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Jan 29, 2018 @ 8:30AM -
Jan 30, 2018 @ 4:00PM


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Administrator Training Day & Legislative Day

Sacramento, CA
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Administrator Training Day & Legislative Day

 Monday, January 29, 2018 

Tuesday, January 30, 2018


Monday,  January 29, 2018
8:30 am to 4:00 p.m.
Elks Tower Event Center
921 11th Street
Sacramento, CA  95814


Tina Tranzor, J.D., E.D.s., Education Administrator, California Department of Education, Special Education Division, Interagency-Nonpublic Schools and Agencies Unit

Thomas Williamson, Staff Services Manager I,  California Department of Education, Interagency-Nonpublic Schools and Agencies Unit



Dr. Tina Tranzor, the Education Administrator of the California Department of Education’s Interagency-Nonpublic Schools and Agencies Unit, will address Nonpublic School and Agency administrators at CAPSES Administrator Training Day.  Dr. Tranzor will address critical issues facing nonpublic school and nonpublic agency administrators.  Topics may include: update on current certification renewals and onsite reviews for 2018; overview of special education division reorganization and new initiatives; monitoring of public school special education programs resulting from the federal court consent decree; an update on submittal of audits by NPS/A; and current data regarding total numbers of nonpublic schools and agencies, both in-state and out-of-state.



Lee Angela Reid, Partner, Capitol Advisors Group, LLC
Ryan C. Eisenberg, Ed.D., Executive Director, AchieveKids and GAC President
Teresa Malekzadeh, Executive Director, Beacon School and CAPSES Board President
Richard Schnetzer, Mardan School, and CAPSES Governmental Affairs Consultant

The CAPSES Governmental Affairs Update has always been a session favorite.  This presentation will address the latest on state and federal policy issues and recently enacted legislation that impact special education.  Topics include CDE Annual Audit Requirement for NPS/NPAs Update; The "Tax Cut and Jobs Act (H.R. 1)" recently passed by Congress and its impact upon education; a review of legislation effected January 1, 2018, and more.  This session will allow for questions and concerns from members of the audience.   

LEE ANGELA REID joined the advocacy team at Capitol Advisors Group after spending 23 years in the State Capitol working on K-12 education issues. Ms. Reid served as a consultant on state and federal education issues in the Senate Office of Research, providing analysis and advice to legislators and legislative staff on K-12 education policy issues and trends.  Ms. Reid served as the K-14 education consultant to the Vice-Chair of the Senate Education Committee, Senator Bruce McPherson from 2001 to 2004.  She is a graduate of UC Davis with bachelor degrees in International Relations and Spanish. In December of 2017, Lee Angela was named Partner at Capitol Advisors, LLC.

RYAN EISENBERG has been a special education professional for over 17 years.  During his career Ryan has been a teacher, administrator, and a non-profit leader, helping to design and develop programming for some of our communities most complex learners.  As the Executive Director of AchieveKids, Ryan remains dedicated to helping build inclusive communities where his students can thrive.  Ryan earned his doctorate from the University of Southern California, conducting research on the efficiency of special education outsourcing, investigating public-private partnerships to meet the needs of students with complex disabilities.   Beyond his role with as at AchieveKids, Ryan is on the board of directors for CAPSES, where he serves as the chairperson of the Governmental Affairs Committee.  Ryan also serves on the Board of Trustees for Pacific Oaks College and belongs to state focus groups focused on advocacy and equity in education for all students.

TERESA MALEKZADEH is Executive Director of Beacon School in San Jose where she has worked for 30 years.  She has served on several key workgroups including Behavioral Intervention Stakeholder Work Group (BIP). She currently serves on the California Private School Advisory Committee that ensures that private schools are given the opportunity for personal development through Title funding; Stakeholder Work Group that assists the California Department of Education to provide oversight of the technical assistance and motoring to LEAs regarding the AB 114 Transition Work Group and the Mental Health Work Group that continues to provide guidance for LEA’s and parents to ensure that all students mental health needs are addressed and met.  Teresa has been a CAPSES board member since 2000, during which time she has served as president, events committee chairperson, Region 7 representative and continues to support CAPSES members on various statewide issues.

