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.  

Open for further details and links

New Date for "IB Listening"


IB Listening Session
Postponed to

Thursday, Dec 17, 2020 7:30 am - 8:30 am PST

Hosted by David Weiss and Kelsey Day

Adrian Kearney
Director IB World Schools
A Senior member of the IBO Teaching, Learning and Assessment Team

Further details to follow as soon as possible.

Best regards,
David Weiss and
Kelsey Day

Revised draft of ethnic studies model curriculum posted for final public comment period, Dec. 9, 2020

The IQC has posted the revised draft of the Ethnic Studies Model Curriculum for its final 45-day public comment period, which concludes January 21, 2021. Open for the link to the revised draft. This draft reflects the changes adopted at the IQC’s November 18-19, 2020 meeting.

Following this 45-day public comment period, the draft will be presented to the SBE, likely at its March 2021. Meeting. Under current law, the SBE is required to take final action on the model curriculum by March 31, 2021.


Caitlin Jung
Legislative Counsel | Capitol Advisors Group

Assembly Examines School Reopening, Senate, Distance Learning, Nov. 2, 2020

On October 27,2020 the Assembly Budget Subcommittee on Education held a hearing to look specifically at the question of the state’s role in assisting schools to reopen during, and hopefully after, the COVID-19 pandemic. There was such great interest in this hearing that several members who do not actually sit on the budget subcommittee listened in and asked questions of the panelists. While much of the hearing focused on things the state has already done to assist schools generally during the pandemic, a few key takeaways, discussed below, could inform policies and guidance coming from both the Legislature and other state departments like the California Department of Education (CDE), the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), as well as the Newsom Administration.

Changes in Law 2020 - General Operations

Our team has produced a set of comprehensive client briefs detailing new education laws that were passed by the Legislature and signed into law by Governor Newsom in 2020. Open for link and more detailed information.

The Capitol Advisors Team

Video Update - Budget, Politics and Technology, Oct. 30, 2020

In this week’s video version of our update we are joined by Jack O’Connell who gives us some insights on the upcoming election day politics and local bond elections, while Tim and I discuss this week’s Senate and Assembly interim hearings regarding connectivity and COVID testing. Hope you find it informative!

SPECIAL EDITION - ELECTION ANALYSIS next week! Next week’s video will be broadcast WEDNESDAY, the day after the election with several of our partners from the Capitol Advisors and Digital Advisors’ teams, breaking down the election as it unfolds.

Click HERE to see the online video briefing.


Kevin Gordon, President
Capitol Advisors Group, LLC
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