Monday, February 10, 2020

CABE Members Promote Bilingual Education through Various Activities

Since 2017, Christopher Bianco Arellano has served as executive director of Tri-City Educators in Los Angeles. Prior to launching his career as an organizer and consultant for local education groups, Christopher Bianco Arellano earned a doctorate in organizational leadership from Pepperdine University. During his time at the university, he was active in Pepperdine's chapter of the California Association for Bilingual Education (CABE), which, in March 2019, honored him with its Visionary Alumnus Award.

For the past 12 years, CABE of Pepperdine has held its annual Visionary Alumnus Award Reception to honor alumni like Christopher B. Arellano who have made outstanding contributions to their communities and the field of multicultural and multilingual education. At each reception, CABE representatives join with Pepperdine students, faculty, alumni, and friends to recognize the award recipient and celebrate the work of all educators and community leaders focused on advancing inclusive education in Los Angeles County and beyond.

In addition to hosting the Visionary Award Reception and other local events, CABE of Pepperdine members take part in various CABE activities throughout California. These include events for parents, teachers, and administrators as well as intensive learning institutes for educators, principals, and others involved in biliteracy education programs.

CABE also hosts its annual conference, which features a multi-day program comprising hundreds of workshops and learning sessions for educators at the pre-k, elementary, middle school, high school, and university levels. The organization's 2020 Annual Conference will take place April 8-11 in San Francisco.

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Schools and Communities First Campaign Seeks Funding for Schools

Photo by Feliphe Schiarolli on Unsplash

With more than 15 years of experience working in the field of education, Christopher Bianco Arellano is the executive director of Tri-City Educators in Los Angeles. Christopher B. Arellano regularly follows important news affecting California's educational system, including the recent launch of the Schools and Communities First campaign, which is supported by the California Teachers Association.

The Schools and Communities First campaign kicked off in October 2019, and it seeks to reform property tax legislation by revising California’s Proposition 13. The proposition was established in 1978, and it has since become controversial for allowing what the California Teachers Association called in a recent press release “commercial property tax loopholes.” If the campaign is successful, it would remove property tax caps on industrial and commercial property. It would not lift caps for residences. The campaign also aims to revise Proposition 13 in order to ensure fair funding for all school districts and protect small businesses from unfair property tax practices. The campaign could lead to $6.5 billion in annual funding for local governments and $4.5 billion for community colleges and K-12 schools.