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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.

 

June 28, 2017
Pernille Ripp to Keynote CUE 2017 Fall Conference

Walnut Creek, Calif., June 28, 2017 -- CUE is thrilled to announce that Pernille Ripp will be the Closing Keynote speaker at the CUE 2017 Fall Conference to be held October 27-28 at American Canyon High School in the Napa Valley.


Pernille Ripp

Pernille Ripp will deliver the Closing Session and Keynote on Saturday, October 28, from 3:30 - 4:30 pm. Pernille Ripp is an expert in literacy and technology integration and dedicates her research and practice to developing engaged and empowered students and communities.

She is a teacher, speaker, author, blogger, and passionate advocate for education. Ripp is a Skype Master Teacher; Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert; recipient of the 2015 WEMTA Making IT Happen Award; and the 2015 ISTE Award for Innovation in Global Collaboration.

In 2010, Pernille founded The Global Read Aloud, a global literacy initiative that began with a simple goal in mind: one book to connect the world. From its humble beginnings, the GRA has grown to connect more than two million students in 60 different countries.

 

She is the author of Passionate Learners, How to Engage and Empower Your Students (Routledge), now in its second edition, Empowered Schools, Empowered Students (Corwin), Reimagining Literacy Through Global Collaboration (Solution Tree), and the forthcoming Passionate Readers (Routledge) which focuses on creating learning spaces and communities where students thrive and where all stakeholders are empowered and passionate about learning. Her work has been featured in many print and online journals including Entersekt, Literacy Today, The New York Times, School Library Journal, The Guardian, and MiddleWeb.

Ripp’s current research interest is creating passionate literacy environments within the restriction of our current educational systems to help students fall in love with literacy again. She uses her own classroom as a laboratory as well as the many educators she works with across the country. You can follow Pernille Ripp’s work on Blogging Through The Fourth Dimension, her personal blog and a frequent Teach100 top-rated education blog. With her mentoring, her own students' blogs have had more than 600,000 unique views since they began.


Brad Montague will be delivering the Opening Keynote at the CUE 2017 Fall Conference on Friday, October 27. Montague is an award-winning writer and director and 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 around the world.


As this conference always sells out quickly, register soon at http://www.cue.org/fall.

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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


June 26, 2017
CUE Expands Professional Development Offerings

- Rock Star Camps Now Include Primary Education -

Walnut Creek, Calif., June 26, 2017 -- Today at ISTE 2017, CUE, an education nonprofit and ISTE, SETDA & iNACOL affiliate for California and Nevada, announced the expansion of its incredibly popular Rock Star Teacher Camps. A staple of CUE’s professional development offerings, the Rock Star camps are known for inspiring educators by leveraging the latest and greatest tools, apps, and practical approaches with an all-star cast of faculty members, many of whom are Leading Edge Certified, Apple Distinguished Educators, Google Certified Innovators, and Microsoft Innovative Educators.

 

The Rock Star Teacher Camps now include programs for the primary grades, administrators, teacher leadership, as well as camps specifically focused on areas of interest such as history and science. “We are taking the CUE Rock Star concept to the next level,” said Jon Corippo, CUE’s Chief Innovation Officer, adding, “Educators are clamoring for more specific professional learning, learning that focuses on their grade range, curricular focus or workgroups - and we’ve had spectacular response to the CUE Rock Star Specialty Camps.”

 

All CUE Rock Star Teacher events are designed to have low attendee to faculty ratios to maximize learning impact. Small groupings allow for everyone to get personal support and to learn directly from knowledgeable educators. The camps are uniquely scheduled to start late, to end early, and to offer extended downtime so that all attendees have ample opportunities to collaborate and network as part of a learning community.

 

A detailed list of camps can be found at www.cue.org/rockstar, including CUEs speciality camps. The summer and early fall offerings are as follows:

 

CUE Rock Star Camps

Rock Star Teacher CampsRefreshed for the 7th year with a new “Hero’s Journey” format, CUE Rock Star Summer Camps are the place teachers spend a couple days in the Summer to change the way they teach. Daily “episodes” are themed around the 5Es lesson-design model and are high-energy, hands-on and very social. Join the thousands of CUE Rock Star Teachers who’ve enjoyed these camps since 2010. Check out some of this Summer’s learning by viewing #cuerockstar on Twitter.

