Thursday, January 29, 2009

Happy New Year!!!

Whether you measure the new year by the Julian calendar date: January 1, 2009

Or if you've been turbo-charged by the inauguration of President Barack Obama on January 20, 2009

Or if you celebrate the Chinese New Year of the Ox: January 26, 2009

This is a new beginning.

And for me, it's taking that first "big" step to communicate and share some of the things I do as a Santa Clara County School Board Trustee. During my campaign, many people commented to me that they didn't know that the Santa Clara County Office of Education (SCCOE) existed. Their next question would typically be, "And what do they do?"

In large part, the SCCOE has oversight responsibilities for all of the children educated in Santa Clara County, all 260,000 of them in 32 local school districts. 27,000 kids are educated in SCCOE schools (like a medium sized district itself) including Head Start preschools, Special Education schools, ROP (Regional Occupational Program), Alternative Schools, and institutional schools in the juvenile justice system. Santa Clara County is the fifth largest district in California.

County Office of Education


Los Angeles

Orange 503,225
San Diego 495,689
Riverside 421,642
Santa Clara 259,116
Sacramento 238,346
Ventura 141,260
San Francisco 56,222

For a good overview of what the SCCOE does, please view this PowerPoint presentation. I'll be highlighting county office programs in this blog.

As always, let me know what you think, either by email or commenting on this blog.