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Governors in Brief - February 11 2019

BAKER REFILES MA CYBERBULLYING BILL

Responding to a study that showed growth in cyberbullying in Bay State schools, MASSACHUSETTS Gov. Charlie Baker (R) refiled a bill that would require schools to teach kids about the dangers of taking and sharing sexually explicit photos or videos of minors as they relate to cyberbullying. The new bill would allow prosecutors to send teenagers who “sext,” or send explicit pictures to one another by text, to an educational diversion program rather than jail, while also making so-called “revenge porn,” or the sharing of sexually explicit images of someone without their permission, a felony. (BOSTON HERALD, STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE [BOSTON])

 

NEWSOM CALLS FOR REVIEW OF CHARTERS' IMPACT ON CA SCHOOLS

In the wake of the recent Los Angeles teacher strike, CALIFORNIA Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) called on State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond to establish a panel of experts to examine the impact of charter school growth on district finances. Newsom directed Thurmond to have a report to him by July 1. (EDSOURCE, CALIFORNIA GOVERNOR’S OFFICE)

 

GOV REMOVES NM NATIONAL GUARD TROOPS FROM BORDER

Saying “I reject the federal contention that there exists an overwhelming national security crisis at the southern border, along which are some of the safest communities in the country,” NEW MEXICO Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham (D) recalled the majority of the state National Guard troops former Gov. Susana Martinez (R) had ordered to the U.S. border with Mexico. Her order allowed approximately 15 Guard troops to stay deployed in certain areas “to assist with the ongoing humanitarian needs of communities there.” (GOVERNING, SANTA FE NEW MEXICAN)

 

DESANTIS CALLS FOR END TO FL COMMON CORE

Saying the state needed to rid itself of “the vestiges of Common Core,” FLORIDA Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) issued an executive order directing state Commissioner of Education Richard Corcoran to spend a year creating new state curriculum standards, which would then be presented to the Legislature for the 2020 session. That session begins in January. Common Core, which Florida adopted in 2010, is a set of standards that sets goals for what K-12 students should learn in language arts and math by the end of each grade level. (MIAMI HERALD)

 

-- Compiled by RICH EHISEN