Budget Committees Adopt State Budget Package - Updated Matrix, June 5, 2021

Following yesterday’s announcement by Legislative leadership that the Senate and Assembly had reached an early agreement on the Legislature’s proposed budget, the full budget committees in each house met late this afternoon and into the evening to formally adopt their respective proposals.
Continue for further details and an updated matrix comparing the Governor's May Revision budget and the Legislature's adopted agreement.

International Baccalaureate (IB) Board of Governors announces the appointment of Mr Olli-Pekka Heinonen as the next Director General of the IB. Mr Heinonen will commence his appointment on 1 May 2021.

I am honoured to join the IB community to further develop the mission of creating a better world through education. It is clear that we are suffering from a global learning and teaching crisis, and COVID-19 has magnified these challenges. I am looking forward to working together with schools and educators to develop solutions to address these challenges and find ways to develop a strong future for our students,”

UC High School Articulation Webinar on Program Courses for IB

IB Diploma Program Coordinators and other school/district staff who work with A-G lists are encouraged to attend the UC Working with program courses webinar on May 19. Diploma Program courses are program courses, and this webinar will cover specifics on adding program courses, including IB DP courses, to your school A-G list.

Charter School, Independent Study Reform Bill Advances Before Deadline, May 3, 2021

Both the Senate and Assembly Education Committees appear to have wrapped up their work on bills that were authored in their respective houses last week, as Friday was the deadline for all bills with any fiscal impact to the state to have moved through their relevant policy committees. While technically policy committees can meet until May 14, at the time of this writing, neither Education Committee has a hearing scheduled prior to that date. We will be on the lookout for any last-minute maneuvering to get education bills heard and keep you up to date if anything changes.
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Governor Announces Reopening Goal, April 12, 2022

We wanted to make sure you were aware that Governor Newsom announced an aspirational date of June 15th to reopen the economy and do away with the state’s current tiered blueprint. The California Department of Public Health provided a bit more detail on the announcement, and that information can be found below. You will find a particular note for schools that reads, “Schools and institutions of higher education should conduct full-time, in person instruction, in compliance with Cal/OSHA emergency temporary standards and public health guidelines.” Mask mandates will stay in place even after the 15th.

We will continue to share information on this major announcement as we receive it. As always, let us know if you have questions.

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State Senate takes early position on a budget blueprint, April 15, 2022

Wanted you to have the latest breaking development on the state budget today as the California State Senate leadership has announced budget priorities, released this afternoon in a document, that signals some positive differences from Governor’s January budget. There is not a whole lot of detail, but five areas referenced in the document are encouraging. The first point is that they are supporting a record level of one-time and ongoing resources to schools as a result of the increases to the Proposition 98 guarantee from a dramatically rebounding economy. Open for further details.

ARP Briefing - Update on spending deadlines chart for CARES Act funding, April 2, 2021

We wanted to clarify some of the information provided on our “Spending Deadlines” slide from our American Rescue Plan Education Briefing last week. The May 2021 deadline referenced under “ESSER Fund (CARES Act)” actually applies to the portion of Learning Loss Mitigation funds provided to LEAs out of the Coronavirus Relief Fund, not to ESSER I funding. The deadline for an LEA to obligate its ESSER I funding is still September 30, 2022.


Kevin Gordon, President
Capitol Advisors Group, LLC

Congratulations to EPIC MYP Authorization!!!!

CAWS is pleased to announce and congratulates Empowering Possibilities International Charter (EPIC) on becoming the 64th authorized MYP in California!! Our state now boasts 209 schools offering 250 IB Programmes placing us within the top five areas in the world for IB.

The EPIC community is very proud of the hard work and dedication from teachers, staff, parents and partners who have contributed to our successful journey to MYP Authorization. We would like to extend a special thank you to Dr. Cindy Petersen, Superintendent/CEO and the GCC Board of Directors for their extensive support and guidance. We look forward to working with the CAWS and IB community to continue our journey towards IB excellence.

Special thanks to Samantha Olson, EPIC School Counselor and MYP Coordinator for sharing her good news with CAWS.


CAWS Congratulates Dr. Carol Van Vooren as Treasurer!

The California Association of IB World Schools is so very proud to welcome Dr. Carol Van Vooren will serve as Treasurer. Carol has supported IB in diverse roles as an exemplary administrator, professor and leader within IBO. Continue to read Carol's message.

CAWS Congratulates Erin Knight as PYP Representation!

The California Association of IB World Schools is so very proud to welcome Erin Knight who will serve as our PYP Representative. Erin has supported IB in diverse roles as an exemplary teacher, IB Coordinator and member of IBEN. Continue to read Erin's message.

Video Update, Budget, Politics and Technology: Dec. 19, 2020

Hi Everyone:

This week we get the very latest on what looks like a stimulus agreement that will pass, hopefully over the weekend or Monday. We also hear about the largest data hack in the country and its implications for education as well as Connecticut’s first in the nation statewide approach to connectivity for students. I will also touch on the vaccination priority efforts for school employees and the impacts of AB10, the mandate for reopening by March 1st.  

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