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…

Red Flags Known and Overlooked With State Board Votes On San José Charter Schools

Update [October 1st, 2019): The California State Department of Education has issued a letter revoking authorization for the opening of the Promise Academy Charter School. The red flags indicated below were known at the time of the granting of the charter. For news coverage of the charter school’s failure to open, see here.  The school’s…

California Health Officials Release Guidance For Limiting Exposure to Cellphone Radiation

The California Department of Public Health has recently issued guidance for reducing exposure to radiation emitted from cell phones. An emphasis within the document includes children’s heightened vulnerabilities to cumulative hazards of long term exposure. The document was originally drafted in 2009 by the Department of Public Health’s Division of Environmental and Occupational Disease Control…

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…