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Bills On the Move

By Cathy Bui - April 3, 2009

 

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Accountability & Assessment

AB 72 (Duvall) Pupil Data

This bill would require the StateChief Information Officer to manage the data of local educational agencies through the California Longitudinal Pupil Achievement Data System (CALPADS).  The bill would authorize local educational agencies to share data with each other through the California Longitudinal Pupil Achievement Data System.  The bill would require the State Chief Information Officer to establish a pupil data team composed of specified persons to provide input and make recommendations to the State Chief Information Officer regarding policy and procedures, including, but not limited to, the functionality of the California Longitudinal Pupil Achievement Data System data and response to requests for data. 

This bill would require the State Chief Information Officer to establish an institutional review board to review and respond to all requests for individually identifiable data, if authorized to do so by the CPHS.  The bill would require the institutional review board to comply with specified requirements to protect individually identifiable data.  The bill would require the State Chief Information Officer to adopt regulations to establish detailed criteria and procedures for the institutional review board to review and respond to data requests.

AB 429 (Brownley) The Public Schools Accountability Act of 1999 – Advisory Committee

This bill would require the committee, by July 1, 2011, to make recommendations to the Superintendent for the establishment of a methodology for generating a measurement of academic performance using unique pupil identifiers and for developing a longitudinally valid assessment system in which annual academic growth can provide a more accurate and valid measure of a school's academic achievement growth and a pupil's academic achievement growth over time.

AB 837 (Torlakson) School Attendance & Online Education

This bill would provide that school districts, county offices of education, and charter schools that offer online education courses may claim a unitof average daily attendance on the basis of the attendance ofa pupil taking at least one online course at aclass or classesin a classroom-based setting.

Charter Schools

AB 284 (Garrick) Charter Schools & Petitions

This bill would authorize a petition to establish a charter school to be submitted for approval to the president of a campus of the California State University or the governing board of a community college district if the petition proposes the operation of a charter school within the county in which the university or community college maintains a campus.  The president of a campus of the California State University and the governing board of a community college district would be authorized to grant a petition submitted to it for approval.  The president of a campus of the California State University and the governing board of a community college district that grants a charter petition would be required to assume all of the duties, responsibilities, functions, and obligations that the governing board of a school district assumes when it grants a charter petition.  A charter school established as specified in the bill would be required to receive the state aid portion of the charter school's total general-purpose entitlement, categorical block grant, other state and federal categorical aid, and lottery funds directly.

AB 572 (Brownley) Charter Schools & Governing Boards

The Charter Schools Act of 1992 authorizes the establishment of charter schools to operate independently from the existing school district structure as a method of accomplishing, among other things, improved pupil learning.  This bill would require a charter school to adopt and comply with a conflict-of-interest policy.

SB 108 (Walters) Charter Schools & Government Tort Claims

This bill would specify that a charter school shall be deemed a political subdivision for purposes of the California Tort Claims Act and other specified statutory provisions regarding public agencies. By subjecting charter schools to the duties imposed on public agencies by these statutory provisions, this bill would impose a state-mandated local program.

California Community College

AB 38 (Salas) Postsecondary Education & Resident Classification – Veterans

This bill would repeal that provision and would instead enact the Veterans Education Assistance Act of 2009, which would entitle a student who was a member of the Armed Forces to resident classification for the length of time he or she lives in this state after being discharged up to the minimum time necessary to become a resident, if the student meets specified eligibility requirements, including, among other requirements, being eligible for federal veterans education benefits.

AB 218 (Portantino) Postsecondary Education & Educational and Economic Goals for California Higher Education

This bill would repeal the existing higher education accountability program and require the state to establish a new accountability framework for achieving prescribed educational and economic goals. The bill would require this framework to measure the collective performance of the state's system of higher education in successfully serving students by answering six statewide policy questions. The bill would require that the data collected in response to these policy questions be reported to the Legislature and the Governor and made available to the public.

AB 379 (Torlakson) Classified Employees & Personnel Commissions – Director

This bill would require the personnel commission of each of those districts, consistent with the commission rules applicable to all classified employees, to determine compensation for, and supervise the personnel director. The bill also would encourage the personnel commission of a district to prepare an annual written performance evaluation of the personnel director. The administration of, and the exclusive representatives of classified employees of, each of those districts would be authorized to participate in the annual performance evaluation of the personnel director by completing an evaluation or comment form distributed by the commission. The personnel commission of each of those districts would be authorized to review the submitted evaluation and comment forms, if any, and to consider the forms as part of the overall evaluation process. The bill would require that, if the commission prepares this evaluation, the commission would be responsible for the content of that final evaluation.

The bill would grant the personnel commission of a district the authority to impose discipline upon the personnel director if cause has been established in accordance with commission rules applicable to all classified employees. The bill would provide, to ensure due process for the personnel director, that he or she be granted the option of requesting a hearing from an impartial hearing officer, as specified. The bill would require that the method for selecting the hearing officer be designated in commission rules, and would bind the commission by the findings of the hearing officer. The bill would require that the procedures authorized by the bill be integrated into the regular personnel commission activities and be conducted within the amount otherwise budgeted for the personnel commission of the district. The bill would express the intent of the Legislature to prohibit, upon appropriation by the Legislature, the total allocation to districts pursuant to the bill in a fiscal year from exceeding $15,000. To the extent that this bill would impose additional duties on local officials, it would impose a state-mandated local program.

Special Education

AB 826 (Buchanan) Special Education & Local Plan Areas – Funding

This bill, notwithstanding the computations that are required by existing law, would instead require the Superintendent to make different computations, as prescribed, to determine the amount of General Fund moneys that a special education local plan area may claim for the 2009-10 fiscal year and each fiscal year thereafter. The bill would also require the Superintendent to make different computations to determine the amount of funding per unit of average daily attendance for each special education local plan area for the 2009-10 fiscal year and each fiscal year thereafter.

AB 1517 (Berryhill) Special Education & Alternative Dispute Resolution Programs

This bill, subject to an appropriation in the annual Budget Act or other statute, would require the department to establish and administer a statewide program of grant funding to establish alternative dispute resolution programs for special education that include specified components.

SB 701 (Correa) Special Education & Local Plans

This bill would require that the governance structure for such an arrangement include one member of the governing board of each participating local educational agency selected by a majority vote of each respective governing board. The bill would authorize the governance structure to include a county superintendent of schools to serve in lieu of a governing board member for a county office of education included in the plan.

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.