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Press Release: Bay Area Council and State Education Leaders Ask for Reinstatement of Funds for Statewide Education Data System in State Budget

This morning, the Bay Area Council, along with California State Senator Joe Simitian (D-Palo Alto) and Long Beach Superintendent Chris Steinhauser held a media briefing to ask for the reinstatement of funds for California’s statewide education data system and outline the consequences of cutting the program from the budget.

The first draft of the “May Revise” budget suspended approximately $8.5 million in federal funds for the development of the California Longitudinal Pupil Achievement Data System (CALPADS) and its sister program for tracking longitudinal teacher data (CALTIDES).  The Bay Area Council opposes the suspension of these critical, federally-funded programs, as does the state’s well-respected, non-partisan Legislative Analyst.  Last week, Assembly and Senate committees voted to reinstate the program as well.

“Eliminating the funds for the student data system is just plain wrong,” said Bay Area Council President & CEO Jim Wunderman.  “Without a data system, we’re left in the dark about what’s working and what isn’t working.  It’s important to note that we are rejecting federal funds with this budget decision, not California taxpayer dollars – and putting ourselves at odds with the policies of the Obama Administration.  We’re jeopardizing the future of our students and our ability to seek federal funding.”

“Collecting student data helps identify best practices that can be replicated in school districts across the state,” said Long Beach Superintendent Chris Steinhauser.  “Long Beach was an early implementer of data systems, and we have implemented a number of improvements using data to inform our curriculum and programs.”

The U.S. Department of Education sent a letter this month to all states noting that failure to report graduation data – a key part of CALPADS – would jeopardize Title I federal education funds.  In California’s case, that would mean a loss of roughly $1.6 billion.  To receive federal stimulus funds, California also gave assurances to the federal government that the state would implement a student data system, which would mean that the State is now breaking its word.  Additionally, the Obama Administration and the U.S. Department of Education have made it very clear that any state application for a number of future federal funding opportunities, including Race to the Top – are and will continue to be heavily dependent on the development of a comprehensive statewide student data system.

“This is about accountability, equity and improvement. Without the data none of that happens,” said State Senator Joe Simitian (D-Palo Alto).

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6.18.09

Media Advisory: Bay Area Council and State Education Leaders to Hold Press Phone Briefing to Ask for Reinstatement of Funds for Statewide Education Data System in State Budget

Bay Area Council President & CEO Jim Wunderman, California State Senator Joe Simitian and Long Beach Superintendent Chris Steinhauser will hold a press phone briefing this morning Monday, June 6th, from 11:15 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. to ask for the reinstatement of funds for California’s statewide education data system and to outline the consequences of cutting the program from the budget.

The first draft of the “May Revise” budget suspended funds and development of the California Longitudinal Pupil Achievement Data System (CALPADS) and its sister program for tracking longitudinal teacher data (CALTIDES).  The Bay Area Council opposes the suspension of these critical, federally-funded programs, as does the state’s well-respected, non-partisan Legislative Analyst.  This week, Assembly and Senate committees voted to reinstate the program as well.

California risks losing $1.6 billion in Title I federal education funds if the state cuts the data system as part of the budget.  Additionally, the Obama Administration and the U.S. Department of Education have made it very clear that any state application for a number of federal funding opportunities, including Race to the Top – are and will continue to be heavily dependent on the development of a comprehensive statewide student data system.

“Throwing away federal funds for the student data system is just plain wrong – especially when our state is facing a $10.8 billion shortfall and the state contractor still gets paid if the job is never completed.  Furthermore, as the Obama administration continues to award more and more competitive education funding to states that have data management systems, it would be wise to align California’s education system with the goals of the federal government, so our state can receive as much funding as possible in this down economy.”

WHO: Bay Area Council President & CEO Jim Wunderman, California State Senator Joe Simitian and Long Beach Superintendent Chris Steinhauser

WHAT: Press phone briefing to highlight the importance of reinstating funds for the statewide education data system and to outline the consequences of cutting the program from the budget.

