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March 14, 2017
CUE to Honor Education Heroes at 2017 National Conference

Palm Springs, California, Tuesday, March 14, 2017 – CUE will honor 13 outstanding Ed Tech professionals during its National Conference in Palm Springs, March 15-18, 2017. These individuals are being recognized for infusing curriculum with technology, for leading through innovation, and for continually finding creative ways to help students succeed. Detailed award descriptions and history can be found at: www.cue.org/awards.


Platinum Disks are CUE's highest award, awarded rarely and in recognition of career-long contributions.

scott-30.jpgScott Smith | Teacher, Golden West High School, Visalia School District

(historical photo)



Stacey Campo | Technology Integration Specialist for Career Technical, Adult and Alternative Education

Katie Warren | Teacher Specialist, Glendale Unified District Office

Adina Sullivan | Educational Technology Coordinator, San Marcos Unified School District

Joe Wood | Instructional Technology & Assessment Director, Natomas Charter School


Sophia Thomas | Mathematics Teacher, Leadership Public Schools, Richmond


Marielle Venturino | Teacher, Blended Learning Specialist, Mar Vista Academy


Kevin Honey | Principal, Sequoia Middle School


Kevin Silberberg | Superintendent, Panama-Buena Vista Union School District


Shauna Hawes | Teacher, Valley View Middle School


Jessica Rosenworcel | Former Member, U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC)


Barbara Nemko | Superintendent, Napa County Office of Education

John Ittelson | Professor Emeritus, California State University, Monterey Bay

Those winners marked with an ‘*’ above have been submitted for consideration to the International Society of Technology in Education (ISTE) for similar awards. ISTE will announce its winners at its annual conference in San Antonio, TX, June 25 - 28, 2017. ISTE will also honor both of CUE’s Making IT Happen recipients at the event.

CUE thanks these educational heroes and their nominators for inspiring us with their innovations, their creativity and their integration of technology into curriculum and the educational process.

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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 educators on the infusion of emerging technologies, we can help better prepare students for college and careers ahead. | www.cue.org

March 14, 2017
CUE Teams with CDW-G to Offer Professional Learning

Palm Springs, Calif., Wednesday, March 15, 2017 -- Select CUE Professional Learning offerings are now available through a new partnership with CDW-G, providing a synergistic approach for when educators or districts move to 1:1 instructional models. CDW-G is a leading provider of technology solutions to education, government and healthcare.


Now available from CDW-G are two distinct professional development offerings:

  • CUE Launch is a hands-on, gamified and modern approach to professional development (PD). CUE Launch is built to help prepare key educators to pass the Google Educator Level 1 Exam. Working in cohorts of 25, educators will have two days of training that focus on the very best ways to use Google’s Education Suite and on changing the way they teach. All CUE Launch events are led by Google for Education Certified Trainers who are also full-time educators. A Microsoft-specific version of CUE Launch is currently under development.


  • CUE Rock Star Black Label Camp is beneficial for training hundreds of educators in a single district for maximum impact. Participants may include teachers, librarians, administrators, and district staff or mixed groups. Customizable by grade level, core subject or mindset (PBL, STEAM, Makerspace), the Black Label allows for greater use of PD dollars by bringing the Rock Star camps to the school or district. CUE Rock Star Black Label events are focused on developing skills for teachers in a high-energy, hands-on environment that gives them tech-infused working models to implement immediately.


David Hutchins, CDW-G’s vice president of education, commented on the partnership. “We work with our K-12 customers to identify the best technology solutions to meet their needs, ensuring schools and districts have resources that will make a difference in the classroom. We are excited to announce our professional learning partnership with CUE. Together we will help educators get the professional development they need to best serve their students by finding unique and engaging ways to use technology in the classroom.”


For more information regarding CUE’s professional learning solutions, visit www.cue.org/cdwg.



March 10, 2017
CUE Stands with Students by Vigorously Opposing HR 610

Walnut Creek, CA - March 9, 2017 |  Also known as the “Choices in Education” Act, HR 610 reflects Secretary DeVos’s agenda, ignoring evidence as to what actually works in public education while promoting privatization of education. HR 610 limits federal education spending only to states who agree to comply with private school voucher programs. Studies have shown that voucher programs do not improve education opportunities for the vast majority of America’s students. 


