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

[Update 1/21/18]: The charter schools described below were approved by the California State Board of Education on January 19th, 2018 despite community opposition and district/county denials documenting serious red flags in their petitions. Perseverance Prep was approved in full, and Promise Academy as a K-8. This is not the first time such flags have been overlooked…

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…

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…

New Study Finds Link Between Infant Handheld #ScreenTime and Speech Delays

As tech devices extend into social spaces, it’s not uncommon to see toddlers and even babies along with their parents staring into separate handheld screens. A new study presented at the Pediatric Academic Societies Conference in San Francisco this week adds evidence to a growing body of scientific literature on the impacts of early screen time on…