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Legislative Update: September 11, 2017

September 11, 2017

Legislative Update for CUE Members - September 11, 2017 | more leg updates

Prepared by John Cradler, CUE Legislative and Policy Consultant 


AJR 7 Update

Good News! Assembly Joint Resolution (AJR 7 attached) authored by Assemblymember and Speaker pro Tempore, Kevin Mullin, passed.  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 AJR 7}.

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 Legislative Advocacy Committee, writing support letters, getting support from other associations and education agencies, informing other state and federal legislators about AJR 7 to include California Senator Jerry Hill, and Congresswoman Jackie Spear, and testifying before the Assembly and Senate. The effort paid off as evidenced by Assemblymember Mullin commenting to me that if it had not been for the six people (all CUE members) who testified in support of AJR 7 at the Senate Utilities Committee, it might not have passed.

I am working with Mullin’s Press Secretary to prepare press releases and to determine appropriate publications to feature the resolution. The main audience for the resolution is the U.S. Senate, House of Representatives, President of the U.S., and the FCC. Mullin’s staff will be sending me official signed copies of the resolution for distribution. In addition the final, final enrolled version of AJR 7 can be found at: https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201720180AJR7


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. This bill 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 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.

The bill passed the Assembly Floor and moved on to the Senate and passed the Senate Energy, Utilities, and Communications Committee but with unacceptable amendments. 

At this time the CUE and CETF position is Support if amended.  Among other items, the bill was amended to limit the definition of need to un-served homes rather the under-served. This would limit support to a very small segment of the population. The bill is now in “suspense” at the Senate Appropriations Committee until the issues are resolved. We will continue to watch this bill and provide input to CTEF and others as needed regarding the amendment issues.  For additional details on AB 1665, go to: http://www.internetforallnow.org/ 


AB 375, (Chau)

The 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. AB 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 nine Ayes and one No vote. As mentioned in a prior update, seven 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. Further action is expected to happen on AB 375 by September 15th.

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 be go 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 California 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 at mkopp@cue.org or John Cradler, at cradler@earthlink.net.