CAN Newsletter – June 20, 2017

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Legislature approves $50 million ASES increase, budget awaits Brown’s signature

On Thursday June 15th, California Legislators approved on a final budget bill that included a $50 million increase to the state’s After School Education and Safety (ASES) program. A recent EdSource article summarized education spending in the budget bill negotiated by legislative leaders and the Brown administration. Governor Brown is expected to sign the budget bill before June 30th, but an increase to ASES is not a reality until the bill (including the ASES increase) is signed. The Save After School Campaign has offered guidance on simple actions supporters can take to help push the ASES increase across the finish line. 

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Site Coordinator Expanded Learning Symposium!

California Dream’n – a statewide Site Coordinator Expanded Learning Symposium took place on October 20 - 21 in Sacramento, CA. This event was intended to be a convening of site coordinators, for site coordinators. While multiple levels of leadership in Expanded Learning were be present, the symposium focused on the innovation that occurs every day in expanded learning sites across California.  

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State Schools Chief Tom Torlakson Announce Release of Draft ESSA State Plan

The California Department of Education recently announced the release of the California’s draft Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) along with a schedule of workshops and webinars to review the plan and collect public comment. ESSA is the new federal law passed in December 2015 that governs U.S. education policy for kindergarten through grade twelve. States are required to submit plans to the U.S. Department of Education that describe how they will meet various federal goals. California released its draft State Plan online at the California Department of Education’s (CDE) Draft ESSA State Plan Public Comment Toolkit Web page. The page includes the entire draft of the ESSA State Plan split into sections, videos that summarize each plan section, and a public comment survey to gather feedback on the draft plan. The toolkit also contains a facilitator guide for groups that want to host their own local stakeholder events on the plan.

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Do You Have a Job Opening? Seeking a job?

The California AfterSchool Network is now connecting expanding learning programs and job seekers. Job openings can be for any level of an out-of-school time program or organization serving youth. Visit our website to post a current job opportunity or check out our job listings today. 

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