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Conference Call Number: 1-888-311-9051

Participant Passcode:  018701

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WHEN: 11:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Monday, June 6, 2011

***All media planning to participate should RSVP to jarellano@bayareacouncil.org, 415-946-8725 ***

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Statement: Bay Area Council Calls on State Leaders to Reinstate Funds for Statewide Student and Teacher Data Systems

Last week, the first draft of the “May Revise” budget suspended funds and development of the California Longitudinal Pupil Achievement Data System (CALPADS) and its sister program for tracking longitudinal teacher data (CALTIDES).  The Bay Area Council opposes the suspension of these critical, federally-funded programs, as does the Legislative Analyst.  According to reports in the Cabinet Report, the Bay Area Council has learned that even if the systems are suspended, “…IBM – the state contractor – would still receive approximately $7 million in federal dollars whether they finish the system or not.” Also, “…eliminating CALPADS and the teacher data system…could result in lost Title 1 funding due to federal requirements placed around student tracking.”

Bay Area Council President & CEO Jim Wunderman today issued the following statement in response to this news:

“Throwing away federal funds for the student data system is just plain wrong – especially when our state is facing a $10.8 billion shortfall and the state contractor still gets paid if the job is never completed.  Furthermore, as the Obama administration continues to award more and more competitive education funding to states that have data management systems, it would be wise to align California’s education system with the goals of the federal government, so our state can receive as much funding as possible in this down economy.  The Bay Area Council urges our state leadership to reconsider this decision and reinstate the funding for the CALPADS and CALTIDES data systems.”

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Bay Area Council Sends Letter to State Leaders Pleading for Education Data Systems to Be Saved

The Bay Area Council today sent a letter to Governor Jerry Brown and the Legislature requesting that two programs be spared as part of his May revise budget: CALPADS, the state student data system which allows for the tracking of student performance over time, and CALTIDES, the state’s teacher database.

“In these difficult times, as school administrators, principals and teachers are struggling to manage funding cuts, we believe that the promise of a data system to improve student performance and effectively use scarce public dollars is too great to turn back now,” said Jim Wunderman, President & CEO of the Bay Area Council. “Our education crisis is a human tragedy and a looming economic disaster. The Bay Area Council resolutely refuses to accept this crisis as our state’s fate.”

Out of the state’s $88.8 billion general fund budget, CALPADS and CALTIDES comprise only $3.5 million dollars, and the funds are allocated by the federal government, which means that the funds won’t help balance the state’s budget shortfall in the long term.

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5.10.11

Media Advisory: U.S. State Department, City and County of San Francisco and Bay Area Council to Host Briefing on September APEC Meetings and Women and Economy Summit

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee, the U.S. State Department and the Bay Area Council will host a briefing on Thursday, May 12th from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on the upcoming Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Senior Officials’ Meeting and the Women and the Economy Summit in San Francisco.  The U.S. Government’s most senior official for the 21-economy summit, United States Ambassador Kurt Tong, will be joined by San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee and officials from the U.S. State Department to brief business executives and the media on plans for all APEC-related events.

Set for September 12-26, 2011, APEC’s Third Senior Officials’ Meeting and related ministerial and high-level meetings are an intensive series of meetings on issues including energy, transportation, women and the economy, digital prosperity, healthcare innovation, and other topics. There will be over 70 meetings and an anticipated 3,500 attendees and volunteers. It is the largest cluster of APEC meetings to be held on the U.S. mainland in 2011, and it is the final official set of talks leading up to the November APEC leaders’ summit in Honolulu.

This will also be the first time the U.S. has hosted a major APEC meeting since 1993.

In conjunction with the APEC events, the Council will also help Secretary of State Hillary Clinton deliver a global Women and the Economy Summit.  The gathering of global leaders, including Secretaries of State, Commerce or related Ministers from countries including China, Japan, Russia, the Republic of Korea, Mexico, Vietnam, and Australia, will focus on topics such as women as agents of economic growth, increased female employment impacts on the global economy and financial inclusion for women-owned business.

“The Bay Area Council has formed an important partnership with the State Department to work on these events, which will mark the largest diplomatic gathering in the Bay Area since the founding of the United Nations in 1945,” said Jim Wunderman, President & CEO of the Bay Area Council.  “We are honored to have the opportunity to take the lead on bringing APEC and the Women and the Economy Summit to our region.”

WHO: San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee; Kurt Tong, U.S. Government’s top official for APEC; Lorraine Hariton, U.S. Special Representative for Commercial and Business Affairs at the Department of State

WHAT: Briefing on plans for all APEC-related events and Secretary Clinton’s Women and the Economy Summit to take place in San Francisco this September

WHERE: Asian Art Museum, Peterson Room, 200 Larkin Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

WHEN: 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Thursday, May 12, 2011

***All media planning to attend should RSVP to jarellano@bayareacouncil.org, 415-946-8725***

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Press Release: 71% of Americans Believe Safety of our Information Systems is a National Security Issue, according to New Nationwide Poll on Cyber Security

The Bay Area Council today released a new poll on cyber security and internet use, and the results show that 71% of Americans believe the safety of our information systems is a national security issue.  The announcement was made as the Bay Area Council and a dozen of its member companies traveled to Washington D.C. this week for meetings at the White House, on Capitol Hill, and at the Commerce and Justice Departments on cyber security issues.

