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September 22, 2017
CUE Promotes Net Neutrality, Equitable Internet Access

- Advocacy Efforts Result in Passage of AJR 7 in CA State Legislature -


Walnut Creek, Calif., September 22, 2017  Current Federal efforts to rescind or block regulations and funding that protect equity of technology access and support for schools and homes are of major concern, and CUE, an education nonprofit based in California, is doing something about it. CUE has been working towards promoting net neutrality and Internet access to underserved homes and schools and today announced the success of their efforts  - which culminated in the passage of Assembly Joint Resolution 7 (AJR 7) by the California State Legislature. CUE initiated the resolution, which was authored by Assembly Member and Speaker pro-Tem, Kevin Mullin.


“We are thrilled that AJR 7 has passed. Its success underscores CUE’s focused advocacy efforts on preserving important programs and policies that insure equal access to the Internet and related technology,” said John Cradler, CUE Legislative Consultant.


AJR 7 urges the President and Congress to protect net neutrality and other important programs.


“In the coming weeks and months, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will be debating a variety of issues and it is my hope that AJR 7 will encourage them to seriously discuss the importance of protecting net neutrality, the FCC’s Lifeline Program for low-income consumers and the E-rate program for schools and libraries,” said Kevin Mullins, Speaker pro Tempore. “It is my hope that members of Congress and the FCC Commissioners will work to protect these programs and AJR 7 provides them with ample rationale for their decisions.”


To access AJR 7, which is now enrolled and chaptered as Resolution 151, click here.


CUE is committed to leading the charge to help bring technology to students in all communities, and has been active with legislative and policy advocacy over the past 25 years.


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About CUE

CUE is a 501c3 Educational Nonprofit. Ed Tech Professional Development is at the core of CUE's work. We are passionate believers in advancing student achievement through technology. By providing Ed Tech professional development to schools, districts, and local educators on the infusion of emerging technologies, we can help better prepare students for college and careers ahead. www.cue.org. 

September 11, 2017
Legislative Update: September 20, 2017 (revised)

Legislative Update for CUE Members - September 20, 2017 | more leg updates

Prepared by John Cradler, CUE Legislative and Policy Consultant 

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AJR 7 Update:

Good News! Assembly Joint Resolution (AJR 7 attached) authored by Assemblymember and Speaker pro Tempore, Mullin, passed, and was enrolled, and chaptered as Resolution Chapter 151, on September 12, 2017.  This means that it has been officially Resolved by the Assembly and the Senate of the State of California, jointly, that the Legislature strongly supports each of the positions of AJR 7 and views them as high priorities for California and the country, and opposes any federal efforts to rescind or block them further. . .

. . . that the Legislature respectfully urges the President of the United States and Members of the United States Congress to continue to protect net neutrality, open Internet access, the federal Lifeline program’s discounted telephone service for qualifying low-income consumers, and the E-rate program’s discounted telecommunication and Internet access services for schools and libraries. (line 33-39 of AJR7}.

This is the resolution that CUE supported in many ways to include, drafting the resolution, finding an author, advising the author’s staff, suggesting and editing amendments, communicating with the CUE Advocacy Committee, writing support letters, getting support from other associations and education agencies, informing other state and federal legislators about AJR7 to include CA Senator Jerry Hill, and Congresswoman Jackie Spear, and testifying before the Assembly and Senate, etc. The effort paid off as evidenced by Assemblymember Mullin commenting to me that if it had not been for the six (CUE members) persons who testified in support of AJR7 at the Senate Utilities Committee, it might not have passed.

A press release is being prepared and distributed to the media. The main audience for the resolution is the U.S. Senate, House of Representatives, President of the U.S. and the FCC. Jon Bernstein, ISTE Legislative Advocate agreed to help inform the FCC about AJR7. I have also sent a copy to Jessica Rosenworcel, who is reappointed to the FCC and was the Commissioner who initiated net neutrality. The final enrolled version of  AJR7, Resolution Chapter 151, can be found at: https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201...

 

AB 1665: Internet For All Now Act update:

AB 1665 would focus on broadband adoption for the most disadvantaged residents to achieve 90% access by 2023. Schools and libraries are included with the potential for additional funding to support increased bandwidth and connectivity as needed. This bill primarily addresses the need for students to have home-access to broadband in typically underserved areas, there addressing the “homework gap”.  Following are some of the major purposes of this bill:

  1. Requires the CPUC to identify priority unserved areas to achieve Legislature’s goal of98% deployment in each region and set objectives for timely decisions.
  2. Maintains funding priority for last-mile unserved households and allows improvements in underserved areas only if adjacent to unserved areas.
  3. Ensures most disadvantaged residents living in publicly-subsidized housing will be online and able to participate in the Digital Economy to get out of poverty.

