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CUE Legislative Update – June 2018

State Senator Scott Wiener introduced SB 822

California Senate votes to establish net neutrality

Current Status of SB 822: On May 30th the California State Senate voted 22 to 12 to approve SB 822. State Senator Scott Wiener introduced SB 822 to establish California net neutrality rules and policies to take the place of the repealed Federal net neutrality rules. SB 822 states the intent of the Legislation is to: enact legislation to effectuate net neutrality in California utilizing the state’s regulatory powers and to prevent Internet service providers from engaging in practices inconsistent with net neutrality.

SB 822 next proceeds to the Assembly heard by the Assembly Communications and Conveyance Committee and then the Assembly Privacy and Consumer Protection Committee. CUE Legislative Consultant (John Cradler) testified along with representatives of several other entities, at the Senate Appropriations Committee in support of the bill.

CUE representatives John and Ruthmary Cradler and TURN Executive Director Mark Toney, with Senator Weiner at the press conference.

After being voted out of Suspense in the Senate Appropriations Committee, the bill proceeded to the Senate Floor. CUE representatives joined with other members of the neutrality coalition established by Senator Wiener to meet with Senate members and participate in a press conference in an effort to secure sufficient votes to get the bill passed by the Senate. Photos show Senator Weiner and Dodd conducting the press conference and CUE representatives John and Ruthmary Cradler and TURN Executive Director Mark Toney, with Senator Weiner at the press conference.

CUE will continue to work with the net neutrality consortia to support the bill as it proceeds through the State Assembly. CUE has submitted a support letters for SB822 in both the Senate and Assembly. Scott Weiner previously voted to support the CUE-initiated AJR7–net neutrality resolution. Assembly Member Kevin Mullin, the author of AJR7 is a co-author of SB822. It was reported that the CUE–sponsored, AJR7 was a major factor in encouraging Senator Weiner to introduce SB822.

For details go to: https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201720180SB822

Media Literacy Legislation passed the State Senate

SB 830, by Senator Dodd and Principal Co-Author Assembly Member Mullin would require the State Curriculum 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, for voluntary use by educators. The bill would require the Commission to submit the model digital literacy curriculum to the state board on or before January 1,2023, and would require the state board to adopt, reject, or modify the model curriculum on or before March 31,2023, in accordance with specified procedural requirements. SB 830 focuses on “digital citizenship” and “media literacy” which are broad terms that encompass consumption and use of media and digital products defined as follows:

  1. Digital citizenship means a diverse set of skills related to current technology and social media, including the norms of appropriate, responsible, and healthy behavior.
  2. Media literacy means the ability to access, analyze, evaluate, and use media and encompasses the foundational skills that lead to digital citizenship.

The Instructional Quality Commission shall develop, and the state board shall adopt, reject, or modify, a model curriculum in media literacy for kindergarten and grades 1 to 12, inclusive, for voluntary use by educators. The model curriculum in media literacy shall be designed for the purpose of providing instruction in the safe and responsible use of media and supporting pupils’ use of critical thinking skills when consuming media. The bill would require the State Department of Education to make available on its website a list of resources and instructional materials on media literacy, including media literacy professional development programs for teachers.

Status of SB 830: On March 14th, the bill passed the Senate Education Committee 4 to 2, and on May 30th it passed the Senate Floor, 12 to 11. Next it will be scheduled to be presented to the Assembly Education Committee. ISTE has suggested some amendments to incorporate the use of ISTE standards which we may consider. For details go to: https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billTextClient.xhtml?bill_id=201720180SB830

CUE Initiates a Resolution to Increase State Support for Educational Technology

As discussed in the last Update and at the last CUE Board Meeting, CUE initiated a resolution that would declare that the Legislature strongly support, specific guidelines, incentives, and funding, as needed, for the development and implementation of an educational technology plan. Such a plan would provide for K- 12 school districts, in concert with California Department of Education (CDE) County Offices of Education (COE), sufficient professional development and support needed for teachers to effectively utilize digital resources in support of State adopted Curriculum Frameworks. It also addresses the establishment and implementation of Computer Science, Digital Media, Internet Safety, and Digital Citizenship Standards, home technology access to the high-speed Internet, and other related resources and policies.

The resolution would provide an education technology agenda or platform, to be formally supported by the State Legislature, to help inform State education programs, policies, and potential legislation for the future.

Current status: The draft resolution (v.16) has been reviewed by CDE staff and Tom Torlakson, and is ready to be introduced by interested State legislators.

California Governor’s Proposed Budget

The May Revision includes total funding of $96.2 billion ($57.4 billion General Fund and $38.8 billion other funds) for all K-12 education programs. The revision increases Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) by $277 Million. This increase brings the Governor’s total proposed LCFF augmentation in 2018-19 to $3.2 billion. This augmentation is slightly more than needed to reach the LCFF target funding rates. Of the $3.2 billion, $3.1 billion is provided for reaching the target rates and $166 million is provided on top of the target rates (reflecting a 0.3 percent increase). The May Revision proposal effectively serves to provide a larger cost-of-living-adjustment (COLA) to the program (3 percent rather than the statutory COLA rate of 2.71 percent).

While the Governor proposed increased and full funding for LCFF it does not earmark funds specifically for education technology. While it is positive that he increased LCFF, educators will still need to convince their school and district leadership to allocate a portion of the LCFF funding for educational technology and related professional development and technical support. The CUE Educational Technology Resolution (discussed above) adresses the need to make State funding available, based on local needs, for accessing, implementing, and supporting education technology. http://www.ebudget.ca.gov/2018-19/pdf/Revised/BudgetSummary/K-12Education.pdf

CUE Advocacy Strategy

As opportunities arise, CUE continues to be proactive in the development, co-development, and sponsorship of state and Federal legislation and resolutions. The CUE Legislative Advocacy Committee (LAC) 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, CUE Senior Program Manager, mkopp@cue.org or John Cradler, cradler@earthlink.net

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