“Securing the personal and financial information of every American is a bipartisan issue,” said Jim Wunderman, President & CEO of the Bay Area Council.  “With more Americans using smart phones and tablet computers to check their account balances and make purchases, it is absolutely critical for the federal government to step up and do more to protect consumers and businesses.”

The poll of 1,000 registered voters, conducted by Pineda Consulting, also showed that 66% of Americans surveyed think new laws need to be written to keep personal information secure, with 61% also stating that government needs to make the protection of the nation’s information systems and networks a higher priority.  63% of those surveyed also believe the current penalties for crimes related to electronic transactions and e-commerce are not tough enough.

The data showed that a digital divide still exists in America, with 59% of those earning less than $40,000 reporting that they go online to access the internet and e-mail, compared with 84% of those earning between $40-80,000, and 96% of those earning greater than $80,000.  The poll also showed that 87% of Republicans reported going online to access the internet and e-mail, compared to 74% of Democrats and 77% of independents.

Separately, the poll also yielded interesting data about the Bay Area and its tech-savvy residents.  While only 16% of Americans nationwide reported receiving all or almost all calls on a cell phone, in the Bay Area, nearly 31% do.  78% of Americans reported going online to access the internet and check e-mail, but in the Bay Area, 91% reported doing so.  And, whereas 64% of Americans reported making purchases online, 78% of Bay Area residents surveyed reported doing so.

The poll was conducted between January 9-13, 2011.  Findings are subject to a sampling error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.

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Press Release: Business Council on Climate Change and Bay Area Council Release Electric Vehicle Guide for Businesses

Today, the Business Council on Climate Change (BC3) and Bay Area Council jointly announced and released the new guide, Electrify Your Business: A Guide for Moving Forward With Electric Vehicles, which aims to accelerate the deployment of electric vehicles and infrastructure in the Bay Area by providing businesses with easy-to-follow steps to become “EV ready.”  Specifically, the guide helps enable local corporations, retailers, or any company with a car spot to install an electric vehicle charging station.

“This is the first report to specifically address the value of electric vehicles for businesses,” said Jim Wunderman, President and CEO of the Bay Area Council. “It is a great tool for forward-thinking companies, and will help position our region as the world leader for EV infrastructure and deployment.”

The guide was developed and led by a team of BC3 members and executives from SF Environment, PG&E, and other leading Bay Area companies.

“This comprehensive guide provides information on the business case for electric vehicle programs and charging stations, financing, incentives, infrastructure and energy,” said Mike Calise, CEO of EVadvise and lead author of the guide. “It includes a practical check-list to help businesses take action, rapidly achieve results and reap tangible benefits.”

“Our studies indicate that the Bay Area will lead the nation in early electric vehicle purchasers and drivers,” said Dev Crews, of Luminesa and Mobility Revolution. “It is our aim to inspire and enable the businesses seeking to reach these forward-thinkers. Installing an EV charger station is a highly visible way to demonstrate your sustainability commitment.”

“Electric vehicles represent the innovation and ecological responsibility our community is known for, and we applaud the leadership demonstrated here today,” said Melanie Nutter, Director of SF Environment. “The city of San Francisco is committed to ensuring that our residents, visitors and businesses will have the infrastructure in place to recharge their cars, as we become a model demonstrating a new vision for the future of clean transportation.”

Electrify Your Business is available as a free download at www.bc3sfbay.org/electricvehicles.html

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Press Release: Bay Area Council’s 2011 Outlook Conference to Feature Governor Jerry Brown

The Bay Area Council today announced the lineup for its 2011 Outlook Conference, the region’s premier discussion on the economy, business and politics.  The conference will take place next Tuesday, April 12, 2011 from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., and will be held at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in downtown San Francisco.  The day will feature an address from Governor Jerry Brown, as well as Nobel Laureate Dr. Stanley Prusiner, Director of the Institute for Neurodegenerative Diseases at UCSF.

