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Bills On the Move

By Cathy Bui - July 17, 2009

 

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This week, the Senate and Assembly Education Committee gathered to consider a number of bills.  Below is a list of bills that were heard, as well as their current status.

Accountability & Assessment

AB 374 (Block)  Consequences of dropping out notice.  
Introduced: 2/23/2009,  Last Amended: 6/1/2009  
Status: 7/15/2009-From ED.: Do pass. To APPR.  

Summary:   Existing law subjects each person between 6 and 18 years of age who is not exempted under specified statutes to compulsory full-time or continuation education.  Existing law requires each person subject to compulsory full-time or continuation education who is not exempted to attend a public full-time day school or continuation school or classes for the full time designated as the length of the school day by the governing board of the school district in which the residency of either the parent or legal guardian is located and requires each parent, guardian, or other person having control or charge of the pupil to send the pupil to the appropriate school or classes for the designated periods of time each school day.  Existing law prescribes truancy procedures for pupils who do not comply with these provisions.  This bill would require the Superintendent of Public Instruction to produce a “consequences of dropping out” notice, as described, to inform pupils of the consequences of dropping out of school prior to reaching 18 years of age or completing the requirements for graduation from high school.  The bill would require the Superintendent to make the notice available to school districts by posting it on the Internet Web site of the department.

 

AB 429 (Brownley) The Public Schools Accountability Act of 1999: advisory committee.  
Introduced: 2/23/2009  Last Amend: 4/29/2009  
Status: 7/15/2009-From ED.: Do pass. To APPR.

Summary:  Existing law requires the Superintendent of Public Instruction to establish an advisory committee to advise on all appropriate matters relative to the creation of the Academic Performance Index and the implementation of the Immediate Intervention/Underperforming Schools Program and the High Achieving/Improving Schools Program.  Existing law requires the committee to make recommendations to the Superintendent on the appropriateness and feasibility of a methodology for generating a measurement of academic performance by using unique pupil identifiers and annual academic achievement growth to provide a more accurate measure of a school's academic achievement growth over time.  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.  This bill would require the Superintendent to forward the recommendations by October 1, 2011, to specified entities.

 

AB 451 (De Leon) Public school accountability: grants.  
Introduced: 2/24/2009  Last Amend: 6/1/2009  
Status: 7/15/2009-From ED.: Do pass. To APPR.

Summary:  The Public Schools Accountability Act of 1999 requires the State Department of Education to identify local educational agencies that are in danger of being identified within 2 years as program improvement local educational agencies under the federal No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, and to notify those local educational agencies, in writing, of this status and provide those local educational agencies with research-based criteria to conduct a voluntary self-assessment.  The Public Schools Accountability Act requires a local educational agency identified as a program improvement local educational agency under the federal No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 to perform specified tasks, including conducting a self-assessment and implementing a local educational agency plan.  The Public Schools Accountability Act authorizes a local educational agency identified for corrective action and subject to a sanction to apply for a one-year, nonrenewable grant of federal improvement funding to assist in its improvement process.  

The Public Schools Accountability Act specifies the grant amount for each eligible local educational agency based on the severity of the agency's performance problems.  This bill would delete those requirements and increase the specified amounts for the one-year, nonrenewable grant.  The bill would require the Superintendent of Public Instruction and the State Board of Education to consider whether the local educational agency received funding when determining whether the local educational agency shall contract with a District Assistance and Intervention Team (DAIT) or other technical assistance provider.  For the 2009-10 fiscal year only, the bill would require that a local educational agency that received a sanction prior to January 1, 2010 , and received a one-year, nonrenewable grant be provided with an additional one-time, nonrenewable grant of federal improvement funding, as specified.

 

AB 1435 (V. Manuel Perez)  Public school accountability. 
Introduced: 2/27/2009  Last Amend: 4/29/2009  
Status: 7/15/2009-From ED.: Do pass. To APPR.

Summary:  Existing law requires the Superintendent of Public Instruction to establish an advisory committee to advise on all appropriate matters relative to the creation of the Academic Performance Index and the implementation of the Immediate Intervention/Underperforming Schools Program and the High Achieving/Improving Schools Program.  Existing law requires the committee to make recommendations to the Superintendent, by July 1, 2005, on the appropriateness and feasibility of a methodology for generating a measurement of academic performance by using unique pupil identifiers and annual academic achievement growth to provide a more accurate measure of a school's growth over time.  This bill would require the advisory committee, by July 1, 2010, to make recommendations to the Superintendent regarding the inclusion of the results of the English language development test or series of tests developed or acquired pursuant to a specified provision and the feasibility of including English learner proficiency as part of the Academic Performance Index (API).  The bill would require the Superintendent, with the approval of the state board, to include the results of the English language development test or series of tests developed or acquired pursuant to a specified provision and English language proficiency levels and growth of those levels in the API.

Community College Related

AB 492 (Conway)  Community colleges: nursing faculty.  
Introduced: 2/24/2009  Last Amend: 5/7/2009  
Status: 7/15/2009-From ED.: Failed passage, Reconsideration granted.