 

CUE actively supports AB 1665, now that desired amendments are in place. The bill has passed both the Senate and Assembly and is waiting for the Governor to respond  Among other items, the bill was amended to limit the definition of need to un-served homes rather the under-served would have limited benefits of the bill to a very small segment of the population. AB 1665 was just amended on 9/11 to address the issues so it now is supported by CUE. The bill goes to the Senate Floor today (9/12) for a vote and it is anticipated to pass. For additional details on AB 1665 and the Internet for All initiative, go to: http://www.internetforallnow.org/ 

 

AB 375, (Chau), California Broadband Internet Privacy Act.

Legislation that Trump signed in April repeals broadband privacy protections approved during the waning days of the Obama administration. Those rules would have required broadband service providers get opt-in consent before using information collected about what kids and families do online for non-service purposes, such as selling and sharing the data, or using it to profile or market to kids and families. California has an opportunity to take matters into its own hands. 

AB 375 seeks to ensure that California protects students’ online privacy while offering basic protections to all broadband Internet users. A.B. 375, would reinstate online privacy rules that would keep ISPs like AT&T, Comcast, and Verizon from selling information about what you do online without your permission. To protect students, we need to protect everyone, as their information is inherently mixed in with all other information on the internet. Bill status: This bill has passed the Assembly and then passed the Senate Energy Utilities and Communications Committee with 9 Ayes and 1 No vote. As mentioned in a prior update, 7 CUE members testified in support of this bill at this hearing. 

After much opposition from cable providers and other corporations, the bill was referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee for amendments to be considered. We are watching this bill and as new amendments are made available and another hearing is scheduled, we will then be able to determine a position. On September 16th.the bill was ordered to the inactive file by Senator McGuire.

 

Other State Bills CUE is watching: The following bills are generally related to the CUE Advocacy Platform. However, formal positions have not yet been taken by the CUE Board.

AB 37 (O’Donnell) - This bill would require the Superintendent to additionally recommend visual and performing arts standards in the subject of media arts, and require those recommendations to go through the same development, public review, and approval process for recommended revisions to the visual and performing arts content standards• Status: Passed and is Chaptered in the Education Code 7/24/17. - CUE position is support

 

SB 135 (Dodd) - This bill would require the commission to develop, and the state board to adopt, reject, or modify, a model curriculum in media literacy for kindergarten and grades 1 to 12, inclusive. The bill would require the commission to submit the model curriculum to the state board on or before January 1, 2019, and would require the state board to adopt, reject, or modify the model curriculum on or before March 31, 2019. • Status: Passed the Senate Floor, and Assembly Education Committee (6 – 0) and is now assigned to the Appropriations Committee. – CUE position is Support

 

SB 203 (Jackson) -  This bill would require, on or before December 1, 2018, the Superintendent of Public Instruction, to identify best practices and recommendations for instruction in digital citizenship, Internet safety, and media literacy and to report to the appropriate fiscal and policy committees of the Legislature on strategies to implement the best practices and recommendations statewide. • Status: Passed Senate Education and in Senate Appropriations on Suspense – CUE position is support

 

SB 577 (Hill) - This bill would authorize up to 5 community college districts to offer a teacher credentialing program of professional preparation that meets specified requirements, including that the program has been accredited by the commission’s Committee on Accreditation on the basis of standards of program quality and effectiveness.• Status: Passed the Assembly, now on hold and referred to the Committee on Higher Education. – CUE position is watch.

 

How to locate and monitor progress on California Bills:

The California Legislative Information website makes it easy for anyone to access and track progress on any of these bills or any other State bills and resolutions. A "Daily Updates" report feature displays, by house, measures for which there was activity the previous day such as new analyses, hearings, placement on the Daily File, amendments, History actions, or votes. Measures prior to 1999 can be still be found at http://leginfo.ca.gov which will remain as an archive for legislative information. To use this free legislative information service go to: http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billSearchClient.xhtml 

 

CDE Legislative/Funding Update By Geoff Belleau, CDE Consultant  edtech@cde.ca.gov

ESSA Title IV funding for FY18 was recently proposed by the Feds in the amount of $450 Million. FY17 was funded at $400 Million.  The CA State ESSA Plan will go to the board one last time this week for approval. Title IV will be distributed in a formula basis for CA. There is talk of a minimum funding allocation of $10,000, but see the final plan for specifics. The CDE has not decided on what it will focus State level activities on.

In alignment with the CA Legislature, the third week of October will be Digital Citizenship week. This year's focus is on evaluating news, social media best practices, staying safe online and building a positive online presence. Check out the CDE Digital Citizenship page for more info.

 

CUE Advocacy Strategy
The focus on advocacy is to influence implementation of existing programs to include collaborating with other education associations, proactively developing State legislation, providing policy advice on the development of new State and Federal Education initiatives, and continuing to monitor and take positions on current and emerging legislation and initiatives relevant to the CUE Advocacy Platform.

