The Legislature has until June 15, 2020 to adopt a balanced state budget. To read the full Governor’s May Revision 2020-21 Budget Report, click here.
What to Expect Next
We will report in more detail new and updated proposals when the trailer bill language is released, and will continue to share information on the development of the state budget as events and further analysis warrant.
- Monday, May 18, 2020 at 1:30 p.m.: Assembly Budget Subcommittee No. 2 on Education Finance: May Revise Overview of K-12 education and Early Education Programs. To view, click here.
- Monday, May 18, 2020 at 1:30 p.m.: Senate Budget & Fiscal Review Committee: Overview of Governor’s 2020-21 May Revise. To view, click here.
- Friday, May 22, 2020 at 10:00 a.m.: Assembly Budget Subcommittee No. 6: Budget Process, Overview & Program Evaluation. To view, click here.
- Monday, May 25, 2020 at 10:00 a.m.: Senate Budget & Fiscal Review Subcommittee No. 1 on Education Finance: May Revise. To view, click here.
The U.S. Department of Education on Wednesday announced sweeping changes in how colleges must handle sexual-assault and sexual-harassment complaints, bolstering protections for accused students and employees.
The long-awaited changes in the enforcement of Title IX, the federal gender-equity law, will require colleges to hold live hearings and allow cross-examination when adjudicating sexual-misconduct complaints. The new regulations also will narrow the scope of complaints that colleges are required to investigate. In other words, according to the federal government, Title IX covers only sexual harassment that meets its new definition: “unwelcome conduct” that is “so severe, pervasive, and objectively offensive that it effectively denies a person equal access to education.”
College officials have been anticipating the new rules for more than a year. Many fear that the mandates are too burdensome and could dissuade sexual-assault victims from coming forward. Victim advocates worry that less oversight from the federal government could squander campuses’ progress in curbing sexual violence. But due-process supporters, who say Obama-era federal guidelines unfairly railroaded accused students, hailed the new rules when they were proposed, in 2018.
The final rules were released at a chaotic time. The American Council on Education in March asked Education Secretary Betsy DeVos to delay the regulations until the Covid-19 pandemic had passed. Eighteen states’ attorneys general and several survivor-advocacy groups echoed that call.
“At a time when institutional resources already are stretched thin, colleges and universities should not be asked to divert precious resources away from more critical efforts in order to implement regulations unrelated to this extraordinary crisis,” ACE said.
In a news conference on Wednesday, DeVos said she didn’t want to delay the rules’ release because Title IX cases are being decided even in the midst of the pandemic. “Civil rights really can’t wait,” she said. “It’s not a surprise to institutions that it was coming.”
Frequently Asked Questions about COVID-19 for College Health Professionals
Since the COVID-19 pandemic remains a rapidly evolving situation, college health professionals should access the most current information provided by the CDC. Additional guidance is also available from your local, territorial, tribal, or state health department.
Update for those who have clients affected by the shutdown.
Report from The Hill
CAREs act Department of the Treasury resource page – Treasury.gov
The treasury’s PPP loan application – Program Application
As of April 14th, there are 24,424 positive cases and 821 deaths in California. Approximately 227,600 tests have been conducted. At least 202,208 results have been received and 13,200 are pending.
The Guide for Immigrant Californians will help you stay safe and informed.
Governor Newsom Outlines Six Critical Indicators the State will Consider Before Modifying the Stay-at-Home Order and Other COVID-19 Interventions
Latest on the CARES ACT
We have reviewed the federal CARES Act and are pleased to report that on Sunday, for the week ending April 11, the EDD will begin issuing the new $600 additional unemployment benefit payments funded by the federal government. Visit the Latest News for Workers for the details.
- In addition, the EDD has launched a new Pandemic Unemployment Assistance page to keep you informed of eligibility requirements and the around-the-clock effort to build this new program from the CARES Act. This complex program to serve those who don’t usually qualify for regular Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits, including businesses and the self-employed, has to be developed and could rival the size of the current UI program EDD administers for unemployed workers.
- The EDD will also keep you posted on the CARES Act provision establishing a new 13-week extension of benefits paid for by the federal government when someone exhausts their regular state UI claim between March 29, 2020 and the end of 2020. This too also requires an extensive effort to implement these new extended benefits.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture released Policy Memorandum SP 12-2020 Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP) during Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) (PDF). The policy guidance provides flexibility and clarification on questions related to the administration of the FFVP grant during unanticipated school closures during the COVID-19 public health emergency.
As a reminder, the California Department of Food and Agriculture has created the Farmers Market Certified Producers Directory by County (PDF), which provides a list of farmers market sellers you may utilize during the COVID-19 emergency for the FFVP. Please note that FFVP grantees must continue to document procurement’s and maintain those records for three years plus the current year.
These flexibility are effective immediately and will remain in effect until June 30, 2020, or until the expiration of the federally declared public health emergency, whichever is earlier.
If you have any questions regarding this subject, please contact the California Department of Education FFVP Team, by phone at 916-322-9943 or by email at FFVP@cde.ca.gov.
Sick or Quarantined
If you’re unable to work due to having or being exposed to COVID-19 (certified by a medical professional), you can file a Disability Insurance (DI) claim. DI provides short-term benefit payments to eligible workers who have a full or partial loss of wages due to a non-work-related illness, injury, or pregnancy. Benefit amounts are approximately 60-70 percent of wages (depending on income) and range from $50-$1,300 a week.
Telehealth and virtual appointments are acceptable for a physical examination, but medical certifications are still required.
The Governor’s Executive Order waives the one-week unpaid waiting period, so you can collect DI benefits for the first week you are out of work. If you are eligible, the EDD processes and issues payments within a few weeks of receiving a claim.
For guidance on the disease, visit the California Department of Public Health website.
Joint K-12 and Higher Education California Agencies
Below is a list of consumer protection provisions enacted in response to the COVID-19 outbreak in California. This list covers both Investor Owned Utilities (IOUs), which are regulated by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), and Publicly Owned Utilities (POUs). Please visit your specific utility’s webpage for more specific information about protections and benefits available to you.
For additional resources related to the COVID-19 Outbreak, please visit the State of California’s COVID-19 Awareness Website: https://covid19.ca.gov/
For payment assistance programs, please visit www.cpuc.ca.gov/assistanceplans.
IRS has issued guidance extending the due date for IRA contributions and plan contributions to July 15, 2020. The IRS guidance can be found at:
National Guard Authorized Under Title 32 in Response to COVID-19. President Trump authorized the National Guard in California to serve under Title 32 of the U.S. Code in order to support the state’s COVID-19 response efforts. (Other states have also received this authorization.) From the perspective of the state, this authorization means that the federal government will cover the full cost of eligible activities performed by the guardsmembers. We also note that unlike authorizations made under Title 10, guardsmembers serve under the direction of the Governor under Title 32—giving the state greater control over how the guardsmembers are employed.
On March 16, 2020, the United States Department of Education Office for Civil Rights (OCR) issued a webinar and a fact sheet reviewing complaint procedures and reminding schools to consider assistive devices as needed for students with disabilities to access online learning.
Governor Newsom Signs Executive Order Ensuring State Funding for Schools Even in Event of Physical Closure
The full executive order can be viewed here.