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Bills on the Move

By Andrew Keller - April 15, 2010

 

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The Legislature took up a sizable chunk of bills in the past few weeks, but many are still on the agenda before the April 23rd deadline for bills with a fiscal component. Below are summaries of several of the measures that will be considered by the legislature in the coming week.

Finance

AB 2027 (Blumenfield D) Online education: school attendance.  
Introduced: 2/17/2010
Status: 4/7/2010-In committee: Set, first hearing. Hearing canceled at the request of author.

Summary:  Existing law establishes the public elementary and secondary school system in this state, and further establishes a funding system pursuant to which the state apportions funds to local educational agencies based on the average daily attendance of pupils at the schools operated by those agencies.  Numerous statutes and regulations govern the calculation and reporting of average daily attendance.  This bill, commencing with the 2011-12 fiscal year, would provide that school districts and county offices of education that offer online education courses may claim one day of attendance toward average daily attendance on the basis of the attendance at a class or classes in a classroom-based setting of a pupil taking at least one high-quality online course that satisfies prescribed criteria. This bill contains other related provisions.

 

AB 2272 (Block D) Education: class size.   
Introduced: 2/18/2010
Status: 3/11/2010-Referred to Com. on ED.

Summary: Existing law provides that school districts that implement a class size reduction program are subject to specified requirements relating to grade levels to receive funding to implement the program.  The governing board of a school district is required to certify to the Superintendent of Public Instruction that it has met the requirements.  If a school district receives class reduction funding but does not implement its class size reduction program for all grades and classes for which it received funding, the Superintendent is required to notify the Controller and the school district in writing and the Controller is required to deduct an amount equal to the amount received by the school district that the school district failed to reduce, as specified, subject to Constitutional limitation.  This bill would make various specified changes in the formulas for determining the amount of funding deducted by the school district for failure to comply with the class reduction program.

 

AB 2335 (Brownley D) Education finance: school-based financial reporting system.  
Introduced: 2/19/2010
Status: 3/11/2010-Referred to Com. on ED.

Summary: 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.  This bill would require the Superintendent of Public Instruction to study prescribed topics relating to a school-based financial reporting system and to make findings and recommendations to the Legislature and the Governor about these topics on or before December 1, 2011.

 

AB 2366 (Brownley D) Education finance: revenue limits.  
Introduced: 2/19/2010  Last Amended: 4/6/2010
Status: 4/7/2010-Re-referred to Com. on ED.

Summary: Existing law requires the county superintendent of schools to determine a revenue limit for each school district in the county pursuant to a specified formula based on the base revenue limit of the school district for the prior year, adjusted for inflation, and the average daily attendance for the entire school district.  Existing law requires the base revenue limit for each school district for the 2011-12 fiscal year to include an adjustment computed as specified and related to funding incentives to increase beginning teachers' salaries and funding for meals for needy pupils programs.  Existing law requires the Superintendent of Public Instruction to calculate the amount of this adjustment for each school district, as specified.  This bill would defer until the 2013-14 fiscal year that portion of the 2011-12 fiscal year adjustment related to funding for meals for needy pupils programs.  This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.

Human Resources

AB 2219 (Fuentes D) School employees.  
Introduced: 2/18/2010
Last Amended: 4/5/2010
Status: 4/6/2010-Re-referred to Com. on ED.

Summary: Existing law establishes notice and hearing requirements for the dismissal or suspension of a permanent employee of a school district on specified grounds, and requires the Commission on Professional Competence to conduct a hearing upon the employee's request.  Under existing law, if the commission determines that the employee should be dismissed or suspended, the governing board and the employee are required to share equally the expenses of the hearing.  This bill would instead require either the governing board of the school district or the state to pay those expenses.  This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.

Facilities

AB 2560 (Brownley D) School facilities: construction: modernization.  
Introduced: 2/19/2010
Status: 3/18/2010-Referred to Com. on ED.

Summary: Existing law, the Leroy F. Greene School Facilities Act of 1998, requires the State Allocation Board to allocate to applicant school districts, prescribed per-unhoused-pupil state funding for construction and modernization of school facilities, including hardship funding, and supplemental funding for site development and acquisition.  Existing law requires the board to adopt regulations to adjust the per-pupil amounts for modernization projects for school buildings that are 50 years old or older based on the higher costs associated with modernizing older buildings.  This bill would correct an erroneous cross-reference in the provision requiring the board to adopt regulations adjusting the grant amounts for older buildings.

Miscellaneous

AB 1967 (Mendoza D) Pupil admission: kindergarten and first grade.  
Introduced: 2/17/2010  Last Amended: 4/12/2010
Status: 4/12/2010-From committee chair, with author's amendments: Amend, and re-refer to Com. on ED. Read second time and amended.

Summary: Existing law requires that a child be admitted to kindergarten at the beginning of a school year, or at any time later in the same year if the child will have his or her fifth birthday on or before December 2 of that school year.  An elementary school is required to admit a child to the first grade during the first month of a school year if the child will have his or her sixth birthday on or before December 2 of that school year.  This bill would change the required birthday for admission to kindergarten to September 1 commencing with the 2012-13 school year, and for admission to first grade to September 1 commencing with the 2013-14 school year.  The bill, commencing with the 2012-13 school year, would authorize a child who will have his or her fifth birthday between September 2 and December 2 to be admitted to a prekindergarten maintained by the school district and would require the Superintendent of Public Instruction to allocate to a school district that maintains a prekindergarten program an amount equal to the revenue limit amount that the district would have received for the attendance of these pupils if they would have been eligible to attend kindergarten that year pursuant to the law governing admission to kindergarten as it read on January 1, 2012.  To the extent those changes establish new administrative duties on the governing boards of school districts in implementing the changes, they would impose a state-mandated local program.  This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.

 

AB 1991 (Arambula I) Charter schools: renewal: accountability standards.  
Introduced: 2/17/2010  Last Amended: 4/5/2010
Status: 4/6/2010-Re-referred to Com. on ED.

Summary: The Charter Schools Act of 1992 limits the duration of charters to a period not to exceed five years and authorizes the chartering authority to grant one or more subsequent renewals for an additional period of five years.  The act specifies criteria regarding academic performance which a charter school that has been in operation for four years is required to meet in order to receive a renewal of its charter.  This bill instead would make the duration of each initial charter for a period of five years and would make renewals for an additional period of five to ten years. The bill would revise the criteria regarding academic performance for charter schools in operation for four years.  The bill would authorize the Superintendent of Public Instruction and the state board to develop, in lieu of the academic performance criteria, alternative criteria that will align with metrics of pupil performance that recognize individual pupil progress or any other measures of academic performance developed and implemented as specified.  The bill would require the Superintendent, by October 1 of each year, to identify any charter school that has not met the renewal criteria, as specified, and notify each identified school of the expiration date of its charter and that the school has not met the initial criteria for renewal.  The bill would prohibit a chartering authority from renewing the charter of a school so identified if the charter will expire within one year of the identification, unless the chartering authority receives authorization from the state board according to a specified procedure in which the charter school would be authorized to request the state board to grant authorization to the chartering authority.  This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.

Editor's Note: Andrew Keller is the Legislative Assistant for Governmental Solutions Group, LLC, a policy consulting and legislative advocacy firm.