As opportunities arise, CUE will continue to be proactive in the development, co-development, and sponsorship of state and Federal legislation and resolutions. The CUE Legislative Advocacy Committee meets monthly to take positions on relevant bills and other related actions suggested by the CUE Legislative Consultants and the Committee members. 

Anyone who is interested in being involved in supporting the CUE advocacy effort should contact Mary Kopp, Senior Program Manager at CUE at mkopp@cue.org or John Cradler, at cradler@earthlink.net 

August 29, 2017
Danielle Forst Named Associate Executive Director of CUE

Walnut Creek, Calif., August 29, 2017  CUE, an education nonprofit based in California, announced today that Danielle Forst has been promoted to the role of Associate Executive Director. Previously, Forst was CUE’s Director of Professional Learning.
 
In the newly created position of Associate Executive Director, Forst will oversee CUE's operations, finances, and Professional Learning opportunities, including the signature CUE Rock Star Camps, Lead 3 Symposium, BOLD Symposium, Spring CUE National and Fall Conferences, and privately contracted events.
 
“We are incredibly fortunate to have Danielle as CUE’s new Associate Executive Director, and to be able to draw from the talent and experience that Danielle offers the organization and our members,” said Andrew Schwab, CUE Board President.

“I look forward to working with the CUE team, Board of Directors, Affiliates, members, and local education agencies to provide relevant, top-quality, pedagogically-focused professional learning with the highest level of customer service,” added Forst, who has been a member of CUE's Professional Learning team since 2014.

Prior to joining CUE, Forst spent 14 years as a classroom teacher, facilitated face-to-face and online professional learning for teachers through the Sacramento County Office of Education and served on the CapCUE Board of Directors.

Forst has her Masters of Education in Learning Design and Technology, is a Google Certified Innovator, Google for Education Certified Trainer and a Leading Edge Certified (LEC) Professional Developer. Additionally, Forst contributed to the LEC Professional Learning Leader curriculum.

Among the first order of business for Forst will be the CUE 2017 Fall Conference
where she is working with CUE staff, Napa Valley Unified School District, American Canyon High School, and the Conference Planning Committee to provide CUE members with a high-quality and meaningful conference experience.
 
Upcoming professional learning events include three CUE Rock Star Camps (Admin, Primary and Math) and the CUE 2017 Fall Conference, held October 27-28 in American Canyon, CA. Registration for Fall CUE is open and can be found online.

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About CUE
CUE is a 501c3 Educational Nonprofit. Ed Tech Professional Development is at the core of CUE's work. We are passionate believers in advancing student achievement through technology. By providing Ed Tech professional development to schools, districts, and local educators on the infusion of emerging technologies, we can help better prepare students for college and careers ahead. www.cue.org


August 21, 2017
SGVCUE President joins CUE Leadership Team



 

Jason Seliskar Joins CUE’s Membership Engagement Team


Walnut Creek, Calif., August 21, 2017 -- - CUE, an education nonprofit based in California, announced today that Jason Seliskar will be joining the Membership Engagement Team along with Cate Tolnai in a Director’s role. Jason's first day with the CUE leadership team was August 21, 2017.

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Seliskar has held a variety of positions in his career as an educator, including elementary teacher, K-12 Technology Coach, Library Media Specialist, Consultant, and his current position as a fourth grade teacher in Covina-Valley USD.  Seliskar is also a Google Certified Innovator, Google Certified Trainer and Apple Distinguished Educator. He currently is President of San Gabriel Valley CUE, a CUE affiliate in Southern California.


The newly developed team of Cate Tolnai and Seliskar is a direct outcome of CUE’s annual Leadership Development Institute, held in July 2017, and reflects the Board’s vision for CUE to provide enhanced member and affiliate learning network support. The Membership Engagement Team will oversee affiliates and Learning Networks, social media, press relations, and communications. The Membership Engagement Team is committed to engaging CUE’s growing membership.

“We are thrilled to have Jason joining CUE,” said Jon Corippo, CUE’s Interim Executive Director. “Seliskar has proven success in leading at the affiliate level, including leading the annual SGVCUE event and growing the event from 0 to 600 attendees”.


“As a long time CUE member, I am very excited to come aboard the CUE team to support the affiliates, who are at the grassroots level. My passion is supporting and engaging our current and new members in opportunities for lifelong learning, for teacher and student, within the community we call CUE,” said Seliskar.


