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Bills On the Move

By Cathy Bui - April 24, 2009

 

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Here is a list of bills that are scheduled for next week's legislative hearings:

Physical Education

AB 81 (Strickland, Audra) Interscholastic Athletics: Pupils in Foster Care

This bill would require that a foster child who changes residences pursuant to a court order or decision of a child welfare worker be immediately deemed to meet all residency requirements for participation in interscholastic sports or other extracurricular activities.

AB 351 (Salas) Physical Education

This bill would authorize the governing board of a school district to exempt any high school pupil from courses in physical education if the pupil participates in California Cadet Corps, cheer team or dance team, color guard or drill team, Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps, or marching band as part of the regular school-sponsored extracurricular activities.

School Facilities

AB 1080 (Skinner) School Facilities: Rent or Lease: Vacant Classrooms

This bill would authorize the governing board of the Emery Unified School District, upon a 2/3 vote, to enter into a joint-use, joint-ownership agreement with a governmental agency whereby a new school and community services facility would be constructed on land owned by the school district.

AB 1099 (Fuller) School Facilities: Construction

This bill would eliminate the requirement that the contractor submit periodic reports to the department that the work and materials comply with the approved plans and specifications and would eliminate the requirement that notice of completion be filed before the department issues a certification that the school building complies with the Field Act requirements.

AB 1120 (Niello) School Facilities: Construction: Cost Containment

This bill would authorize a school district to include a constructability review with the plans and specifications it submits to the Department of General Services for approval. The bill would define "constructability review" as a cost control technique by which the project plans and specifications are reviewed by mechanical, electrical, structural, and construction professionals hired by the school district to identify potential claim or problem areas and deficiencies in the plans and specifications that may occur as a result of errors, ambiguities, omissions, discrepancies, and conflicts in the plans and specifications.

SB 334 (Ducheny) School Facilities: New Construction Grant Eligibility: Special Education Pupils

The act requires the board to determine maximum total new construction grant eligibility of an applicant under a specified calculation that includes certain per-unhoused-pupil grant amounts, and authorizes the board to adjust the per-unhoused-pupil grant amounts by regulation for qualifying individuals with exceptional needs. This bill would require an increase made to the per-unhoused-pupil grant amounts also to be made to the per-unhoused-pupil who is a qualifying individual with exceptional needs amounts.

State Teachers’ Retirement/Teacher Credentialing

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 and charge regular interest for any delinquent contributions. This bill would require the board to assess those 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 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.

AB 2167 (Eng) State Teachers’ Retirement System

The Teachers' Retirement Law provides that members with 30 or more years of credited service receive increases in their retirement allowance. Existing law provides additional increases for those members who have 30 or more years of credited service prior to 2011 and who retire for service on or after January 1, 2001. This bill would delete that date thereby permitting any member who retires and has 30 or more years of credited service to receive those additional increases.

SB 751 (Romero) Teacher Credentials

This bill would authorize the commission to issue a multiple subject, single subject, or education specialist teaching credential to a teacher prepared in a country other than the United States who has earned a valid corresponding elementary, secondary, or special education teaching credential in another state and who meets specified requirements. This bill would require a school district, county office of education, or charter school that provides intensive examination preparation courses for the purposes of preparing credential holders to demonstrate subject matter knowledge in mathematics or the sciences to meet specified requirements. The bill would authorize those local educational entities to contract with other specified entities for services to provide intensive examination preparation courses to assist teacher participants to prepare for taking commission-approved subject matter examinations.

Student Services

AB 296 (Solorio) Supplemental Educational Services

This bill would require local educational agencies to comply with specified requirements relating to these supplemental educational services, including expanding the means of providing information to parents and guardians and accepting enrollment forms.

AB 534 (Duvall) Pupils: Career Fairs

This bill would require a school that offers a career fair to its pupils to allow military recruiters access to that career fair to the same extent that it allows other persons and entities access to the fair.

AB 976 (Arambula) Public Schools: Alternative Education: Accountability

This bill would require a school district, prior to referring a pupil to independent study pursuant to an alternative education program, to provide the pupil and his or her parent or guardian with a listing of all other alternative education options, and to utilize independent study only as a last resort, except as specified. The bill would prohibit a school district or county office of education from offering independent study to a pupil if the school district or county office of education determines that the pupil is performing below state standards. Because this bill would require school districts and county offices of education to comply with additional requirements before referring a pupil to independent study, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program. This bill would include independent study as a school for purposes of the alternative accountability system. The bill would require that schools in the alternative accountability system receive an API score and be included in the API rankings. The bill would require that qualifying schools be eligible for the Immediate Intervention/Underperforming Schools Program. In addition, the bill would require school districts and county offices of education participating in the alternative accountability system to report on specified achievement indicators to the Department of Education. The bill would require the department to create a statewide standard for granting credit to pupils attending alternative education programs.

SB 272 (Wiggins) Educational Counseling

This bill would state legislative intent relating to the role of school counselors. The bill would require the academic counseling component of educational counseling to also include an individualized review of pupil's academic and deportment records and of his or her career goals, and the opportunity for a counselor to meet with each pupil and his or her parents or legal guardian to explain the academic progress needed to complete middle or high school, pass the high school exit examination, and be eligible for admission to a 4-year institution of postsecondary education and the availability of career technical education, among other things. The bill would require the career and vocational counseling component of educational counseling to include identifying personal interests, skills, and abilities, career planning, course selection, and career transition, and assisting pupils to understand the changing work environment, the effect of work on lifestyle, the relationship between academic achievement and career success, the importance of maximizing career options, the value of participating in career technical education and work-based learning activities and programs, and the need to develop essential employable skills and work habits, among other things. The bill would require ongoing professional development related to career and vocational counseling to include strategies for pupils pursuing postsecondary, career technical education, multiple pathway, college, and global career opportunities.

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.