Advocacy

Obama’s Signature Ends NCLB; Every Student Succeeds Act Shifts Standards Setting to States

Dec 22nd, 2015 | By
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By JEFF FROST —On December 10, 2015, President Obama signed into law a new education reauthorization bill that had been worked on for several weeks by congressional representatives. The new law, called the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), makes a number of important changes to how education policy will be handled and allows states, not
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Exit Exam Suspension Goes
to Governor for Signature

Sep 29th, 2015 | By

By JEFF FROST —For several months the legislature has been working on whether to suspend the California High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE) while the state determines whether to change the requirements, making them more compatible with our Common Core State Standards, use multiple measures as a replacement for the current CAHSEE, or eliminate an exit
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10 Things to Take Away
From the TESOL Advocacy
and Policy Summit

Sep 29th, 2015 | By
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By BETTE EMPOL and JUDITH O’LOUGHLIN —We were CATESOL representatives at the 2015 TESOL Advocacy and Policy Summit held June 20-21, 2015, in Washington, DC. John Segota, associate executive director for Public Policy & Professional Relations, TESOL International Association (TIA), and director of the annual Advocacy and Policy Summit, asked us to write a blog
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Legislative Analyst Weighs In on May Revision Budget Levels

May 19th, 2015 | By
thumbnail of legislative advocate Jeff Frost

By JEFF FROST —In the middle of May, the governor and Department of Finance announce their “May Revision” to the annual budget. This allows the administration to update its revenue forecast and to adjust spending priorities accordingly. In advance of this action, the Legislative Analyst’s Office (LAO) has put out its thoughts on how any
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CATESOL News From the Nevada Legislature

May 19th, 2015 | By
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By LONNIE SHIELDS —The Economic Forum presented its report to the Nevada Legislature on May 1, 2015. It found Nevada’s economic outlook to be strong and agreed with Governor Sandoval that it would require a substantial tax increase to fund his plans for education in Nevada. The legislature is busy closing state budgets and it
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Details of Governor’s Adult Education Proposal Made Public

Mar 13th, 2015 | By
thumbnail of legislative advocate Jeff Frost

By JEFF FROST —When the governor’s 2015-2016 state budget was unveiled in mid-January, adult education advocates were encouraged to see that it contained $500 million per year in ongoing funding to develop a stand-alone categorical program to begin the meet the needs of the old adult education program, which was allowed to become flexible in
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Bill to Repeal English-Only Law Moves Toward Ballot

Sep 22nd, 2014 | By
thumbnail of legislative advocate Jeff Frost

By JEFF FROST —SB 1174, authored by Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens), has quietly moved through the legislative process, has now passed both houses of the legislature, and is headed to the governor for final action. Should the governor sign the bill, it would result in a measure’s being placed on the 2016 statewide ballot
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Lobbying for the EL Cause

Sep 22nd, 2014 | By
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CATESOL Sends Rep to DC for Advocacy/Policy Summit By SANDY SILVERSTEIN —The TESOL Advocacy and Policy Summit 2014 was conducted June 22-24 at the Crystal City Marriott in Arlington, Virginia, with the lobbying completed on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. I attended the summit as a representative of CATESOL, having been nominated and chosen for
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Important EL Bills Moving Through Legislature

May 16th, 2014 | By
thumbnail of legislative advocate Jeff Frost

By JEFF FROST —2014 is proving to be a very interesting year. After the dramatic shift in how California funds school districts, with an emphasis on providing more services to students who are poor and English language learners, the legislature is now focusing on creating more targeted options for those students. CATESOL is actively supporting
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