RICHARD SCHNETZER has served as a Special Education Teacher, Special Education Program Administrator, and Business Services Coordinator for the Mardan School in Irvine, California since 1966. He has also served as an Independent Consultant in his firm, R.C. Schnetzer & Associates, since 1989. Mr. Schnetzer has established long-standing relationships with the California Department of Education, as well as many public-school districts, County offices, and special education local plan areas (SELPA);. Mr. Schnetzer served as a member of the California Department of Education, Personal Qualifications Workgroup, from 2007 to 2012. Mr. Schnetzer served twice as CAPSES President from 1983-1985, and 2003-2005; He was the Governmental Affairs Chair of CAPSES from 1985 to 2003. Currently, Dick serves as the Governmental Affairs Consultant for CAPSES, an organization that he has been a member of CAPSES since 1971. 

Charles H. Goldstein, Senior Partner, The Goldstein Firm
Employment practices liability lawsuits can be costly, and the rise in the number of employment practice claims continues to rise.  In this session, Charles Goldstein, a highly respected litigations attorney will provide practical and useable strategies on how to prevent labor and employment decisions from turning into costly lawsuits in California's litigious environment. 
  • Terminating an employee without analyzing how the termination will be viewed by a third party reviewing your decision.
  • Failing to properly document your personnel actions, including having job applicants complete properly drafted employment applications, documenting increases in wages and benefits; failing to draft employment agreements with key personnel and having properly drafted job descriptions.
  • Failing to properly classify employees as exempt and non-exempt under federal and California law.
  • Failing to Maintain accurate time and pay records.
  • Failing to schedule duty-free 30 -minute unpaid meal breaks after every five (5) hours of work.
  • Failing to provide duty-free paid ten (10) minute rest periods every four (4) hours or major fraction thereof of three and three-quarter (3 ¾) hours of work.
  • Failing to properly deal with issues that arise from workers’ compensation claims that become disability discrimination lawsuits.
  • Failing to understand what is and is not a reasonable accommodation that an employer is required by law to provide a disabled employee to permit the employee to continue to work or to return to work.
  • Failing to offer and to engage, if requested in good faith in an interactive process to find a reasonable accommodation to return a disabled employee to work.
  • Failing to have a valid pre-dispute Arbitration Agreement that leaves you vulnerable to the threat that your actions will be second-guessed by a jury composed of people who in fact would not understand the reason you took the action you did against an employee.

Mr. Goldstein’s depth of knowledge and experience in labor, employment and wage and hour litigation and class actions have produced outstanding results for our clients in both the private and public sector. You don’t want to miss this session. 

CHARLES H. GOLDSTEIN is the senior partner in The Goldstein Law Firm, A Beverly Hills, California labor, employment and wage and hour law firm that represents employers.  Mr. Goldstein is an advisor and litigator who has represented employers for over 50 years.  Mr. Goldstein has been recognized by the State Bar Association of California and Virginia for practicing law for 50 years and by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors for his "30 years of dedicated service demonstrated by numerous contributions for the benefit of all of the citizens of Los Angeles County.  Mr. Goldstein is not only an outstanding litigator, but he is an excellent negotiator who during his long career has resolved many difficult labor, employment and wage and hour cases to the benefit of the clients of the Goldstein Law Firm.  Mr. Goldstein was one fo the chief negotiators and author of the landmark Work Continuation Agreement that resulted in the Metro Rail and other public transit lines in Los Angeles County being build without costly work stoppages.