Oxnard, CA - July 11-12, 2017

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

Los Alamitos, CA - August 2-3, 2017

 

 

CUE Rock Star Admin: A Special Camp for Administrators

Rock Star AdminHaving trained almost 1000 admins in only two years, the CUE Rock Star Admin Hero's Journey is all about providing new, hands-on skills for administrators who desire to create a positive, disruptive process of change in their organizations. These are two full, hard-working, challenging and rewarding days. The faculty and curriculum will provide administrators (Assistant Principals, Principals, Curriculum Coordinators, Directors, Assistant Superintendents and Superintendents) with the skills they need to lead their districts in more agile and adaptable ways. We believe that constant change is here to stay, and the wise leader must not only accept but also embrace it. 

September 8-9, 2017

Del Mar Hilton, Del Mar, CA

 

CUE Rock Star: Primary Edition

Rock Star Primary Imagine all the fun, excitement, and high-quality professional development of a classic Rock Star Camp - but sharply focused on a TK-3 grade range, led by a faculty of highly skilled educators who are all TK-3 teachers or TOSAs. TK-3 education has its own lingo, pedagogy, and developmental awareness. The CUE Rock Star Primary Edition is built to be a Rock Star experience that is totally grade-range appropriate. Highlights include ELA skills, Math skills, and STEAM skills, with a theme of project-based learning, better student feedback, and an embedded use of technology.

October 7-8, 2017

Union Middle School  

San Jose, CA

 

 

Gearing up for celebrating its 40th year in 2018, CUE recently launched a membership promotion and will host its annual Fall CUE in October in Napa Valley and the National CUE Conference in March 2018 in Palm Springs. Registration for the National Conference will begin in August with presentation submissions beginning July 1. More information can be found at http://www.cue.org/conference.

 

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June 21, 2017
Brad Montague to Keynote CUE 2017 Fall Conference

Walnut Creek, Calif., June 21, 2017 -- CUE is excited to announce that Brad Montague will be the Opening Keynote speaker for the CUE 2017 Fall Conference to be held October 27-28 at American Canyon High School in Napa Valley.

 

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Brad Montague will deliver the Opening Session and Keynote on Friday, October 27, from 8:30 - 9:30 am. Montague is an award-winning writer and director working to creatively communicate hope to children of all ages. He is the 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 around the world. He is also the force behind such movements as “Socktober” - an annual social campaign designed to help connect communities to their local homeless shelters, #BecauseYouWere – a movement inviting people to celebrate the mentors who believed in them long before it made sense, and Montague Workshop, a creative studio dedicated to developing projects that inspire and encourage kids and former kids.

Currently, Montague is involved in “The Listening Tour,”  a project aimed at listening to and amplifying the voices of elementary school students across the world. The tour originally aimed to connect only schools in the United States, but the project quickly grew when more than 3,500 classrooms around the world asked to take part.  

 

Brad will be available to sign books from 11:30 am - 12:30 pm Friday, October 27th on the 1st floor at the CUE Gear Store (A103, Administration Building).

 

Pernille Ripp, the expert in literacy and technology integration and founder of The Global Read Aloud (GRA) will be the Closing Keynote speaker on Saturday, October 28 at the CUE 2017 Fall Conference. As this conference always sells out quickly, register soon at http://www.cue.org/fall.

 

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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

June 18, 2017
CUE Offers Membership Promotion to Celebrate 40 Years

Walnut Creek, California June 19, 2017 – CUE is offering free memberships to celebrate the organization’s 40-year anniversary in 2018. The promotion reduces the $40 annual dues by $40 during this promotion, which draws to a close at the 2018 CUE National Conference, set for March 14-17 in Palm Springs, California. We consider it CUE’s way of thanking its educators for forty years of inspiring innovative learners.

