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NAACP Legislative Update: Tuesday, April 16, 2019

  State Legislation: Tier I

Bill and Author

Topic

Description

Position
/Version

Location

AB 221
(
Garcia, Cristina D)

Teachers: third-party contracts: prohibitions.

Would prohibit, commencing with the 2020–21 school year, a local educational agency, as defined, from entering into a contract with a third-party organization to employ teachers who commit to teaching in the organization for less than 5 years, employ teachers to teach at any school maintained by the local educational agency that has at least 40% of its pupils being from low-income families, as specified pursuant to Title I of the federal Elementary and Secondary Act of 1965, or pay the organization any fee associated with interviewing or hiring a teacher candidate. To the extent the bill would increase duties on local educational agencies, it would impose a state-mandated local program. 

Oppose

Amended:   4/12/2019   
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A .  APPR.

AB 331
(
Medina D)

Pupil instruction: high school graduation requirements: ethnic studies.

Would expressly include pupils enrolled in a charter school, as being subject to the high school graduation requirements. The bill would add the completion of a one-semester course in ethnic studies based on the model curriculum in ethnic studies developed by the Instructional Quality Commission, to the high school graduation requirements commencing with the 2024–25 school year. The bill would authorize local educational agencies, including charter schools, to require a full-year course in ethnic studies at their discretion, as specified.  

Watch

Amended:   3/20/2019   
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A .  APPR. SUSPENSE FILE

AB 500
(
Gonzalez D)

School and community college employees: paid maternity leave.

Would require the governing board of a school district, the governing body of a charter school, and the governing board of a community college district to provide at least 6 weeks of a leave of absence with full pay for a certificated employee, or an academic employee, of the district or charter school who is required to be absent from duty because of pregnancy, miscarriage, childbirth, and recovery from those conditions. The bill would authorize the paid leave to begin before and continue after childbirth if the employee is actually disabled by pregnancy, childbirth, or a related condition. 

Watch

Introduced:   2/13/2019   
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A .  APPR.

AB 575
(
Weber D)

Education finance: local control funding formula: supplemental grants: lowest performing pupil subgroup or subgroups.

Current law establishes a public school financing system that requires state funding for county superintendents of schools, school districts, and charter schools to be calculated pursuant to a local control funding formula, as specified. Under the local control funding formula, an important component is the number of “unduplicated pupils,” as defined to be pupils classified as English learners, as eligible for free or reduced-price meals, or as foster youth, for purposes of supplemental grants. This bill would, commencing with the 2019–20 fiscal year, adjust the definition of “unduplicated pupils” to include pupils who are included in the lowest performing subgroup or subgroups, as defined, based on the most recently available mathematics or language arts results on the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress, as specified. 

Support

Introduced:   2/14/2019   
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A .  ED.

AB 1505
(
O'Donnell D)

Charter schools: petitions.

Current law authorizes a county board of education to approve a petition for the operation of a charter school that operates at one or more sites within the geographic boundaries of the county and that provides instructional services that are not generally provided by a county office of education. Current law also authorizes a petition for the operation of a state charter school to be submitted directly to the State Board of Education, and authorizes the state board to approve a charter for the operation of a state charter school that may operate at multiple sites throughout the state. This bill would repeal those provisions authorizing the state board to approve a petition to establish a charter school. 

Oppose

Amended:   4/11/2019   
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A .  APPR.

AB 1506
(
McCarty D)

Charter schools: statewide total: authorization restrictions.

The Charter Schools Act of 1992 authorizes the establishment and operation of charter schools. The act provides that the maximum total number of charter schools authorized to operate in this state in the 1998–99 school year is 250, and authorizes an additional 100 charter schools to operate in this state in each successive school year. This bill would authorize the operation of a maximum total number of charter schools in the state equal to the total number of charter schools authorized and operating as of January 1, 2020. The bill would require the department to post on its internet website the statewide limit of charter schools authorized to operate in the state. 

Oppose

Amended:   4/11/2019   
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A .  APPR.

AB 1507
(
Smith D)

Charter schools: location: resource center.

Would delete the authority of a charter school to locate outside the jurisdiction or geographic boundaries of the chartering school district because the charter school has attempted to locate a single site or facility to house the entire program, but a site or facility is unavailable in the area in which the charter school chooses to locate, or the site is needed for temporary use during a construction or expansion project. 

Oppose

Amended:   3/26/2019   
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A .  ED.

AB 1508
(
Bonta D)

Charter schools: petitions.

Would add to the list of reasons justifying denial of a charter petition that the governing board of the school district finds that the petition does not contain a clear explanation of why the proposed model cannot be accomplished within the school district structure of neighborhood public schools and that the charter school would have a negative financial, academic, or facilities impact on neighborhood public schools or the school district. 

Oppose

Amended:   3/19/2019   
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A .  ED.

4/24/2019
1:30 p.m. - State Capitol, Room 126  ASSEMBLY 
EDUCATION
O'DONNELL, Chair

SB 126
(
Leyva D)

Charter schools.

