Notable Legislation Affecting Education in 2017-18

ACSA’s Governmental Relations Department has been tracking hundreds of bills that have the potential to impact education. Following is a look at some of the bills already under scrutiny by ACSA’s Legislative Advocates, with a brief synopsis found on http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/ of what each bill proposes so far, and where each bill currently resides in the Capitol. More bills could surface, and the bills listed here might also likely undergo changes through the amendment process. ACSA will keep members apprised as the legislative session continues and will alert members to any critical new bills surfacing.

Accountability

AB 1321 (Weber) This bill intends to enact legislation that would require, for purposes of transparency, the reporting of per-pupil expenditures of federal, state, and local funds, including actual personnel expenditures and actual non-personnel expenditures of federal, state, and local funds, disaggregated by source of funds, for each local educational agency and school in the state as required by the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).
Status: Assembly Appropriations Committee | ACSA Position: Seek to Amend


Assessments

AB 830 (Kalra) This bill intends to repeal the California high school exit examination requirement and assessment as a graduation requirement.
Status: Assembly Floor | ACSA Position: Support


Attendance

SB 328 (Portantino) This bill would require the school day for middle schools and high schools to begin no earlier than 8:30 a.m.
Status: Senate Appropriations Committee | ACSA Position: Disapprove

AB 950 (Rubio) This bill would authorize a charter school petitioner that has been granted its charter by appeal to the State Board of Education to submit a petition for renewal directly to the SBE.
Status: Assembly Appropriations Committee | ACSA Position: Watch

AB 1478 (Jones-Sawyer) This bill would expressly state that charter schools and entities managing charter schools are subject to the Brown Act, unless the charter school is operated by an entity governed by the Bagley-Keene Open Meeting Act, in which case the charter school would be subject to the Bagley-Keene Open Meeting Act. This bill would expressly state that charter schools and entities managing charter schools are subject to the Political Reform Act of 1974, and must adopt a conflict-of-interest code.
Status: Assembly Judiciary Committee | ACSA Position: Support


English Learners

AB 81 (Gonzalez Fletcher) This bill would require the notice of assessment of a child’s English proficiency to include specified additional information, including whether a child is a long-term English learner or is an EL at risk of becoming a long-term EL. The bill would require a school district to provide a notification letter to a pupil’s parent or guardian at the time a home language survey is provided that explains the purpose of the home language survey and the procedures for identification and reclassification of ELs.
Status: Assembly Floor | ACSA Position: Support

SB 463 (Lara) This bill would establish criteria for the reclassification of English language learners. It would include an assessment of English language proficiency; a teacher evaluation of a student’s curriculum mastery; a parental opinion and consultation; and a comparison of the student’s performance in basic skills against an established range of performance. It would also establish a teacher/administrator team to meet regularly and assess the proficiency and performance of ELs; develop procedures to monitor student performance for four years after being reclassified as English proficient; and review the procedures in place for ELs in special education.
Status: Senate Appropriations Committee | ACSA Position: Support if amended


Employer-employee relations

AB 52 (Cooper) This bill would require public employers to provide all employees an orientation. The bill would also require these public employers to permit the exclusive representative, if applicable, to participate.
Status: Assembly PER&SS Committee | ACSA Position: Watch

AB 168 (Eggman) This bill would prohibit an employer, including state and local government employers, from seeking salary history information about an applicant for employment. The bill would require an employer, except state and local government employers, upon reasonable request, to provide the pay scale for a position to an applicant for employment.
Status: Assembly Appropriations Committee | ACSA Position: Seek to Amend

AB 568 (Gonzalez Fletcher) This bill would instead require a school district to provide for a minimum six weeks leave of absence from duty for a female employee in the classified service of the district who is required to absent herself from her duties because of pregnancy or convalescence following childbirth. The bill would also require the governing board of a school district, and the governing board of a community college district, to provide in the rules and regulations that the leave granted shall be with pay.
Status: Assembly Education Committee | ACSA Position: Support if Amended