 

Interested educators can access the CUE website and sign up for a one-year membership. Current CUE members can renew, taking advantage of the free year by extending their memberships for an additional year at no cost. Those registering for any CUE event between now and March 17, 2018 will earn their free memberships automatically. Only one free year will be granted per member. More information is available on the CUE website or by accessing cue.org/join.

 

The free membership promotion marks an early start for CUE’s 40th anniversary celebration, which will continue up to the CUE 2018 National Conference, the largest and oldest education technology conference in California and among the largest in the United States. Other events planned in this anniversary year include the CUE 2018 Fall Conference and more than 100 professional learning opportunities. The CUE website will have details on upcoming professional development events, RockStar Teacher Camps, and other anniversary-related activities. Access www.cue.org for more details.

 

June 6, 2017
CUE Announces 2017-2018 Board Officers

Walnut Creek, Calif., June 6, 2017 – CUE is proud to announce its 2017-2018 Board officers. These officers were elected at the June 1, 2017 board meeting, hosted by Loyola Marymount University. Officers for the 2017-2018 year are as follows:

Andrew Schwab, President 

Jason Borgen, Vice President/Treasurer

Diane Main, Secretary 

Tim Green, Assistant Treasurer 

 

The rest of the nine-member board includes Myra Deister, Kim Harrison, Suzanne Mitchell, Adina Sullivan, and Roger Wagner. The new board year begins July 1, and the annual retreat will be July 27-28, hosted by the Southwest Career and Technical Academy. CUE thanks outgoing board members Dr. Ray Chavez and Lainie Rowell for their six years of board service. Both served as officers, with Dr. Chavez serving as Board President for 2015-2017. “I wish Andrew and the rest of the board great success in leading CUE into the future,” said Chavez. “I was honored to serve.”

 

Board members are volunteers elected by the membership to serve up to two three-year terms governing the organization. CUE is a dynamic organization committed to being recognized as a leader in educational innovation, dedicated to inspiring innovative learners through professional development, pedagogy and advocacy. CUE's commitment, creativity, and strategic partnerships are consistently demonstrated through outstanding conferences, programs, and services. As such, the leaders of the organization are expected to be knowledgeable about current issues in educational technology, curriculum, and professional development, as well as to be forward-thinking team members.

 

For more information about nominating a CUE member to the CUE board of directors, visit: www.cue.org/nominations. Nominations will open in the Fall and are due Dec. 14.

 

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May 30, 2017
CUE Policy and Legislative Update, May 2017

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

Prepared by John Cradler, CUE Legislative and Policy Consultant

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State Education Budget Proposal for 2017-18

 

Seal_of_the_39th_Governor_of_California.pngOn May 12, Governor Brown released his proposed revision of the State Budget known as the May Revision. The 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. CUE will provide State Budget updates as changes emerge over the next few months. Go to http://www.ebudget.ca.gov/FullBudgetSummary.pdf for State budget details.

 

Increased Funding for Schools: The May Revision includes $1.4 billion in 2017-18 to continue implementation of the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) until it’s 97 percent complete. The formula focuses most of the new funding on districts with low-income students, English learners, and students in foster care. The increased funding also eliminates the deferral of funding that was included in the January Budget. For K-12 schools, funding levels will increase by about $4,058 per student in 2017-18 over 2011-12 levels.. The state is still on target to reach full funding in 2020-21. That is 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. LCFF will continue to 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, AJR 7, to sustain Net Neutrality, LifeLine, and E-Rate

 

seal.gifCUE Legislative and Policy Consultant, John Cradler proposed a resolution to be potentially adopted by the California Legislature that would ask the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the US Congress, and the President, to support the already FCC-approved implementation of net neutrality, continue broadband-enhanced Lifeline, and sustain the established funding model for E-Rate. Assembly Member and Speaker Pro-Tem, Kevin Mullin is the author of the resolution, now known as Assembly Joint Resolution 7. Mullin’s staff is working closely with us on its development and processing through the State Assembly and Senate. Mullin believes that AJR 7 is very important since President Trump, with the current Republican-dominated FCC, intends to cut and/or repeal these programs.

