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2002 Chaptered K-12 Education Legislation


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AB 14 Goldberg
Chapter 935

School Facilities

Existing law, the Leroy F. Greene School Facilities Act of 1998 (Greene Act of 1998), makes funding available to eligible school districts for various purposes related to school facilities, including construction and modernization. This bill would specify that prescribed agencies are not "lead agencies" in this process for the purposes of the California Environmental Quality Act, would declare that the state special schools for the deaf and for the blind are eligible for modernization funding, and would make certain transitional changes regarding the funding of projects pursuant to subsequently approved state bonds. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.

AB 16 Hertzberg
Chapter 33

Urgency Clause Adopted

General Government

Existing law, the Class Size Reduction Kindergarten-University Public Education Facilities Bond Act of 1998, provides for the issuance, pursuant to the State General Obligation Bond Law, of state general obligation bonds in an amount not to exceed $9,200,000,000, exclusive of refunding bonds, to provide aid to school districts, county superintendents of schools, and county boards of education in accordance with prescribed provisions, including, but not limited to, the Leroy F. Greene State School Facilities Act of 1998. This bill would make certain adjustments in the facilities funding mechanism, including, but not limited to, provisions relating to multitrack year-round schools, supplemental apportionments for small schools, costs adjustments for projects in densely populated urban areas, the priority ranking mechanism, the state to local cost share for modernization, Field Act compliance for leased or purchased buildings, energy efficiency grant adjustments, older building modernization costs, hardship eligibility, and critically overcrowded schools, making some of these changes operative only for projects funded pursuant to the proceeds of state bonds approved by the voters after January 1, 2002. The bill would also establish the 2002 and 2004 state school facilities funds, for receipt of the proceeds of bonds approved by the voters for these purposes. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.

AB 65 Strom-Martin
Chapter 730

Accountability

Under existing law, the required course of study for grades 1 to 6, inclusive, includes instruction in English, including knowledge of, and appreciation for literature and the language, as well as the skills of speaking, reading, listening, spelling, handwriting, and composition. This bill would establish the Reading First Plan to provide reading instruction to pupils in kindergarten and grades 1 to 3, inclusive, and to special education pupils in kindergarten and grades 1 to 12, inclusive. Under the bill, the State Department of Education would administer the program that would be funded from moneys allocated pursuant to the federal No Child Left Behind Act of 2001. The bill would require the plan submitted pursuant to the federal act to authorize a local educational agency to use specific instructional materials and to receive grants of up to $6,500 per teacher in kindergarten and any of grades 1 to 3, inclusive, to enhance reading instruction. The bill would authorize up to $6,600,000 of federal funds appropriated in the annual Budget Act for the Reading First Plan to be allocated annually, pursuant to a schedule, to reading implementation centers identified in the state's Reading First Plan and to 6 regional lead agencies for technical assistance, and for other specified purposes in accordance with the Reading First Plan.

AB 168 Nation
Chapter 36

Urgency Clause Adopted

Charter Schools

Existing law requires the Controller, commencing with the 1999-2000 fiscal year, to transfer from the General Fund to Section A of the State School Fund, a continuously appropriated fund, amounts necessary to meet computed apportionments of general-purpose funding for charter schools, as specified. These provisions become inoperative on July 1, 2002, and are repealed on January 1, 2003. This bill would, until July 1, 2004, specify that a charter school shall be treated as a school district for purposes of the State School Fund. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.

AB 312 Strom-Martin
Chapter 1020

Reading & Math

Under the Bagley-Keene Open Meeting Act, a state agency is required to provide notice of a meeting to any person who requests it at least 10 days in advance of the meeting. The notice is required to include a specific agenda that contains a brief description of the items of business to be transacted or discussed. This bill would require that when the board provides information to subscribers on its Internet site, concerning an agenda item, that it provide the same information that is otherwise provided to board members, and would prescribe related matters. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.

AB 320 Reyes
Chapter 634

School Facilities

Existing law authorizes the State Allocation Board to lease portable classrooms to school districts and county superintendents of schools. This bill would require the Office of the State Architect to conduct a study to evaluate the safety of the various means currently available for providing emergency exit from portable classrooms and to report the results of the study along with recommendations to the Legislature by July 1, 2003.

AB 355 Havice
Chapter 120

Safe Schools/Violence Prevention

Existing law establishes the School Community Policing Partnership Act under which grants are awarded on a competitive basis to county offices of education, school districts and consortia of school districts and county offices of education that develop and implement plans that demonstrate a collaborative and integrated approach for implementing a system of providing safe and secure environments through community policing. Existing law prohibits the use of grant funds to fund school resource officers. This bill would prohibit use of grant funds to fund school resource officer positions created on or before January 1, 2003.

AB 425 Oropeza
Chapter 379

Urgency Clause Adopted

Statewide Budget Issues

This bill would make appropriations for support of state government for the 2002-03 fiscal year. This bill contains other related provisions.

AB 442 Committee on Budget
Chapter 1161

Urgency Clause Adopted

Budget Trailer Bill - Issue: Health

Existing law provides for the Medi-Cal program, administered by the State Department of Health Services, under which qualified low-income persons are provided with health care services. This bill would delete the repeal of these provisions, thereby extending the operation of these provisions indefinitely. The bill would delete the requirement of the department to report the results of the study by July 1, 2002. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.

AB 500 Goldberg
Chapter 867

Employment Issues

Under existing law, the governing board of any school district is required to employ persons for positions not requiring certification qualifications, to be known as the classified service. Under existing law, the governing board of any community college district is required to employ persons for positions that are not academic positions, also to be known as the classified service. Existing law prohibits substitute and short-term employees, employed and paid for less than 75% of a school year, from being part of the classified service. Existing law requires each position in the classified service to have, among other things, a specific statement of the duties required to be performed by the employees in each such position. This bill would require the governing board of a school district and of a community college district, before employing a short-term employee and at a regularly scheduled board meeting, to specify the service required to be performed by the employee, pursuant to the definition of "classification" in existing law, and to certify the ending date of the service. By imposing new duties on school districts and community college districts regarding the employment of classified employees, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.

AB 593 Oropeza
Chapter 1023

Urgency Clause Adopted

Budget Trailer Bill - Issue: Unallocated reductions

(1) This bill would amend and supplement the Budget Act of 2002 by providing for various reductions in appropriations contained in that act. (2) Existing law, with certain exceptions, requires the Controller, commencing July 1, 2001, to abolish any state position that was vacant continuously for 6 consecutive monthly pay periods during the period between July 1 and June 30 of the preceding fiscal year. Existing law also requires that positions that were continuously vacant for 6 consecutive monthly pay periods during a fiscal year because of a hiring freeze in effect during part or all of that period be abolished unless the Director of Finance is notified of the need for, and approves of, the continuance of the positions. This bill contains other related provisions.

AB 662 Vargas
Chapter 151

Safe Schools/Violence Prevention

Existing law prohibits a pupil from being suspended from school or recommended for expulsion unless the superintendent or the principal of the school in which the pupil is enrolled determines that the pupil has committed specified acts. This bill would additionally authorize a superintendent or the principal of the school in which a pupil is enrolled to suspend or recommend for expulsion a pupil who unlawfully offers, arranges to sell, negotiates to sell, or sells the prescription drug Soma.

AB 693 Longville
Chapter 199

School Facilities

Existing law authorizes the governing board of a school facilities improvement district to provide for and call a special bond election within the district to submit to the voters a proposition on whether to incur debt and issue bonds. Existing law permits the election to be called for any date, with specified exceptions, including elections held on, or the day before or after, a state holiday, and elections for school bonds pursuant to specified provisions of law. This bill would prohibit an election within a 45-day period before or after a statewide election, unless called for the same date as the statewide election or an established election date.

AB 797 Shelley
Chapter 380

At-Risk Students

Existing law establishes a program until January 1, 2005, known as "Address Confidentiality for Victims of Domestic Violence and Stalking" that authorizes specified persons to complete an application containing specified information in person at a community-based victims' assistance program to be approved by the Secretary of State for the purpose of enabling state and local agencies to respond to requests for public records without disclosing a program participant's residence address contained in any public record, including the program participant's voter registration, and requires the Secretary of State to act as that person's agent for service of process and to designate a substitute mailing address for program participants pursuant to specified procedures that state and local agencies are required to use at the request of a program participant. Under existing law, any person who makes a false statement in an application is guilty of a misdemeanor and any person who is granted confidentiality pursuant to these provisions may file a new affidavit of voter registration or reregistration and be considered an absent voter for subsequent elections until the county elections official is notified otherwise by the Secretary of State or the voter. This bill would extend the operation of the absent voter provisions and the program described above to January 1, 2008, and would, until that date, create a similar program entitled the "Address Confidentiality for Reproductive Health Care Services Providers, Employees, Volunteers, and Patients" program to protect the confidentiality of home address information of reproductive health care services providers, employees, volunteers, and patients. The Secretary of State would be required to approve an application of a program participant for a substitute address to be designated by the secretary. The secretary would also be required to charge program participants a fee to defray the actual costs of maintaining the program and to reimburse the General Fund, as specified. The bill would establish the Address Confidentiality for Reproductive Health Care Services Fund and would provide that moneys in that fund, upon appropriation by the Legislature, are available for the administration of the program. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.

AB 885 Daucher
Chapter 801

Education Technology - Issue: Internet

Existing law prescribes the method for computing average daily attendance of pupils under the direct supervision, as defined, of school district personnel for the purpose of determining school district apportionments. This bill would, notwithstanding any other provision of law, for the purposes of an online classroom program conducted over the Internet, as defined, in a secondary school, include as "immediate supervision," pupil participation in an online asynchronous interactive curriculum, as defined, provided by certificated school personnel. The bill would require schools that provide an online asynchronous interactive curriculum to meet certain requirements including, applying to the State Department of Education for participation in the program. The bill would limit total participation in the program to 40 schoolsites, and would restrict any one school district under the program to no more than 5 schoolsites. The bill would permit courses other than high school courses to be eligible for online classroom programs pursuant only to a waiver from the State Board of Education. This bill contains other related provisions.

AB 886 Simitian
Chapter 180

Parental Involvement

Existing law authorizes a court to limit the control exercised over a minor by a parent or guardian in all cases in which the minor is adjudged a ward or dependent child of the court. Existing law also provides that a guardian or conservator has charge of the education of the ward or conservatee. This bill would provide that whenever the court specifically limits the right of the parent or guardian to make educational decisions for a child, the court shall appoint a responsible adult to make educational decisions for the child. The bill would provide that whenever the court grants a petition removing the guardian or conservator of a minor or tendering the resignation of the guardian or conservator of a minor, if the court does not immediately appoint a successor guardian or conservator, the court shall appoint a responsible adult to make educational decisions for the minor until a successor guardian is appointed. The bill would also provide that whenever the court suspends or limits the powers of the guardian or conservator to make educational decisions for the minor, the court shall appoint a responsible adult to make educational decisions for the minor until the guardian or conservator is again authorized to make educational decisions for the child, as specified. The bill would further provide that an individual who would have a conflict in representing the child, as specified, may not be appointed to make educational decisions.

AB 915 Frommer
Chapter 747

Urgency Clause Adopted

Child Health - Issue: Immunizations

Existing law provides for the Medi-Cal program, which is administered by the State Department of Health Services, pursuant to which medical benefits are provided to public assistance recipients and certain other low-income persons, and provides for the reimbursement of providers of Medi-Cal benefits. This bill would provide for the payment of a supplemental reimbursement to adult day health centers and acute care hospitals owned by certain public entities that provide specified services to Medi-Cal beneficiaries. This bill contains other related provisions.

AB 947 Jackson
Chapter 457

School Facilities

Existing law authorizes the levy of civil penalties of not more than $1,000 for each violation of any provision of a specified body of law relating to pesticides. This bill would increase this penalty to not more than $5,000 for each violation determined to be a serious violation. This bill would also authorize a county agricultural commissioner to charge a fee for monitoring subsequent pesticide applications made within 1/4 mile of a school by a person who has received a civil penalty for a specified violation of law relating to pesticides. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.