AB 621 (Bocanegra) This bill would authorize a classified employee of a school district that does not pay the annual or monthly salaries of its classified employees in 12 equal monthly payments to participate in the Classified School Employees Summer Furlough Fund. The bill would require school districts to deposit the amounts withheld from the paychecks of a participating classified employee in accordance with that employee’s choices in an account within its general fund, to be known as the Classified Employees Summer Furlough Fund.
Status: Assembly Appropriations Committee | ACSA Position: Oppose

AB 1220 (Weber) Extends the probationary period for new teachers from the current two years to three years with an optional year 4 and year 5.
Status: Assembly Appropriations Committee | ACSA Position: Support


Teacher pipeline

AB 170 (O’Donnell) Creates a 4 year Bachelor of Education degree to obtain a multiple subject credential.
Status: Assembly Floor | ACSA Position: Support

AB 410 (Cervantes) This bill would prohibit a school district, county office of education, or charter school from charging a fee to a beginning teacher to participate in a beginning teacher induction program. The bill also would prohibit a local educational agency from charging a fee to a beginning teacher to participate in an alternative program of beginning teacher induction program that it provides.
Status: Assembly Appropriations Committee | ACSA Position: Disapprove

SB 577 (Dodd) This bill would authorize a community college district to offer a teacher credentialing program of professional preparation that meets specified requirements, including that the program has been accredited by the commission’s Committee on Accreditation on the basis of standards of program quality and effectiveness.
Status: Senate Appropriations Committee | ACSA Position: Support

SB 807 (Stern) This bill would allow a credit under the Personal Income Tax Law in an amount equal to the costs paid or incurred by a qualified taxpayer, as defined to include specified teachers, to earn a clear credential. This bill would provide an exclusion from gross income for qualified income received for specified educational work.
Status: Senate Governance and Finance Committee | ACSA Position: Disapprove


Reserve cap

AB 235 (O’Donnell) This bill would exempt basic aid school districts, unified school districts with ADAs below 1,501, high school districts with ADAs below 301, and elementary districts with ADAs below 901 from the restrictions imposed on schools regarding district reserves.
Status: Assembly Floor | ACSA Position: Disapprove

SB 751 (Hill) Among including various provisions, this bill would amend the existing reserve budget cap law to apply only to unassigned ending balances, would set the cap at 17 percent, and would exempt any district below 2,501 ADA.
Status: Senate Appropriations Committee | ACSA Position: Support

SB 590 (Moorlach) This bill would repeal the existing budget reserve cap restrictions.
Status: Senate Education Committee | ACSA Position: Support


Special education

AB 312 (O’Donnell) This bill would require the Superintendent of Public Instruction to determine an equalization adjustment after funds are apportioned to a SELPA each fiscal year. The bill also includes the intent to provide all LEAs with necessary funding to provide high quality preschool programs for children with disabilities.
Status: Assembly Education Committee | ACSA Position: Approve


Water

AB 567 (Quirk-Silva) This bill would require a school district to ensure that every drinking water fountain at each school under its jurisdiction is equipped with both a water fountain and a spigot, or a combination water fountain and spigot, for filling water bottles.
Status: Assembly Education Committee | ACSA Position: Oppose

SB 210 (Leyva) This bill would require a school district to ensure that every drinking water fountain at each school under its jurisdiction is equipped with both a water fountain and a spigot, or a combination water fountain and spigot, for filling water bottles. Because the bill would impose new duties on local educational agencies, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program. This bill would prohibit drinking water that does not meet the United States Environmental Protection Agency drinking water standards for lead or is above the California maximum contaminant level for any other contaminant, as specified, from being provided for consumption at a school facility.
Status: Senate Appropriations Committee | ACSA Position: Seek to Amend


Suspensions and expulsions

SB 607 (Skinner) This bill would eliminate existing law relating to disrupting school activities or willfully defying school personnel as being an act for which a student might be suspended or expelled.
Status: Senate Floor | ACSA Position: Support if Amended

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