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New California Law Will Automatically Register Teens to Vote As They Receive CDL or State ID

Gov. Jerry Brown recently signed legislation to automatically pre-register all voting eligible 16- and 17-year-olds to vote when they receive a California Driver’s License or California State ID.

The measure, AB 1407, by Assembly members Kevin McCarty (D-Sacramento) and Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher (D-San Diego) and sponsored by California Secretary of State Alex Padilla, will automatically pre-register approximately 200,000 teens to vote annually and will be the largest expansion of youth voter access in American history, according to McCarty’s office...

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Gov. Brown Signs His Final State Budget, Enjoys “Victory Lap”

In a ceremony that several news accounts described as “a victory lap,” Gov. Jerry Brown signed the California state budget for 2018-19 on June 27 at a ceremony in Los Angeles, accompanied by Democratic legislative leaders.

This will be the final state budget to be signed by Governor Brown, who will leave office in January following the election of a new governor in November. (Brown has served a total of four terms as Governor - 1975-1983 and 2011-2019 - longer than any other California Governor.)...

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Stanford Study Examines Where Boys, Girls Do Better in Math, English

A review of test scores from 10,000 school districts finds that gender gaps in math and English vary with community wealth and racial diversity.

When Stanford Professor Sean Reardon and his research team set out to take an unprecedented look at how elementary school girls and boys compare in academic achievement, they expected to find similar stereotype-driven patterns across all 10,000 U.S. school districts: boys consistently outperforming girls in math and girls steadily surpassing boys in reading and writing by a wide margin... 

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Vaccination Law “Restoring Community Immunity in California’s Schools,” According to Bill’s Author

Dr. Richard Pan, a pediatrician and member of the California Assembly, and the author of legislation to increase vaccination rates, commented in mid-June on data released by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) demonstrating that, in its second year of implementation, Senate Bill 277 continues to keep children and communities safe and healthy from vaccine-preventable disease.

“With more than 95 percent of Kindergarteners fully vaccinated for the second year after implementation of SB 277, I am pleased that SB 277 is restoring community immunity in California’s schools,” said Dr. Richard Pan...

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Attorney General Becerra Issues Guidance to K-12 Schools on Privacy Rights of All Students, Documented or Undocumented

On March 30, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra issued new guidance to help California’s public K-12 schools and other local educational agencies develop policies to protect the rights of undocumented students and their families. The guide is designed to help schools better understand protections that safeguard the privacy of undocumented students and their families, and to serve as a model for local school districts...

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State Allocation Board Defers Action on Proposal to Cease Accepting Applications Once Bond Authority Has Been Exhausted

On June 28, the State Allocation Board (Board) deferred action on a proposed regulation to cease accepting applications once bond authority has been exhausted. Approval of this proposal would essentially eliminate the School Facility Program (SFP) for projects outside of Proposition 51 bond authority. New Construction Proposition 51 bond authority is expected to be exhausted by October 2018, and Modernization bond authority is expected to be exhausted by September 2019...

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