How does the Internet affect what California kids experience in school, from classroom learning to the hazards of cyberbullying? The answer gains importance given the technology-related standards running through the Common Core curriculum for which schools have been allocated $1 billion. Members of Congress, education officials and state lawmakers tackle the topic today during a Comcast-sponsored symposium at the Sacramento Convention Center.
Speakers include Assembly members Roger Dickinson and Marc Levine; Carlos Ramos, director of the California Department of Technology; U.S. Reps. Jerry McNerney and Doris Matsui; and Elk Grove Unified School District Superintendent Steve Ladd.
VIDEO: Judging by the hearings that the Legislature convenes, Dan Walters concludes the state's public safety priorities are crooked.
DELTA DOLLARS: Bay Delta Conservation Plan plan watchers got some economic answers with the release last week of a study trumpeting the project's potential economic upsides, although critics immediately assailed the report's methods and assumptions. The Bay Delta Conservation Plan's finance working group will review the findings at a 9 a.m. meeting at West Sacramento's Civic Center Galleria.
COVERED CALIFORNIA: A day after announcing that it had solidified agreements with insurance companies that will soon be offering health plans to Californians, the state's burgeoning new insurance marketplace will meet today to hammer out details on, among other things, dental benefits to be included in plans. Starting at 9 a.m. at the Fair Political Practices Commission building on J Street.
TORLAKSON ON TESTS: One of California's major benchmarks for students progress is the Standardized Testing and Reporting Standards, or STAR, tests kids take each year. Today State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson will review how students performed on the 2013 version. Torlakson will provide a briefing at the California Department of Education building at 11 a.m.
MINORITY REPORT: The Assembly Select Committee on Status of Boys and Men of Color in California convenes from 1 to 4 p.m. today to discuss policy approaches focusing on young men of color in California. Those expected to testify include Daniel Zingale of The California Endowment; Brian Nelson from the Attorney General's office; Tim Rainey, director of the California Workforce Investment Board; and Eleanor Silva, associate director of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.
Ahead of the hearing, state lawmakers on the committee will attend a breakfast at the Sheraton Grand along with Oakland Mayor Jean Quan, Campbell Mayor Evan Low, Stockton City Councilman Michael Tubbs and Richmond Mayor Gayle McLaughlin.
TWITTER TALK: UC Berkeley student Sadia Saifuddin recently made history as the first Muslim appointed as student regent-designate to the University of California Board of Regents. Saifuddin takes to the Twitter-verse this afternoon at the handle @She_Shares to talk about her plans. The live Twitter chat, produced by Sacramento's Dewey Square Group, will run from 3 to 3:30 p.m. at this link.
PHOTO: Kindergarten students reads book, including on the computer, at Fortune Charter School in Sacramento, Calif., April 26, 2012. The Sacramento Bee/Paul Kitagaki Jr..