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Legislators Send Governor a “Hefty Slate” of Bills Impacting K-12 Education

October 2, 2017

The California Senate and Assembly have concluded their 2017 business and adjourned for the year, sending a hefty slate of bills affecting K-12 education to Governor Jerry Brown’s desk for his signature and holding several others back. The Association of California School Administrators (ACSA) prepared the following summary of legislative action:

Gov. Brown has until Oct. 15 to sign or veto all 2017 legislation. Bills that were introduced in 2017 but not sent to Gov. Brown’s desk have the option to be reheard when the Legislature reconvenes on Jan. 3 for the second year of the current two-year legislative session.

Senate Bill 328 (Portantino, D-La Cañada Flintridge), the school start time bill which would prohibit all middle and high schools from starting classes before 8:30 a.m., was not sent to Gov. Brown after coming up 15 votes short in the Assembly on Thurs., Sept. 14. The bill is likely to be reheard in 2018. Assembly Bill 1217 (Bocanegra, D-Pacoima), was moved to the Senate’s inactive file on Sept. 15 and also will not go to Gov. Brown. CSBA opposes both bills and helped lead aggressive coalition efforts in opposition to these measures during the final days of the session.

CSBA’s two sponsored bills, Senate Bill 751 (Hill & Glazer) and Senate Bill 527 (Galgiani, D-Stockton) are both headed for Gov. Brown’s desk. SB 751 represents an agreement on a legislative solution to the school district reserve cap, while SB 527 would add a much needed cost-of-living adjustment for home-to-school transportation.

Another key bill going to Gov. Brown’s desk is AB 233 (Gloria), on which CSBA has a position of “Oppose Unless Amended." The bill endeavors to clarify students’ rights to wear “wear religious, ceremonial, or cultural adornments” during graduation ceremonies, but contains certain language that would prove to be unintentionally broad, and would subvert local governing authority and invite legal challenges if school boards denied any such requests.

Source:  American Association of California School Administrators

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