Summary:  Existing law establishes the California Community Colleges, under the administration of the Board of Governors of the California Community Colleges, as one of the segments of public postsecondary education in this state.  Existing law establishes community college districts, administered by a governing board, throughout the state, and authorizes these districts to provide instruction to students at the community college campuses maintained by the districts.  This bill would revise that exception to authorize the employment of a clinical nursing faculty member as a temporary faculty member for up to the total number of semesters or quarters within any period of three consecutive academic years between July 1, 2007, and June 30, 2014.  The bill would also delete that hiring limitation that prevents an increase in the ratio of part-time to full-time nursing faculty in a district.

 

AB 1400 (Fong)  Community colleges: expulsion: hearing. 
Introduced: 2/27/2009  Last Amend: 6/29/2009  
Status: 7/15/2009-From ED.: Do pass. To APPR.

Summary:  Existing law establishes the California Community Colleges, under the administration of the Board of Governors of the California Community Colleges, as one of the segments of public postsecondary education in this state.  Existing law establishes community college districts, administered by a governing board, throughout the state, and authorizes these districts to provide instruction to students at the community college campuses maintained by the districts.  This bill would authorize the governing board of a district to either deny enrollment, permit enrollment, or permit conditional enrollment by any individual who has been expelled from a community college within the preceding 10 years, or who is, at the time of the application, undergoing expulsion procedures, for certain offenses, as provided, if the board determines that the person continues to pose a risk to the safety of others.  This bill would authorize the board to hold a hearing before making the determination as to whether the person continues to pose a risk.  The bill would authorize a governing board of a district to delegate its authority under these provisions to the superintendent or president of the district, or to his or her designee.

Curriculum & Instruction

AB 97 (Torlakson) School curriculum: content standards.  
Introduced: 1/6/2009  Last Amend: 6/1/2009  
Status: 7/15/2009-From ED.: Do pass. To APPR.  

Summary:  Existing law, operative until July 1, 2011, and to be repealed on January 1, 2012, requires the State Board of Education to adopt statewide academic content standards and performance standards, based on the recommendation of the Commission for the Establishment of Academic Content and Performance Standards and the Superintendent of Public Instruction, respectively.  Existing law authorizes the state board to modify any proposed content standard or performance standard prior to its adoption.  This bill would instead repeal these provisions on January 1, 2017, unless a later enacted statute, that is enacted before January 1, 2017, deletes or extends that date.  This bill would delete the provisions allowing the state board to modify the recommended standards prior to adoption.

 

AB 296 (Solorio) Supplemental educational services.  
Introduced: 2/17/2009   Last Amend: 5/26/2009   
Status: 7/15/2009-From ED. Do pass. To APPR.  

Summary:  Existing federal law defines “supplemental educational services” as tutoring and other supplemental academic enrichment services that are provided in addition to instruction provided during the school day and are high quality, research-based, and specifically designed to increase academic achievement, as specified.  This bill would require local educational agencies and supplemental educational service providers to comply with specified requirements relating to these supplemental educational services, including requirements relating to providing information to parents and guardians and enrollment of pupils in supplemental educational services.  The bill would require local educational agencies to permit supplemental educational service providers access to school facilities if the local educational agency provides access to outside entities, except as specified.  Because the bill would require local educational agencies to provide a higher level of service, it would impose a state-mandated local program.

 

AB 482 (Mendoza)  Instructional materials: English learners.  
Introduced: 2/24/2009  Last Amend: 6/1/2009  
Status: 7/15/2009-From ED: Do pass. To APPR.

Summary:  Existing law requires the State Board of Education to adopt regulations concerning the development of curriculum frameworks and the adoption of instructional materials.  This bill would state the intent of the Legislature to provide school districts with quality instructional materials written and taught in the English language to accelerate English language acquisition for English learners while upholding and teaching California's English language arts content standards.  The bill would require the state board by December 31, 2013, to revise the reading/language arts framework.  The revision would be required to meet specified requirements and be aligned to both the English/language arts content standards and the English language development standards adopted by the state board.  The bill would require the evaluation criteria and standards maps for the revised framework to be modified, as specified.

Education Technology

AB 678 (Hall)  Education technology.  
Introduced: 2/26/2009  Last Amend: 5/6/2009  
Status: 7/15/2009-From ED. Do pass. To APPR.

Summary:  Existing law requires a school district to have a current three- to-five year education technology plan as a precondition to receiving a technology grant administered by the State Department of Education.  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 content 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, non-substantive changes to these provisions.

School Finance

AB 8 (Brownley)  Education finance: working group.  
Introduced: 12/1/2008  Last Amend: 6/30/2009  
Status: 7/15/2009-From committee: Do pass. (Ayes 3. Noes 2.) (July 14).

Summary:  (1) Existing law establishes the public school system in this state, and, among other things, provides for the establishment of school districts throughout the state and for their provision of instruction at the public elementary and secondary schools they operate and maintain.  Existing law establishes a public school funding system that includes, among other elements, the provision of funding to local educational agencies through state apportionments, the proceeds of property taxes collected at the local level, and other sources.  This bill would express findings and declarations of the Legislature with respect to the school funding system in the state.  The bill would require the Director of Finance and the Legislative Analyst to convene a working group to make findings and recommendations to the Legislature and the Governor on or before December 1, 2010, regarding restructuring California's school finance system.  The bill would require those findings and recommendations to include, among other things, alternative structures for funding public schools, the policy and fiscal implications of the alternative funding structure or structures, and an evaluation mechanism to facilitate continuous improvement, maximum transparency, and accountability of the funding structures.

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.