This bill repeals the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) of 1965 and limits the authority of the Department of Education (ED) such that ED is authorized only to award block grants to qualified states. The bill establishes an education voucher program, through which each state shall distribute block grant funds among local educational agencies (LEAs) based on the number of eligible children within each LEA's geographical area. From these amounts, each LEA shall: (1) distribute a portion of funds to parents who elect to enroll their child in a private school or to home-school their child, and (2) do so in a manner that ensures that such payments will be used for appropriate educational expenses.


Repealing ESEA eliminates the following programs:

  • Title I—Financial Assistance to Local Educational Agencies For The Education Of Children Of Low-Income Families
  • Title II—School Library Resources, Textbooks, and other Instructional Materials including digital resources
  • Title III—Supplementary Educational Centers and Services
  • Title IV—Educational Research and Training
  • Title V—Grants To Strengthen State Departments Of Education
  • Title VI—Other General Provisions


How is this relevant to Educational Technology?

Applications of the Title I component of ESEA money have been diverse. Recent uses include wide-scale purchasing mobile Internet-enabled devices as electronic textbooks for students in 1:1 initiatives. Along with this, students from low-income families often do not have adequate Internet access from home. Title I funds are used to provide Internet access for students to receive remediation or other instructional content from home. The purpose of 24/7 internet access from home is to close the gap between higher income families where remediation resources are generally more available through parents and additional services and low-income students where such resources are scarce. Educational Technology advocates have long cited 24/7 Internet access as a boon to the education and advancement of at-risk children.


CUE is calling upon its members and those within the broader Educational Technology community to join us in opposition to this bill and stand in support of all students in the United States of America. 

Legislative Advocacy

March 3, 2017
The Best in Ed Tech & Innovation Featured at CUE 2017

- Collaboration, Best Practices Highlighted in Palm Springs at National Conference  - 


Walnut Creek, CA – March 6, 2017 – Innovation takes center stage as the CUE 2017 National Conference comes to the Palm Springs Convention Center from March 15 – 18, and over 7,000 teachers and administrators will be there to experience first-hand what they affectionately refer to as the professional learning event of the year.


“The CUE National Conference has become a cornerstone in the professional learning cycle of many of our attendees,” said Mike Lawrence, CEO of CUE. “We’re thrilled to continue the tradition this year by lining up inspiring keynotes, relevant content and exhibiting companies, and organizations that showcase the advances in education technology happening right now, with students and teachers across the nation."

This year’s lineup of dynamic Keynote Presenters includes: Taylor Mali, poet, former teacher and author of What Teachers Make; Dr. Jo Boaler, Mathematics Education professor at Stanford University and co-founder of youcubed; George Couros, educator in the area of innovative leadership, teaching, and learning and author of The Innovator’s Mindset; and Cathy Hunt, an advocate for the creative integration of technology in education probably best known for her work on iPadArtRoom. Keynote presentations will be live streamed at www.cue.org/live. The Welcome Keynote from Taylor Mali on Wednesday, March 15th at 6:00pm is free and open to the public.

Even among the 300+ educator-led sessions and special events happening within the Conference Program, there are crowd pleasers that have become instant classics, such as LeRoy’s Big Idea Contest. The contest returns this year for its second running.  Presenting before a panel of edu-rock stars at the CUE National Conference, each of the six finalists will present an even bigger version of their “Big Idea” that first nabbed them a spot in the finale.  By a combined vote of the edu-rock star panel and the audience, one educator will be named the next "LeRoy Finkel Fellow” and receive a $2,500 fellowship to help bring their big idea to and the event is free and open to the public.

In the spirit of learn by doing, learn by building, the CUE STEAMpunk Playground comes to the CUE National Conference and brings together top STEAM teachers who will lead on-going, hands-on sessions featuring tools like: robots and flying drones, Minecraft, 3d printing coding and programming, as well as giving away "quick start" lesson plans that work at grade levels from Kindergarten through college.

The CUE Student-Powered Showcase brings the spotlight to students and is one of the most anticipated events at the National Conference. The student technology-integrated curriculum projects – and the students that power them – present their projects live on Saturday morning and the event is free and open to the public. The full listing of the 2017 CUE National Conference schedule can be found in the CUE Online Program.