AB 1000 Simitian
Chapter 637

School Facilities

Under existing law, a community college district governing board is required to award any contract for a public project that costs $15,000 or more to the lowest responsible bidder. This bill would authorize the governing boards of 3 specified community college districts and 5 community college facility construction projects selected by the Chancellor of the California Community Colleges to enter into a design-build contract, as defined, until January 1, 2008. The bill would authorize factors in addition to price and cost to be considered in awarding a contract for the design and construction of a community college facility for an amount that exceeds $10,000,000. The bill would require the Board of Governors of the California Community Colleges to develop guidelines for design-build projects no later than June 30, 2003. The bill, among other things, would require each contract to prohibit construction or alteration of any community college facility without the prior written approval of the plans by the Department of General Services. The bill would require a community college district that elects to use the design-build process to submit a report to the Legislative Analyst, and would require the Legislative Analyst to submit an interim report and a final report to the Legislature. This bill contains other existing laws.

AB 1059 Keeley
Chapter 940

Assessment

Existing law requires generally that any ordinance, law, regulation, or rule adopted by certain state or local entities relating to vessels pertain only to time-of-day restrictions, speed zones, special-use areas, and sanitation and pollution control. This bill would require the Department of Boating and Waterways, upon request of the Director of Fish and Game, or his or her designee, to restrict or prohibit, based on the request, recreational vessel activity on waters of the state in general until January 1, 2004, and in Agua Hedionda Lagoon in San Diego County indefinitely, if that vessel activity would hinder or jeopardize efforts to control or eradicate Caulerpa taxifolia. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.

AB 1087 Calderon
Chapter 48

Child Health - Issue: apprenticeships: electricians

Existing law requires the Division of Apprenticeship Standards by July 1, 2001, to establish minimum training, competency, and certification standards for electricians, as defined, and to establish and adopt regulations and fees to implement those standards. Existing law requires the division to establish advisory committees as needed to establish electricians' standards by March 1, 2000, and to include electrical contractors on the committees. This bill would require the division to issue certification cards to electricians who become certified pursuant to the standards set by the division. The bill would continuously appropriate fees collected by the division pursuant to existing law for expenditure in an amount sufficient to pay the cost of supplying the certification cards. The bill would exempt from these provisions work performed in connection with temporary or portable electrical devices in specified industries. This bill contains other related provisions.

AB 1119 Migden
Chapter 639

Child Care/Child Development

Under existing law, the Supportive Transitional Emancipation Program (STEP), emancipated foster youth are eligible to receive support while participating in an educational or training program, or any activity consistent with the youth's transitional independent living plan up to 21 years of age. Existing law provides that any person less than 21 years of age who is receiving aid pursuant to STEP, and who has emancipated from a county that has elected to participate in a transitional housing placement program for youths between 18 and 21 years of age, shall also be eligible for specified county transitional housing placement program services that provide supervised housing services. This bill would eliminate the requirement that a youth receive aid pursuant to STEP in order to be eligible for the transitional housing placement services described in the bill.

AB 1227 Canciamilla
Chapter 942

School Finance - Issue: instructional time

Existing law authorizes the State Board of Education to waive the fiscal penalties for a school district or county office of education that fails to maintain the prescribed minimum length of time for the instructional school year, minimum number of instructional days, or both, upon the condition that the school or schools in which the minutes, days, or both, were lost maintain minutes and days of instruction equal to those lost for twice the number of years that it failed to meet those requirements, commencing not later than the year in which the waiver is granted. This bill would authorize a waiver to be granted for fiscal penalties incurred as a result of a shortfall on instructional time in the 2000-01 fiscal year or thereafter only if the makeup minutes or days, or both, are commenced not later than the school year following the year in which the waiver is granted.

AB 1285 Reyes
Chapter 59

Urgency Clause Adopted

Longer School Year/Day

Existing law requires the governing board of each district maintaining any or all of grades 7 to 12, inclusive, to offer supplemental instructional programs for pupils enrolled in grades 7 to 12, inclusive, who do not demonstrate sufficient progress toward passing the exit examination required for high school graduation. Existing law authorizes these supplemental instructional programs to be offered during the summer, before school, after school, on Saturday, or during intersession, or in any combination of summer, before school, after school, Saturday, or intersession instruction, but requires that they be in addition to the regular schoolday. Existing law prohibits the waiver of these provisions. This bill would, notwithstanding existing law, authorize the State Board of Education to grant a waiver request from the Fresno Unified School District to allow that school district to use supplemental instructional program funds to offer to pupils enrolled at the Cooper Middle School an instructional day that is 60 minutes longer than at other middle schools in the district in order to provide more instruction in language arts and mathematics. The bill would require the Superintendent of Public Instruction to conduct an evaluation of this alternative use of supplemental instruction funds and submit an evaluative report to the Legislature by December 31, 2004. These provisions would become inoperative on July 1, 2004, and would be repealed as of January 1, 2005. This bill contains other related provisions.

AB 1317 Liu
Chapter 136

At-Risk Students - Issue: pupil expulsion

Under existing law, a pupil may be expelled from school for specified reasons. Existing law entitles a pupil under consideration of expulsion to a hearing to determine whether the pupil should be expelled. This bill would, in addition to any other immunity that may exist, expressly deem any testimony provided by a pupil witness in an expulsion hearing conducted pursuant to those provisions to be a privileged publication or broadcast for purpose of those provisions of law relating to libel and slander.

AB 1342 Alquist
Chapter 458

Higher Education

Existing law, known as the Donahoe Higher Education Act, sets forth, among other things, the missions and functions of California's public and independent segments of higher education and their respective institutions of higher education. Provisions of the act apply to the University of California only to the extent that the Regents of the University of California, by appropriate resolution, act to make a provision applicable. This bill would encourage all public and private institutions of higher education in the state to develop, as their resources permit, programs that support learning about other cultures, global issues, and the exchange of Californians and international students and scholars. The bill would, among other things, encourage institutions to develop courses and programs in international studies, to promote the presence of international students, and to facilitate international exchange programs, as their resources permit.

AB 1358 Pescetti
Chapter 122

Child Care/Child Development - Issue: facilities

Existing law provides that any person may request an inspection of any child daycare facility after notifying the State Department of Social Services of an alleged violation of applicable requirements. Existing law requires the department to inspect a child daycare facility on receipt of such a complaint, except as provided. Existing law authorizes the department to conduct announced and unannounced site visits. This bill would require the department to conduct any authorized inspection, announced site visit, or unannounced site visit of any child daycare facility only during the period beginning one hour before and ending one hour after the facility's normal business hours, or at any time childcare services are being provided, with specified exception. This bill would also require the department to develop regulations establishing a procedure for the department to inactivate a license, in its discretion and upon the licensee's request, and would provide for inspections during the period of inactive status, as prescribed. This bill contains other related provisions.

AB 1381 Florez
Chapter 1055

Higher Education

Existing law establishes the Governor's Scholarship Programs, under which qualified pupils may receive a Governor's Scholars or Governor's Distinguished Mathematics and Science Scholars award for attaining specified scores on portions of the statewide achievement tests administered under the Standardized Testing and Reporting Program. In order for a pupil to be eligible for a scholarship award, the pupil is required, among other things, to have been enrolled at a California public school for at least 12 consecutive months immediately preceding the administration of the statewide achievement test. This bill would additionally allow a pupil to be eligible for a Governor's Scholars award or Governor's Distinguished Mathematics and Science Scholars award if the pupil has been enrolled at a California public school for at least 110 days of the school year in which the test is administered and at least 110 days of the school year immediately preceding the administration of the test.

AB 1412 Wright
Chapter 988

Career/TechEd

Existing law sets forth the required course of study for schools maintaining grades 7 to 12, inclusive, including, but not limited to, courses in vocational-technical education. This bill would provide that the term "vocational-technical education" shall have the same meaning as "career technical education." This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.

AB 1543 Firebaugh
Chapter 19

Urgency Clause Adopted

School Facilities

Existing law requires that a person, other than a nonimmigrant alien as defined, who has attended high school in California for 3 or more years, who has graduated from a California high school or attained the equivalent thereof, who has registered at or attends an accredited institution of higher education in California not earlier than the fall semester or quarter of the 2001-02 academic year, and who, if he or she is an alien without lawful immigration status, has filed an affidavit with respect to legalizing his or her immigration status, be exempted from paying nonresident tuition at the California Community Colleges and the California State University. This bill would authorize a state court, if it finds that the above provision, or any similar provision adopted by the Regents of the University of California, is unlawful, to order that the administering entity that is the subject of the lawsuit terminate any waiver awarded under that statute or action, as equitable relief, and would prohibit the award of money damages, tuition refund or waiver, or other retroactive relief. The bill would provide that the California Community Colleges, the California State University, and the University of California are immune from the imposition of any award of money damages, tuition refund or waiver, or other retroactive relief in a lawsuit. This bill contains other related provisions.

AB 1559 Diaz
Chapter 45

Urgency Clause Adopted

Pupil Data/Privacy - Issue: data centers

Existing law establishes the Hawkins Data Center within the Department of Justice, the Stephen P. Teale Data Center, which is funded by the continuously appropriated Stephen P. Teale Data Center Revolving Fund, within the Business, Transportation and Housing Agency, and the California Health and Human Services Agency Data Center, which is funded from the continuously appropriated California Health and Human Services Data Center Revolving Fund, within the California Health and Human Services Agency. The data centers are under the supervision of data center directors appointed by the respective appointing authority in consultation with the Director of Information Technology, and are subject to consolidation with other information technology centers if the Director of Information Technology deems it in the best interest of the state. This bill would revise and recast these provisions by, among other things, deleting the provisions requiring consultation with the Director of Information Technology in the appointment of the data centers' directors, and the provisions specifying that the data centers are subject to consolidation with other information technology centers. It would also indefinitely extend the duration of these provisions. By making the existence of continuously appropriated funds permanent, this bill would make an appropriation. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.

AB 1634 Chan
Chapter 1163

Child Care/Child Development

Existing law requires the State Department of Education to develop a summary of state law and regulations pertaining to nutrition and physical activity. This bill would require the State Department of Education to incorporate nutrition education curriculum content into the health curriculum framework at its next revision. This bill contains other related provisions.

AB 1684 Committee on Public Employees, Retirement and Social Security
Chapter 40

Urgency Clause Adopted

Employment Issues - Issue: PERS

Existing law provides that if any provision of a memorandum of understanding reached between the state employer and a recognized employee organization representing state civil service employees requires the expenditure of funds, those provisions of the memorandum of understanding shall not become effective unless approved by the Legislature in the annual Budget Act. This bill would approve provisions that require the expenditure of funds of a memorandum of understanding entered into between the state employer and State Bargaining Unit 2, the Association of California State Attorneys and Administrative Law Judges, and would provide that the provisions of any memorandum of understanding that require the expenditure of funds shall become effective even if the provisions of the memorandum of understanding are approved by the Legislature in legislation other than the annual Budget Act. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.

AB 1694 Committee on Human Services
Chapter 918

Child Care/Child Development

Existing law generally regulates the licensure and operation of community care facilities, including foster family agencies, foster family homes, and foster care group homes, which provide residential care to children who have been adjudged dependents of the court and have been removed from the custody of their parents or guardians. This bill would delete the latter requirement. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.

AB 1759 Wesson
Chapter 38

Urgency Clause Adopted

Higher Education - Issue: memorial license plates

Existing law establishes the Golden State Scholarshare Trust and Governor's Scholarship Programs, under the administration of the Scholarshare Investment Board, to provide financial aid for postsecondary education costs of participating students. This bill would establish the California Memorial Scholarship Program under the administration of the board to provide scholarships for surviving dependents, as defined, of California residents, as defined, killed as a result of injuries sustained during the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. The bill would establish the California Memorial Scholarship Fund, out of which moneys would be provided to fund the scholarships. The bill would prescribe the responsibilities of the Treasurer and the board in administering the scholarship program. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.

AB 1781 Hertzberg
Chapter 802

Instructional Materials

Existing law establishes the California Classroom Library Materials Act of 1999 to provide state funding for classroom library materials and establish the Business Organizations and Opportunities for Kids Fund for the donation of moneys by private entities for classroom reading materials. This bill would repeal certain provisions in the California Classroom Library Materials Act of 1999 regarding state funding. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.