Would expressly state that charter schools and entities managing charter schools are subject to the Ralph M. 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, except as specified. This bill would require specified charter schools or entities managing charter schools to hold meetings in specified locations.  

Neutral

Chaptered:   3/5/2019   
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S .  CHAPTERED

SB 276
(
Pan D)

Immunizations: medical exemptions.

Would require the State Department of Public Health to develop and make available for use by licensed physicians and surgeons a statewide standardized medical exemption request form, which would be the only medical exemption documentation that a governing authority may accept. The bill would require the State Public Health Officer or the public health officer’s designee to approve or deny a medical exemption request, upon determining that the request provides sufficient medical evidence that the immunization is contraindicated by guidelines of the federal Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). 

Support

Amended:   4/9/2019   
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S .  HEALTH

4/24/2019
1:30 p.m. - John L. Burton Hearing Room (4203)  SENATE 
HEALTH SPECIAL ORDER
PAN, Chair

SB 328
(
Portantino D)

Pupil attendance: school start time.

Would require the schoolday for middle schools and high schools, including those operated as charter schools, to begin no earlier than 8:30 a.m. by July 1, 2022, or the date on which a school district’s or charter school’s respective collective bargaining agreement that is operative on January 1, 2020, expires, whichever is later, except for rural school districts. To the extent the bill imposes new duties on school districts and charter schools, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program.  

Watch

Amended:   3/25/2019   
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S .  ED.

4/24/2019
9 a.m. to 1 p.m. - John L. Burton Hearing Room (4203)  SENATE 
EDUCATION
LEYVA, Chair

SB 614
(
Rubio D)

Early childhood education: county offices of education: grant program.

Would establish the Inclusive Early Childhood Education Grant Program for the purpose of increasing access to early childhood education programs. The bill would require the State Department of Education's Special Education Division and Early Learning and Care Division, in consultation and coordination with the State Department of Developmental Services, to administer the program, including developing criteria for proposals, selecting grantees, and collecting specified data. The bill would require an applicant to be a county office of education and to include specified information in its grant application.  

Support

Amended:   4/11/2019   
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S .  HUM. S.

4/22/2019
3 p.m. - Rose Ann Vuich Hearing Room (2040)  SENATE 
HUMAN SERVICES
HURTADO, Chair

SB 756
(
Durazo D)

Charter schools: moratorium.

Would express the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation containing specified policies relating to charter schools on or before January 1, 2020, and would prohibit, notwithstanding any other law, the approval of a petition for the establishment of a new charter school until June 30, 2024, unless those specified policies are enacted. The bill would require, during the 2023–24 school year, the Legislative Analyst’s Office to publicly issue a report that answers specified questions relating to charter schools and the effects of the moratorium, or, if applicable, the specified policies enacted by the Legislature. 

Oppose

Amended:   3/27/2019   
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S .  ED.

4/24/2019
9 a.m. to 1 p.m. - John L. Burton Hearing Room (4203)  SENATE 
EDUCATION SPECIAL ORDER
LEYVA, Chair

SCA 5
(
Hill D)

Taxation: school districts: parcel tax.

The California Constitution generally conditions the imposition of a special tax by a city, county, or special district, including a school district, upon the approval of 2/3 of the voters of the city, county, or special district voting on that tax. This measure would alternatively condition the imposition, extension, or increase of a parcel tax, as defined, by a school district upon the approval of 55% of its voters voting on the proposition, if the proposition meets specified requirements. This measure would also make conforming changes to related provisions.  

Watch

Introduced:   2/27/2019   
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S .  GOV. & F.

4/24/2019
9 a.m. - Room 112  SENATE 
GOVERNANCE AND FINANCE
MCGUIRE, Chair

State Legislation: Tier II

Bill and Author

Topic

Description

Position
/Version

Location

AB 197
(
Weber D)

Full-day kindergarten.

Would require, commencing with the 2022–23 school year, schools in school districts offering kindergarten and charter schools serving pupils in early primary grades to implement a full-day kindergarten program, thereby imposing a state-mandated local program. The bill would provide that a minimum schoolday for full-day kindergarten is the same number of minutes per schoolday that is offered to pupils in 1st grade. 

Watch

Amended:   3/20/2019   
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A .  APPR. SUSPENSE FILE

AB 272
(
Muratsuchi D)

Pupils: use of smartphones.

Would explicitly authorize the governing body of a school district, a county office of education, or a charter school to adopt a policy to limit or prohibit the use by its pupils of smartphones while the pupils are at a schoolsite or while the pupils are under the supervision and control of an employee or employees of that school district, county office of education, or charter school. The bill would, however, specify circumstances in which a pupil could not be prohibited from possessing or using a smartphone. 

Watch

Amended:   4/11/2019   
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A .  APPR.

AB 428
(
Medina D)

Special education funding.

