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Recently Introduced Bills

By Cathy Bui - March 27, 2009

 

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Curriculum & Instruction

AB 97 (Torlakson) School Curriculum & Content Standards

This bill would require the Superintendent of Public Instruction to convene an Academic Content and Performance Standards Review Panel for each of the curriculum area content standards adopted by the state board.  Teachers appointed to the panels would be required to meet specified requirements, and in choosing members for the panels, the specified appointing authorities would be required to consult with each other to ensure that each review panel consists of members who meet prescribed requirements.  The bill would require each review panel to review the content and performance standards in its particular curriculum area, and recommend changes to the state board as the review panel may deem necessary.

AB 156 (Jeffries) High School Curriculum & Volunteer Service

This bill would authorize the governing board of a school district to offer one credit towards the required number of credits required for graduation from high school for training and certification in cardiopulmonary resuscitation or use of an automatic external defibrillator, or both.

AB 314 (Brownley) Instructional Materials

This bill would require the state board to hold a publicly noticed informational meeting prior to the meeting at which it is scheduled to adopt instructional materials.  This bill would require the list of materials to be made available to school districts and to be posted on the State Department of Education's Internet Web site by subject and grade level.  It would require the list to also include the assessments or reports of findings and recommendations developed by expert reviewers and evaluators of instructional materials involved in the review process that includes alignment of standards, program organization, pupil assessments, teacher support, and support for English language learners.  Items placed upon lists would be required to be accessible, as specified, for at least 3 years following the next adoption of new materials based upon a new or revised curriculum framework, whichever is later.  This bill would authorize a school district receiving specified funding to submit recommendations of individuals to serve in the review and evaluation of instructional materials submitted for kindergarten and grades 1 to 8.

Facilities

AB 211 (Mendoza) School Facilities & Classroom Function Locks

This bill, on and after January 1, 2010, would require all new construction and modernization projects submitted to the Division of the State Architect pursuant to the Greene Act to include classroom function locks that allow doors to classrooms, offices, and other rooms where pupils and staff gather to be locked from the inside.

AB 346 (Torlakson) Joint-use School Facilities

This bill would authorize the board to provide a grant to fund a joint-use project on property that is adjacent to a school site and owned by a governmental entity, as defined.  The joint-use agreement would be required to provide that the land would be leased to the school district for a period that reflects the useful life of the facility to be constructed.  The bill would expand the types of projects that would be eligible to be built using grant funds. Those projects would include a child health and wellness clinic, career technical building or shop, science and technology laboratory, science center with exhibits or educational programs that meet current state content standards, historical or cultural education center with exhibits or educational programs that meet current state content standards, performing arts center, physical education and outdoor recreation site development, and parking facility.  The bill would authorize a school district to include, as part of the local contribution, the value of land or real property upon which the joint-use project is to be built if the school district owns the land or real property and did not pay for it or acquire it with state funds or the school district does not own the land or real property, but it will be given to the district.  A portion of the contribution of a joint-use partner, up to 10% of eligible project costs, would be authorized to include equipment with an average useful life expectancy of at least 10 years.

AB 1127 (Solorio) School Facilities & Automatic Fire Sprinkler System

This bill would require, on and after July 1, 2010, that modernization projects that have an estimated cost of more than $500,000 have an automatic fire sprinkler system installed throughout the school building in accordance with building standards adopted by the State Fire Marshal. The bill would require the board also to adjust the per-pupil grant amount as necessary to accommodate 80% of the increased costs due to the automatic fire sprinkler system.

State Teachers' Retirement

AB 360 (Ma) State Teachers’ Retirement & Creditable Service: Community Colleges

This bill would provide an alternate definition of "full time" for an instructor employed on a part-time basis in a community college, which would be based on 1/2 of the number of hours that is the minimum standard for full-time faculty teaching the same type of class as the part-time instructor.

AB 654 (Mendoza) State Teachers’ Retirement

This bill would require regular interest to be charged on the unpaid balance if the transfer to the retirement fund is made in installments.  The bill would modify the definition of "regular interest" for purposes of the State Teachers' Retirement Law.  This bill would require the board, in accordance with regulations, to assess penalties, pursuant to a specified formula, or a fee of $500, whichever is greater.  The bill would additionally require the board to assess penalties, pursuant to a specified formula, if a county superintendent of schools, or an employing agency, school district, or community college district that reports directly to the system, includes in those monthly reports creditable compensation earned during prior fiscal years.  This bill would require the board to collect interest on delinquent contributions, as specified, and to assess penalties,in accordance with regulations,against the employer for a report submitted late or in an unacceptable form pursuant to a specified formula, or a fee of $500, whichever is greater.

SB 280 (Calderon) State Teachers’ Retirement

This bill would provide that a member shall not forfeit his or her additional credit for service under these provisions if he or she is, on or after January 1, 2004, reemployed within 5 years after retirement as a substitute teacher by a school district from which he or she retired.

Textbooks & Instructional Material

SB 216 (Liu) Public Postsecondary Education & Textbooks

This bill would revise the provision affecting textbook publishers to encourage publishers to take, at a minimum, actions aimed at reducing the amounts that students currently pay for textbooks. The bill would encourage publishers, in providing lists and prices of different products they sell, to include products they have sold. This bill would require the California State University and the California Community Colleges, and would request the University of California, to post a list of required textbooks and the cost of the textbook on their respective Internet Web sites, at least 30 days prior to the first day of class for each term. For bundled materials, the bill would require the course instructor to confirm his or her intent to use each individual item sold as part of the bundled package before adoption of the material is finalized.

SB 247 (Alquist) Electronic Instructional Materials

This bill would provide that instructional materials may be provided to pupils in electronic form if sufficient textbooks or instructional materials have been made available to each pupil, as required.

SB 386 (Runner) Postsecondary Education & Textbooks

This bill would require a faculty member at the California Community Colleges and the California State University who adopts a new edition of a textbook within 3 years after the adoption of a previous edition of the textbook, to justify the adoption of the new edition of the textbook by performing a specified cost-benefit analysis. The bill would require a faculty member to submit the cost-benefit analysis to specified entities within the institution of higher education. The bill would request the University of California to adopt regulations for the implementation of these requirements. The bill would repeal these provisions on January 1, 2016.

Editor's Note: Cathy Bui  is the Legislative Assistant for Governmental Solutions Group, LLC.  Pror to joining GSG, Ms. Bui worked in the office of Assembly Speaker Karen Bass.