AB 1793 Migden
Chapter 943

Physical Education

Under existing law, the State Department of Education is required to exercise general supervision over the courses of physical education in elementary and secondary schools of the state, and to perform other duties related to physical education in the schools. This bill would impose new duties on the department regarding physical education, including monitoring the number of hours of physical instruction offered to pupils in grades 1 to 12, inclusive. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.

AB 1795 Reyes
Chapter 1056

School Finance

Existing law requires the Kerman Unified School District and other school districts to pay a fiscal assessment for audit exceptions with respect to independent study apportionments made to the school district. Existing law gives school districts no less than 4 years, nor more than 8 years, to complete the payment. This bill would, notwithstanding existing law, extend the maximum repayment period for the Kerman Unified School District to 11 years. This bill contains other related provisions.

AB 1818 Committee on Education
Chapter 1168

Urgency Clause Adopted

Omnibus

Existing law authorizes an adjustment in the revenue limit of any county superintendent of schools by an amount sufficient to provide additional revenue equal to the expenditure estimated to be incurred by the county superintendent of schools in complying with certain unemployment insurance laws. This bill would exclude expenditures for employees of charter schools funded by the Charter School Block Grant. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.

AB 1848 Diaz
Chapter 49

Desegregation

Existing law combines the funding for court-ordered desegregation programs and for voluntary integration programs to form the Targeted Instructional Improvement Grant Program and requires a school district receiving these funds to expend them to fund the costs of any court-ordered desegregation program if the order exists and is still in force or to provide instructional improvement for the lowest achieving pupils in the district. This bill would, notwithstanding this provision, authorize a school district or multidistrict consortium or collaborative to expend the funds to continue operating a voluntary or court-ordered desegregation program that was established before the enactment of the Targeted Instructional Improvement Grant Program, including a court-ordered program that the district continues operating after the court order establishing the program is dissolved.

AB 1857 Wayne
Chapter 389

CDE Admin/Governance

Existing law provides that the regulations adopted, amended, or repealed by the Fish and Game Commission are not subject to specified time periods prescribed in the Administrative Procedure Act relating to the adoption, amendment, or repeal of regulations. This bill would further exempt the commission's regulations from the time period for adding specified documents to the rulemaking file after publication of the notice of the proposed regulatory action, where the state agency relies on the document in proposing the action. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.

AB 1859 Papan
Chapter 492

Special Education

Existing law requires school districts, county offices of education, and special education local plan areas to comply with state laws that conform to the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), in order that the state may qualify for federal funds available for the education of individuals with exceptional needs. This bill would revise and recast those provisions relating to the education of a pupil with exceptional needs to conform those provisions with the IDEA. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.

AB 1863 Committee on Higher Education
Chapter 182

Higher Education

Existing law establishes the California State University under the administration of the Trustees of the California State University. Existing law, to be repealed as of January 1, 2003, sets forth a procedure for the adoption of regulations by the trustees, and requires the trustees to follow that procedure rather than the procedure set forth in the Administrative Procedure Act. This bill would extend the repeal of this provision from January 1, 2003, to January 1, 2008. This bill contains other related provisions.

AB 1867 Vargas
Chapter 527

Child Health

Existing law prohibits any person from smoking a cigarette, cigar, or other tobacco-related product, or from disposing of cigarette butts, cigar butts, or any other tobacco-related waste, within a playground or a tot lot sandbox area. Violation of these provisions is an infraction punishable by a $100 fine. This bill would increase the fine from $100 to $250, and would expand the prohibited smoking and disposal area to within 25 feet of a playground or a tot lot sandbox area. By changing the definition of a crime, this bill would impose a state-mandated local program. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.

AB 1886 Jackson
Chapter 590

Transportation

Existing law, in the case of specified violations relating to rules of the road and driving under the influence, doubles the fine in the case of misdemeanors, and increases the fine, as specified, in the case of infractions, if the violation is committed by the driver of a vehicle within a highway construction or maintenance area during any time when traffic is regulated or restricted by the Department of Transportation or local authorities pursuant to existing law or is committed within a designated Safety Enhancement Double Fine Zone. This bill would double or increase the fines as described above for a designated violation occurring in a specially posted school zone, as specified, in Alameda County, Santa Barbara County, Ventura County, or in any city in any of those counties where the program is adopted by a vote of the city council, or the county board of supervisors, as appropriate, and is established in collaboration with local school districts within those jurisdictions, if that county or city opts for the application of this law. This bill would require any city or county that adopts the program to promptly notify specified law enforcement agencies and would require the county treasurer to deposit the amount of the enhanced portion of the fine in a special account in the county treasury to be used exclusively to pay for the cost of school pedestrian-bicyclist safety programs administered as provided. The bill would also require the California Highway Patrol to report to the Legislature on or before July 1, 2006, on the effectiveness of the pedestrian-bicyclist safety programs and whether the added fines improved traffic and pedestrian safety within participating school zones. This bill would state findings and declarations of the Legislature explaining the use of a special statute in lieu of a statute of general applicability. The bill would repeal these provisions on January 1, 2007. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.

AB 1895 Wright
Chapter 944

Special Education

Existing law, the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, requires that all individuals with disabilities residing in the state, regardless of the severity of their disabilities, and who are in need of special education and related services, be identified, located, and assessed as required by federal law. This bill would prohibit an employee of a school district, county office of education, or a special education local plan area from directly or indirectly using or attempting to use the official authority or influence of the employee for the purpose of intimidating, threatening, or coercing a person, or attempting any of those actions against a person, for the purpose of interfering with the right of that person to assist a parent or guardian of a pupil with exceptional needs to obtain services or accommodations for that pupil.

AB 1900 Nakano
Chapter 366

Instructional Materials - Issue: Labor History Week

Existing law requires all instructional materials adopted by any governing board for use in schools to be, to the satisfaction of the governing board, accurate, objective, current, and suited to the needs and comprehension of pupils at their respective grade levels. This bill would deem the first week of April to be Labor History Week and would encourage school districts to commemorate that week with appropriate educational exercises that make pupils aware of the role that the labor movement has played in shaping California and the United States. This bill contains other related provisions.

AB 1901 Cohn
Chapter 643

Safe Schools/Violence Prevention

Existing law specifies those acts for which a pupil may be suspended from school or recommended for expulsion, including the damage, theft, or receipt of stolen school property. This bill would specifically include electronic files and databases within the meaning of "school property." This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.

AB 1950 Wright
Chapter 236

Employment Issues

Existing law provides that the State Personnel Board shall establish for each class of position in civil service the length of the probationary period. Existing law provides that the probationary period that shall be served by a state employee upon appointment shall be 6 months unless the board establishes a longer period of not more than one year. The board is authorized to provide by rule for increasing the length of an individual probationary period in the case of an employee's absence, as specified. This bill would provide that, upon written agreement between an appointing power and an employee who alleges that he or she has a disability, as defined, and subject to approval of the agreement by the State Personnel Board, the employee's probationary period may be extended, for a period not to exceed 6 months, to allow the appointing power to provide a reasonable accommodation to the employee and the employee to demonstrate, before the probationary period ends, the ability to perform satisfactorily the essential functions of the position with reasonable accommodation. This bill contains other existing laws.

AB 1962 Hollingsworth
Chapter 945

Ed Tech

Existing law relating to evidence in court actions and specified administrative proceedings defines evidence as including a writing, which is defined as handwriting, typewriting, printing, photostating, photographing, and every other means of recording upon any tangible thing, any form of communication or representation, including letters, words, pictures, sounds, or symbols, or combinations thereof. This bill would define writing under these provisions to mean handwriting, typewriting, printing, photostating, photographing, photocopying, transmitting by electronic mail or facsimile, and every other means of recording upon any tangible thing, any form of communication or representation, including letters, words, pictures, sounds, or symbols, or combinations thereof, and any record thereby created, regardless of the manner in which the record has been stored. By expanding the scope of public records that local agencies are required to make available for public inspection, this bill would constitute a state-mandated local program. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.

AB 1965 Bogh
Chapter 202

Higher Education

Existing law prohibits any state-owned college, university, community college, or other school from charging any tuition or fees to certain dependents or survivors of veterans, including any child of any veteran of the United States military who has a service-connected disability, has been killed in service, or has died of service-connected disability, where the annual income of the child, including the value of any support received from a parent, does not exceed the national poverty level. This bill would further provide that an undergraduate student who is a recipient of a Medal of Honor, commonly known as a Congressional Medal of Honor, or any undergraduate students who are children of a recipient of the Medal of Honor and who are no more than 27 years old, would not be subject to tuition or fees at any campus of the University of California, the California State University, or the California Community Colleges if they meet the income requirements set forth in existing law, and are California residents, as defined. These provisions would only apply to the University of California to the extent the regents make them applicable by resolution.

AB 1974 Pescetti
Chapter 1133

Employment Issues

The Public Employees' Retirement Law authorizes the creation of separate risk pools for local and school miscellaneous, local safety, and school safety members, as specified, and permits the assets and liabilities of contracting agencies to be combined for purposes of setting employer rates. This bill would revise and recast these provisions. The bill would require the Board of Administration of the Public Employees' Retirement System to establish the criteria under which contracting agencies shall participate in a risk pool and the criteria under which contracting agencies, county offices of education, school districts, and community college districts may participate in a risk pool. The bill would prohibit requiring contracting agencies with more than 100 active members in a member classification to participate in a risk pool. The bill would provide that specified provisions regarding service credit and benefit payments are applicable to local members of a contracting agency participating in a risk pool without election by the contracting agency. The bill would establish the method of determining employer contribution rates, and would require that these rates take into account assets and liabilities brought into the pool, as specified. The bill would specify that the contribution rate made to the Public Employees' Retirement System by a county office of education, school district, or community college district participating in a risk pool, as specified, is equal to the rate that the county office of education or the district would have paid had the county office of education or the district participated in a single account under a specified provision. The bill would make definitional changes to conform with and further these provisions.

AB 1984 Steinberg
Chapter 1025

Summer/After School Programs - Issue: High School Programs

Existing law establishes the Before and After School Learning and Safe Neighborhoods Partnerships Program to create incentives to establish locally driven before and after school enrichment programs for pupils in kindergarten and grades 1 to 9, inclusive. This bill would establish the 21st Century High School After School Safety and Enrichment for Teens program to create incentives for establishing locally driven after school enrichment programs for high school pupils in the hours after the regular schoolday. The bill would require the State Department of Education to select a minimum of 10 programs to receive funding, would set forth guidelines for operating the programs, and would prescribe application requirements and selection criteria. This bill contains other related provisions.

AB 1994 Reyes
Chapter 1058

Charter Schools

Existing law requires the governing board of each school district to approve an annual statement of all receipts and expenditures for the district for the preceding fiscal year with the county superintendent of schools. This bill would require each charter school to approve that statement and submit it to the entity that approved the charter school and would make other, related changes, thereby imposing a state-mandated local program. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.

AB 2003 Koretz
Chapter 702

Curriculum/Standards - Issue: The Holocaust and genocide

Existing law requires the State Department of Education to incorporate into prescribed materials, frameworks on history and social science that deal with civil rights, human rights violations, genocide, slavery, and the Holocaust, and encourages all state and local professional development activities to provide teachers with content background and resources to assist in teaching about civil rights, human rights violations, genocide, slavery, and the Holocaust. This bill would declare that the Legislature encourages the incorporation of survivor, rescuer, and liberator testimony into the teaching of human rights, genocide, and the Holocaust. The bill would also require the Model Curriculum for Human Rights and Genocide to be made available to schools in grades 7 to 12 as soon as funding is available and would require the State Department of Education to make the curriculum available on its Web site. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.

AB 2024 Nakano
Chapter 646

Child Nutrition - Issue: After School Programs

The existing Before and After School Learning and Safe Neighborhoods Partnerships Program creates incentives for schools and communities to partner together to establish after school enrichment programs that provide academic and literacy support and safe, constructive alternatives for youth. Existing law requires an after school program established pursuant to the program to provide an educational enrichment component that may include recreation and prevention activities. This bill would also authorize nutrition education to be provided as part of the educational enrichment component.