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About CUE

Ed Tech Professional Development is at the core of CUE's work. We are passionate believers in advancing student achievement through technology. By providing Ed Tech professional development to schools, districts, and local educators on the infusion of emerging technologies, we can help better prepare students for college and careers ahead. www.cue.org




 

July 21, 2017
Mike Lawrence Steps Down as CEO of CUE

- Teacher-turned-CEO leaves a stronger and healthier organization -

Walnut Creek, Calif., July 21 , 2017 -- CUE, the education nonprofit and ISTE, SETDA & iNACOL affiliate for California and Nevada, announced that Mike Lawrence, CAE, will resign as CEO of CUE, effective August 31, 2017.

 

Mike Lawrence"I'm deeply honored to have served CUE and to have embraced its educational mission to bring innovation and ed tech professional development to educators and the students and communities they serve," said Lawrence, who started his career as an English teacher, and then moved up to county administration before transitioning to his leadership role with CUE.

 

"The Board is thankful for Mike's years of leadership and dedication to CUE. CUE's many accomplishments under Mike's tenure are a testament to CUE's mission of inspiring innovative educators" said Andrew Schwab, CUE's Board President. "Mike is leaving CUE stronger, healthier and engaged with more educators than ever before. We look forward to continued success in the future."

 

Lawrence began his tenure at CUE nearly 13 years ago, joining as Executive Director and guiding the organization through more than a decade of expansion and growth. CUE's events are recognized as the premier professional development programs in the area of educational innovation. During Lawrence's tenure, CUE has grown from just over 2,000 members attending one annual event and a handful of affiliate events to more than 10,000 members and 200+ events per year. Under Lawrence's leadership, CUE's reserve grew, allowing CUE to greatly expand services beyond annual conferences.

 

Working with volunteers and staff, Lawrence led CUE to become paperless, co-create the Google Certified Innovator program as well as other key programs such as the Innovative Educator Certificate, Leading Edge Certification, Infinite Thinking Machine blog & TV Show, Student-Powered Showcase, Rock Star Camps, STEAMpunk, Lead 3 Symposium, the BOLD Symposium, SuperCUE, Leadership Development Institute, Lead Learner Hootenanny, Macworld Educator strand, Deployment Squadron, and JET Review. In addition, CUE created CUEtoYOU (later CUEPL), the CES K12 EdTech Summit, and more.

 

To lead CUE in the interim and ensure a smooth transition while the search for a new Executive Director is underway, the Board has appointed Chief Innovation Officer Jon Corippo to serve as Interim Executive Director. As a long time CUE member, Lead Learner, former Assistant Superintendent and CUE Chief Innovation Officer, Jon's experience and connection to CUE will provide continuity and support during the transition. 

 

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About CUE
Ed Tech Professional Development is at the core of CUE's work. We are passionate believers in advancing student achievement through technology. By providing Ed Tech professional development to schools, districts, and local educators on the infusion of emerging technologies, we can help better prepare students for college and careers ahead www.cue.org 

July 20, 2017
CUE Welcomes Cate Tolnai as Director of Member Engagement

Walnut Creek, Calif., July 21, 2017 -- CUE, an education nonprofit based in California, announced today that Cate Tolnai has been named Director of Member Engagement. Tolnai will begin her new role on August 15, 2017.

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The newly developed position will have Tolnai focused on Awards, Affiliates and Learning Networks, Social Media, Press Relations, and Communications -- all to engage CUE’s growing membership.


“We are thrilled to have Cate join CUE as our first-ever Director of Member Engagement,”said Mike Lawrence, CUE’s CEO. “Many CUE members already know Cate from her role as an affiliate leader, lead learner, and conference speaker.”  


Tolnai has held a variety of positions in her career as an educator, including teacher, Coordinator of Instructional Technology, Consultant, and her current position as Academic Technology Specialist at the Santa Clara County Office of Education. Tolnai is excited to begin her new role at CUE.


“I’ve been a dedicated member of CUE for many years and feel honored to serve it’s membership with positivity and enthusiasm. I’m very excited to be joining the CUE team where I can continue my passion for lifelong learning and the celebration of the amazing professionals we serve,” said Tolnai.

July 20, 2017
SPECIAL Legislative Update: July 19, 2017

Legislative Update for CUE Members - July 19, 2017 | more leg updates

Prepared by John Cradler, CUE Legislative and Policy Consultant 

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AJR 7 Update: On July 18th Assembly Joint Resolution (AJR 7 supported by CUE) passed the Senate Energy, Utilities, and Communications Committee, 8 to 1. AJR7 now goes to the Senate Floor to be voted on by the full Senate and then back to the Assembly for concurrence on the amendment we support which is to restrict Lifeline funds for their intended purpose. After that it goes to the Governor for review and then is sent to Congress and the President asking that Lifeline, E-Rate, and net neutrality be preserved as currently established.

