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Video Update - Budget, Politics & Technology, March 28, 2021

Video Update - Budget, Politics and Technology, March 28, 2021,

This week Jack O’Connell joined Tim to discuss new budget numbers, Governor Newsom nominating a new Attorney General and some insight into a new federal infrastructure bill in the works. Tim talks about US ED Data showing inequity in returning to school, cybersecurity and highlights some great resources provided by the FBI to help teachers and students learn safe online surfing. Hope you enjoy!!


Click HERE to see the online video briefing.


Articles discussed this week:
• New US Ed Data Shows Inequity in Returning to School
• FCC Says ISP’s are Eagerly Pursuing Broadband Subsidy
• FBI Issues New Cybersecurity Warnings
• FBI Recognizes South Dakota
• FBI Safe Online Surfing
• Mississippi Stepping Up the Digital Divide


-Kevin

Kevin Gordon, President
Capitol Advisors Group, LLC

University Update, March 5, 2021

Spring greetings to DP coordinators, school administrators and counselors!

The UC A-G Course Management Portal is now open for the 2021-2022 school year.

CAWS strongly recommends all DP schools begin the process of updating their A-G lists early to ensure you have plenty of time to update your A-G list before the UC admissions application opens on August 1. This should include a review of your IB courses, and IB program 9-12 course sequences. It is vital that your diploma program pathways for students align with UC A-G requirements.

Education Committees Continue Hearing Bills, Spring Recess Begins, March 26, 2021

Over the past two weeks, policy committee activity in both houses of the Legislature has ramped up, with committees working in earnest to deal with the hundreds of bills introduced this year. The Senate Education Committee has now held three bill hearings, and the Assembly Education Committee joined them this week, holding its first bill hearing of 2021.

In addition to a full list of actions taken by the Education Committees (included below), we want to highlight some key pieces of legislation we think will be of particular interest to education stakeholders and school leaders.

Preparing for May 2021 DP and CP exam session

Dear Colleagues,

Happy New Year to you and your loved ones.

Many of you participated in the IB Listening session on Dec. 17, 2020 hosted by IB and featuring Adrian Kearney Director IB World Schools. IBC's were sent this message recently from Adrian which addresses many of the items we discussed and I wanted to forward it now to ensure that everyone associated with CAWS is aware of this important information.

Best wishes for a healthy and safe semester,
Robin

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.

Best,
Caitlin

Caitlin Jung
Legislative Counsel | Capitol Advisors Group

Video Update - Budget, Politics and Technology, Oct. 15, 2020

This week’s video version of our update contains info on Wednesday's Assembly Education Committee hearing on distance learning, the newest, devious tactics by hackers posing as parents and the latest on the Prop 15 campaign. Hope you find it informative.
Open for links.

Legislative and State Board Update: Recent Changes Relevant to IB Programs

Join Lee Angela Reed, Partner Capitol Advisors and Caitlin Jung, Legislative Counsel Capitol Advisors for our webinar: Legislative and State Board Update: Recent Changes Relevant to IB Programs

Tuesday, October 13th, 4:00pm - 4:30 pm

Hosts: Lee Angela Reed, Catilin Jung and Robin Oliver
Open to register.
Zoom link will be sent after registration.

CDPH Releases Small Group Guidance, Sept. 10, 2020

The California Department of Public Health has released the long-awaited Guidance for Small Cohorts/Groups of Children and Youth. The guidance, which is also pasted below, provides definitions, considerations for cohorts and staff, and recommendations for safety precautions.

Hopefully the publication of this document will help your discussions with
local public health officials, many of whom we understand have been waiting for its release to authorize activity on school campuses.

Let us know if you have any questions.

Thanks,
Christina

Christina Marcellus
Legislative Advocate | Capitol Advisors Group

Budget Clean Up Bill on Fast Track - Aug. 25, 2020

Earlier today Senate Bill 820, the K-12 “clean-up” budget trailer bill, was amended to include clarifications to portions of the 2020 budget package adopted in June. Some of the key provisions of SB 820 allow for increased funding based on enrollment or Average Daily Attendance (ADA) growth in 2020-21, make modifications related to Williams visits and reports by county superintendents, provide more flexible expenditure rules and expenditure timelines related to learning loss mitigation funds, create alignment among new accountability measures for the 2020-21 school year, and provide some clarifications related to distance learning videos and recordings.
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