AB 2072 Mountjoy
Chapter 1113

General Government - Issue: Open Meetings

The Bagley-Keene Open Meeting Act requires, with specified exceptions for authorized closed sessions, that all meetings of a state body be open and public and all persons be permitted to attend any meeting of a state body. This bill would also authorize a state body, until January 1, 2006, to hold closed sessions to consider matters posing a threat or potential threat of criminal or terrorist activity against the personnel, property, buildings, facilities, or equipment, including electronic data, owned, leased, or controlled by the state body, where disclosure of these considerations could compromise or impede the safety or security of the personnel, property, buildings, facilities, or equipment, including electronic data, owned, leased, or controlled by the state body. This bill contains other related provisions.

AB 2198 Lowenthal
Chapter 735

Safe Schools/Violence Prevention

Existing law makes each school district and county office of education responsible for the overall development of comprehensive school safety plans for its schools. This bill would authorize a principal, or his or her designee, to notify each pupil's parent or legal guardian and each school employee in writing of the general nature of a violent crime, as defined, that occurs on the schoolsite of an elementary or secondary school of which he or she is the principal. The bill would provide that, if a local law enforcement agency determines that disclosure of the crime would hinder an ongoing investigation, the notification would occur within a reasonable time, to be determined by the local law enforcement agency and the school district. This bill contains other related provisions.

AB 2217 Strom-Martin
Chapter 1026

School District Management

Under existing law, the Superintendent of Public Instruction is required to coordinate the development of model curriculum standards and to design and implement a statewide pupil assessment program involving systematic achievement testing of pupils in kindergarten and grades 1 to 12, inclusive. This bill would establish the California Quality Education Commission for the purpose of developing, evaluating, validating, and refining a quality education model, as specified, for prekindergarten through grade 12. The bill would require the commission to report its findings and recommendations to the Governor and the Legislature no later than 12 months after the commission first convenes. Upon delivery of the report, the bill would require the commission to continue as a standing commission with specified responsibilities. This bill contains other related provisions.

AB 2264 Wyland
Chapter 651

Career/TechEd

Existing law, to be repealed on January 1, 2003, establishes an incentive grant program for the purpose of improving, expanding, and establishing instructional programs in home economics and technology career technical education. This bill would delete the repeal date and would extend the program until January 1, 2008.

AB 2294 Liu
Chapter 1160

At-Risk Students - Issue: foster care

Existing law requires the Office of the State Foster Care Ombudsperson to be established in the State Department of Social Services with prescribed powers and duties relating to the management of foster children, including the dissemination of information on the rights of children and youth in foster care. This bill would instead provide that the ombudsperson shall be appointed for a term of 4 years, and would permit the director to reappoint the ombudsperson for consecutive terms. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.

AB 2295 Oropeza
Chapter 1060

Physical Education - Issue: equal opportunity

Existing law prohibits public funds from being used in connection with any athletic program, conducted under the auspices of a school district governing board or any student organization within the district, that does not provide equal opportunity to both sexes for participation and for use of facilities. This bill would require the State Department of Education and the California Postsecondary Education Commission jointly to contract with an independent evaluator for the preparation of a report on interscholastic athletics in this state to be submitted to the Legislature no later than January 1, 2004. The bill would require that the report include the findings of the independent evaluator relating to the percentage of participating women athletes, the percentage of funding, the percentage of scholarships, and the overall level of compliance with relevant federal law by educational institutions in the state, as well as the recommendations of the department and the commission with respect to improvement. The bill would require the independent evaluator to study these issues as they relate to secondary schools and as they relate to the public segments of higher education in the state. The bill would specify topics to be included in the report. The bill would provide that its implementation is subject to the provision of funds for its purposes in the Budget Act of 2002 or in another statute enacted during the 2001-02 Regular Session.

AB 2310 Chu
Chapter 163

Ed Options

Existing law requires the Superintendent of Public Instruction to issue a California high school equivalency certificate and an official score report, or an official score report only, to any person who has not completed high school and who meets certain specified requirements. Existing law requires that applications for a California high school equivalency certificate and official score report be submitted by each test center following each examinee's completion of all or a portion of the five tests comprising the general educational development test battery. This bill would delete the requirement that applications for a California high school equivalency certificate and official score report be submitted by each test center following each examinee's completion of all or a portion of the five tests comprising the general educational development test. The bill would instead require that fee to be submitted when registering for the test. The bill would require each scoring contractor to provide the superintendent with a set of results for each examinee who has taken that test, and would make other, conforming changes in related provisions.

AB 2311 Chu
Chapter 435

Child Care/Child Development

Existing law establishes the Child Care and Development Services Act for the purpose of, among other things, providing a comprehensive, coordinated, and cost-effective system of child care and development services for children to age 14 and their parents. Existing law contains, for purposes of the act, definitions of the phrases "children with exceptional needs," "children with special needs," and "severely handicapped children." This bill would revise those definitions and make conforming changes. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.

AB 2324 Diaz
Chapter 495

Summer/After School Programs

Existing law, the Before and After School Learning and Safe Neighborhoods Partnerships Program requires every after school component of a program to operate a minimum of 3 hours a day and at least until 6 p.m. on every regular schoolday. Under the program, every after school component of the program is required to establish a policy regarding reasonable early daily release of pupils. This bill would authorize an exception to the early daily release policy, as provided.

AB 2326 Frommer
Chapter 653

Special Education - Issue: Braille

Existing law requires school districts, special education local plan areas, and county offices of education, to provide opportunities for braille instruction for pupils who have a need for braille as a reading medium. This bill would require the Superintendent of Public Instruction to form an advisory task force, with prescribed membership approved by the State Board of Education, to develop standards for mastery of the braille code by pupils, and to report to the Governor and the Legislature by June 30, 2004.

AB 2387 Bates
Chapter 164

Environmental Ed.

Existing law authorizes the State Coastal Conservancy to undertake projects to provide educational programs for children and adults relating to the preservation, protection, enhancement, and maintenance of coastal resources, and to award grants to nonprofit organizations, educational institutions, and public agencies for this purpose. This bill would prohibit the conservancy from awarding a grant to a local public educational agency or community college, if the source of the grant is the General Fund. This bill contains other existing laws.

AB 2425 Richman
Chapter 462

School District Management

Existing law, until January 1, 2005, authorizes the Los Angeles Unified School District's Office of Inspector General to subpoena witnesses, administer oaths or affirmations, take testimony, and compel the production of all information, documents, reports, answers, records, accounts, papers, and other data and documentary evidence deemed material, relevant, and reasonably related to any inquiry or investigation undertaken by the inspector general when he or she has a reasonable suspicion that a law, regulation, rule, or district policy has been or is being materially violated. Existing law makes it a crime to knowingly provide the inspector general false information under oath. This bill would extend that date to January 1, 2015, thereby imposing a state-mandated local program by extending the criminal sanctions for providing false information. The bill would, in addition, authorize the inspector general to perform audits that are reasonably related to any inquiry or investigation undertaken by the inspector general when he or she has a reasonable suspicion that a law, regulation, rule, or district policy has been or is being materially violated. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.

AB 2444 Dutra
Chapter 1043

Special Education - Issue: State Special Schools

Existing law requires the State Department of Education to fix the compensation of officers, teachers, and employees of the state special schools and diagnostic centers. This bill would require the State Personnel Administration to consider making salaries for teachers, specialists, and administrators of the state special schools and diagnostic centers competitive with the salaries of similarly qualified school teachers, specialists, and administrators who are employed by the encompassing school districts.

AB 2477 Steinberg
Chapter 1044

CDE Admin/Governance

Existing law provides that the Department of Personnel Administration shall establish and adjust salary ranges for each class of position in the state civil service subject to any merit limits contained in the California Constitution. Existing law further provides that these salary ranges shall be based on the principle that like salaries shall be paid for comparable duties and responsibilities and that the department, in establishing or changing these ranges, consider the prevailing rates for comparable service in other public employment and in private business. This bill would establish the State Excluded and Exempt Employees Salary-Setting Task Force, to consist of no more than 12 participants, as specified, to create a new process to address the status of salary and benefit levels of excluded and exempt employees, as defined, and to recommend that process to the Governor and the Legislature prior to July 1, 2004. The bill would require the task force, in preparing its recommendations, to consider the cost of living as reflected in specified indices, the compensation paid to comparable occupations or benchmark classes in California cities, counties, and special districts, the University of California System, the California State University, the federal government, and the private sector, the wages, benefits, and other compensation paid to rank-and-file state employees under approved memoranda of understanding, and excluded employee salaries, benefits, and other compensation items. This bill contains other related provisions.

AB 2484 Jackson
Chapter 165

Safe Schools/Violence Prevention

Existing law establishes the Carl Washington School Safety and Violence Prevention Act, which requires the Superintendent of Public Instruction to provide funds to school districts serving pupils in any of grades 8 to 12, inclusive, for the purpose of promoting school safety and reducing schoolsite violence. Existing law requires the funds allocated pursuant to this act to be expended by the school districts for any one or more of specified purposes. This bill would add as another eligible purpose, providing and implementing instructional curricula and materials on the prevention of school violence and school terrorism through recognition and reporting.

AB 2506 Steinberg
Chapter 1095

STRS/PERS

Existing law creates the State Teachers' Retirement System (STRS) as a unit within the State and Consumer Services Agency to administer a retirement program for public school teachers, teachers in schools supported by the state, and other persons employed in connection with the schools. STRS is managed by the Teachers' Retirement Board. This bill would require the board to establish a registration process for vendors seeking to offer retirement investment products to employees of all local school districts, community college districts, and county offices of education. The bill would require the initial registration process to be completed by July 1, 2004. The bill would require the board to provide those entities access to an impartial information bank to compare the registered vendors and the investment options being offered. The bill would require registration to be offered once annually and that vendors renew their registration at least every 5 years. The bill would establish requirements for the amendment of information required by the vendors. The bill would permit the board to remove a vendor from the registry, as specified. The board would be required to provide registry information and objective investment performance information on the Internet. The bill would require the actual costs associated with the establishment and administration of the investment registration process and the provision of the information bank to be borne equally by the registered vendors, as specified. This bill contains other related provisions.

AB 2531 Steinberg
Chapter 1028

Accountability

Existing law, the Public Schools Accountability Act of 1999, requires the Superintendent of Public Instruction, with approval of the State Board of Education, to develop the Academic Performance Index (API), consisting of a variety of indicators, to be used to measure performance of schools. The act requires the Superintendent of Public Instruction to develop, and the State Board of Education to adopt, expected annual percentage growth targets for all schools based on their API baseline score and prescribes a minimum percentage growth target annually. This bill would establish the High School Pupil Success Act, to provide grants and consultation to school districts with high schools, pursuant to a request for proposals process, to develop a reform and redesign plan for their high school systems to raise pupil achievement. The bill would be administered by the Superintendent of Public Instruction and the Secretary for Education, in consultation with an advisory committee made up of representatives of the State Department of Education, the State Board of Education, the California School Boards Association, the Association of California School Administrators, teacher associations, the California Parent Teacher Association, the California County Superintendents Educational Services Association, and others appointed by the Secretary for Education. The bill would appropriate $100,000 from the General Fund to the Superintendent of Public Instruction for purposes of the program. The appropriation would be included in the amounts appropriated by the state for purposes of meeting the state's minimum funding obligation to school districts and community college districts under Section 8 of Article XVI of the California Constitution. The provisions of the bill would become inoperative on January 1, 2010.

AB 2532 Pacheco, Rod
Chapter 1096

Child Health - Issue: textbook weight

Existing law requires the governing board of a school district to give diligent care to the health and physical development of pupils. This bill would require the State Board of Education, on or before July 1, 2004, to adopt maximum weight standards for elementary and secondary school textbooks.

AB 2541 McLeod, Negrete
Chapter 166

Career/TechEd - Issue: School-to-Career

Existing law establishes the Interagency Partnership for School-to-Career Programs as a formal collaboration between the Secretary for Education, the State Department of Education, the Chancellor's Office of the California Community Colleges, and the Health and Human Services Agency, for the purpose of administering a grant program to local entities who meet various requirements. This bill would, in addition to other requirements, require a grant applicant to demonstrate its ability to offer instruction on the topic of employees' and employers' rights and obligations in the workplace.