Beth Cherry

Press Relations



Mike Lawrence

                                                                                             CEO, CUE



March 2, 2017
CUE Rock Star Camps Offer a Hero’s Journey

Walnut Creek, Calif., Thursday, March 2, 2017 -- CUE invites all educators on an epic quest this summer. For the past eight years, CUE Rock Star Teacher Camps have changed the way thousands of teachers engage their students. Now, CUE is offering educators a chance to go on a journey -- a Hero’s Journey -- to learn a new way to motivate and inspire their students. The Hero’s Journey Rock Star Camps are being offered at the following times and locations: Hero's Journey

  • Chico, CA - June 14-15, 2017

  • Vista, CA - June 19-20, 2017

  • Oxnard, CA - July 11-12, 2017

  • Tahoe-Truckee, CA - July 24-25, 2017

  • Los Alamitos, CA - August 2-3, 2017

Changes to the CUE Rock Star Camps for 2017:

More Affordable! $199 includes 1 year CUE Membership

New STREAMLINED Purchase Order Acceptance Process
More info: www.cue.org/howtoregister

New Format! 3 x 90 min hands-on sessions daily

New Format! Sessions are based on the Hero's Journey

Register by May 1! Get a CUE Rock Star Tour T-shirt

All 2017 Rock Star Camps will be based on the Hero's Journey model of lesson design.

This design model is a collaboration of the constructivist-centric 5E's Lesson Design model and Joseph Campbell's Hero's Journey concept -- focusing on learning as an ADVENTURE. Deep in 4Cs and SAMR potential, the Hero's Journey model is at once simple and sophisticated as well as technical and visceral, which will inspire both educators and their students.

Teach Math? There’s a Camp for that. Teach History? There’s a Camp for that. Check out cue.org/ROCKSTAR for information on the many Rock Star Camps that are available.

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February 20, 2017
CUE 2017 Board Candidates Announced!

The CUE Board of Directors is pleased to announce the 2017 candidates. The six candidates below have each agreed to serve a three-year term to begin this July. Current CUE Members may vote for up to three between midnight on March 18 through 5:00 p.m. PST on April 20, 2017. Each Candidate will be interviewed live on air Thursday and Friday, March 2-3. Times are listed next to their name below. We'll also be conducting Board Candidate twitter chats in March and April - stay tuned to #cuechat

More information at cue.org/election.

The candidates for the 2017 election are as follows:


Jason Borgen

Jason Borgen

Director of Learning & Innovation
Portola Valley School District
Portola Valley, CA


Watch video March 2, 12-12:30pm PST



Myra Deister


Myra Deister

Affiliate Nominated (OCCUE)
Fullerton Joint Union High School District
Fullerton, CA


Watch video March 3, 3-3:30pm PST


Debb Oliver


Debb Oliver

Member Nominated
Reno, NV


Watch video March 2, 1-1:30pm PST


Bob Pletka


Bob Pletka

Learning Network Nominated (Administrator)
Fullerton School District
Carlsbad, CA


Watch video March 3, 11-11:30am PST


Adina Sullivan


Adina Sullivan

Affiliate Nominated (SDCUE)
Educational Technology Coordinator
San Marcos Unified School District
San Marcos, CA


Watch video March 3, 2-2:30pm PST


February 1, 2017
CUE Announces 2017 National Conference Spotlight Speakers: Including New Addition Karen Janowski, to be Featured Within CUE's Diverse Learners Symposium Event

CUE is excited to announce the Spotlight Speakers for its national conference to be held March 15-18, 2017 in Palm Springs. All conference speaker sessions, detailed descriptions and times as well as in-depth bios on presenters, will be listed in the Conference Online Program, available mid-January on the CUE website. Registration is currently open, and as the event has sold out for the last two years, do not delay.