Ryan C. Eisenberg, Ed.D., Executive Director, AchieveKids and GAC President
Teresa Malekzadeh, Executive Director, Beacon School and CAPSES Board President
Richard Schnetzer, Mardan School, and CAPSES Governmental Affairs Consultant

Presenters will close the day with valuable insights to help you have an impact on legislators in understanding the role of Nonpublic Schools and Agencies in providing special education services to pupils with disabilities. 


Monday, January 29, 2018
4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
CAPSES Executive Office
921 Elks Street, Suite 501
Sacramento, CA 95814

End the day with a short elevator ride to the CAPSES Executive Office for a glass of wine and networking.  This event is a great way to unwind after an action- packed day.  Guests will be the first to preview the newly relocated Executive Office.



Tuesday,  January 30, 2018
9:00 am to 4:00 p.m.
California State Capitol Building
Hearing Room 2040
Sacramento, CA  95814


EDUCATION AND THE CURRENT POLITICAL CLIMATE  Presented by Jack O'Connell, Partner, Capitol Advisors Group, LLC


In this timely presentation, Jack O’Connell will share his insights of the current political climate, resulting from federal policy and legislation, the Governor's California State Budget and state and federal leadership.   O’Connell will give Legislative Day attendees a private tour of the floor of the legislature following his presentation.  

JACK O'CONNELL,  a former State Superintendent, brings decades of public service and expertise to Capitol Advisors Group. During his two terms as State Superintendent of Public Instruction and twenty years as both a state Senator and Assembly Member, O’Connell focused on closing the achievement gap and preparing students for a rapidly changing global economy by holding high standards for all students. He remains a strong supporter and facilitator of partnerships between schools, businesses, communities, and philanthropies in order to engage all students with challenging, real-world education experiences. Prior to becoming a founding Partner of Capitol Advisors Group, Jack served as the Chief Education Officer at School Innovations & Advocacy. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from California State University, Fullerton and a secondary teaching credential from California State University, Long Beach. As a former high school teacher and author of the legislation creating the California High School Exit Exam, he led a comprehensive effort to increase rigor and improve student achievement in California high schools. 


 CAPSES Members

Early Bird Registration Fee for Both Days - $150 (ends Jan 12, 2017)
Late Registration Fee for Both Days - 160 (beginning Jan 13, 2017)


Early Bird Registration Fee for Both Days - $175 (ends Jan 12, 2017)  
Late Registration Fee for Both Days - $200 (beginning Jan 13, 2017)

Transportation from the Airport

  • Downtown Sacramento is a short ten-minute drive from Sacramento International Airport. Below are transportation options to and from the Airport.   
  • Yellow Cab Co. of Sacramento - (917) 447-2222
  • SuperShuttle - (916) 648-2500
  • Sacramento Airport Shuttle - (916) 234-6884
  • Uber

Where to Stay

The following hotels are within walking distance to the Elks Tower Training Center:

Hyatt Regency Sacramento

1209 L Street, Sacramento, CA  95814
(916) 447-1234

Sheraton Grand Hotel

1230 J Street, Sacramento, CA  95814
(916) 447-1700

The Citizen Hotel

926 J Street, Sacramento, CA
(916) 447-2700

The Holiday Inn Sacramento, Capitol Plaza

300 J Street, Sacramento, CA  95814
(916) 446-0100

Dining & Shopping

Continental Breakfast is provided with Administrator Training Day, and lunch is provided on both days. Downtown Sacramento has a vibrant restaurant scene offering an extensive variety of dining options.  Go to: www.sacramento.downtowngrid.com to plan your dining experience while in Sacramento. 

Fun Things to Do

Old Town Sacramento is a thriving shopping dining and entertainment district located on the west end of Downtown Sacramento and within walking distance.  Go to: www.oldsacramento.com for more info.

The Crocker Art Museum is the first public art museum founded in the Western United States and is now one of the leading art museums in California.  Go to:  www.crockerartmuseum.org for more info.  Sacramento is home many events and festivals throughout the year. Go to: www.sacramento365.com for more info. 

Book your flights, make your hotel reservations and stay tuned for more details!