AB 2555 Leach
Chapter 142

Child Care/Child Development

Existing law authorizes the Superintendent of Public Instruction to enter into and execute local contractual agreements with any public or private entity or agency for the delivery of child care and development services or the furnishing of property, facilities, personnel, supplies, equipment, and administrative services related to the delivery of child care development services. This bill would provide that if an agency places a person who has been convicted of specified theft-related crimes in a position of fiscal responsibility or control, as defined, the agency may have its contract suspended or terminated immediately, upon review and recommendation of the general counsel of the State Department of Education. The bill would require the agency to receive 90 days prior notice of the termination and would allow the agency to appeal the termination action. The bill would require the department to withdraw the termination action if the agency provides evidence that the convicted person has been removed from the position and provides assurance that the person will not be returned to a position of financial responsibility or control.

AB 2593 Pacheco, Rod
Chapter 343

Safe Schools/Violence Prevention - Issue: safety plans

Existing law provides that if a person who is not a student, officer, or employee of a public school enters a campus or school facility and appears to commit an act likely to interfere with the peaceful conduct of the campus or facility, he or she may be directed to leave by the chief administrative officer or his or her designee. This bill would provide that it is unlawful for a person who is not a student, officer, or employee to return to the campus, after being directed to leave, without following the posted requirements to contact the administrative offices of the campus. This bill would specify that these provisions apply to areas of the campus or facility outside of the common areas where public business is conducted. Because this bill would change the elements of an existing crime, this bill would impose a state-mandated local program. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.

AB 2645 Aanestad
Chapter 1120

CDE Admin/Governance - Issue: security information

Under the Ralph M. Brown Act, the meetings of the legislative body of a local agency are required to be conducted openly and publicly, with specified exceptions. This bill would also permit these closed sessions to include a security consultant or security operations manager. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.

AB 2657 Bogh
Chapter 51

Urgency Clause Adopted

Curriculum/Standards - Issue: AB 458 cleanup

Existing law prohibits a school district, when calculating a pupil' s grade point average, from assigning extra grade weighting to a course that covers a subject required for admission to the University of California or the California State University unless the University of California approves the course for extra grade weighting. This bill would establish a 4 year implementation schedule for those provisions by commencing application to pupils in grade 9 in the 2005-06 school year. This bill contains other related provisions.

AB 2668 Zettel
Chapter 755

Child Health - Issue: spinal cord injury curriculum

Existing law sets forth the required, authorized, and prohibited course of study and requires the State Department of Education to adopt related curricula. This bill would require the California Healthy Kids Resource Center, in consultation with the State Department of Education, and contingent upon receipt of funds for this purpose, to review, acquire, and circulate brain and spinal cord injury prevention curricula, as specified, for use, on a voluntary basis, by school districts maintaining kindergarten and any of grades 1 to 12, inclusive. The bill would also require the California Healthy Kids Resource Center to notify school districts regarding the availability of the approved curricula. The bill would require funding for these purposes to be provided by nonstate sources.

AB 2672 Leonard
Chapter 858

Child Health - Issue: child abuse

Existing law establishes the Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act, which requires that specified persons who have knowledge of or observe a child in their professional capacity or within the scope of their employment, who the person knows or reasonably suspects has been the victim of child abuse or neglect to report that information to a child protective agency, as defined. Existing law prohibits any supervisor or administrator from impeding or inhibiting these reporting duties, and prohibits any person from being sanctioned for making the report. This bill would make a knowing violation of the above prohibition by a supervisor or administrator an infraction punishable by a fine not to exceed $5,000. Because this bill creates a new crime, it would impose a state-mandated local program. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.

AB 2681 Maldonado
Chapter 360

Transportation - Issue: seatbelts

Existing law requires the State Board of Education to adopt regulations to require a passenger in a schoolbus equipped with passenger restraint systems, as specified, to use a passenger restraint system so that the passenger is properly restrained. This bill would apply these provisions to type 2 school pupil activity buses. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.

AB 2708 Mountjoy
Chapter 91

Safe Schools/Violence Prevention

Existing law requires each school to adopt a comprehensive school safety plan by March 1, 2000, and to review and update its plan by March 1, every year thereafter. This bill would specify that a new school campus that begins offering classes to pupils after March 1, 2001, must comply with these requirements.

AB 2709 Wyland
Chapter 739

Curriculum/Standards - Issue: SBE commission

Under existing law, the adopted course of study for grades 7 to 12, inclusive, is required to include instruction in the social sciences, as prescribed. This bill would require that instruction to contain instruction on World War II and the American role in that war. The bill would express the Legislature's intent to encourage that the instruction include a component drawn from personal testimony of American soldiers who were involved in World War II and those men and women who contributed to the war effort on the homefront. The bill would specify that this instruction shall be carried out in a manner that does not result in any new duties or programs being imposed on school districts.

AB 2750 Wesson
Chapter 1067

Adult Education

Existing law limits increases in funding for schools or classes for adults in correctional facilities offered by school districts and county boards of education to 2.5% per fiscal year unless the Legislature approves a greater increase for a fiscal year in the annual Budget Act. This bill would permit increases in the maximum average daily attendance calculations for schools and classes for adults in correctional facilities, as prescribed.

AB 2766 Runner
Chapter 883

STRS/PERS

Existing law provides members of certain public retirement systems, whose retirement benefits have vested, with the right, upon leaving service and entering the employment of a reciprocal retirement system within a specified timeframe, to leave accumulated contributions on deposit in the retirement fund, subject to specific limitations. Existing law also permits a former member of a public retirement system, under specified circumstances, to elect to redeposit in the retirement fund an amount equal to the accumulated contributions that he or she withdrew upon termination of employment. This bill would expand those rights to provide a member of a county, city, or local agency retirement system, who is credited with less than the number of service years required for benefits to vest, with the right to elect to leave his or her accumulated contributions, as defined, on deposit in the retirement fund, subject to specified conditions. The bill would additionally grant a former member of one of those retirement systems who is or was engaged in active law enforcement or firefighting and prevention service, as specified, and who, for specified reasons, did not leave his or her accumulated contributions within the retirement fund, the right to redeposit those withdrawn contributions, if he or she is an active member of a specified reciprocal public retirement system at the time of redeposit. This bill contains other related provisions.

AB 2781 Oropeza
Chapter 1167

Urgency Clause Adopted

Budget Trailer Bill School Finance

Existing law, until January 1, 2003, establishes the Educational Telecommunication Fund in order for the governing board of the County Office Fiscal Crisis and Management Assistance Team to carry out its responsibilities regarding the establishment of telecommunications standards to support the efficient sharing of school business and administrative information. This bill would change the date upon which the Educational Telecommunication Fund becomes inoperative to January 1, 2004. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.

AB 2785 Oropeza
Chapter 444

Budget Trailer Bill School Finance

Existing law appropriates $503,433,000 from the Proposition 98 Reversion Account for transfer to Section A of the State School Fund, for allocation by the Superintendent of Public Instruction to school districts, county offices of education, and other agencies for the purposes of adult education, as specified, for costs incurred in the 2001-02 fiscal year. This bill would specify that the appropriation is instead from the balance of the Proposition 98 Reversion Account, other specified amounts appropriated pursuant to the Budget Acts of 2001, 2000, and 1999, and the Child Care Facilities Revolving Fund. This bill contains other related provisions.

AB 2800 Chan
Chapter 245

Child Care/Child Development

The California Children and Families Act of 1998 requires that the California Children and Families Program, established by the act, be funded by certain surtaxes imposed on the sale and distribution of cigarettes and tobacco products and deposited into the California Children and Families Trust Fund, and that the fund be used for the implementation of comprehensive early childhood development and smoking prevention programs. Existing law establishes a state commission, the California Children and Families Commission, with specified powers and duties, including the authority to enter into any contracts as necessary or appropriate to carry out the provisions and purposes of the act. This bill would authorize the state commission to expend money allocated to it under the act to ensure that children are ready to enter school. This bill would also authorize the state commission to allocate funds to county commissions established pursuant to the act as necessary or appropriate to carry out the provisions and purposes of the act. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.

AB 2807 Firebaugh
Chapter 497

Curriculum/Standards

Existing law, until January 1, 2003, provides for the Local Arts Education Partnership Program, a program that develops a locally based approach to arts education improvement by using existing community arts resources in a planned and coordinated way to strengthen basic arts skills in the state's public schools. This bill would extend the date of repeal to January 1, 2008. The bill would, in addition, make a technical, nonsubstantive change to these provisions.

AB 2811 Migden
Chapter 659

Urgency Clause Adopted

Teachers/Teacher Credentialing

Existing law, which will become inoperative on June 30, 2002, and will be repealed on January 1, 2003, establishes the Child Development Teacher and Supervisor Grant Program, which is administered by the Student Aid Commission. Under the program, qualified students attending California public or private 2-year or 4-year postsecondary educational institutions who intend to teach or supervise in the field of childcare and development in a licensed children's center may receive grants of up to $2,000 for each academic year. This bill would delete the provision that renders the program inoperative as of June 30, 2002, and repeals the program as of January 1, 2003, thereby extending the program indefinitely. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.

AB 2817 Maddox
Chapter 1099

Child Health

Existing law sets forth specified criteria that are required to be included in the content of sex education courses if those courses are offered. This bill would require, as an additional course criteria, sex education classes to advise pupils of specified provisions of law relating to parents and others who voluntarily surrender physical custody of a minor child 72 hours old or younger at a hospital emergency room or other designated location without being subject to criminal prosecution for certain crimes.

AB 2834 Migden
Chapter 1128

School Finance - Issue: audits

Existing law requires the Controller, on an annual basis, to review and monitor the audit reports performed by independent auditors to determine the practicability and effectiveness of school district audits. This bill, instead, would require the Controller to review and monitor audits of local education agencies. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.

AB 2849 Washington
Chapter 1100

Employment Issues

Existing law requires the governing board of a school district or the personnel commission in a school district that has adopted the merit system to classify all employees and positions not requiring certification qualifications. These employees and positions are known as the classified service. Existing law exempts part-time playground positions from the classified service. This bill would instead provide that part-time playground positions are not part of the classified service unless the employee in the position is otherwise employed in a classified position. The bill would also prohibit a school district from reducing the hours of, or terminating, as a result of the implementation of the bill, a classified employee who was assigned to a part-time playground position. This bill contains other related provisions.

AB 2859 Aroner
Chapter 1069

School Finance - Issue: instructional time

Existing law requires the Superintendent of Public Instruction and the Director of Finance to establish a repayment plan for funds that a local education agency received on the basis of average daily attendance, or other data, that did not comply with statutory or regulatory requirements that were conditions of the apportionments. Existing law authorizes the Controller to withhold the disallowed amount from a school district's next principal apportionment. This bill would reallocate specified amounts withheld from the Berkeley Unified School District's 2000-01 and 2001-02 principal apportionments and the district's 2002-03 first principal apportionment to the Kern County Office of Education for use by the County Office Fiscal Crisis and Management Assistance Team for purposes of conducting specified assessments and improvement plans, this constituting an appropriation. This bill would impose a state-mandated local program by requiring the County Office Fiscal Crisis and Management Assistance Team to prepare the assessments and improvement plans and by requiring the Berkeley Unified School District, commencing with the 2003-04 fiscal year and continuing through the 2004-05 fiscal year, to allocate a specified sum, in accordance with a specified schedule, to implement the improvement plans. The bill would require an additional amount to be withheld from the district's 2005-06 first principal apportionment if a certain sum is not expended for purposes consistent with the improvement plans. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.

AB 2867 Kehoe
Chapter 961

School Facilities

Under existing law, if authorized by their governing bodies, 2 or more public agencies may enter into a joint powers agreement to exercise jointly any power common to the contracting agencies. This bill would authorize the Redevelopment Agency of the City of San Diego, the Housing Authority of the City of San Diego, the San Diego Housing Commission, the San Diego Unified School District, and the City of San Diego to enter into a joint powers agreement to create and operate a joint powers agency known as the San Diego Model School Development Agency, with all of the powers of a redevelopment agency, housing authority, the city, the school district, and a joint powers agency, to acquire property, and to construct, improve, and finance one or more schools, housing projects, parks, recreational facilities, and any other facilities reasonably necessary for their proper operation.