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Dr. Darryl Adams, the world’s rock and roll superintendent, has spent almost 30 years as an educator and administrator with the goal of preparing students for college, career and citizenship. As former Superintendent for the Coachella Valley Unified School District, Dr. Adams led significant reform efforts, including “Measure X,” a 21st Century Mobile Learning initiative that placed an iPad in the hands of all 20,000 CVUSD students from preschool through high school. Dr. Adams has been named by the White House and the U.S. Department of Education as one of the Top 100 Superintendents in the Nation. President Obama praised Dr. Adams for his innovative work in ensuring that all students in his district have digital tools and broadband internet access. The President went on to laud Dr. Adams’ innovative and creative Wifi-on-Wheels program that provides Wifi to neighborhoods and trailer home parks with no connectivity through the use of Wifi routers on school buses that are then parked in these spaces.

Darryl’s Sessions:

  • Personalized Learning 4 All: Helping Them Find Their Passion in Life So They Never Have to Work A Day in Their Life!

  • Leave No Child Offline: Why Equity and Access to Digital Tools, Resources and the Internet are of importance to the Future of our Nation

  • What Does a 21st Century Administrator Look Like?


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Nicole is a ToSA and staff developer in Silicon Valley who has been teaching in K-12 for nearly 20 years. Passionate about creativity and technology integration, she has won many awards for her innovative teaching, photography, videos, and tutorials. Nicole has also been recognized as an Adobe Education Leader, an Apple Distinguished Educator, and a Google Certified Teacher.

Nicole’s Sessions:

  • ToSA Connection

  • An Innovative Approach to Homework

  • Digital Storytelling and Creativity on the Go


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Hall Davidson supports global partnerships, teacher networks, and learning initiatives with technology in education. A renowned speaker in educational technology, he presents to audiences around the world.  These high-energy, impactful keynotes have built an impressive following as he tweets, blogs, writes articles and conducts webinars for leaders, educational publications, national associations, and teachers worldwide.


Davidson was an early adopting champion of educational technology, having co-authored TechWorks and co-founded one of the first OER’s. Thirty years ago he helped launch a curriculum-based media festival in his district and subsequently assumed the director's mantle of the California Student Media Festival, the nation’s oldest student media festival, where he still serves as judge and emcee. A member of the National Council of Teachers for Mathematics, he currently serves on the board for the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), having previously served on the CUE board. After almost 30 years in STRS, he left to build the teacher community for Discovery Education. The DEN has now reached more than 2.6 million teachers worldwide through 70,000 teacher-led events. Click here for full bio

Hall’s Sessions:

  • Building a Media Festival: District, Building or Classroom. Whys and Wows

  • Leroy's Big Idea: Innovative Lesson Design Competition

  • Video Editing Workshop with Brad Montague and Hall Davidson (additional registration required)


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After graduating from USC with a Business and Marketing degree in 1989 and after a quick stint as a Trainer, Fisher joined Apple Computer in 1992. When the Internet took off in 1994, Fisher was one of the first Apple employees assigned to study Internet growth and implementation. Fisher Technologies, Inc. is now an international company specializing in presenting emerging and exciting technology solutions to educators all over the world. Click here for full bio

Leslie’s Sessions:

  • Tools You Can Use Tomorrow

  • The Web 2.0 You Might Not Know About


bmontague3.jpgKaren Janowski

Karen Janowski is an Assistive & Educational Technology Consultant, and Adjunct Professor at Simmons College in Boston, MA. She presents both locally and nationally about the importance of using ubiquitous technologies which remove the obstacles to learning for all students and is a passionate advocate of Universal Design for Learning. Janowski is an EdCampBoston and EdCampAccess organizer.


Karen will be featured within CUE's Diverse Learners Symposium (DLS) event.


Karen’s Sessions

  • Innovative Technologies for Learners with Reading Differences

  • Innovative Technologies for Learning with Writing Challenges

  • Disorganized and Unprepared: Technology Tools to Support Executive Functions


bmontague3.jpgBrad Montague

Brad Montague is an award-winning writer and director working to creatively communicate hope to children of all ages. He is creator of Kid President, which began its life online and has grown into a New York Times bestselling book, television series, and movement for good among families, children, and classrooms around the world. He is also the force behind both “Socktober” -- an annual social campaign designed to help connect communities to their local homeless shelters and GO! Camp -- a week-long experience for teenagers who want to change the world. He and his wife, Kristi, own and operate Montague Workshop, a creative space dedicated to developing projects that inspire and encourage.


