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Bills on the Move

By Andrew Keller - February 24, 2011

 

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Almost a thousand bills crossed the desk on Friday, February 18th, the Legislature’s deadline for introducing new bills. Here is the first set of summaries of the more notable education bills from last Friday’s barrage. Part II will follow in next week’s edition of EdBrief.

 

Finance

AB 1075 (Fuentes D) Education finance: revenue limits.
Introduced: 2/18/2011
Status: 2/20/2011-From printer. May be heard in committee March 22.

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.

 

Curriculum & Instruction

AB 1033 (Feuer D) Academic content standards.
Introduced: 2/18/2011
Status: 2/20/2011-From printer. May be heard in committee March 22.

Summary: Existing law requires the State Board of Education to adopt statewide content and performance standards in the core curriculum areas of reading, writing, mathematics, history/social science, and science, as specified. Existing law authorizes the state board to modify any proposed content standards or performance standards prior to adoption, and to adopt content and performance standards in individual core curriculum areas as those standards are submitted to the state board. This bill would state the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation to permit the Superintendent of Public Instruction to recommend to the state board a process for the ongoing update of content standards in the areas of science, history/social science, and other subjects.

 

AB 1042 (Allen D) Pupil instruction: digital curriculum.
Introduced: 2/18/2011
Status: 2/20/2011-From printer. May be heard in committee March 22.

Summary: Existing law requires the adopted course of study for pupils in grades 1 to 12, inclusive, to include instruction in specified areas of study. Existing law also requires the State Board of Education to adopt basic instructional materials for use in kindergarten and grades 1 to 8, inclusive, subject to specified criteria. This bill would state the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation that would implement a pilot program to allow school districts to provide a digital curriculum.

 

AB 1118 (John A. Pérez D) Pupil instruction: health education: organ and tissue donation.
Introduced: 2/18/2011
Status: 2/20/2011-From printer. May be heard in committee March 22.

Summary: The Comprehensive Health Education Act of 1977 requires the State Department of Education to prepare and distribute to school districts guidelines for the preparation of comprehensive health education plans, and, in cooperation with county offices of education that desire to participate, to assist school districts in developing comprehensive health education plans and programs. This bill would require school districts to offer pupils who are enrolled in health classes during grade 9 or 10 at least 15 minutes of instruction on organ procurement and tissue donation designed to develop a knowledge of the potentially lifesaving results achieved through organ and tissue transplantation. By requiring school districts to provide organ procurement and tissue donation instruction, this bill would impose a state-mandated local program.

 

AB 1246 (Brownley D) Pupil assessment: English language development.
Introduced: 2/18/2011
Status: 2/20/2011-From printer. May be heard in committee March 22.

Summary: Existing law requires the Superintendent of Pubic Instruction to review tests that assess the English language development of pupils whose primary language is a language other than English. Existing law requires the tests or series of tests to meet specified requirements, including, but not limited to, a requirement that the test or series of tests be aligned with the standards for English language development adopted by the State Board of Education pursuant to specified law. This bill would require that the test or series of tests be aligned with the standards for English language development adopted by the state board pursuant to specified law, and revised thereafter.

 

AB 1304 (Block D) Linked learning.
Introduced: 2/18/2011
Status: 2/22/2011-From printer. May be heard in committee March 22.

Summary: Existing law authorizes the Commission on Teacher Credentialing to issue various types of teaching credentials and authorizations. Existing law establishes multiple pathway programs, which are multiyear comprehensive high school programs of integrated academic and technical study that are organized around a broad theme, interest area, or industry sector. Multiple pathway programs are comprised, among other things, of an integrated core curriculum that meets the eligibility requirements for admission to the University of California and the California State University and is delivered through project-based learning and other engaging instructional strategies that intentionally bring real-world context and relevance to the curriculum where broad themes, interest areas, and career technical education are emphasized.

This bill would define "linked learning programs," and would authorize the commission to convene a workgroup consisting of specified members to develop program standards for the issuance of a recognition of study in linked learning, as defined, for linked learning competence for holders of a single subject teaching credential who will be teaching pupils enrolled in linked learning programs, as specified. The bill would authorize the commission to work with the Superintendent of Public Instruction to gather and post, on an appropriate Internet Web site, best practices from school districts and schools on curriculum development and professional development relating to implementing and sustaining multiple pathway programs.

 

AB 1310 (Furutani D) Career technical education: strategic plan.
Introduced: 2/18/2011
Status: 2/22/2011-From printer. May be heard in committee March 22.

Summary: Existing law requires the adopted course of study for grades 7 to 12, inclusive, to offer courses in career technical education designed and conducted for the purpose of preparing youth for gainful employment in the occupations and in the numbers that are appropriate to the personnel needs of the state and the community served and relevant to the career desires and needs of the pupils. This bill would state the Legislature's intent to enact legislation that would develop a strategic plan in the education system for workforce preparation and career technical education.

