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The California STEM Learning Network Releases New STEM Toolkit

The California STEM Learning Network (CSLNet) has recently released a report and supplement toolkit with resources to help advocates built a strong foundation of STEM and science education in schools' L

Assembly Bill 252 Seeks to Provide Funding For AP Courses to Low-Income Schools

Assemblyman Chris Holden recently authored AB 252, which seeks to support STEM education in underserved communities by providing funding for Advanced Placement Courses in STEM subjects in order to incre


STEM Education – Hearing Summary

Assemblywoman Susan Bonilla recently held a select hearing on STEM Education on October 22nd, 2014. Businesses and educational panelists were in attendance to discuss the importance of public-private partnerships in advancing high-quality STEM programs. With a greater demand for STEM education across all sectors, it is more important than ever to strengthen STEM learning. Bonilla highlighted how critical it is to develop strong collaborations and partnerships aimed to increase alignment between academic settings and the professional workplace to ensure that students are career-ready.

New Study Offers First Look at Local Control Funding in California School Districts

Education officials from school districts and county offices of education across the state are enthusiastic about California’s new Local Control Funding Formula. But they are concerned about the future of the effort and challenged by a lack of time, information, skills, funding and other resources needed for its full and effective implementation, according to a new study released on October 28 by a team of researchers from across California.

Read further at EDBrief.

CAN Policy Committee – Quarterly Policy Update

On November 25, 2014 the CAN Policy Committee convened for a live update on relevant federal, state, local, and administrative policies impacting expanded learning. CAN Policy Committee Co-chairs provided updates on relevant California policy including election results, ballot propositions, state budget, Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF), as well as recently passed legislation. The update also featured information on federal elections, budget, and policies impacting expanded learning.

Congressman Alan Lowenthal Secures $56M for California STEM and Youth Education Programs

In an effort to support and prepare our youth for their futures, Congressman Alan Lowenthal, who represents the city of Long Beach and Los Alamitos among others, has helped secure a collective $56 million in funding for the STARBASE and Sunburst Youth Challenge education programs, both of which operate programs at the Joint Forces Training Base (JTFB) in Los Alamitos.

Read further at LBPost.

State Legislature Approves California High School Advanced Computer Science Bill – SB 1200

State Legislature Approves California SB 1200 by Calif. State Senator Alex Padilla (D-Pacoima) won final legislative approval after a unanimous bipartisan vote of the State Senate today. The bill calls on the UC and CSU to provide guidelines for high school computer science courses that would satisfy an advanced math subject matter requirement for purposes of undergraduate admissions. Currently schools must submit a proposed course curriculum to the UC and CSU for consideration.

California Shores Up Support for Computer Science Education

Computer science education is getting plenty of attention in the California Legislature, with four out of eight bills passing both the Assembly and Senate. And the state's efforts are part of a national push to bring more computer science into schools. Read more on this progress in California's policies on STEM education here.

State Schools Chief Tom Torlakson Releases Blueprint to Improve Teaching of STEM in California