 

During%20Hearing-L.jpgWe have been working with Mullin’s staff in Sacramento to refine and amend AJR 7 during January and February 2017. AJR 7 was presented to the Assembly Communications and Conveyance Committee on May 10 and passed with a vote of 7 to 1.  Assembly Member Mullin presented the bill with testimony for the May 10th hearing provided by John Cradler and Roger Wagner. Letters of support for AJR 7 were provided by CUE, CoSN, ISTE, SETDA, CETPA, ACSA, San Mateo COE, Napa COE, and others. So far, no opposition letters have been received by Mullin’s office.  AJR 7 passed the Assembly Floor with 55 eyes (all Democrats), 18 noes (all Republicans), and 7 abstentions. AJR 7 next goes to the to the Senate Energy, Utilities and Communications Committee for a vote and then to the Senate Floor. It is still necessary to continue to actively support the resolution with letters and testimony in Sacramento at the strategically appropriate time. We will inform CUE representatives and other interested persons if and when specific types of support are needed. At this point we are planning to invite CUE’s Legislative Advocacy Committee and CUE Board Members to testify when AJR 7 is presented to the Senate Committee.

 

AJR 7 supports the CUE Advocacy Platform position which states that: “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.

 

Recent FCC Actions Related to Net Neutrality

 

th.jpegFrom net neutrality to online privacy to universal-service programs, the administration of President Donald Trump has taken direct aim at a number of the signature policy changes enacted by the Federal Communications Commission under the leadership of former chairman Tom Wheeler. This is the reason that CUE initiated Assembly Joint Resolution (AJR 7), authored by State Assemblymember, Kevin Mullin, asking the Congress, President, and FCC to sustain the policy changes enacted by the FCC.

 

Net neutrality: The FCC has officially begun to undo net neutrality rules. In a 2-1 vote along party lines on Thursday, May 18, the FCC's Republicans voted to propose a new review of the rules, with the goal of loosening the regulations on the industry. As dozens of protesters outside urged the agency to stop the proceeding and keep the strict oversight, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai argued that the current rules represented a "bureaucratic straitjacket" on the industry. "The Internet was not broken in 2015," Pai said. "The utility-style regulations known as Title II were and are like the proverbial sledgehammer being wielded against the flea. Except that here, there was no flea."

 

For the next 90 days, 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. During the 2015 effort to write the net neutrality rules, more than 4 million comments poured into the agency, most of them in support of strict regulation. Pai and his Republican colleague, Commissioner Mike O'Rielly, said the new review of net neutrality will include a cost-benefit analysis, which they say wasn't done in 2015.

 

Lifeline: On February 3, FCC Chairman Pai reversed an earlier FCC decision to approve nine companies as eligible broadband providers under the federal Lifeline program, which provides low-income consumers with a monthly subsidy of $9.25 to help offset the cost of phone or internet service.  Since 1985, the Lifeline program has helped low-income persons pay for phone service; first landlines, then cellphones, and as of 2016 added the option of Internet connectivity.

 

According to the Benton Foundation, FCC Chairman Pai’s actions will make the market for Lifeline broadband services less competitive, limiting choice and keeping prices high. As a result, fewer low income Americans will be able to afford broadband. Pai and fellow Commissioner Michael O'Rielly, fundamentally disagree with the structure and goals of the Lifeline program and will seek to undermine it in word and deed. CUE representatives, Mike Lawrence, John Cradler, and Micah Studer, along with about 30 other E-Rate and Lifeline supporters from across the U.S., met with Commissioner O’Rielly, at the FCC in an effort to convince them of the critical need for these programs.

 

E-Rate:  The current FCC Commissioners previously voted against the expansion and modernization of the E-rate program. You may recall that the previous Commissioner who led E-Rate modernization, Jessica Rosenworcel, CUE Advocacy Award Recipient, was not approved by the Republican Senate to remain on the Commission. With the FCC under new Republican leadership, rumors have circulated about potential changes to the program, which could include lowering the cap and establishing a per pupil distribution formula for the entire program. Bandwidth is not sold on a per pupil basis and limiting E-rate support by a formula linked to per pupil allocations could very well lead to small rural and large urban schools and libraries receiving support that is inadequate to purchase higher bandwidth levels.

