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UCP Legislative Update for 2015

California Department of Education
Official Letter
California Department of Education
Official Letter
January 26, 2016

Dear County and District Superintendents and Charter School Administrators:

2015 EDUCATION CODE CHANGES TO THE UNIFORM COMPLAINT PROCEDURES

This letter provides information pertaining to several new laws, recently signed by the Governor, which incorporate or provide new guidance related to the Uniform Complaint Procedures (UCP).

Local educational agencies (LEAs) are required to have established local policies and procedures to implement these complaint provisions. Information regarding these requirements must also be included in the annual notification distributed to pupils, parents and guardians, employees, and other interested parties pursuant to California Code of Regulations, Title 5 (5 CCR) Section 4622.

Complaints must first be filed at the local level. Complainants who are not satisfied with a local UCP decision, may file an Appeal with the State Superintendent of Public Instruction (SSPI).

The following bills now provide UCP complaint rights:

Bill Number Topic Web Page California Department of Education (CDE) Contact Office
Senate Bill 81 Adult Education and Regional Occupational Centers and Programs

SB 81 Bill Information External link opens in new window or tab. [http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201520160SB81]

Career Tech Ed (CTE) Leadership and Instructional Support Office; 916-322-5050
Assembly Bill 302 Pupil Services: Lactation Accomodations

AB 302 Bill Information External link opens in new window or tab. [https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201520160AB302]

Education Equity UCP Appeals Office; 916-319-8239
Assembly Bill 379 Educational Rights of Foster and Homeless Students

AB 379 Bill Information External link opens in new window or tab. [http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201520160AB379]

Coordinated School Health and Safety Office; 916-319-0914
Assembly Bill 1012 Pupil Instruction: Course Periods Without Educational Content

AB 1012 Bill Information External link opens in new window or tab. [https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201520160AB1012]

Categorical Programs Complaints Management Office
Assembly Bill 1391 Physical Education Instructional Minutes

AB 1391 Bill Information External link opens in new window or tab. [https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201520160AB1391]

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Office; stem@cde.ca.gov or 916-323-5847

 

In addition, SB 172 suspends the California High School Exit Examination (CAHSEE) as long as they met all applicable graduation requirements, other than passage of the CAHSEE, as a graduation requirement for the 2015-16, 2016-17, and 2017-18 school years. SB 172 amends the California Education Code (EC) Section 60640, to add EC Section 60851.5 to, and to add to and repeat portions of EC 60851.6, relating to pupil testing.

Please go to the following link for the bill language: SB 172 External link opens in new window or tab. [https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201520160SB172]

During the suspension, LEAs are not required to include language regarding the CAHSEE on their Williams Complaint documents. Any questions regarding the implementation of SB 172, should be directed to the CDE High School and Physical Fitness Assessment Office for processing by e-mail at cahsee@cde.ca.gov and/or phone at 916-445-9449.

For general questions regarding UCP monitoring [http://www.cde.ca.gov/re/cp/uc/index.asp#monitoring] requirements, please contact the Categorical Programs Complaints Management Office by phone at 916-319-0929.

Sincerely,

/s/

Jerry Winkler, Director
Educational Data Management Division

JW:car

cc: State and Federal Program Directors
Uniform Complaint Procedures Coordinators

Last Reviewed: Thursday, April 13, 2017
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