AB 2912 Florez
Chapter 930

Charter Schools

Existing law requires the county superintendent of schools to determine a revenue limit for each school in the county pursuant to a prescribed formula, and requires, for purposes of that apportionment, that average daily attendance be calculated, as prescribed. This bill would, notwithstanding any other provisions of law, make those provisions relating to the calculation of average daily attendance inapplicable for purposes of determining the base revenue limit or block grant average daily attendance for charter school pupils who reside in a school district in which all schools have been converted to charter schools and that elect not to receive funding under specified provisions, and would make conforming changes in related provisions.

AB 2937 Shelley
Chapter 1073

CDE Admin/Governance

The California Public Records Act establishes the right of every person to inspect and obtain copies of public records not exempt from disclosure from specified state and local agencies. The act defines local agency to include, among other things, specified nonprofit entities that are legislative bodies of a local agency for purposes of open meeting requirements. This bill would delete nonprofit from this definition. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.

AB 2950 Strom-Martin
Chapter 463

Subject Matter Projects

Existing law provides for the establishment and maintenance of 6 subject matter projects by the Regents of the University of California with the approval of the Concurrence Committee. Existing law provides that these subject matter projects are to create opportunities for researchers, higher education faculty, and elementary and secondary school faculty to work together to identify exemplary teaching practices, examine and develop research on learning, knowledge, and educational materials and to provide support to teachers to develop and enhance content knowledge and pedagogical skills. This bill would extend the inoperative date to June 30, 2007, and the repeal date to January 1, 2008, and would make these provisions applicable only to the subject matter projects, thereby eliminating the inoperative date and repeal date for the California Professional Development Institutes. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.

AB 2982 Committee on Public Employees, Retirement and Soci
Chapter 375

STRS/PERS

Under existing law, "creditable service," for purposes of calculating retirement benefits under the Defined Benefit Program of the State Teachers' Retirement Plan, is defined to include, among other things, performance of certain school activities related to the instructional and guidance program of a school, if those activities are performed within normal work hours, as specified. This bill would include those activities within the definition of creditable service, irrespective of when the activities are performed. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.

AB 3000 Committee on Budget
Chapter 1124

Urgency Clause Adopted

Budget Trailer Bill Statewide Budget Issues

Existing law provides for the licensing and regulation of persons engaged in barbering and cosmetology by the Bureau of Barbering and Cosmetology of the Department of Consumer Affairs. Existing law establishes the conditions for issuance of a license by the bureau. This bill would require the bureau to issue the license on the same day as an applicant satisfactorily passes the examination. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.

AB 3005 Committee on Budget
Chapter 1032

Urgency Clause Adopted

Statewide Budget Issues

Existing law, the California High School Coaching Education and Training Program, encourages the California Interscholastic Federation to establish a statewide panel for purposes of implementing the program, subject to funds being appropriated for that purpose. This bill would further condition implementation of the program on funds being appropriated for that purpose in the annual Budget Act. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.

AB 3006 Committee on Budget
Chapter 1164

Urgency Clause Adopted

Statewide Budget Issues

Existing law provides for the Medi-Cal program, administered by the State Department of Health Services, under which qualified low-income persons are provided with health care services. This bill would repeal the above provisions, contingent on the enactment of AB 442. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.

AB 3008 Committee on Budget
Chapter 99

Budget Trailer Bill Statewide Budget Issues

The Budget Act of 2001 makes appropriations, including appropriations in regard to the state's funding obligations for school districts and community college districts, for support of state government for the 2001-02 fiscal year. This bill, in augmentation of the Budget Act of 2001, would reappropriate designated appropriations made in that act, relating to various educational programs in the total amount of $1,796,591,000, to the Trustees of the California State University for the support of the California State University for the 2001-02 fiscal year. This bill contains other related provisions.

AB 3011 Committee on Budget
Chapter 101

Budget Trailer Bill Statewide Budget Issues

(1) The bill would appropriate $1,046,893,000 for expenditure in the 2002-03 fiscal year from the General Fund, with $931,303,000 appropriated to the Superintendent of Public Instruction and $115,590,000 appropriated to the Board of Governors of the California Community Colleges for allocation on a one-time basis to community college districts. Of the amount appropriated to the Superintendent of Public Instruction, $76,000,000 would be for allocation on a one-time basis for the Instructional Time and Staff Development Reform Program, $60,643,000 would be for allocation on a one-time basis for the STAR program, $67,300,000 would be for allocation on a one-time basis for the Governor's High Achieving/Improving Schools Program, $713,360,000 would be for allocation on a one-time basis for the Targeted Instructional Improvement Grant program, and $14,000,000 would be for allocation on a one-time basis for the Beginning Teacher Support and Assessment System. This appropriation would be applied toward the 2002-03 fiscal year minimum funding requirements for school districts and community college districts imposed by Section 8 of Article XVI of the California Constitution. This bill contains other related provisions.

AB 3022 Special Committee on Assembly Legislative Ethics
Chapter 663

Statewide Budget Issues

Existing law requires each state agency to offer at least semiannually an orientation course on the relevant ethics statutes and regulations that govern the official conduct of state officials. It requires certain exempt and management-level state officials and employees to attend the orientation course once every 2 years. This bill would expand these training requirements to include all employees of a state agency who are required to file statements of economic interest pursuant to the Political Reform Act of 1974. It would require attendance at the orientation course at least once during each consecutive period of 2 years.

AB 3034 Committee on Judiciary
Chapter 664

Omnibus

Existing law directs the Legislative Counsel to advise the Legislature from time to time as to legislation necessary to maintain the codes. This bill would restate existing provisions of law to effectuate the recommendations made by the Legislative Counsel to the Legislature for consideration during 2001, and would not make any substantive change in the law.

AB 3035 Committee on Judiciary
Chapter 300

Omnibus

The Bagley-Keene Open Meeting Act generally requires that all meetings of a state body be open and public. Writings that are public records and are distributed to members of the state body prior to or during a public meeting, pertaining to any item to be considered during the public meeting, are required to be made available for public inspection, and any person may attend any public meeting of a state body. The act also requires that notice of public meetings and those held in closed session of a state body be given to any person who requests that notice in writing and that the agenda for those meetings be made available upon request without delay. This bill would require that the notices and agendas of these public meetings and closed sessions and the public records distributed at these public meetings and closed sessions be made available in appropriate alternative formats upon request by any person with a disability consistent with the federal Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. The bill would also require that the notice include information on the availability of disability-related aids or services to enable the person to participate in a public meeting consistent with the federal Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.

AB 3045 Committee on Higher Education
Chapter 406

Urgency Clause Adopted

Higher Education - Issue: Scholarshare

Existing law establishes the Golden State Scholarshare Trust Act, pursuant to which, under regulations adopted by the Student Aid Commission, participants invest money in the Golden State Scholarshare Trust for the benefit of a specific beneficiary for the advance savings for the beneficiary's higher education expenses, as defined, at certain postsecondary educational institutions. Existing provisions of the act define "beneficiary," "institution of higher education," and "qualified higher education expenses" for the purposes of the act by conforming these definitions to those included in the federal Internal Revenue Code, as amended by a prescribed federal statute in 1997. This bill would instead require that these definitions conform to that federal statute, as it is amended from time to time, if, as determined by the Scholarshare Investment Board, the amendment is consistent with the purposes of this act. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.

ACR 74 Leach
Chapter 72

Higher Education

This measure would recognize May 2002, and each May thereafter, as National Scholarship Month.

ACR 145 Matthews
Chapter 10

Child Health

This measure would proclaim the week of February 24 to March 2, 2002, as Nutrition Week 2002.

ACR 154 Washington
Chapter 168

Desegregation - Issue: Brown v. Bd. of Ed.

This measure would designate May 17 as California's official day to commemorate Brown v. Board of Education (1954) 347 U.S. 483.

ACR 157 Chu
Chapter 48

Miscellaneous - Issue: Girl Scouts

This measure would commend the Girl Scouts for 90 years of service and for inspiring millions of girls with the highest ideals of character, conduct, and patriotism.

ACR 158 Wiggins
Chapter 169

Career/TechEd

This measure would declare that the Legislature is committed to improving career and technical education programs and practices and ensuring that these programs are a major component in the efforts to improve California's system of K-12 education.

ACR 169 Aroner
Chapter 111

Child Care/Child Development - Issue: Youth Day

This measure would request that state agencies and the Legislature include young people in the decisionmaking process regarding matters that affect California's young people.

ACR 177 Diaz
Chapter 141

Teachers/Teacher Credentialing

This measure would urge school districts, schools, and school administrators to review and renew their systematic and sustained efforts to fully support the teachers they recruit from other countries, and to provide those credentialed teachers with improved access to specified development and orientation programs and activities.

ACR 183 Zettel
Chapter 74

Charter Schools

This measure would declare April 29 through May 3, 2002, Charter Schools Week.

ACR 194 Maldonado
Chapter 93

Physical Education

This measure would proclaim May 1, 2002, to May 7, 2002, inclusive, as Physical Education and Sports Week and proclaim the month of May as Physical Fitness and Sports Month.

ACR 197 Strom-Martin
Chapter 60

Teachers/Teacher Credentialing

This measure would proclaim May 8, 2002, to be Day of the Teacher and would urge Californians to observe that day.

AJR 47 Jackson
Chapter 117

Physical Education - Issue: Title IX

This measure would memorialize the President and Congress of the United States to uphold the intent and substance of the current provisions of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, to pursue a stronger enforcement policy for Title IX, and to support the continuation of the strong compliance standards that are in place for Title IX. The measure also would memorialize the President and Congress of the United States to encourage all Americans to participate in the national celebration, "Celebrating 30 Years of Title IX".

SB 21 Escutia
Chapter 1075

School Facilities

Under existing law, known as the Lead-Safe Schools Protection Act, the State Department of Health Services is required to conduct a sample survey of public elementary schools, public preschools, and public day care facilities for the purpose of developing risk factors to predict lead contamination in those public schools. This bill would authorize state modernization funding for the identification, assessment, control, management, or abatement of lead. The bill would require any application for modernization funding after January 1, 2004, to certify that it has considered the potential for the presence of lead-containing materials in the modernization project and will follow all relevant standards. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.

SB 33 Soto
Chapter 25

Urgency Clause Adopted

Parental Involvement

Existing law establishes the Nell Soto Parent/Teacher Involvement Program, pursuant to which the Superintendent of Public Instruction allocates one-time grants to schools in accordance with prescribed criteria, for the purpose of strengthening communication between schools and parents. Existing law requires a teacher to be compensated for his or her participation. The bill would delete the limitation that the grants be one-time grants and would authorize the California School for the Blind and the California School for the Deaf to participate in the program. The bill would provide for the allocation of funding pursuant to the Nell Soto Parent/Teacher Involvement Program to the California School for the Deaf, the California School for the Blind, and schools ranked in the bottom 5 deciles on the Academic Performance Index, with priority given to the California School for the Deaf, the California School for the Blind, and schools in the bottom 2 deciles. This bill contains other related provisions.

SB 56 Escutia
Chapter 361

Child Nutrition

Existing law requires the State Department of Education to establish a pilot program in which 10 high schools, middle schools or any combination thereof voluntarily adopt certain food sale requirements. Existing law requires, commencing January 1, 2004, the sale of all foods on school grounds at elementary and middle schools, as defined, and at middle and high schools participating in the pilot program, to be approved by the person or persons designated for this purpose by the school district, subject to funding being appropriated in the Budget Act of 2003. Existing law authorizes a school district maintaining at least one middle school to convene a Child Nutrition and Physical Activity Advisory Committee that would develop and recommend a school district policy on nutrition and physical activity to the governing board of the school district for its adoption. This bill would require schools that apply and are selected to participate in the pilot program to comply with those food sale requirements, and would make various technical and clarifying changes in related provisions. The bill would subject operation of the existing law to funding being appropriated on or before January 1, 2004.

