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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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Controller Reports April State Revenues Exceeded Projections

State Controller Betty T. Yee reported on May 10 that California collected more tax revenue during the month of April than in any previous month of the 2017-18 fiscal year so far. Moreover, total April revenues of $18.03 billion were higher than estimates in the governor’s FY 2018-19 proposed budget by 5.3 percent.

For the first 10 months of the 2017-18 fiscal year that began in July, total revenues of $107.13 billion are $4.72 billion above estimates in the enacted budget and $3.82 billion higher than January’s revised fiscal year-to-date predictions. Total fiscal year-to-date revenues are $10.25 billion higher than for the same period in FY 2016-17...

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Study Finds Learning a Second Language Benefits Integrated Use of Sight and Hearing to Make Sense of Speech

Learning a second language can change the way our senses work together to interpret speech, according to a new Northwestern University study.

In the study, published during April in the journal Brain Sciences, researchers found that bilingual people are better at integrating sight and hearing to make sense of speech... 

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SBE President Michael Kirst - Longtime Advisor to Jerry Brown, and Architect of LCFF - Plans to Step Down

State Board of Education President Michael Kirst plans to step down when Governor Jerry Brown leaves office in January. Kirst announced his intentions during the State Board of Education meeting in Sacramento on May 9.

Kirst, who is an emeritus professor of education and business administration at Stanford University, was first appointed to the state board back in 1975, during Brown's first term as California’s governor. Kirst has advised Brown on education policy for 44 years...

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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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CDE Reminds Schools to Update School Safety Plans

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson announced on March 2 that the California Department of Education is taking a new step to help ensure student safety by auditing comprehensive school safety plans that are required of all schools by Education Code 32280-32288. The state compliance audit requirement will begin in the 2018-2019 school year.

Local school districts must approve safety plans for all schools in its district by March 1 of each year...

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