Over the years, Brad has helped several non-profits tell their stories and better connect with people. With a special emphasis on finding ways kids and grown-ups can work together, creating real change in the world has been at the heart of every project. From campaigns and collaborations with organizations like Feeding America and the UN Foundation, to projects with youth ministries and local changemakers building a house for homeless families in Little Rock, AR --  it’s all a joyful rebellion.


Brad’s Sessions

  • Video Editing Workshop with Brad Montague and Hall Davidson (additional registration required)



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Tom Murray serves as the state and district digital learning director for the Alliance for Excellent Education located in Washington, DC. He has testified before the United States Congress and works alongside that body as well as the US Senate, the US Department of Education, state departments of education, corporations, and school districts throughout the country to implement digital learning while helping to lead Future Ready, Project 24, and Digital Learning Day. Click here for full bio

Tom’s Sessions

  • What Does an Innovator in a School or District Look Like?

  • Creating Tomorrow’s Schools, Today: 8 Keys to Unlocking the Schools Kids Need


Mark Ray


Mark Ray is Director of Innovation and Library Services for Vancouver (WA) Public Schools and Future Ready Librarians Lead at the Alliance for Excellent Education. Named 2012 Washington State Teacher of the Year and an NSBA "20 to Watch" in 2015, he has visioned, led and promoted 1:1 programs, professional development, digital learning and innovative library programs. Mark will be part of the Information Literacy Summit taking place on Friday, March 17.

Mark’s Sessions

  • So What’s Your Curation Strategy?

  • Compliance to Self-Reliance: Rebooting Digital Citizenship

  • Future Ready > “Digital” [Alt: Future Ready Is Greater Than "Digital"]


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Toni Robinson combines her experiences as an educator and a performing artist, inspiring audiences to make bold, balanced and meaningful changes in their professional practice. Toni was the co-host for Sunburst Visual Media’s critically acclaimed Excellence in Teaching series and worked as the host of the Professional Development Channel at Educational Management Group. Through her work as an educational consultant, she has created and conducted training programs in a wide-range of corporate, academic and nonprofit settings. Toni holds a BA in Spanish and an MA in Education from SUNY Albany and has completed extensive postgraduate work in Educational Technology at Arizona State University. In addition to her work in the United States, Toni has conducted workshops and training in Spain, South Africa, and Japan.

Toni’s Sessions:

  • Fostering Cycles of Access, Achievement and Advancement in the Digital Age

  • P3:  Unlocking Student Potential in the Classroom

  • Thinking and Learning in the Digital Era


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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

About the CUE National Conference

The CUE National Conference is the largest education technology conference in California and among the largest in the United States with more than 6,000 teachers and administrators attending annually. To register or for more information, visit www.cue.org/national  | #cue17


February 1, 2017
CUE Rock Star Camp NGSS Edition - Amped Up Professional Development

Ready for some outside-of-the-box Professional Development that is interactive, fun, and tailored to the Next Generation Science Standards?


Join our Rock Star Teacher community, February 11 - 12, in Orcutt, California.

Geared toward Grades 6 - 12.



Hear about the experience from a past attendee, learn about the presenters, check out the Schedule, and Register today.


January 19, 2017
CUE Leadership to Celebrate Education in the Digital Age

Mike Lawrence, CUE’s CEO, CUE Board President Ray Chavez, and CUE Legislative Policy Consultant John Cradler will be attending the Newseum Inauguration Celebration as well as The National Coalition for Technology in Education and Training (NCTET) Inaugural Ball on Friday, January 20 in Washington DC. The trio will represent CUE’s membership in meeting with key ed tech leaders, education policy experts and industry executives at both events. The theme of the latter event is “Celebrating Education in the Digital Age.”


The Newseum will host its Presidential Inauguration Celebration Experience from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The Newseum is an interactive museum of free expression located steps from the inaugural parade route on historic Pennsylvania Avenue. Also in attendance will be the ISTE Board of Directors and leaders from dozens of educational organizations.

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CUE is an Honor Roll Partner of the National Coalition for Technology in Education and Training’s (NCTET) Inaugural Ball. It is held every four years and takes place at the Folger Shakespeare Library. The event honors two past CUE featured speakers, FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel and CUE Super Symposium alum S. Dallas Dance. NCTET is the primary coalition of leading education and industry organizations promoting the role of technology in teaching and learning. CUE joined as a partner last July.