 

Human Resources

AB 925 (Lara D) Charter schools.  
Introduced: 2/18/2011
Status: 2/20/2011-From printer. May be heard in committee March 22.

Summary: The Charter Schools Act of 1992 permits teachers and parents to petition the governing board of a school district to approve a charter school to operate independently from the existing school district structure as a method of accomplishing, among other things, improved pupil learning. Existing law exempts charter schools from the laws governing school districts except those of the Charter Schools Act, those establishing minimum age for public school attendance, specified building code regulations, and other specified laws. Existing law requires a charter school to comply with its charter. This bill would require a charter school to comply with specified laws governing school employees, including, among others, those governing classified employees. To the extent this bill would impose additional duties on charter schools, this bill would impose a state-mandated local program.

 

AB 1034 (Gatto D) Education employment: right to reappointment.
Introduced: 2/18/2011
Status: 2/20/2011-From printer. May be heard in committee March 22.

Summary: Existing law provides that when employees are terminated pursuant to a reduction in workforce, a school district is required to terminate the employees in order of seniority. Existing law requires that a permanent employee terminated pursuant to these provisions, for the period of 39 months from the date of the termination, and who has not reached 65 years of age in the meantime, have the preferred right to reappointment, in order of seniority. This bill would eliminate the age limit of 65 years. The bill would eliminate the 39-month limitation for employees terminated commencing with the 2007-08 school year, and would restore the 39-month limitation commencing on July 1, 2015.

 

AB 1166 (Solorio D) Teacher salaries: additional credit: years of training.
Introduced: 2/18/2011
Status: 2/20/2011-From printer. May be heard in committee March 22.

Summary: Existing law requires that each teacher employed by a school district be classified on a uniform salary schedule based on years of training and years of experience, except if the employer and the exclusive bargaining representative agree otherwise, pursuant to a collective bargaining agreement. This bill would provide that it is not a violation of these provisions of law for a school district, with the agreement of the exclusive bargaining representative of the certificated employees of the district, to grant to any certificated employee uniform additional credit for years of training if the training meets specified requirements.

 

AB 1262 (Dickinson D) Education employment: right to reappointment.
Introduced: 2/18/2011
Status: 2/20/2011-From printer. May be heard in committee March 22.

Summary: Existing law provides that when permanent and probationary employees are terminated pursuant to a reduction in workforce, a school district is required to terminate the employees in order of seniority. Existing law requires that a permanent employee terminated pursuant to these provisions, for the period of 39 months from the date of the termination, and who has not reached 65 years of age in the meantime, have the preferred right to reappointment, in order of seniority. Existing law provides similar rights to reappointment for probationary employees, for the period of 24 months from the date of termination. This bill would eliminate the age limit of 65 years. The bill would eliminate the 39-month limitation for permanent employees terminated commencing with the 2007-08 school year, and would restore the 39-month limitation commencing on July 1, 2016. The bill would eliminate the 24-month limitation for probationary employees terminated commencing with the 2008-09 school year, and would restore the 24-month limitation commencing on July 1, 2016.

 

AB 1289 (Davis D) Public school administrators: training.
Introduced: 2/18/2011
Status: 2/22/2011-From printer. May be heard in committee March 22.

Summary: Existing law establishes the Administrator Training Program under which the Superintendent of Public Instruction awards incentive funding to local educational agencies to provide school administrators with instruction and training. This bill would express the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation to provide training on site leadership to school administrators.

 

Miscellaneous

AB 1049 (Brownley D) Schools: low-achieving schools.
Introduced: 2/18/2011
Status: 2/20/2011-From printer. May be heard in committee March 22.

Summary: The Public Schools Accountability Act of 1999 requires the Superintendent of Public Instruction, with the approval of the State Board of Education, to develop the Academic Performance Index (API) consisting of a variety of indicators currently reported to the State Department of Education to track the achievement of schools and their pupils. Existing law requires the API to be used for specified purposes, including, but not limited to, ranking all public schools in the state. The Immediate Intervention/ Underperforming Schools Program, the High Priority Schools Program, and the Quality Education Investment Act of 2006 are intended to provide support to schools ranked in the lower deciles of the API.

This bill would require the Legislative Analyst's Office to convene a working group to identify a single formula that defines, to the greatest extent possible, persistently lowest performing schools and that can be used in both state and federal accountability programs. The bill would require the working group to include representatives from the Legislative Analyst's Office, the Department of Finance, the State Department of Education, the advisory committee described above, the state board, the staffs of the fiscal and policy committees of the Legislature, and stakeholder groups. The bill would require the working group to develop and report its recommendations to the state board and the education policy committees of the Legislature by July 1, 2012.

