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.


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.

Video Update - Budget, Politics and Technology, July 24, 2020

This week’s video version of our update provides the latest on Federal efforts to secure more funding relief and other key issues impacting K-12. Hope you find it informative.

Open to see the online video briefing.


Kevin Gordon, President
Capitol Advisors Group, LLC

IB Resource Links , Kelsey Day, IB

Kelsey Day, IB World Schools Manager for US Public Schools in California, has provided an update on IB policies and resources.

Open for full content and links.

Commission on Teacher Credentialing Meeting Update - June 26, 2020

The Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) met late last week. While the agenda was primarily comprised of staff providing updates on various efforts and initiatives, the Commissioners started the meeting by sharing their thoughts and perspectives on the protests, activism, and conversations happening in response to the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and others.

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 Gordon, President
Capitol Advisors Group, LLC

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.


Caitlin Jung
Legislative Counsel
Capitol Advisors Group

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,

President, CAWS

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 Gordon, President
Capitol Advisors Group, LLC

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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