CUE’s presence at the event recognizes the crucial role the organization, and by extension,  California and Nevada, plays in educational technology policy and implementation on national level.


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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

January 18, 2017
State Education Budget Proposal for 2017-18
CUE Policy and Legislation Update

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

Prepared by John Cradler, CUE Legislative Policy Consultant


State Education Budget Proposal for 2017-18

On January 10th, the Governor released his proposed State Budget. This budget is submitted to the State Legislature for review and possible amendments. On May 15, a revised budget is released to the Legislature and again reviewed and amended as needed, with a final budget presented to the Governor in July 2017. The Governor then will sign a final budget which may or may not include all recommended amendments. Go to http://www.ebudget.ca.gov/FullBudgetSummary.pdf for State budget details. CUE will provide State Budget updates as changes emerge over the next few months.   


Cost-of-living overall increase: Citing recent revenue declines and uncertainty about the future, Gov. Jerry Brown has lowered funding for schools by $500 million in the current year and is proposing little more than a cost-of-living increase in the 2017-18 budget.


Proposition 55: Brown said that his administration would not issue any of the $7 billion bonds for K-12 school facilities that voters approved in November with Proposition 55 until the Legislature established better auditing procedures to document how the money will be spent. In November, voters approved extending the increase on income tax rates for the state’s top 2 percent of earners. Proposition 55, which was supported by CUE, will not fully take effect until 2018-19 and will not affect next year’s budget.


Proposition 98: Declining revenues lowered the minimum spending guarantee under the Proposition 98 funding formula by $1.8 billion over three years. The projected increase in 2017-18 would be only 2.1 percent above what the Legislature approved in June for K-12 schools and community colleges. The minimum spending guarantee under the Proposition 98 funding formula would drop by $500 million to $71.4 billion for this year and would rise next year to $73.5 billion. Districts would not have to cut their budgets this year.  However, they would receive the amount anticipated a month late at the start of next year, in July.


Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF): Brown has made it his priority to fund the transition to the LCFF that provides extra money for high-needs students, including low-income students and English learners. The state is still on target to reach full funding in 2020-21. That’s the point at which every district will receive at least the inflation-adjusted, pre-recession funding it received in 2007-08. Many districts with large percentages of high-needs students already are funded well above that level. But for next year, funding will remain where it is this year, at 96 percent of full funding. As has been discussed in prior updates and OnCUE articles, LCFF would be the major source of funding for educational technology which means that districts would need to incorporate technology applications and hardware into their Local Control Accountability Plans (LCAP).


Assembly/Senate Joint Resolution to sustain Net Neutrality

CUE representatives, John Cradler and John Fleischman, proposed a resolution to be potentially adopted by the California Legislature that would support establishing net neutrality as a State priority followed by legislation to maintain net neutrality as a California initiative. Assembly Member and Speaker Pro-Tem, Kevin Mullin offered to take this on and be a sponsor of such a resolution and work with us on its development. He felt this was very important since President Trump intends to repeal the FCC version of Net Neutrality and appoint new Commissioners. 

Early in December, Assembly Member Mullin decided to introduce the California net neutrality Resolution but to add language related to providing access to unserved or underserved homes. We will be working with Mullin’s staff in Sacramento on the language of the resolution and next steps during January and Februrary 2017. The resolution will need to be presented to, and voted on, by the California Assembly and Senate during the current legislative session.


FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel nominated for CUE Advocacy Award:

The CUE Advocacy was unanimous and the Board approved Rosenworcel, recently nominated by John Cradler, to receive the award. Recently she agreed to attend the CUE Conference in Palm Springs to receive her well-deserved award. Commissioner Rosenworcel’s accomplishments at the Federal level clearly support the CUE Platform item number 14, Support of Underserved Areas: “CUE fully supports the creation and maintenance of equitable access to technology and technology applications for all students, teachers, and administrators in California, including those in rural and other underserved areas. It is the position of CUE that access to technology and technology applications should be the same for all learners in our state, regardless of geographic location or economic status. Equity of quality and service must be maintained.” 


