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Video Update - Budget, Politics and Technology - June 26, 2020

This week’s video version of our update contains observations about the budget battle and other key issues this week. Hope you find it informative.

Click HERE to see the online video briefing.

For more information regarding Automation or Cybersecurity Assessments, please contact Tim Watrous.

-Kevin

Kevin Gordon, President
Capitol Advisors Group, LLC
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CDC Releases Reopening Guidebook - June 8, 2020

This morning, CDE released its guidance on the reopening of California’s schools, which can be found here. The 55-page document, entitled “Stronger Together: A Guidebook for the Safe Reopening of California’s Public Schools,” provides schools with recommendations, essential questions to consider, and checklists in a variety of areas, including health and safety, instructional programs for special education, CTE, and English Learners, student mental health, and school services like meals and transportation.

The document does note that statutory changes would be necessary to implement much of the guidance provided, particularly with respect to alternative instructional models, and that the guidance is not restricted to only what would work within our current instructional time, attendance accounting and auditing framework.

The Superintendent will also be holding a press conference later this morning at 11:15 am to go over the guidebook and its recommendations. For those interested in attending, the press conference will be livestreamed on CDE’s Facebook page.

As always, if you have any questions please reach out to any one of us at Capitol Advisors.

Best,
Caitlin

Caitlin Jung
Legislative Counsel
Capitol Advisors Group
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Congressman Harder sends Congratulations to the Class of 2020

I contacted my local congressman, Josh Harder, to ask if he could provide a letter to all of California's IB graduates. Congressman Harder attended Modesto High School and is an IB diploma recipient. He sent along a short video clip and a letter that you are free to share with your graduates if you wish. 


Congratulations to the class of 2020. Though the times remain uncertain, CAWS will do all that it can to provide support as you move forward into the 2020-21 school year. 

Warm regards,
Mike

President, CAWS
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COVID-19 Video Update - Weekly Update, May 8, 2020

This week’s video version of our update contains a review of key issues this week and some notable news from today. Hope you find it informative.

Click HERE to see the online video briefing.

Click HERE to view our conversation with former West Virginia Governor Bob Wise regarding potential federal education stimulus funding.

-Kevin

Kevin Gordon, President
Capitol Advisors Group, LLC
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LAO Projects Smaller State Budget Deficit, Highlights Budget Uncertainties, May 8, 2020

This morning, the Legislative Analyst’s Office (LAO), the non-partisan budget advisor to the Legislature, released a Spring Fiscal Outlook looking ahead to the 2020-21 fiscal year. Although the LAO recognizes the dramatic economic impacts of the COVID-19 crisis, and corresponding deep budget deficits, their fiscal assessment is significantly less dire than the Fiscal Update that we wrote about yesterday, after it was released by the Governor’s Department of Finance (DOF). DOF projected a $54 billion budget shortfall, while the LAO projects the shortfall to be between $18 and $31 billion. It is important to note that these shortfalls assume no cuts to K-14 education – that is, continued funding at the 2019-20 level, adjusted for growth and COLA.
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IB Online Teaching and Planning for Schools

Kelsey Day, IB Relationship Manager, has responded to my request for information and guidance from IB for educators conducting remote learning with their students. We hope that the March 2020 IB publication, "Online learning, teaching and educational continuity planning for schools." will assist California educators.

Please send me any additional items that you think would benefit our community and I will be happy to share them.

Online learning, teaching and educational continuity planning

Warm regards,
Robin
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Newsom suspends state testing

March 18 - Based upon separate comments from Governor Newsom yesterday and State Superintendent Thurmond this morning, California is expected to cancel all required assessments for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year, pending the approval of a federal waiver.

We anticipate the Governor to issue an executive order soon to formalize the position and we will provide that to you when it is available.

Thanks,
-Barrett

Barrett Snider
Partner
Capitol Advisors Group
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