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Bills on the Move

By Andrew Keller - October 30, 2009

 

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While the Senate Education Committee prepares for a series of hearings next week, the Assembly has sent the Governor a complex solution for the reductions made to QEIA schools in the last round of budget cuts. Also, Assemblyman Tom Torlakson recently introduced a bill addressing the cap on the number of charter schools allowed in California. Here is a summary of those bills.

Finance

ABX3 56 (Evans)  Education finance.  
Introduced: 6/26/2009  Last Amended: 10/14/2009
Status: 10/26/2009-Enrolled and to the Governor at 4:45 p.m.

Summary:  Existing law appropriates the sum of $402,000,000 from the General Fund to the Superintendent of Public Instruction for the 2009-10 fiscal year to be allocated to school sites selected to participate in the Quality Education Investment Act of 2006 (QEIA) program, as specified.  Existing law requires the Superintendent, for each school district and chartering authority receiving an allocation pursuant to these provisions, to reduce its revenue limit or its general purpose entitlement, as specified, for the 2009-10 school year by the amount of the allocation received pursuant to these provisions.  This bill would repeal those provisions and would instead allocate the sum of $355,000,000 from the General Fund to the Superintendent for the 2009-10 fiscal year to the school sites selected to participate in the QEIA program.  

The bill would require the Superintendent to allocate $64,872,000 in specified one-time carryover funds provided to the state under Title I of the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act (20 U.S.C. Sec. 6303 et seq.), and to allocate $100,000,000 in ongoing funds and one-time funds allocated under Title I pursuant to the federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 for the purpose of awarding grants to local educational agencies that participate in the QEIA program.  The bill would reduce the total amount appropriated from the General Fund by the amount of federal funds allocated pursuant to those provisions, to the extent that the federal funds are available for the purposes of awarding grants to local educational agencies that participate in the Quality Education Investment Act program in the 2009-10 fiscal year, as specified.  

The bill would appropriate the sum of $20,000,000 from the Proposition 98 Reversion Account to the Superintendent to be allocated to school sites selected to participate in the QEIA program, subject to reduction by the total amount of federal funds available pursuant to those provisions.  The bill would require the Superintendent, on or before February 15, 2010, to submit a specified plan for the use of prior year and ongoing Federal School Improvement Funds. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.

Facilities

ABX5 3 (Torlakson)   Charter schools.  
Introduced: 10/28/2009
Status: 10/28/2009-Introduced. To print.

Summary:  The Charter Schools Act of 1992 authorizes any one or more persons to submit a petition to the governing board of a school district to establish a charter school that operates independently from the existing school district structure as a method of accomplishing specified goals.  The act limits the maximum number of charter schools authorized to operate in the state each year, as specified.  This bill would delete that limitation. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.

Editor's Note: Andrew Keller is the Legislative Assistant for Governmental Solutions Group, LLC.