 

MullinAssembly Member Kevin Mullin, author of AJR7, ended his presentation by stating that, “This resolution sends the message that the State of California values the principles of net neutrality, Lifeline, and E-Rate and opposes any efforts to resend these principles or to block them”. The photo shows Kevin Mullin with John Cradler presenting AJR7 to the Committee. Additionally, CUE was represented at the hearing by 7 members who all had an opportunity to testify in support of the resolution. These persons included: Barbara Nemko, Kim Hamilton, Micah Studer, Roger Wagner, Pam Hernandez, Ruthmary Cradler, and was coordinated by John Cradler, shown in the photo below.

 

Jerry HillMeeting with Senator Jerry Hill: Senator Hill is expected to join with Assemblyman Mullin and take the lead role on moving AJR7 through the Senate Floor. Also, during the hearing it was decided to consider moving forward on another resolution to support moving the Internet toward becoming an “utility” whereby Internet service is treated like telephone service. This means that Internet is treated as an basic service for which all persons are entitled as is the case with telephone. We all met with Senator Hill in his office after the hearing to discuss next steps with AJR7 as well as a variety of other topics related to technology and education.

 


AB 375 Update:
 the Internet services providers – customer privacy bill was presented at the same hearing. All six of us testified in support of AB 375 as CUE has a strong support for preserving student privacy. This on one of the major planks of the CUE Advocacy Platform. Even though there was much opposition from the telecommunication industry, the bill passed this committee 9 – 1. However, there will probably be many amendments as AB 375 passes through Senate Appropriations, the Senate Floor, and then the Assembly Committees.

 

GroupState Superintendent of Public Instruction (SPI) Candidate: Barbara Nemko, scheduled a meeting for all of us who were in Sacramento to testify on AJR7, to meet with a candidate for SPI, Assembly-member Tony Thurman. We had a very productive meeting for about an hour. We were able to find out his priorities for which include STEM, technology, student mental health, and the need for funding to be better targeted to specific high priority items. We each had opportunities to ask questions and share information about CUE as well as our own issues related ranging from the needs of a small rural district to major State education policy issues. The photo shows our group with Assembly-member Thurman in the center.

 

 

July 17, 2017
July Advocacy Update

Legislative Update for CUE Members - July 2017 | more leg updates

Prepared by John Cradler, CUE Legislative and Policy Consultant

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Assembly Joint Resolution (AJR 7) to sustain net neutrality, Lifeline, and E-Rate


AJR 7 is a resolution asking the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the US Congress, and the President to support the already FCC-approved implementation of net neutrality, to continue broadband-enhanced Lifeline, and to sustain the established funding model for E-Rate. Assemblymember and Speaker Pro Tem Kevin Mullin is the author of AJR 7. AJR 7 is a crucial piece of legislation since President Trump, with the current Republican-dominated FCC, intends to cut and/or repeal these programs. CUE initiated and is working closely with Assemblymember Mullin and his staff to help move AJR 7 through the legislative process. The previous update and past articles in OnCUE provide history and more details on AJR 7 and can be accessed at cue.org.


AJR 7 passed the Assembly Floor with 55 ayes (all Democrats), 18 noes (all Republicans) , and seven abstentions. AJR 7 now is scheduled to be heard by the Senate Energy, Utilities and Communications Committee for a vote and then will be sent to the Senate Floor on July 18th at 9:00 am. At least four CUE representatives will be attending this Committee hearing and will testify as needed. We added an amendment to include a provision that funds collected from phone bills for Lifeline could only be used to support access to Lifeline. The author, Assembly Member and Speaker Pro Tem Mullin, feels confident that the resolution will pass the Senate. The resolution then will need to go back to the Assembly for concurrence.


Recent Amendment to AJR 7: Because it was found that several states were diverting their Lifeline program funding to other priorities, the following amendment was added to AJR 7:


WHEREAS, Federal Lifeline program moneys should be dedicated solely to the purposes established by Congress and the FCC, and diverting those moneys to pay for other programs through the imposition of state taxes, fees, or surcharges, directly or indirectly, on Federal Lifeline program benefits or connections should be prohibited;


I approved this amendment suggested by Assembly Member Mullin and think it strengthens the resolution. To view the latest version of AJR 7 with this and the prior amendments visit this site:


Additional Action by CUE to Push Back on Threat to Net Neutrality

by John Fleischman, CUE Advocacy Consultant


The net neutrality rules, approved by the FCC in 2015, were designed to preserve an open Internet and ensure that it could not be divided into pay-to-play fast lanes for web and media companies that can afford it and slow lanes for everyone else. FCC Chairman Ajit Pai’s proposal would undo those regulations that were put in place during the Obama administration. In essence, if approved, the new rules would eliminate the commission’s legal authority to prevent Internet providers from blocking or throttling web content or creating fast lanes. The 75- page proposal, ironically known as “Restoring Internet Freedom,” is now open for public comment through August 16, 2017. The FCC will collect comments from stakeholders and the general public before drafting a specific order and voting on whether to set it into law.


