legal" names of their students, even for transgender students. In sum, the statutes do not appear to allow a different procedure, and any other practice would likely be chaotic and make accurate, consistent record-keeping difficult if not impossible.  Accordingly, if a transgender student wants to be called something other than his/her current legal name,  the student must officially change the name through the petition process in state court as provided for by current state law, and then notify the school district and employer, etc., of the new legal name.

Because, the Title IX laws prohibit discrimination based on sex, gender, gender identity, etc., in an LEA's provision of services, operation of programs or application of rules or policies.  They do not prohibit an LEA from complying with a state-law statutes that require the use of a student's current legal name, etc., in student records and work permit documents (e.g., Education Code sections 49115, 49133 and 49134),  as long as the LEA does so in a non-discriminatory manner. This basically means applying the same requirement in the same way to all students, except as otherwise required by law. Moreover, if a transgender student really does not want the legal name or original gender used in this way, they can avoid this by officially changing the name through the petition process authorized by California law, updating school records, and using the updated information when seeking a work permit. 

New Minimum Wage Information

There have been a lot of questions about the new minimum wage. Did you know that employers with fewer than 26 employees do not implement the $10.50 minimum wage until January 1, 2018? See these websites for more information:
 
http://www.dir.ca.gov/dlse/dlse.html - explanation of the new minimum wage
 
 
Some of our coordinators have been distributing the referenced flyer to their employers with their business card attached when they are making site visits...good idea??

SAVE THE DATE:


We are happy to announce that OSHA and OSHA Education Centers will hold its Pacific Coast Safety Fest conferences during the week of  March 6-10, 2017.  

These events are hosted by Region IX's Education Centers in San Diego, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Phoenix, Las Vegas, and Honolulu. 

Go to www.PacificSafetyFest.com to register for this event.

Spring Work Permit Certification Training

In an effort to provide training opportunities to everyone, this spring we will be offering 3 locations for you to take this valuable training!  Below are the scheduled dates and times...visit www.cawee.org to register!

March 10, 2017
Bakersfield
Workshop Schedule:
10:00 am - 12:30 pm - Training
12:30 pm - 1:00 pm - Lunch
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm - Training
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm - Test

April 20, 2017
Salinas
Workshop Schedule:
9:30 am - 12:00 pm - Training
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm - Lunch
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm- Training
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm - Test

May 12, 2017

Southern California   - TBD
 

Standards for Career Ready Practice

December saw the completion of some long-awaited Work Experience Education Frameworks and Content Standards aligned with the CTE Anchor Standards. These are the Standards for Career Ready Practice describing the fundamental knowledge and skills that students need to prepare for transition to postsecondary education, career training, or the workforce.  

Also included in this document are the Work Experience Education Frameworks and Content Standards (Adopted 3/29/09) aligned with the CTE Anchor Standards (AS).  

Although these Frameworks and Content Standards have not been formally adopted by CAWEE at this time, they are available as a guideline for Work Experience Educators to use in their curriculum.  

Please find these documents on our   website. 

California Association of Work Experience Educators