As mentioned in the last update, Commissioner Rosenworcel urged the FCC to free up more of our airwaves for unlicensed spectrum use making additional Wi-Fi connectivity possible in more places which would help bring more broadband to low-income households with school-aged children.  Rosenworcel has been a leading champion of updating national education technology policies in order to wire the country’s schools and libraries with broadband. She is responsible for popularizing the term “Homework gap” and has brought attention to the need of students to get online when they are outside of school. On March 31, the FCC voted 3-to-2 to expand the Lifeline program, which currently subsidizes telephone access for low-income Americans. Commissioner Rosenworcel was one of three of the five FCC Commissioners to vote “yes” on the expansion. She is also a major proponent of Net Neutrality. Unfortunately, the U.S. Senate did not approve her continuation as an FCC Commissioner. It is reported that this was due to political pressure from President-Elect Trump. Additionally, Trump has stated that he would reverse many of the FCC rulings to include net neutrality.


Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) Update

As described in the last Updates and in OnCUE, ESSA was signed into law by President Barack Obama on December 10, 2015, and goes into full effect in the 2017–18 school year. The ESSA reauthorizes the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), the nation’s federal education law, and replaces the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB).


As part of California’s transition to ESSA, California must submit an ESSA State Plan to the U.S. Department of Education (ED).  The California ESSA funding will be part of a single coherent local, state, and Federal accountability and continuous improvement system that is aligned with and supportive of California’s priorities. The State plan for the Local Control Funding Formula and related Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) and ESSA will be combined into a single plan. This plan will provide the details on how districts will develop plans for their use of the funding.


Possible Trump-related change in ESSA: The Federal education budget proposed by the Obama administration is still being reviewed by Congress. Changes to the way spending on schools must be reported under the Every Student Succeeds Act—along with a dramatic political fight in Washington about proper use of federal money in schools—are part of the picture as schools prepare for the new environment under ESSA come the 2017-18 school year. However due to language within ESSA, Trump’s new education secretary will have a restricted role. For details on how Trump could impact ESSA go to: http://understandingessa.org/what-will-trumps-administration-look-like-for-education/


With the election of Donald Trump to the presidency and Republicans' continued control of Congress for at least the next two years, the prospects for increased education funding are not clear at this time. Also, the priorities for the use of ESSA funding may change due to rumors that the new Secretary of Education along with the President, are suggesting that States allocate a portion of the ESSA funding to support charter and/or education vouchers. For additional details and updates about the ESSA go to the CDE Website at: www.cde.ca.gov/essa. You can receive updates by joining the ESSA listserv. To subscribe, send a blank message to join-essa@mlist.cde.ca.gov


Trump’s Education Agenda

As discussed in the last update, the future of education–especially at the National level is uncertain at this time as indicated by the following quotes by Mr. Trump. Trump states that,” if we don't eliminate the U.S. Department of Education completely, we certainly need to cut its power and reach. Education has to be run locally. Common Core, No Child Left Behind, and Race to the Top are all programs that take decisions away from parents and local school boards. These programs allow the progressives in the Department of Education to indoctrinate, not educate, our kids.”

Trump states that students should be able to attend a magnet school, a charter school, or a public or a private school. He says that American schools are no better than those in a developing country, and Common Core standards are a “disaster.” Mr. Trump said the $20 billion in Title I grants for poor students would come from existing federal spending. Rather than sending federal education dollars to schools, as the existing system does, Mr. Trump proposed giving block grants to states, which would have the option of letting the dollars follow students to whichever school they choose, including a charter, private or online school.


Trump's positions are clearly supported and stated in the education approach advocated by Betsy DeVos,  recommended by Trump to be the next Secretary of Education. In general she would like to privatize education through the use of vouchers and charter schools.  A recent EdSource article states: “Her single-minded focus on finding alternatives to public education – largely in the form of taxpayer-supported vouchers and other ways to underwrite tuition for private schools – is unmatched by any other previous occupant of the post.” https://edsource.org/2017/devos-sets-precedent-as-secretary-of-education-without-strong-commitment-to-public-schools/574836?utm_source=Jan.+6+digest+-+John&utm_campaign=Daily+email&utm_medium=email


ISTE and other National Education Groups to address the Trump education agenda

Education Associations will participate in Inugaration event in Washington DC, sponsored by the National Coalition for Technology Education and Training (NCTET). CUE representatives Ray Chavez, Mike Lawrence, and John Cradler will be in attendance as it provides an opportunity to meet with representatives and advocates for national associations, including ISTE, CoSN, NCTET, NEA, NSBA, CCSSO, and others. The objective is to discuss possible actions to take at the National, State, and local levels to sustain and possibly improve education and technology related programs, policies, and legislation over the next four years.