To facilitate collection of comments by CUE members, the CUE Legislative Advocacy Committee (with CUE staff support) created a Google form: http://www.cue.org/cuefcc. Before the August submission deadline, CUE staff will do a bulk upload to the FCC Electronic Comment Filing System. To date, nearly 100 CUE members have submitted their comments via the Google form. Some sample comments:


“I am a teacher and use the Internet daily to help access information with my students. Opening the door to additional fees being charged for this access will only further the gap between the education of the rich and poor.”


“The repeal of net neutrality will change instruction in the classroom and will cause an inequity in home access to my students. I use high-speed Internet access in my classroom everyday. My students are required to use it as well in their assignments. Access to high-speed Internet has changed what students are able to do - - they are no longer passive learners - - they are able to create and demonstrate their understanding in engaging, graphic ways.”


It would be fantastic if we can gather more than 500 comments from CUE members. Help get out the word and make our collective CUE voice heard by the FCC!


Other Recent Actions to Save Net Neutrality: CUE and the California Legislature are not alone in fighting for net neutrality. The ACLU, The Nation, and Fight for the Future as well as Amazon, Netflix, and Reddit—banded together on Wednesday, July 12, for an Internet-wide Day of Action to Save Net Neutrality.


“Websites, Internet users, and online communities will come together to sound the alarm about the FCC’s attack on net neutrality. We'll provide tools for everyone to make it super easy for your followers / visitors to take action. From the Stop Online Privacy Act (SOPA) blackout to the Internet Slowdown, we've shown time and time again that when the Internet comes together, we can stop censorship and corruption. Now, we have to do it again!”


Note: The CUE homepage provided a popup on July 12 for the “Net Neutrality blackout.”


Trump’s Rural Broadband Initiative Contradicts Current FCC Actions


President Trump said he plans to propose an expansion of broadband access to remote areas as part of an ambitious infrastructure bill.  "I will be including a provision in our infrastructure proposal — $1 trillion proposal, you'll be seeing it very shortly — to promote and foster, enhance broadband access for rural America," he said. "We will rebuild rural America.” Trump stated that limited broadband is keeping farmers from using the latest agricultural technology, like big data tools that track crop growth and soil conditions or online livestock auctions. The White House didn't offer any details as to how such an expansion might be implemented or how much of a budget he would allot for it. The FCC previously instituted Lifeline, E-Rate, and net neutrality in an attempt to address the issues to which Trump is now referring. However, the President has been instrumental in blocking Internet expansion in a variety of ways through his FCC appointments.


The FCC has been taking action that contradict these recent pronouncements by the President. In a reversal of his predecessor's policy in February, FCC Chairman Pai blocked nine companies from offering discounted service to low-income areas through the agency's Lifeline program, which was originally created to subsidize phone service in 1985. The next month, he delegated oversight of the program to state governments in a move that opponents say could hand more power to telecoms and cable companies to kill competition. He is threatening to make E-Rate into a block grant which would reduce the possibility of targeting rural and underserved schools and to repeal net neutrality which allows companies to charge different rates for services according to their potential for profit.


For more details on the Trump broadband initiative go to this site.


CA Budget Funds Expansion of K-12 Computer Science Instruction


Standards Development: The 2017-18 California budget includes funding to expand K-12 student access to computer science coursework and instruction. Computer Science includes computational thinking and problem solving. The State Board of Education is considering approving 21 individuals recommended for appointment by the Instructional Quality Commission to serve on the California Computer Science Standards Advisory Committee (CCSAC). This new committee will schedule meetings beginning this fall to develop a vision and definition for computer science which distinguishes it from computer literacy, educational technology, digital citizenship and information technology. The public will have an opportunity to weigh in on the proposed California computer science standards in the spring of 2018.


Implementation Process: A second, related initiative is the approval of AB 99 – the creation of a California Computer Science Strategic Implementation Advisory Panel to begin work on or before March 1, 2018. The panel will develop recommendations related to effective and equitable implementation of computer science in K-12. Panel membership will include positions appointed by the Governor, State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Senate Rules Committee, and the Assembly Speaker’s office. AB 99 stipulates that recommendations for a computer science strategic implementation plan be submitted to the Superintendent, State Board, and Legislature on or before January 15, 2019.


Possible CUE Involvement: It is suggested that CUE make an effort to be represented on both the CCSAC to provide input to the standards and the Implementation Advisory Panel to advise and support implementation of computer science curriculum and instruction. It is an obvious opportunity for CUE to establish professional development opportunities related to the future, State-adopted Computer Science Standards. Geoff Belleau, the CDE Educational Technology Consultant, will discuss the computer standards at the Fall CUE Conference.


For more details on the California Computer Science Instruction initiative go to this site.