 

The FCC recently rescinded its own report documenting the success of the E-rate program, a multi-billion dollar, FCC-led initiative that has helped tens of thousands of schools and libraries obtain high-speed internet access. The report will have "no legal or other effect or meaning going forward," according to the commission's order.

 

 

Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) Update

 

As described in the last Updates and in OnCUE Journal, the Federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) was signed into law by President Barack Obama on December 10, 2015, and goes into full effect in the 2017–18 school year. ESSA reauthorizes the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), the nation’s federal education law, and replaces 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 (LCFF) 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. Due to potential Federal changes in ESSA funding, the California adaptation of the ESSA plan may need to be changed. We will provide continuous updates on ESSA as it emerges.

 

Possible Trump-related change in ESSA: The Federal education budget originally proposed by the Obama administration is still being reviewed by Congress. Changes to the way spending on schools must be reported 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/

 

Recent Update on Trump cuts

 

President Trump's full education budget proposal for fiscal 2018 would make notable cuts to the U.S. Department of Education, and leverage existing programs for disadvantaged students and K-12 innovation to promote school choice. Trump's full education funding blueprint would cut $9.2 billion, or 13.6 percent, from the Education Department's current $68 billion budget, said the report, based on still-unreleased budget documents. Also, the spending plan calls for the creation of a new, $1 billion federal grant program under Title I to allow students to take federal, state, and local dollars to their public school of choice. That money would be added to the $15.9 billion Title I receives this budget year, fiscal 2017— that current funding is not "portable" to public schools of choice and goes out by formula.

 

Both the cuts and the new grant for Title I, along with other aspects of the full budget proposal expected to be released very soon, are consistent with Trump's preliminary budget released in mid-March. According to the American Association of School Administrators (AASA), this is the first direct threat on ESSA opportunity and ESSA success, "President Trump is completely undermining federal funding to support key elements of the law that Congress passed less than two years ago."

 

California would lose $400 million in federal K-12 education funding under Trump budget: Programs run by the U.S. Department of Education, which distributes funding for numerous programs to all states, would be cut by $9 billion under the Trump administration’s proposed federal budget for the fiscal year beginning in October. California’s K-12 federal allocation would shrink from the 2016-17 level of  approximately $4 billion to $3.64 billion in 2017-18.

 

Educational Technology Not Included in the Trump Budget Proposal: The budget did not mention many details about the Office of Education Technology, or how the staggering cuts could affect ed-tech initiatives like the department’s #GoOpen campaign or its commitment to connect 99 percent of American students to broadband by 2018. The department also did not respond to questions around how the budget could affect the Office of Education Technology and its programs.

 

What is clear, however, is that the proposal does not include funding for Title IV-A, which covers a flexible block grant program called Student Support and Academic Enrichment Grants. The grants are intended to fund programs around STEM education, college and career counseling, and supporting effective use of technology around blended learning and edtech devices. Title IV-A received $1.65 billion in fiscal year 2017.

 

“No money for Title IV, Part A would mean no dedicated investment for supporting teachers using technology to personalize learning, teach computer science or support high-quality online learning options,” Richard Culatta, CEO of the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), said in a prepared statement.

 

Trump’s Education Agenda

 

th-1.jpegAs 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 President Trump who 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, charter school, or a public or private school. He says that American schools are no better than those in a developing country, and Common Core standards are a “disaster.” President Trump also 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, Trump proposed block grants to states, with the option of letting the dollars follow students to whichever school they choose, including a charter, private or online school.

 

Trumps positions are clearly supported and stated in the education approach advocated by, Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos. 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”

 

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National Educational Policy Summit focus on Federal threats to educational technology

 

Five CUE representatives along with representatives from most other states participated in the 2017 Education Technology Advocacy and Policy Summit organized by CoSN, ISTE, and SETDA in Washington DC. The SETDA representative reported that the individual and collective efforts undoubtedly made a huge impact on Congress and senior staff and leaders at the U.S. Department of Education and the FCC. Together, Summit participants reached nearly 150 members of the House and Senate, including briefing nearly all of the decision-makers responsible for overseeing E-rate and other major education technology initiatives. It is estimated that this work will pay long-term dividends for states and school districts and will lay a strong foundation for day-to-day advocacy. CUE participants included Mike Lawrence, John Cradler, Micah Studer, Pam Hernandez, and CEDPA representative, Peter Skibitzki. Read a post about the summit on the CUE Blog.