Current law requires the Superintendent of Public Instruction to determine the amount of funding to be provided for each special education local plan area in accordance with specified calculations. Current law requires the Superintendent, for the 2013–14 fiscal year, to compute an equalization adjustment for each special education local plan area for purposes of increasing the funding rates for special education local plan areas with funding rates below the 90th percentile, as specified. This bill would increase that percentile to the 95th percentile and would require the Superintendent to compute that equalization adjustment commencing with the first fiscal year after funds are apportioned pursuant to a specified formula and for each fiscal year thereafter in which an equalization appropriation is made, as specified. 

Support

Introduced:   2/7/2019   
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A .  APPR. SUSPENSE FILE

AB 493
(
Gloria D)

Teachers: in-service training: lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning pupil resources.

Would, commencing with the 2021–22 school year, require each school operated by a school district or county office of education and each charter school to annually provide in-service training to teachers of pupils in grades 7 to 12, inclusive, and to all other certificated employees at that school, on schoolsite and community resources for the support of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning (LGBTQ) pupils as well as strategies to increase support for LGBTQ pupils and thereby improve overall school climate, as specified.  

Watch

Amended:   4/2/2019   
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A .  APPR. SUSPENSE FILE

AB 750
(
Chen R)

School safety: school resource officers.

Would require a school district or a charter school to hire or contract with at least one school resource officer, as defined, authorized to carry a loaded firearm, to be present at each school of the school district or charter school during regular school hours and any other time when pupils are present on campus. By imposing an additional requirement on school districts and charter schools, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program.  

Watch

Amended:   3/28/2019   
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A .  ED.

AB 1617
(
Reyes D)

Pupil instruction: high school graduation requirements: financial aid applications.

Commencing with the 2021–21 school year, and as a condition for granting a grade 12 pupil a diploma of graduation from high school, this bill would require that each governing body of a school district, county office of education, or charter school ensure that each grade 12 pupil who does not opt out, as provided, completes and submits a Free Application for Federal Student Aid or, if the pupil is exempt from paying nonresident tuition under current law, a California DREAM Loan Program application. The bill would authorize the school district, county office of education, or charter school to exempt a pupil who fails to comply with the requirement due to extenuating circumstances. This bill would provide that, if the Commission on State Mandates determines that the bill contains costs mandated by the state, reimbursement for those costs shall be made pursuant to the statutory provisions noted above. 

Watch

Introduced:   2/22/2019   
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A .  ED.

AB 1761
(
Jones-Sawyer D)

Public schools: accountability: county superintendents of schools.

Would recast and revise the duties of the county superintendent. The bill would require the county superintendent to identify a list of schools based on the schools identified for support and assistance under the state’s multiple measures public school accountability system and the single system of support established under a specified statute, and submit a report as to the state of those schools. The bill would require the county superintendent, as part of compliance with accountability requirements of the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, to review those identified schools at least annually as priority schools. 

Watch

Introduced:   2/22/2019   
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A .  ED.

4/24/2019
1:30 p.m. - State Capitol, Room 126  ASSEMBLY 
EDUCATION
O'DONNELL, Chair

SB 2
(
Glazer D)

Statewide Longitudinal Student Database.

Would express the intent of the Legislature to establish the Statewide Longitudinal Student Database to collect and store data regarding individual students as they matriculate from preschool through entry into the workforce. The bill would require the Office of Higher Education Coordination, Accountability, and Performance, proposed to be established by SB 3 of the 2019–20 Regular Session, to convene a review committee for purposes of advising the office on the establishment, implementation, funding, and ongoing administration of the database.  

Watch

Amended:   4/10/2019   
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S .  APPR.

SB 419
(
Skinner D)

Pupil discipline: suspensions: willful defiance.

Current law prohibits the suspension of a pupil enrolled in kindergarten or any of grades 1 to 3, inclusive, and recommending the expulsion of a pupil enrolled in kindergarten or any of grades 1 to 12, inclusive, for disrupting school activities or otherwise willfully defying the valid authority of those school personnel engaged in the performance of their duties. This bill would apply those provisions to charter schools. The bill would additionally prohibit the suspension of a pupil enrolled in a school district or charter school in any of grades 4 to 8, inclusive, for disrupting school activities or otherwise willfully defying the valid authority of those school personnel engaged in the performance of their duties.  

Watch

Amended:   4/1/2019   
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S .  THIRD READING

  Federal

Bill and Author

Topic

Description

Position
/Version

Location

HR 40
(Jackson D) (Booker D)

Establish a commission to study reparations

Originally introduced by Rep. John Conyers (D) in 1989.  The proposal is to address the fundamental injustice, cruelty, brutality, and inhumanity of slavery in the United States and the 13 American colonies between 1619 and 1865 and to establish a commission to study and consider a national apology and proposal for reparations for the institution of slavery, its subsequent de jure and de facto racial and economic discrimination against African-Americans, and the impact of these forces on living African-Americans, to make recommendations to the Congress on appropriate remedies, and for other purposes.

Suport

full HR 40 bill

Jackson bill in House

Booker bill in Senate