SB 59 Escutia
Chapter 800

Child Health - Issue: uninsured children

Existing federal law establishes the State Children's Health Insurance Program, which provides funds to the states to expand the provision of health assistance to uninsured, low-income children. In California, this program is known as the Healthy Families Program and is administered by the Managed Risk Medical Insurance Board. This bill would require the board to report to the Legislature on or before July 30, 2004, if federal funding is obtained, regarding its recommendations with respect to various initiatives regarding the State Children's Health Insurance Program. The bill would also include a statement of legislative findings and declarations.

SB 105 Burton
Chapter 1102

Special Education

Existing law provides for the Department of Rehabilitation, which administers various programs and services for disabled persons, including the blind and visually impaired. This bill would establish the Division of Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired and the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, would establish the responsibilities of the division, would require the director of the division to report to the Legislature and the Governor on programs administered by the division, would require the director to appoint a Blind Advisory Committee and a Deaf Advisory Committee to advise the director on certain issues, and would make related and conforming changes. This bill contains other related provisions.

SB 192 O'Connell
Chapter 582

Urgency Clause Adopted

Adult Education

Existing law, establishes various programs to enhance technology education, including, but not limited to, the Digital High School Education Technology Grant Act of 1997, to provide all high school pupils with basic computer skills so as to, among other things, improve pupil achievement in all academic subjects. Existing federal law, the Enhancing Children Through Technology Act of 2001, provides funding to improve pupil academic achievement through the use of technology in elementary schools and secondary schools. This bill would establish the Education Technology Grant Program of 2002 to provide technology education grants for schools serving pupils in grades 4 to 8, inclusive, consistent with that federal law. This bill contains other related provisions.

SB 283 Speier(Coauthors: Assembly Members Alquist
Chapter 667

Child Health

Existing law establishes the Healthy Families Program, administered by the Managed Risk Medical Insurance Board, to arrange for the provision of health services to eligible children based upon applications submitted by applicants to the program. Existing law authorizes the board to establish a list of designated eligible individuals or categories of individuals and organizations that may be compensated for assisting an applicant in completing a program application. This bill would, until January 1, 2006, authorize a plan participating in the program, after completing a state-sponsored or approved training course, to provide application assistance directly to an applicant who is acting on behalf of an eligible person, subject to specified conditions. The bill would provide that a participating plan that directly provides application assistance to an applicant or subscriber is not eligible to receive the application assistance fee. The bill would delete the repealing provision. The bill would require the board to provide the Legislature with a specified report on the impact of the bill's provisions on or before March 1 of every other year. This bill contains other existing laws.

SB 284 Polanco
Chapter 498

School Facilities

Existing law declares the policy of the state to use available resources at state facilities that can substitute for traditional energy and water supplies or produce electricity or water at its facilities when use or production will reduce long-term energy or water expenditures. Existing law, the State Building Construction Act of 1955, authorizes the State Public Works Board, in furtherance of this policy, to develop energy and water conservation and cogeneration and alternative energy and water supply sources at state facilities, including, but not limited to, publicly funded schools that maintain kindergarten or any of grades 1 to 12, inclusive. This bill would require the Energy Resources Conservation and Development Commission, in consultation with the State Department of Education and the Division of the State Architect and the Office of Public School Construction within the Department of General Services, to recommend best design practices that include energy efficiency measures for all new public schools, and to report the recommendations to the Governor and the Legislature by October 1, 2003. This bill contains other existing laws.

SB 319 Alarcon
Chapter 668

Teachers/Teacher Credentialing

Existing law establishes the Teaching As A Priority Block Grant administered by the State Department of Education under which block grants are awarded to school districts to provide incentives to attract credentialed teachers to be employed and retained in low-performing schools. This bill would require a school district, except as specified, to demonstrate a net decrease in the number of teachers holding an emergency permit or waiver at each school ranked in the bottom half of the academic performance index to be eligible to receive a full block grant in the third year of participation and would reduce the amount of a school's block grant after the second year by the amount of funds generated by pupils enrolled in a school where the school district fails to demonstrate a net decrease in the number of teachers holding an emergency permit or waiver. These provisions would be applicable only when there is no more than a 5% variation from one fiscal year to the next in funding made available for the program in the annual Budget Act.

SB 508 Vasconcellos
Chapter 42

Urgency Clause Adopted

Accountability

Existing law establishes the Public Schools Accountability Act of 1999, which contains the Immediate Intervention/Underperforming Schools Program (IIUSP) and requires a school district that participates in the IIUSP to contract with an external evaluator to assist the school in the development of its school action plan. This bill would authorize a school participating in the IIUSP to alternatively contract with an entity that has proven, successful expertise specific to the challenges inherent in low-performing schools instead of contracting with an external evaluator. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.

SB 646 Ortiz
Chapter 669

Child Care/Child Development

Existing law authorizes the State Department of Social Services to adopt regulations to create substitute care facility employee registries for persons working at more than one facility licensed by the department, in order to permit these registries to submit fingerprint cards and child abuse index information for child care registries. This bill would additionally authorize the department to operate a substitute child care employee registry pilot program for the above purposes, and to charge an administrative fee to participating registry facilities. The bill would specify the conditions under which the pilot program could be operated, including, among other things, limiting the pilot program to screening employees for facilities licensed as child care facilities.

SB 953 Vasconcellos
Chapter 541

Curriculum/Standards

Existing law prescribes various programs relating to the health and welfare of senior citizens. This bill would also request that the Governor's Office on Service and Volunteerism, in coordination with various other entities, pursue resources to develop an Elder Corps master plan to expand opportunities for engaging California's seniors, and set standards for the effective training and supervision of volunteers. This bill would also request that the Governor's Office on Service and Volunteerism work with a specified entity to ensure that California's portion of federal funds from the USA Freedom Corps be used to enhance senior volunteer opportunities. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.

SB 1236 Alarcon
Chapter 859

CalWORKS

Existing law does not provide for the establishment of a Labor and Workforce Development Agency in state government. This bill would create a Labor and Workforce Development Agency in state government consisting of the Department of Industrial Relations, the Employment Development Department, the Agricultural Labor Relations Board, and the Workforce Investment Board. The agency would be under the supervision of the Secretary of Labor and Workforce Development who would be appointed by the Governor, subject to confirmation by the Senate. The bill would specify that funding for the new agency be achieved from reallocation of existing resources currently allocated to the various entities that would form the agency, but would provide that no funds may be provided by the Agricultural Labor Relations Board. It would also specify that no appropriation of new General Fund moneys would be permitted to implement the bill. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.

SB 1253 Figueroa
Chapter 253

Safe Schools/Violence Prevention

Existing law prohibits a school from permitting the possession or use of any electronic signaling device that operates through the transmission or receipt of radio waves by pupils of the school while the pupils are on campus, attending school-sponsored activities, or while under the supervision and control of school district employees, without the prior consent of the principal or his or her designee. This bill would, instead, authorize school district governing boards to regulate the use of electronic signaling devices and would preclude prohibiting a pupil from using an electronic signaling device if it is determined to be essential for the health of the pupil, as prescribed.

SB 1264 Alpert
Chapter 439

Child Care/Child Development

Existing law provides for the California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids (CalWORKs) program, under which each county provides cash assistance and other benefits to qualified low-income families. Each county is required to pay a share of the cost of both aid grant and administrative costs for the CalWORKs program. This bill would add to those payments that may not be treated as income or resources of the family for purposes of determining eligibility under the CalWORKs program, any award or scholarship provided by a public or private entity to, or on behalf of, a dependent child based on the child's academic or extracurricular achievement or participation in a scholastic, educational, or extracurricular competition. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.

SB 1310 Alpert
Chapter 1035

Accountability - Issue: API: test scores

Existing law establishes the Public Schools Accountability Act of 1999 which contains the Immediate Intervention/Underperforming Schools Program (IIUSP) and the High Priority Schools Grant Program for Low Performing Schools and requires the Superintendent of Public Instruction to develop an Academic Performance Index (API) to measure the performance of schools and to develop expected annual percentage growth targets for all schools based on their API baseline score. This bill would instead provide that only the test scores of pupils who were counted as part of a school district's enrollment in the October California Basic Educational Data System's data collection for the prior fiscal year and were continuously enrolled during that year may be included in the test results reported in the API. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.

SB 1318 Karnette
Chapter 115

Urgency Clause Adopted

STRS/PERS

Existing law requires members of the Defined Benefit Program of the State Teachers' Retirement Plan to contribute to the retirement fund 8% of the member's creditable compensation, with those contributions being credited to the individual account of the member, as specified. This bill would authorize the member's employer to pay all or a portion of those contributions for the member, subject to specified conditions. This bill contains other related provisions.

SB 1338 Peace
Chapter 44

Statewide Budget Issues

The Budget Act of 2001 appropriated $5,000,000 from the General Fund, unallocated special funds, and unallocated nongovernmental cost funds for expenditure for contingencies or emergencies upon written authorization from the Director of Finance. The Budget Act of 2001 also appropriated $2,500,000 for loans to state agencies for contingencies or emergencies. This bill would appropriate $327,227,000 as scheduled, in augmentation of these Budget Act appropriations. This bill would authorize the Director of Finance to withhold authorization for the expenditure of funds appropriated in the bill until preliminary estimates of potential deficiencies are verified. This bill contains other related provisions.

SB 1339 Vasconcellos
Chapter 320

Curriculum/Standards

Existing law requires the Superintendent of Public Instruction to assist all school districts to ensure that all public high school pupils have access to a core curriculum that meets the admission requirements of the University of California and the California State University. This bill would additionally require the Superintendent of Public Instruction to advise school districts that maintain high schools about the importance of making readily available to each high school pupil the list of courses offered by the school attended by that pupil that are certified by the University of California as meeting admission requirements. This bill contains other related provisions.

SB 1359 Haynes
Chapter 73

Miscellaneous

Existing law prohibits any person, private entity, or governmental agency from adopting a measure that prevents any person or private entity from exercising his or her legal right to display a Flag of the United States on private property, unless it is used as, or in conjunction with, an advertising display. Existing law prohibits these provisions from being construed to prevent a city, county, or city and county from imposing reasonable restrictions as to the time, place, and manner of placement or display of a Flag of the United States when necessary for the preservation of the public's health, safety, or order, and prohibits any restrictions from being imposed solely to promote aesthetic considerations. This bill would additionally prohibit any local government agency, as defined, from adopting any policy or regulation that prohibits or restricts an employee of that agency from displaying a Flag of the United States, or a pin of that flag, on his or her person, in his or her workplace, or on a local government agency vehicle, except as specified.

SB 1386 Peace
Chapter 915

General Government

Existing law regulates the maintenance and dissemination of personal information by state agencies, as defined, and requires each agency to keep an accurate account of disclosures made pursuant to specified provisions. Existing law also requires a business, as defined, to take all reasonable steps to destroy a customer's records that contain personal information when the business will no longer retain those records. Existing law provides civil remedies for violations of these provisions. This bill, operative July 1, 2003, would require a state agency, or a person or business that conducts business in California, that owns or licenses computerized data that includes personal information, as defined, to disclose in specified ways, any breach of the security of the data, as defined, to any resident of California whose unencrypted personal information was, or is reasonably believed to have been, acquired by an unauthorized person. The bill would permit the notifications required by its provisions to be delayed if a law enforcement agency determines that it would impede a criminal investigation. The bill would require an agency, person, or business that maintains computerized data that includes personal information owned by another to notify the owner or licensee of the information of any breach of security of the data, as specified. The bill would state the intent of the Legislature to preempt all local regulation of the subject matter of the bill. This bill would also make a statement of legislative findings and declarations regarding privacy and financial security.

SB 1393 Kuehl
Chapter 1121

School Facilities

The existing California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) requires a lead agency, as defined, to prepare, or cause to be prepared, and certify the completion of, an environmental impact report on a project that it proposes to carry out or approve that may have a significant effect on the environment, or to adopt a negative declaration if it finds that the project will not have that effect. CEQA authorizes a plan or other written documentation required by a certified regulatory program or state agency to be submitted in lieu of an environmental impact report pursuant to prescribed procedures. This bill would require the Secretary of the Resources Agency, by July 1, 2003, to develop a protocol for reviewing the prospective application of certified regulatory programs to evaluate the consistency of those programs with the requirements of CEQA, and would require the secretary to provide a report to the Senate Committee on Environmental Quality and the Assembly Committee on Natural Resources regarding the need for a grant of additional statutory authority authorizing the secretary to undertake a review of the certified regulatory programs. The bill would also require the secretary to provide a significant opportunity for public participation in developing that protocol. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.

