redwood clock in the shape of California was
presented to CEC in 1977 and currently hangs in
the CEC international headquarters in Arlington,
It is with great
sadness to report that long-time CEC member and
California State Council for Exceptional
Children (CA-CEC) Treasurer, Sarge Kennedy
passed away on March 1, 2013 at the Davis
Medical Center in the city of Sacramento. Sarge
was truly a legend in all areas of Special
Education. He was instrumental in the
development of California’s Master Plan that
outlined the role of Special Education Local
Plan Areas (SELPAs), and the AB 602 Funding
Formula that transformed California’s Special
Education funding into a much more effective and
Sarge was a very
kind person who was always willing to help
anyone and everyone understand the intricate and
delicate details of Special Education. He was a
consummate Coach and Mentor to most of the
Special Education Administrators in the State,
including those who work at the California
Department of Education. While he was relied
upon for his expertise, he was best known for
his positive outlook, warm and friendly smile,
and his ability to befriend anyone within a few
minutes of conversation.
To say the least,
Sarge will be greatly missed; however, in order
to commemorate his outstanding contributions to
the field of Special Education and the Council
for Exceptional Children, CA-CEC has established
a “Sarge Kennedy Scholarship” that will raise
funds to support those who wish to go into the
field of Special Education. Information on this
Scholarship will be posted at a later date on
On behalf of CA-CEC,
we offer our deepest condolences to Sarge’s
family and friends.
Frank Donavan, Ed.D.
Sarge and his wife, Pat
The worldwide mission of the Council for
Exceptional Children is to improve educational
outcomes for individuals with exceptionalities.
its mission, which is carried out in support of
special education professionals and others
working on behalf of individuals with
exceptionalities, by advocating for appropriate
governmental policies, by setting professional
standards, by providing continuing professional
development, by advocating for newly and
historically under served individuals with
exceptionalities, and by helping professionals
achieve the conditions and resources necessary
for effective professional practice.
CEC is a non-profit organization concerned with
the education and well-being of exceptional
individuals was founded in 1922. There are now
over 1000 chapters, 50 state federations, many
Canadian federations and chapters, 47 student
chapters, 17 subdivisions, with a membership of
CA CEC Executive
Frank Donavan, Ed.D.
Rachael (Raquel) Gonzales, Ph.D.
Carl L. Ferguson, Jr., Ph.D.
Lisa Simpson, Ed.D.
Monica Boomgard, Ed.D.
CAN Coordinator (Ex-Officio)