The 2017-18 State Budget Allocates an Increase in Education Funding


The 2017-18 State Budget includes total funding of $92.5 billion ($54.1 billion General Fund and $38.4 billion other funds) for all K‐12 education programs. The budget allocates more money to K-12 schools and community colleges, which is expected to increase by $3.1 billion over the 2016-17 level to $74.5 billion. School districts’ share of the increase will include $1.4 million more for the Local Control Funding Formula, bringing its full implementation to 97 percent complete. The following are Budget items of possible interest to CUE members:


Local Control Funding Formula: An increase of almost $1.4 billion Proposition 98 General Fund to continue the State’s transition to the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF). This formula commits most new funding to districts serving English language learners, students from low‐income families, and youth in foster care. This increase will bring the formula to 97 percent of full implementation.


One‐Time Discretionary Grants: An increase of $877 million Proposition 98 General Fund to provide school districts, county offices of education, and charter schools with discretionary resources to support critical investments at the local level. These funds can be used for activities such as deferred maintenance, professional development, induction for beginning teachers, instructional materials, technology, and the implementation of new educational standards.  


Teacher training funding: Includes $25 million to expand a Classified Employee Teacher Credential Program that will provide grants to support recruiting of non-certificated school employees to participate in teacher preparation leading to becoming certificated public school teachers; $5 million to create a Bilingual Teacher Recruitment and Professional Development Program; and $11.3 million earmarked for a California Educator Development Program that will provide one-time competitive grants to assist schools and districts in recruiting and providing ongoing training for educators and school leaders in high-need subjects and schools through the redirection of federal ESSA Title II funds, which were originally earmarked for preparing, training, and recruiting high quality teachers and principals.


For more details go to this site.


State Legislative Update


Internet for All Now Act (Assemblyman Garcia - AB 1665): Proposed legislation being developed by the California Emerging Technology Fund (CETF), AB 1665, would focus on broadband adoption for the most disadvantaged residents to achieve 90% access by 2023. This bill clearly addresses the need for students to have home-access to broadband in typically underserved areas, thereby addressing the “homework gap.”


Following are some of the major purposes of this bill:


1. Requires the CPUC to identify priority unserved areas to achieve Legislature’s goal of

98% deployment in each region and set objectives for timely decisions.

2. Maintains funding priority for last-mile unserved households and allows for improvements

in underserved areas only if adjacent to unserved areas.

3. Ensures most disadvantaged residents living in publicly subsidized housing will be online

and able to participate in the Digital Economy to get out of poverty.


CUE supports AB 1665 which was introduced and presented to and has passed the Assembly

Communications and Conveyance Committee. CUE representatives, John Cradler and Micah

Studer, testified at the hearing at the State Capitol on April 17 to support AB 1665. The bill passed this Committee, the Assembly Appropriations Committee, as well as the Assembly Floor and now has moved on to the Senate.


The bill is scheduled to be heard on June 18th by the Senate Energy,  Utilities, and Communications Committee. At this time the position is Support unless amended. If the bill passes this Committee, it goes to Senate Appropriations and then to the Senate Floor. If it passes the Floor vote, then it goes to the Concurrence Committee to obtain agreement in both houses on any Senate amendments.


For additional details on the Internet for All Act, go to this site.


California Broadband Internet Privacy Act (AB 375):  Legislation that Trump signed in April repeals broadband privacy protections approved during the waning days of the Obama administration. Those rules would have required broadband service providers to get opt-in consent before using information collected about what kids and families do online for non-service purposes, such as selling and sharing the data, or using it to profile or market to kids and families. California has an opportunity to take matters into its own hands.


AB 375, by Assemblyman Ed Chau, D-Monterey Park, seeks to ensure that California protects kids’ online privacy while offering basic protections to all broadband Internet users. Indeed, to protect kids, we need to protect everyone, as their information is inherently mixed in with all other information on the internet. Bill status: This bill has passed the Assembly and will be heard in the Senate Business, Professions and Economic Development committee 7/17/17.  


State Bills CUE is watching: The following bills are generally related to the CUE Advocacy Platform. However, formal positions have not yet been taken by the CUE Board.


  • AB 37 (O’Donnell) - Recommendations for media arts standards - Status: In the Assembly waiting for a Floor vote
  • SB 135 (Glazer) - Implement model curriculum in media literacy - Status: Passed Assembly and now to be heard in Assembly Ed. Committee 7/12/17
  • SB 203 (Jackson) - Recommendations for instruction in digital citizenship and media literacy - Status: Waiting to be heard in Senate Appropriations (date not set)


How to Locate and Monitor Progress on California Bills: The California Legislative Information website makes it easy for anyone to track the progress of any bills or other State bills or resolutions. A "Daily Updates" reporting feature displays, by house, measures for which there was activity the previous day such as new analyses, hearings, placement on the Daily File, amendments, History actions, or votes. Measures prior to 1999 can be still be found at http://leginfo.ca.gov which will remain as an archive for legislative information.


