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Bills On the Move

By Cathy Bui - May 1, 2009

 

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Here is a list of key bills that passed out of Assembly and Senate Education Committees this week:

Assessment and Accountability

SB 651 (Romero) Pupil retention
Introduced: 2/27/2009

Summary:  This bill would require the Superintendent, on or before August 1, 2010, and annually thereafter, to submit to the Governor, the Legislature, and the state board, a report called the Annual Report on Dropouts in California. The bill would require, among other things, the report contain specified information on dropout rates, graduation rates, pupil promotion rates, course enrollment patterns, and behavioral data. The bill would require that the report include data from the most recent year and, at a minimum, the two prior years. The bill would also require the Superintendent to make an oral presentation of the contents of the report to the state board and to make the contents of the report available on the department's Internet Web site.

Career Technical Education

SB 747 (Romero) Career technical education: Pilot pre-apprentice aerospace machining program
Introduced: 2/27/2009,  Last Amended: 4/23/2009

Summary:  This bill would state findings and declarations of the Legislature regarding California's aerospace workforce and trends in California’s high schools. This bill would create a pilot pre-apprentice aerospace machining program, implemented by the California Community Colleges system, to provide career technical education to high school pupils in the form of machining and related curriculum that can be applied to various manufacturing industries in California, including, but not limited to, aerospace manufacturing, as specified. The program would be funded by a combination of public and private funds that would be deposited into the Machinist Investment Fund, which would be created by this bill. Grants would be competitively awarded to community colleges based upon specified criteria, including their ability to address the existing local and regional industry manufacturing needs, while providing meaningful career technical education opportunities for at-risk youth. This bill would require the California Community Colleges system to develop pre-apprenticeship curriculum in aerospace technology, and machining technology generally. This bill would provide that its provisions would remain in effect until January 1, 2015.

Education Technology

AB 678 (Hall) Education technology
Introduced: 2/26/2009,  Last Amended: 4/14/2009

Summary:  This bill would require the component of the guidelines and criteria that educates pupils and teachers on the topics listed above to include the negative impacts to pupils from cyberbullying, the active use of parental control software, and the responsible use by pupils of mobile communication technology.  The bill would encourage school districts to partner with information technology companies and nonprofit organizations to develop tools to supplement the existing Internet safety curriculum that addresses the educational component of the guidelines and criteria and would make technical, nonsubstantive changes to these provisions.

School Safety

SB 188 (Runner) Temporary restraining orders: Schools
Introduced: 2/18/2009

Summary:  This bill would modify the definition of employer for the purposes of the temporary restraining order provision to include an educational site, such as a school, college, university, or technical institute.

Special Education

SB 701 (Correa) Special education: Local plans  
 
Introduced: 
2/27/2009

Summary:  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.

Student Attendance

SB 266 (Huff) Public schools: Open enrollment.
Introduced: 2/24/2009

Summary:  This bill would enact the Open Enrollment Act to enable pupils residing in the state to attend public schools in school districts other than the ones in which they reside.  The bill would require the State Board of Education to promulgate an enrollment options program in which the parent of a pupil wishing to attend a school in a nonresident school district would submit an application for a particular school year to the nonresident school district on a form provided by, and on or before a deadline established by, the state board.  The bill would require a school district to adopt specific, written standards for acceptance and rejection of applications for enrollment.  Within 60 days of receiving an application for enrollment, the bill would require a nonresident school district to notify the applicant parent and the resident school district in writing whether the application has been accepted or rejected and state in the notification the reasons for the rejection.  The bill would require that the average daily attendance for pupils enrolled in a nonresident school district, pursuant to the bill, be credited to the nonresident school district pursuant to a specified statute.  These provisions would become operative at the beginning of the 2010-11 school year, become inoperative on July 1, 2020, and would be repealed on January 1, 2021.

Student Services

AB 296 (Solorio) Supplemental educational services  
Introduced:  2/17/2009,  Last Amended:  4/20/2009

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

 

AB 1238 (Hernandez) Advanced placement progra.  
Introduced:  2/27/2009,  Last Amended:  3/31/2009

Summary:  This bill would require school districts maintaining any of grades 9 to 12, inclusive, to offer advanced placement courses in certain areas of study, including English literature and composition, United States history, Spanish language, calculus, and chemistry.  The bill would authorize small rural school districts, as defined, to offer online courses for the purposes of fulfilling this requirement.

Community College Related

AB 555 (Portantino) Community colleges: Attendance by secondary school pupils: partnerships.  
Introduced:  2/25/2009,  Last Amended: 4/23/2009

Summary:  This bill would authorize the Kern, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Los Rios, and San Jose-Evergreen community college districts to enter into partnerships with school districts to provide secondary school pupils with the opportunity to benefit from advanced scholastic, career-technical, or vocational coursework.

 

SB 217 (Yee) Public postsecondary education: executive officer compensation
Introduced:  2/23/2009,  Last Amended:  4/20/2009

Summary:  This bill would prohibit the trustees and the board from increasing the monetary compensation of, or approving a monetary bonus for, any executive officer, as defined, of their respective segments in any fiscal year in which the General Fund appropriation to the respective segment in the annual Budget Act is less than, or equal to, the General Fund appropriation to that segment in the annual Budget Act for the immediately preceding fiscal year.  The bill would request the regents to not increase the monetary compensation of, or approve a monetary bonus for, any executive officer, as defined, of the University of California, in any fiscal year in which the General Fund appropriation to the University of California in the annual Budget Act is less than, or equal to, the General Fund appropriation to the university in the annual Budget Act for the immediately preceding fiscal year.

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.