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ACR-268 Education technology.(2017-2018)

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Assembly Concurrent Resolution No. 268
CHAPTER 221

Relative to education technology.

[ Filed with Secretary of State  September 11, 2018. ]

LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


ACR 268, Thurmond. Education technology.
This measure would provide that the Legislature considers education technology to be of the highest priority and supports providing all California educators and students with state of the art technology resources, connectivity, and related support needed to enable the use of technology to expand and optimize instruction and learning opportunities for all students.
The measure would provide that the Legislature convene a state level summit conference, representing teachers, school administrators, county offices of education, professional education associations, and the California Emerging Technology Fund, to address improvements in education technology and related topics to establish possible new legislative and funding priorities.
The measure would also urge the Legislature and the Governor to take into consideration prior and current educational technology initiatives, programs, and plans to help inform any new legislation and budget changes related to education technology.
Fiscal Committee: YES  

WHEREAS, The California Educational Technology Blueprint for 2014–2017, recommends: Ensure that every student, teacher, and administrator have access to Internet-connected devices with instruction on how to use technology, as well as best practices; removing barriers that restrict teachers from using technology to educate students with professional development; and forming partnerships to enhance technology and Internet connectivity of every school district, regardless of a school district’s budget constraints; and
WHEREAS, In the past, the state has established, funded, and implemented regional educational technology assistance services, known as the California Technology Assistance Projects, along with a state level process for reviewing and informing educators about electronic learning resources aligned to the state content standards, known as the California Learning Resource Network, that have the potential to improve learning; and
WHEREAS, Comprehensive evaluation of state-funded statewide and regional educational technology support services authorized by the Legislature and implemented by the State Department of Education with direct support by county offices of education, from 1995 until 2015, clearly documented by external evaluation, cost-effective professional development, and technical support to school districts resulting in increased and effective application of technology and digital learning resources to support implementation of state content standards by school districts that utilized these services; and
WHEREAS, Since the elimination of the regional California Technology Assistance Projects, there is no statewide or regional system of assistance for school districts and schools to apply for and procure access to Internet and related support offered by E-Rate, Broadband Infrastructure Improvement Grants, and other state, federal, and private funding sources; and
WHEREAS, The state consolidated funding for state and regional educational services into the local control funding formula has support, but with varied levels of strategic coherence in school district planning and implementation of programs and resources; and
WHEREAS, The State Board of Education, the Legislature, the Governor, and the Superintendent of Public Instruction have developed and disseminated to all school district superintendents, policies and guidelines addressing the ways in which school districts can plan and allocate state and federal education funding, to address the effective uses of digital resources; and
WHEREAS, With the implementation of the common core, California invested over $2,000,000,000 to help school districts implement the new standards and provide teacher and school administrator access to professional development and ongoing support; and
WHEREAS, “Build capacity for local and regional decision making regarding instructional materials, including digital curriculum resources,” as recommended in the California Education Technology Blueprint, by establishing a process for determining appropriate use and alignment of digital learning resources with the state adopted academic curriculum frameworks, and computer science, media literacy, Internet safety, and digital citizenship standards and guidelines with funding to implement this process; and
WHEREAS, The state continuously updates state adopted K–12 standards and guidelines to ensure that young adults are prepared with knowledge and skills necessary to safely, responsibly, and critically consume and use social media and other forms of media; and
WHEREAS, The American Civil Liberties Union and the California County Superintendent Educational Services Association have jointly issued a memo providing the framework for how school districts can adopt digital instructional materials that fully honors the equity principle at the heart of the Williams Settlement legislation and sufficiency requirement; and
WHEREAS, Digital early literacy, used in preschools, has been shown to reduce the 30-million word gap that less-advantaged children bring to kindergarten and traditionally has remained with them throughout the K–12 years, called the achievement gap, suggesting new legislation and funding be considered to establish state-adopted digital early literacy curriculum: and
WHEREAS, There is a need to coordinate between the instructional programs delivered at the K–12 and postsecondary educational levels that could potentially be addressed through the use of articulated student information systems, online courses, and professional development; and
WHEREAS, A significant number of schools and homes, especially in low-income and rural areas, lack sufficient access to the Internet while classroom and homework assignments utilize digital instructional resources and require Internet access at home resulting in what is now known as the “homework gap”; and
WHEREAS, California provided Broadband Infrastructure Improvement Grants to connect and upgrade connections to a significant number of the last hard-to-reach schools to give students access to updated learning resources and the updated assessment system; and
WHEREAS, The Superintendent of Public Instruction has coordinated with other state entities and associations including, but not be limited to, the California Emerging Technology Fund, K–12 High Speed Network, the California Broadband Council, and other entities and education associations representing teachers and administrators, that have developed and implemented policies and initiatives related to school and home access to the high-speed Internet; and
WHEREAS, In 2012, the Superintendent of Public Instruction solicited representative input from teachers, school administrators, legislators, and education association representatives to draft the California Education Technology Blueprint for the technology access, use, and support needed to optimize educational opportunities for all students; and
WHEREAS, The California Education Technology Blueprint recommended: Legislative action is needed to provide legislatively authorized regional and statewide support programs and services designed to meet current and emerging needs of all teachers and school administrators to effectively use technology to support student learning; now, therefore, be it further
Resolved by the Assembly of the State of California, the Senate thereof concurring, That the Legislature considers education technology of the highest priority and supports providing all California educators and students with state of the art technology resources, connectivity, and related support needed to enable the use of technology to expand and optimize instruction and learning opportunities for all students; and be it further
Resolved, That the Legislature convene a state level summit conference, representing teachers, school administrators, county offices of education, professional education associations, and the California Emerging Technology Fund, to address improvements in education technology and related topics to establish possible new legislative and funding priorities; and be it further
Resolved, That the Legislature and the Governor take into consideration prior and current educational technology initiatives, programs, and plans to help inform any new legislation and budget changes related to education technology; and be it further
Resolved, That the Chief Clerk of the Assembly transmit copies of this resolution to the Governor, the State Board of Education, the Superintendent of Public Instruction, and to the author for appropriate distribution.