 

AB 1065 (Bradford D) Pupil transfers: records.
Introduced: 2/18/2011
Status: 2/20/2011-From printer. May be heard in committee March 22.

Summary: Existing law requires a pupil's former district or private school to transfer the pupil's permanent record, or a copy thereof, upon a request from the district or private school where the pupil intends to enroll. This bill would require the former district or private school to perform the transfer no later than 5 business days following the date of the request. By imposing a new requirement on school districts to transfer records within 5 business days, this bill would impose a state-mandated local program.

 

AB 1071 (Fuentes D) Pupil achievement.
Introduced: 2/18/2011
Status: 2/20/2011-From printer. May be heard in committee March 22.

Summary: Existing law establishes the California Longitudinal Pupil Achievement Data System and requires it to be used to accomplish specified goals, which include, but are not limited to, providing local educational agencies information that can be used to improve pupil achievement. This bill would state the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation that would reduce the achievement gap between pupils in California.

 

AB 1072 (Fuentes D) Education: California Promise Neighborhood Initiative.
Introduced: 2/18/2011
Status: 2/20/2011-From printer. May be heard in committee March 22.

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. This bill would state the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation that would establish and support a California Promise Neighborhood Initiative to develop a system of promise neighborhoods in the most distressed communities throughout the state for the purpose of improving the long-term educational and economic outcome of pupils by, among other things, supporting efforts to improve outcomes that are communicated and analyzed by the state and local leaders and members of the community, identifying and increasing the capacity of eligible entities to build a college and career-going culture in the neighborhood, and building a continuum of academic, family, and community supports with effective high schools at the center.

 

AB 1085 (Davis D) School attendance: interdistrict attendance.  
Introduced: 2/18/2011
Status: 2/20/2011-From printer. May be heard in committee March 22.

Summary: Existing law authorizes the governing boards of two or more school districts to enter into an agreement for the interdistrict attendance of pupils who are residents of the districts. If either district fails to approve the interdistrict attendance of a pupil, or in the case of the failure or refusal of the districts to enter into an agreement, existing law authorizes the person having legal custody of the pupil to appeal to the county board of education in accordance with a prescribed procedure. Existing law requires the county board of education to determine, within 30 calendar days, whether the pupil should be permitted to attend in the district in which the pupil desires to attend and the applicable period of time This bill would instead require that, in a Class 1 county, which is defined in existing law as a county with 1994-95 average daily attendance of more than 500,000, or a Class 2 county, which is defined in existing law as a county with 1994-95 average daily attendance of at least 180,000 but less than 500,000, the county board of education determine whether the pupil should be permitted to attend in the district in which the pupil desires to attend and the applicable period of time within 45 schooldays rather than 30 calendar days.

 

AB 1156 (Eng D) Pupils: bullying.
Introduced: 2/18/2011
Status: 2/20/2011-From printer. May be heard in committee March 22.

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. This bill, as of July 1, 2012, would require the training of school site personnel in the prevention of bullying, as defined in the bill, under this provision to be a component in the development of school safety plans.

 

AB 1236 (Fong D) Working hours: minors.
Introduced: 2/18/2011
Status: 2/20/2011-From printer. May be heard in committee March 22.

Summary: Existing law allows minors who are 16 years of age or older and under the age of 18 years and enrolled in work experience or cooperative vocational education programs approved by the State Department of Education or in work experience education programs conducted by private schools to work between the hours of 10 p.m. and 12:30 a.m., as provided. This is a spot bill, intended for future amendments.

 

AB 1238 (Fletcher R) School districts: Open Enrollment Act.
Introduced: 2/18/2011
Status: 2/20/2011-From printer. May be heard in committee March 22.

Summary: Existing law, the Open Enrollment Act, authorizes the parent of a pupil enrolled in a low-achieving school, as defined, to submit an application for the pupil to attend a school in a school district other than the school district in which the parent of the pupil resides. Existing law sets forth a procedure for the submission of applications. This is a spot bill, intended for future amendments.

 

AB 1253 (Davis D) Pupil safety: bullying.  
Introduced: 2/18/2011
Status: 2/20/2011-From printer. May be heard in committee March 22.

Summary: Existing law, the Interagency School Safety Demonstration Act of 1985, defines bullying as one or more acts of sexual harassment, hate violence, or intentional harassment, threats, or intimidation, directed against school district personnel or pupils, committed by a pupil or group of pupils. Under existing law, bullying, including bullying committed by means of an electronic act, as defined, is a ground on which suspension or expulsion may be based. This bill would express the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation that would make it easier for pupils and their parents or guardians to report incidents of bullying.

Editor's Note:  Andrew Keller is a Policy Consultant for K Street Consulting, LLC, a policy consulting and legislative advocacy firm.