 

After receiving a comprehensive overview of the education and telecommunications issues, the California group visited congressional staff representing at least eight members of the Senate and Congress and in some cases met with the member. We made the case for preserving the portion of ESSA funding known as Title II that funds professional development and technology, E-Rate, and Lifeline. Also, we shared the California resolution AJR 7 which sends a formal message from the California Legislature to the U.S. Congress to sustain Lifeline and E-Rate. We found most members very interested in knowing about AJR 7 and look forward to receiving the formal version from the California Legislature. We all felt that the trip was well worth the cost and effort and clearly convinced us that both State and Federal advocacy is an increasingly critical function of CUE as well as for all other State and National education associations.

 

State Legislative Update

 

Proposed legislation: Internet for all Now Act (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, 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 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.

 

CUE supports AB 1665 which has been introduced and presented to, and passed the Assembly Communications and Conveyance Committee. CUE representatives, John Cradler and Micah Studer, representing CUE, testified at the hearing at the State Capitol on April 17th, in support of AB 1665. AB 1665 passed this Committee without opposition and will soon be scheduled for the Assembly Appropriations Committee and if it passes will go to the Assembly Floor and then on to the Senate.

 

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 helping to get involved in supporting the CUE advocacy effort should contact Mary Kopp, Executive Assistant to the CUE CEO at mkopp@cue.org.

May 22, 2017
CUE CEO to Serve as Panelist at U.S. News STEM Solutions Event

Conference taps leadership from across sectors to advance STEM skills, job readiness


Walnut Creek, Calif., May 23, 2017 -- Mike Lawrence, CUE’s CEO, will join other educational leaders from across the country on a panel at the U.S. News STEM Solutions National Leadership Conference. The National Leadership event will be held in San Diego, California May 24-26, 2017 at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina. The educational panel will take place on Thursday, May 25 from 4:30 to 5:30 pm.


Titled Technology in the Classroom: Personalized Learning Tools, the panel’s participants will discuss how STEM subjects can be effectively taught by using alternate teaching methods for maximum student engagement. The panel will discuss such innovative methods as “flipping” classrooms, using blended and project-based learning, as well as personalizing instruction that uses technology to close learning gaps and foster strong teacher/student relationships. The panel will be moderated by Vince Bertram, Ed.D., President and CEO, Project Lead the Way.


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Lawrence was tapped to join the panel because of CUE’s expertise in providing professional development opportunities to educators in North America and elsewhere in these core areas. In addition to the instructional methods above, CUE also offers educators professional development opportunities in emerging technologies, STEAMpunk, Student-powered showcases, and many others. CUE, which hosts an annual National Conference, is an advocate for Net Neutrality and Internet Access for all. CUE is also an Official Coalition Partner of Future Ready Schools.

May 9, 2017
CUE 2017 Fall Conference Registration Has Begun - Register Today!
Fall CUE

Walnut Creek, Calif., May 9, 2017 -- Professional learning and best practices are coming to Northern California as registration opens today for the CUE 2017 Fall Conference. A sell-out event, the two-day conference will take place October 27-28 at American Canyon High School in Napa Valley. Badge pickup and some pre-conference CUE Tip sessions begin Thursday night, October 26. The deadline for special pre-registration pricing is September 29, 2017.

 

The full CUE 2017 Fall Conference registration includes the Opening Session Keynote, Closing Session Keynote, more than 300 speaker presentations, CUE Tips, Student-Powered Showcase, STEAMpunk Playground, lunch, coffee each morning, and partner kiosks with the latest in educational technology. Saturday-only Conference Registration includes the Closing Session Keynote, more than 125 speaker presentations, Student-Powered Showcase, lunch, and coffee in the morning.

