Technological School Safety Initiatives: Considerations to Protect All Students

Researchers at the Center for Democracy and Technology and the Brennan Center for Justice have recently published an important brief for education leaders, practitioners, and policymakers working on issues related to school safety. The original with research-linked endnotes can be downloaded by clicking here or on the title below. The text is provided in full…

What Will Facebook Terragraph, 5G, and Being a “Smart City” Mean for San José Residents?

[First published May 2nd, last updated October 5th, 2018] Silicon Valley’s philosophy to “move fast and break things” may not be readily apparent upon landing on the Smart Cities Vision page for San José, but a closer look at key proposals reveals it’s likely in the mix. While difficult to know how day-to-day life will change as…

Legislators Informed of Hazards and Opposition to #SB649: Will Your Officials Vote With The People Or With The Telecom Industry?

Update as of October 15, 2017: Governor Brown has vetoed SB649. Here is a link to the official notice and a screenshot of the letter below. See more below. [Update as of October 1st, 2017] The Telecom lobby has muscled its way to push legislative votes on SB649 with Governor Brown holding the final decision to…

Advocates Release Parent Toolkit for Student Privacy

[From Parent Coalition for Student Privacy Press Release May 16, 2017]    “Amid growing concerns about data privacy and surveillance, the Parent Coalition for Student Privacy (PCSP) and the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood (CCFC) have created an important resource for parents to understand and safeguard students’ personal information. The Parent Toolkit for Student Privacy: A…

Spending Blind: The Failure of Policy Planning in California Charter School Funding

[Re-published with permission from In the Public Interest] “California has more charter schools than any other state in the nation, in large part because of generous public funding and subsidies to lease, build, or buy school buildings. But much of this public investment, hundreds of millions of dollars, has been misspent on schools that do not…