Governor’s May Budget Revisions Includes Additional Funding for Public Education
OAKLAND, CA (May 14, 2015) The California STEM Learning Network issued the following statement today in response to Governor Brown’s May Budget Revision Proposal:
We would like to thank Governor Jerry Brown for continued strong support for education in his 2015-16 revised budget proposal released today. In particular, we applaud him for prioritizing additional funding for those students and activities that have the most urgent needs and require the greatest levels of investment including career technical education and the implementation of new academic content standards for math, English language arts, science and English learners.
California’s public schools are currently in the midst of a monumental task – implementing a new and vastly different set of academic standards. Common Core Math and English Language Arts were adopted in the fall of 2010 with full implementation underway in every district this year; similarly the state adopted new science standards in 2013 with 2015-16 marking the first year that many schools will begin to focus on implementing these new standards. Last updated in the 1990s, these world-class standards will require increased support for schools and teachers in order for them to be ready to successfully teach these new standards and implement new curriculum and tests that are being developed.
That said, we are disappointed that the Governor’s proposal would continue to make schools choose between using critical resources to support this massive and important work or receiving payment for previously unreimbursed mandates. We understand that pay-down of state debt is important for our future fiscal stability but both can be accomplished without forcing schools to make such a difficult choice.
To view the Governor’s full-proposed budget, go to http://www.ebudget.ca.gov/FullBudgetSummary.pdf
CSLNet is pleased that Governor Jerry Brown is making STEM education a top priority in his proposed 2015-16 budget. Under the new plan, K-14 education spending will see a $7.8 billion dollar increase, which represents an increase of about 12% compared to last year. The Governor’s budget also includes $1.1 billion dollars to support a top priority of CSLNet — the implementation of Next Generation Science Standards and Common Core Math and English Language Arts Standards, as well as the new English Language Development Standards. Read more here.
Have you seen the exciting roster of Hour of Code ambassadors who will welcome classrooms to their first Hour of Code during Computer Science Education Week (Dec 8 – 14)? 96 lucky classrooms across the United States will be selected to participate in 15-minute video Q&As with tech titans like Sheryl Sandberg, Bill Gates and Tumblr founder David Karp and tech-loving celebrities Usher, Karlie Kloss and Ashton Kutcher. Anybody can participate in the Hour of Code — no experience needed, no computers either. Ages 4 to 104. If you want your classroom to win a chat with one of these Hour of Code ambassadors, sign up to host an Hour of Code. See details for qualifying info.
CSLNet is pleased to announce that Gov. Jerry Brown signed computer science bill AB 1764 into law September 30th. This bill will allow school districts to award students high school credit for one math course if they successfully complete one UC/CSU approved computer science course. This will only be offered in districts that require more than two math courses for graduation.
“I applaud the Governor’s decision to sign this important legislation. California is losing ground in producing the next generation of computer scientists needed to meet growing technology workforce demands in the state. This bill help reverse that troubling trend,” said CSLNet CEO and President Christopher Roe.
The Governor also signed AB 1539, which will require the State Board of Education to adopt computer science standards for grades 7-12.
CSLNet’s CEO Christopher Roe was interviewed live 9-22-14 on KCBS 740 AM for the unveiling of a new policy CSLNet policy brief titled: “Computer Science Education in California- From Kindergarten to the Workforce”. Listen to the entire interview via the link below.
Governor Jerry Brown just signed a bill to increase the number of year-round expanded learning programs in the state and strengthen the quality of after-school and summer programs. Click here to read more. He also signed SB1200, a bill that asks the governing boards of the public higher education systems to establish academic standards for high school computer science courses that would be accepted at colleges and universities.
With California being home to some of the world’s leading technology companies, one could easily assume that the state also leads the pack in producing the top talent needed to staff them. Unfortunately this is not the case, as outlined in “Computer Science Education in California- From Kindergarten to the Workforce”, the new policy brief released today by the state’s leading Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) organization, the California STEM Learning Network (CSLNet). Download the report via the link above. Click here for the full press release.
CSLNet proudly welcomes our 10th Regional Network partner – North State STEM. The new group is a collaborative impact model of the nine county offices of education within the California County Superintendents Educational Services Association (CCSESA) region 2 which includes Butte, Glenn, Lassen, Modoc, Plumas, Shasta, Siskiyou, Tehama and Trinity Counties. The North State STEM collaborative represents the Northeastern corner of the State of California – a geographic region of over 30,000 square miles. It also has two hubs: one in Butte County, and one in Shasta County. Their mission is “to be the catalyst for STEM education by coordinating quality experiential programs and fostering private and public partnerships to build college and career readiness in the 21st Century”. Visit their website by clicking here.
CSLNet is proud to partner with the CDE for the 2nd Annual 2014 California STEM Symposium being held Sept. 21-23 in San Diego. This event will bring together 3000 teachers, administrators, students, higher education representatives, program providers, philanthropic representatives and industry representatives to engage them in STEM education by providing strategies and resources for program implementation. Click here to register by the 8/31 deadline.
STEM stakeholders have two important opportunities this week and next to weigh in on how the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) will be implemented in California. CSLNet needs your voice to tell state policymakers that California must do more to lay out a robust implementation plan and create a comprehensive assessment system that will help to achieve success in strengthening science and STEM education throughout our state. Click here for more info and deadline dates.