The Bay Area Council has assembled CEO’s, elected officials and national thought-leaders to speak on panels on topics including education reform, the future of sports in the Bay Area, the new infrastructure of the 21st century and national politics.  Over 1,000 Bay Area CEO’s and top level executives, as well as elected officials from throughout the region, will be in attendance.

“The 2011 Outlook Conference will bring together leading executives, elected officials, scientists and political analysts to discuss a host of issues affecting the Bay Area, California, and the United States,” said Jim Wunderman, President & CEO of the Bay Area Council. “The day will be anchored by an address from California Governor Jerry Brown on the state of the state. Limited space is still available, so I encourage anyone interested in attending to visit our website, www.bayareacouncil.org.”

For more information, visit http://www.bayareacouncil.org/outlook.

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4.1.11

Press Release: Kaiser Permanente CEO George Halvorson to Chair Bay Area Council’s Early Childhood Education Committee

The Bay Area Council today announced that George Halvorson, Chairman and CEO of Kaiser Permanente, has been appointed Chair of the Bay Area Council’s Early Childhood Education Committee.  Halvorson’s first committee meeting as Chair will take place tomorrow at Kaiser’s headquarters in Oakland.

“I am honored to chair the Bay Area Council’s Early Childhood Education Committee,” Halvorson said. “Investment in early childhood education is key to the future success of our region. The Bay Area Council is helping to lay the groundwork for more involvement by Bay Area executives on this issue.”

“George is a titan of the healthcare industry and a true champion of early childhood education,” said Jim Wunderman, President & CEO of the Bay Area Council.  “We’re extremely excited that he’s agreed to take on this chairmanship for the Bay Area Council.”

The Bay Area Council’s Early Childhood Education Committee brings together business leaders and stakeholder groups to rally for increased support for early childhood education from the business community and the State of California.  The immediate past chair of the committee is Ken McNeely, President of AT&T California.

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Press Release: Small and Medium Sized Bay Area Businesses Expect to Increase their Workforce over the Next Six Months, according to New Business Confidence Survey

The Bay Area Council today released its winter Business Confidence Survey, and the results show that Bay Area CEO’s and executives are confident the region’s economy is stabilizing and meeting expectations in the post-recession recovery.  The business confidence index – the number that distills the survey findings – registered at 61 out of 100, up 3 points from the last survey.

A reading over 50 signals positive economic times, while below 50 is negative.  Last quarter’s Survey showed the index reading at 58 – making this the sixth positive reading in a row since the summer of 2009.  One year ago, the reading registered 55, and in January 2009, the index reached its all-time low of 31.

“We’re seeing optimism and confidence in all private industry sectors,” said Jim Wunderman, President & CEO of the Bay Area Council. “According to our survey, the best place to look for a job over the next 6 months is in San Francisco, on the Peninsula and Silicon Valley, in industries like trade, professional and business services and IT.  Another bright spot is that small and medium sized businesses are finally showing signs that they might be expanding their workforces over the next few months.”

The responses of the 485 CEO’s and top executives in the nine Bay Area counties surveyed between February 17th and March 8th, show that overall, 58% think Bay Area economic conditions are better than six months ago, up 11 points from last quarter’s survey.  In addition, 61% said they expect a better Bay Area economy six months from now, up 8 points from last quarter.

The Survey indicates that a majority of executives, 53%, expect their workforces to remain the same over the next six months.  However, 31% of executives stated they planned to increase their workforce.  45% of executives in San Francisco County and 38% of executives in Santa Clara County expect to increase their workforce over the next six months. Contra Costa County was the exception, with companies surveyed there expecting to increase their workforce by 23%, but also planning to decrease their workforce by 24% over the next six months – the highest reported decrease of all nine Bay Area counties.

Additionally, the Survey showed that 41% of Bay Area companies with 500-999 employees expect to increase their workforce over the next six months, an increase of 19 points since last quarter’s survey.  42% of Bay Area companies with 50-99 employees expect to increase their workforce over the next six months.

Executives in specific industries are showing much more confidence that things will be better in six months in their sector. 60% of executives in information technology, 62% of financial services executives and 67% of leisure and hospitality executives expect their industry conditions to improve.  Confidence in the construction, education and health services industries remained flat, while 65% of government leaders surveyed expect their situation to get worse.

“While there remains substantial noise and uncertainty in the world from fiscal problems in Sacramento and Washington, D.C. to world events, clearly the local business signals are positive,” said Lenny Mendonca, Director at McKinsey & Company.

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