 

CUE is debuting new payment options for the conference. Payment forms accepted will now include credit cards, purchase orders, and eCheck. Detailed written instructions (and soon, a video!) are available on the registration page.

 

Housing for the conference is also open. To reserve under the CUE room block, please visit the CUE Travel and Accommodations website and follow specific instructions for each hotel. Space is limited in all the hotels, so make reservations early. Rooms are available until sold out or through September 26, 2017. More information is available at: www.cue.org/fall/travel.

 

This year’s CUE 2017 Fall Conference will feature keynotes from Brad Montague, creator of Kid President, and Pernille Ripp, teacher, blogger and author. As one of CUE’s most popular events, the conference always sells out quickly. Register today to guarantee a spot!

 

CUE is offering partnership opportunities for vendors that have products or services directly related to educational technology. Each partnership can offer a variety of benefits that will give companies good exposure. For more information, please visit the Partner page at www.cue.org/fall/partners.

 

 

May 3, 2017
CUE LEADS EFFORT FOR NET NEUTRALITY

CUE LEADS EFFORT FOR NET NEUTRALITY AND INTERNET ACCESS

IN CALIFORNIA SCHOOLS AND HOMES

-- Initiates Assembly Joint Resolution 7 (AJR-7) --

 

Leg. AdvocacyWalnut Creek, Calif., May 4, 2017 – In order to maintain free and accessible Internet for all, CUE, an educational non-profit is leading efforts in California by initiating Assembly Joint Resolution 7 (AJR-7) authored by Assembly Member and Speaker Pro-Tem, Kevin Mullin. AJR-7 urges the President of the United States and Congress to continue to protect net neutrality, open Internet access, the Lifeline program which offers discounted Internet access to low-income customers, and the E-Rate program providing discounted telecommunication and Internet access to schools and libraries.

 

“We cannot expect students to be successful if we take away or limit their ability to access the Internet,” said Mike Lawrence, CUE’s CEO. “Reliable broadband is absolutely essential for both our students and our teachers to be successful. Dependable access allows educators to significantly expand teaching and learning opportunities.” Read the full text of AJR-7 here.


CUE’s Legislative Policy Consultant, John Cradler, described the decision to initiate and support AJR-7 as being “first and foremost about educating students more effectively by greatly expanding access to critical information and communications opportunities.” Cradler further explained that AJR-7 establishes the provision and maintenance of equitable access to technology, broadband Internet access services, digital content, and management tools. In turn, these tools and access to them make it possible for all students, teachers, and school administrators in California, including those in rural and other underserved areas, to provide equal educational resources to all students at all education levels.


According to Cradler, AJR-7 has been introduced in the State Assembly with broad support ranging from school districts, county offices of education, National education associations, and has other members of both the State Assembly and Senate agreeing to be co-authors. A hearing on the resolution is scheduled for the afternoon of May 10 in the California State Capitol building, room TBD.

 

In addition, support letters have been received by San Mateo and Napa County Offices of Education, the International Society of Technology in Education (ISTE), the State Educational Technology Directors Association, the Consortium for School Networking, and the Association for California School Administrators.

 

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About CUE

CUE is an educational non-profit organization representing over 10,000 teachers and school administrators established in 1978. Educational technology professional development is at the core of CUE's work. We are passionate believers in advancing student achievement through technology. By providing professional development in the effective use of technology to educators on the infusion of emerging technologies, we can help better prepare students for college and careers. CUE recognizes that California schools serve students of increasingly diverse needs and backgrounds who must be ready to succeed in a rapidly advancing technological society. CUE believes that technology is a critical instructional resource required for all K20 teachers, administrators, and students. www.cue.org

 

About CUE Advocacy

CUE works with many like-minded groups in advocating and coordinating policies and practices to advance student achievement. The CUE Advocacy Platform was developed by the CUE Legislative Advocacy Committee with input from CUE membership and is periodically updated to provide guidance for the development and modification of current and emerging state and federal educational policies and programs affecting California educators. Go to www.cue.org to view the Advocacy Platform and periodic Legislative Updates.

 

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