State Legislative Update:

Proposed legislation: Internet for all Now Act: Proposed legislation being developed by the California Emerging Technology Fund (CETF): The bill would focus on broadband adoption for the most disadvantaged residents to achieve 90% access by 2023. 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 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.
  4. Allocates $150M to Office of Emergency Services to connect county and state fair sites with command centers for emergency response.


CUE supports this bill which is now being introduced. CETF is organizing opportunities for persons supporting this bill to provide testimony and support letters. CUE has already signed on to support this legislation and intends to meet with legislators to support the bill.


Collaboration with Education Associations: As discussed in the last update and in a prior OnCUE article, CUE took a leadership role in the establishment of a State-level Educational Technology Alliance. The fourth meeting held on February 1, 2017 will address the following topics:


  1. Continue to review and agree on policy statements submitted by members
  2. Continue planning for an informational hearing at the State Capitol for legislators
  3. Discuss the Governor’s proposed State Education Budget
  4. Address potential changes suggested by the Trump agenda.
  5. Other items to be determined.


It is anticipated that the Alliance members will help to support the net-neutrality resolution and legislation discussed as well as other initiatives supported by CUE.


California Launches a New Accountability System

In addition to increasing funding and fundamentally restructuring the distribution of funds to school districts, the LCFF substantially changed the system of school accountability. The new system shifted from a state‐controlled system focused on compliance to a locally controlled system emphasizing local accountability and improved student outcomes. In the new system, each school district, county office of education, and charter school develops and adopts a Local Control and Accountability Plan and Annual Update. These plans identify local goals for all students in eight state priorities and describe planned actions, services and expenditures to achieve those goals.


The new school accountability system—using multiple measures of student success —provides a more complete picture of how schools are meeting the needs of California’s diverse student population than a single test score. The initial phase of the new accountability tool recently adopted by the State Board of Education includes a concise set of state and local performance measures that address the state priorities under the Local Control Funding Formula. The new accountability tool promotes equity by highlighting any disparities among student groups, furthering the state’s commitment to the highest need students and closing achievement gaps.


An important part of the new accountability system is a web‐based tool developed by the California State Board of Education that will help identify strengths and areas in need of improvement. County offices of education, the state Department of Education and the California Collaborative for Educational Excellence will provide technical assistance and intervention for school districts, county offices of education, and charter schools identified as needing additional support. County offices of education will continue to play a critical role within California’s emerging system of support for schools, often serving as the best line of assistance within this new structure. The State Board will further refine the accountability tool and develop a new state plan for use of federal funds in the coming months. The State Board will also continue to renew and develop the system of continuous improvement that provides assistance for struggling districts and schools.


Former State Superintendent of Public Instruction Delaine Eastin to run for California Governor: Delaine Eastin recently announced that she is a candidate for Governor. Delaine was a strong advocate for the infusion of technology into teaching and learning. When State Superintendent, she convened a committee that developed an Educational Technology Master Plan known as Connect, Compute, and Compete (1996) which informed legislation and educational technology policy at that time. She was a four-term member of the State Assembly, Chair of the Assembly Education Committee, and co-authored legislation that established the California Technology Assistance Projects (CTAP), Model Technology Schools, and School Based Educational Technology Grants. Delaine, has been a keynote speaker at CUE and is currently actively involved in supporting the School2Home project supported by the California Emerging Technology Fund (CETF).


CUE Advocacy Strategy: The focus on advocacy is to influence implementation of existing programs to include collaboration with other education associations, to be proactive in the development of State legislation, provide policy advice on the development of new State and Federal Education initiatives, and continue 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 sponsoring of state and Federal legislation and resolutions. The CUE Advocacy Committee meets monthly to take positions on relevant bills and other related actions suggested by the CUE Legislation Consultants and the Committee members.