To use this free legislative information service go to this site.

 

CDE Update

By Geoff Belleau, CDE Consultant  edtech@cde.ca.gov


There are a couple of big ideas. One is with respect to the Educational Technology Blueprint or Plan. The CDE is still focused on providing digital citizenship resources and promoting positive digital citizenship this fall with Digital Citizenship week in October. The CDE recognizes there are needs for PD for Administrators and teachers on the effective uses of technology.


Regarding ESSA, Title IV is only guaranteed for FY2017 at this point, so the CDE does not have long term plan. Details will be too late for this publication, but the SBE will be in discussion regarding the ESSA plan during the July board meeting and will be voting on it/submitting in September. Interested stakeholders are encouraged to read it here (Item 3 in the SBE Board meeting this week. Attachment 1 page 1).


http://www.cde.ca.gov/be/ag/ag/yr17/documents/jul17item03.doc


CUE Advocacy Strategy


CUE’s advocacy focus is on influencing implementation of existing programs so that the programs include collaboration with other education associations, proactively developing State legislation, disseminating policy advice on the development of new State and Federal Education initiatives, and the continual monitoring and position taking on current and emerging legislation and initiatives relevant to the CUE Advocacy Platform.


As opportunities arise, CUE will continue to be proactive in the development, co-development, and sponsorship of State and Federal legislation and resolutions. The CUE Legislative Advocacy Committee meets monthly to take positions on relevant bills and complete other related actions suggested by the CUE Legislative Consultants and the Committee members.


Anyone who is interested in supporting the CUE advocacy effort should contact Mary Kopp, Executive Assistant to the CUE CEO at mkopp@cue.org, or John Cradler at jcradler@cue.org.

 

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June 30, 2017
Broadband, Budget and Coding - July Advocacy Update

Legislative Update for CUE Members - June 2017 | more leg updates

Prepared by John Cradler, CUE Legislative and Policy Consultant

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Trump’s rural broadband initiative contradicts many of his statements curtailing the Internet and current actions being threatened by the FCC

 

President Donald Trump said he plans to propose an expansion of broadband access to remote areas as part of an ambitious infrastructure bill.  "I will be including a provision in our infrastructure proposal — $1 trillion proposal, you'll be seeing it very shortly — to promote and foster, enhance broadband access for rural America," he said. "We will rebuild rural America.” Trump said limited broadband is keeping farmers from using the latest agricultural technology, like big data tools, that track crop growth and soil conditions or online livestock auctions. The White House did not offer any details as to how such an expansion might be implemented or how much of a budget he would allot for it. The FCC previously instituted Lifeline, E-Rate, and net neutrality in an attempt to address what Trump is now referring to. However, Trump has been instrumental in blocking Internet expansion in a variety of ways through his FCC appointments.

The FCC has been taking action that contradicts these recent pronouncements by the President.  In a reversal of his predecessor's policy in February, FCC Chairman Pai blocked nine companies from offering discounted service to low-income areas through the agency's Lifeline program, which was originally created to subsidize phone service in 1985. The next month, he delegated oversight of the program to state governments in a move that opponents say could hand more power to telecoms and cable companies to kill competition. He is threatening to make E-Rate into a block grant which would reduce the possibility of targeting rural and underserved schools, and repealing net neutrality which allows companies to differentially charge for services according to their potential for profit.

For more details on the Trump broadband initiative go to this site.

 

California budget funds expansion of K-12 computer science instruction

 

Standards Development: The 2017-18 California budget includes funding to expand K-12 student access to computer science coursework and instruction. Computer Science includes computational thinking and problem solving. The State Board of Education is considering approving 21 individuals recommended for appointment by the Instructional Quality Commission to serve on the California Computer Science Standards Advisory Committee (CCSAC). This new committee will schedule meetings beginning this fall to develop a vision and definition for computer science, distinguishing it from computer literacy, educational technology, digital citizenship, and information technology. The public will have an opportunity to weigh in on the proposed state computer science standards two 60-day review periods in the spring of 2018.

 

Implementation Process: A second related initiative is the approval of AB 99 – the creation of a California Computer Science Strategic Implementation Advisory Panel to begin work on or before March 1, 2018. The panel will develop recommendations related to effective and equitable implementation of computer science in K-12. Panel membership will include positions appointed by the Governor, State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Senate Rules Committee, and the Assembly Speaker’s office. AB 99 stipulates that recommendations for a computer science strategic implementation plan be submitted to the Superintendent, State Board, and Legislature on or before January 15, 2019.

 

Geoff Belleau, the CDE Educational Technology Consultant, will discuss the computer standards at the Fall CUE Conference.

 

For more details on the California Computer Science Instruction initiative visit this site.