SB 1397 Costa
Chapter 932

Charter Schools

Existing law authorizes a school district's revenue limit to be determined using either the current or prior fiscal year average daily attendance, whichever is greater. Under existing law, a charter school that was assigned a number by the State Board of Education before June 1, 1999, may choose to be funded for the 1999-2000, 2000-01, and 2001-02 fiscal years through the base revenue limit method or the block grant method. This bill would authorize the revenue limit of an elementary school district to be determined using either the current or prior year second principal apportionment average daily attendance, whichever is greater, if all the schools in the district were converted to charter schools in the 2000-01 fiscal year and the district continued to be funded through the base revenue limit method.

SB 1405 O'Connell
Chapter 1080

Teachers/Teacher Credentialing

Existing law provides that no person shall be initially assigned to assist in instruction as an instructional aide, as defined, or to assist in instruction as a teacher aide for kindergarten and grades 1 to 12, inclusive, unless the person has demonstrated proficiency in basic reading, writing, and mathematics skills up to or exceeding that required for high school seniors, as provided. This bill would apply those requirements to paraprofessionals and would define paraprofessional to include an instructional aide or a teacher aide. The bill would set forth qualifications for paraprofessionals consistent with the federal No Child Left Behind Act of 2001. The bill would impose a state-mandated local program by imposing new duties on school districts to comply with the requirements of the bill. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.

SB 1411 Speier
Chapter 880

Higher Education

Existing law provides for the regulation of health care service plans by the Department of Managed Health Care and for the regulation of disability insurers by the Department of Insurance. Under existing law, a violation of the provisions governing health care service plans is punishable as a crime. Existing law prohibits a health care service plan and a disability insurer from imposing certain restrictions with respect to maternity benefits provided, respectively, under its plan contract or policy. This bill would, effective July 1, 2003, prohibit a health care service plan and a disability insurer from imposing a copayment or deductible for health care or health insurance for specified maternity services that exceeds the most common amount of the copayment or deductible imposed for services provided for other covered medical conditions. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.

SB 1416 Polanco
Chapter 467

Charter Schools

Existing law provides that a charter school that serves at-risk pupils and operates under a charter approved before June 1, 1997, by the Los Angeles County Board of Education may continue to operate until June 30, 2003. This bill would extend the date until June 30, 2008, provided that the authority to continue operation is approved by the county board of education. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.

SB 1419 Alarcon
Chapter 894

Employment Issues

Under existing law, the governing board of any school district is required to employ persons for positions not requiring certification qualifications, to be known as the classified service. Under existing law, the governing board of any community college district is required to employ persons for positions that are not academic positions, also to be known as the classified service. Each position in the classified service is required to have a designated title, a regular minimum number of assigned hours, a specific statement of duties, and a regular salary range. This bill would permit and establish standards for the use of personal services contracts in school districts and community college districts notwithstanding the above-described law pertaining to classified service. Under the bill, personal services contracting would be permitted to achieve cost savings, or when (1) the contract would be for new functions that the Legislature mandates or authorizes be performed by independent contractors, (2) the services would not be available within the school or community college district or cannot be satisfactorily performed by district employees, (3) the services would be incidental to a purchase or lease contract, (4) the policy, administrative, or legal goals and purposes of the district could not be accomplished through the regular or ordinary hiring process, (5) the work would meet criteria for emergency appointment, (6) equipment, materials, facilities, or support services would be provided that could not feasibly be provided by the district, or (7) the services would be of an urgent, temporary, or occasional nature. The bill would operate prospectively. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.

SB 1453 Alpert
Chapter 1002

Urgency Clause Adopted

Assessment - Issue: pupil records: data system

Existing law requires the California School Information Services Program administrator to submit to the State Board of Education a plan to administer, coordinate, and manage the development and implementation of an electronic statewide school information system to address current problems of information exchange. Existing law states that one of the missions of the California School Information Services Program is to assist local education agencies to transmit state and federal reports electronically to the State Department of Education. This bill would make a local education agency participating in the California School Information Services Program eligible to receive one-time funding for startup costs. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.

SB 1476 O'Connell
Chapter 808

Assessment - Issue: Accountability

Under existing law, the Superintendent of Public Instruction, with the approval of the State Board of Education is required to develop a high school exit examination in language arts and mathematics in accordance with the statewide academically rigorous content standards adopted by the State Board of Education. This bill would provide that language arts refers to English language arts. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.

SB 1478 McPherson
Chapter 1036

Summer/After School Programs - Issue: High School Programs

Existing law establishes the Before and After School Learning and Safe Neighborhoods Partnerships Program to create incentives to establish locally driven before and after school enrichment programs for pupils in kindergarten and grades 1 to 9, inclusive. This bill would state the intent of the Legislature that federally-funded 21st Century Community Learning Centers complement the existing Before and After School Learning and Safe Neighborhoods Partnerships Program by utilizing the existing funding provided under that existing program, and to provide the local flexibility needed to implement the federal 21st Century Community Learning Centers program through direct grants. The bill would, in accordance with the 21st Century Community Learning Centers program contained in the federal No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, allocate funds appropriated in Item 6110-197-0890 of Section 2.00 of the Budget Act of 2002 as follows, in order of priority: (1) $1,000,000 to the State Department of Education for purposes of providing technical assistance, evaluation, and training services related to the 21st Century Community Learning Centers program; (2) up to $3,500,000 to programs serving middle and elementary school pupils for the purpose of providing equal access to, and participation in, community learning center programs, as specified; (3) up to $1,000,000 for direct grants for providing family literacy services to specified schoolsites; and (4) $2,500,000 to be allocated on a priority basis for grants to community learning center programs serving high school pupils and middle and elementary pupils. The bill would prescribe other requirements related to the allocation of funds, including that grant awards be restricted to those applicants that propose primarily to serve pupils that attend schools identified as Title I schoolwide programs under federal law. The bill would also include a statement that the provisions of the bill would only become operative to the extent that federal funds are made available for these purposes.

SB 1482 Polanco
Chapter 1148

Counseling/Guidance - Issue: Counseling

The Barbering and Cosmetology Act establishes the Bureau of Barbering and Cosmetology in the Department of Consumer Affairs. This bill would repeal the Bureau of Barbering and Cosmetology. The bill would establish the State Board of Barbering and Cosmetology in the department consisting of 9 members. The bill would require the board, subject to the approval of the director, to appoint an executive director to perform the duties delegated by the board. The bill would provide that the provisions relating to the board and the executive director become inoperative on July 1, 2007 and are repealed on January 1, 2008. The bill would make conforming changes. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.

SB 1493 Alpert
Chapter 486

Urgency Clause Adopted

Career/TechEd - Issue: Nursing

Existing law provides for the Medi-Cal program, administered by the State Department of Health Services, under which qualified low-income persons are provided with health care services. This bill would authorize the department to negotiate or renegotiate settlements with any acute care hospital in San Diego County that has a distinct part pediatric convalescent facility, and that has violated any Medi-Cal reimbursement policy or procedure governing the operation of acute care hospitals. It would authorize the department, in a settlement negotiated or renegotiated pursuant to the bill, to waive all or part of any Medi-Cal overpayment that would otherwise be reimbursable to the department by an acute care hospital. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.

SB 1529 Johnson
Chapter 262

Urgency Clause Adopted

Child Care/Child Development - Issue: Children and Families Commission

Existing law establishes various programs to provide health care services to persons with limited incomes and meeting various eligibility requirements. These programs include the Healthy Families Program administered by the Managed Risk Medical Insurance Board and the Medi-Cal program administered by the State Department of Health Services. This bill would add an additional condition under which a member of a commission or advisory committee described above shall not be deemed to be interested in a contract entered into by the commission, to provide that if the contract does not contain substantially the same terms and conditions as contracts entered into with other individuals or organizations that the member was appointed to represent, the member shall recuse himself or herself from making, participating in making, or in any way attempting to use his or her official position to influence the making of, a decision on the contract. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.

SB 1566 Polanco
Chapter 544

Career/TechEd

Existing law provides for the California Community Colleges Economic Development Program. Existing law provides for the awarding of grants for this program. Existing law provides that this program only be implemented during those fiscal years for which funds are appropriated for these purposes in the annual Budget Act. Existing law establishes the California Community Colleges Business Resource Assistance and Innovation Network Trust Fund in the State Treasury as a special fund administered by the Board of Governors of the California Community Colleges, and authorizes the board of governors to solicit direct contributions for deposit in the fund from various nonstate public and private sources for the purpose of funding the program for allocation upon appropriation by the Legislature. Existing law provides for the repeal of the program on January 1, 2003. This bill would state the intent of the Legislature to reauthorize the program as the California Community Colleges Economic and Workforce Development Program, and would make related changes to the program. The bill would provide that funds be awarded on a competitive basis. The bill would provide that this program only be implemented during those fiscal years for which funds are appropriated for these purposes in the annual Budget Act. The bill would require that the special funds in the California Community Colleges Business Resource Assistance and Innovation Network Trust Fund be placed in a surplus money investment account to earn interest for program purposes. The bill would require that an annual report about the program required by existing law to be provided on or about each January 1 by the Chancellor of the California Community Colleges instead be provided on or about March 1 of each year. The bill would extend the date on which the program is to be repealed to January 1, 2008.

SB 1580 Burton
Chapter 1049

STRS/PERS

Under existing law, the State Teachers' Retirement System and the State Teachers' Retirement Plan are administered by the 12-member Teachers' Retirement Board, as specified. This bill would, operative January 1, 2004, revise the composition of the membership of the board, as specified. The bill would also provide for the election or appointment of those members, and specify the terms and qualifications of those members who do not serve ex officio.

SB 1595 Escutia
Chapter 1037

Assessment - Issue: CELDT

Existing law gives the parents and guardians of pupils enrolled in public schools the right to be informed by the school and to participate in the education of their children and specifies the information they have a right to receive and the ways they may participate in the education of their children. Among the parental rights listed in a particular provision are the right to be informed in advance about school rules, attendance policies, dress codes, and procedures for visiting the school. This bill would add disciplinary rules and procedures and retention and promotion policies, which are provided for in other provisions of existing law, to the list of things about which parents have a right to be informed. The bill would add to the list of rights the right to be notified, as early in the school year as practicable, and as required by existing law, if their child is identified as being at risk of retention and of their right to consult with school personnel responsible for a decision to promote or retain their child and to appeal a decision to retain or promote their child. This bill contains other related provisions.

SB 1624 Romero
Chapter 1081

School Facilities

Existing law establishes the California Educational Facilities Authority Act, the purpose of which is to provide private institutions of higher education within the state an additional means by which to expand, enlarge, and establish dormitory, academic, faculty and staff housing, and related facilities, finance those facilities, refinance existing facilities, and to provide private and public institutions of higher education within the state an additional means to assist students in financing their costs of attendance. This bill would authorize the authority to make up to a total of $2,000,000 in grants in aid to private colleges to provide a program of academic assistance to high school pupils attending a qualified school, as defined, in accordance with prescribed selection criteria. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.

SB 1630 Chesbro
Chapter 676

Special Education - Issue: developmental disabilities

Under existing law, services are provided to persons with developmental disabilities and their families pursuant to the authority of various entities, including the State Department of Developmental Services, the State Council on Developmental Disabilities, and on a localized level, area boards on developmental disabilities. Under existing law, membership appointments for the council and the boards are made by the Governor and the governing bodies of each county, in accordance with specified criteria. Existing law also establishes the Organization of Area Boards, consisting of the respective chairpersons or their designees from among the volunteer board members of the individual boards. In addition, existing federal law, the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act of 2000, imposes specified requirements on states that provide services to persons with developmental disabilities, as a condition of receiving federal funding. This bill would recast and revise the provisions relating to the composition, powers, and duties of the council and the boards, and would make various technical and conforming changes, including changes to conform state law with federal requirements. The bill would increase the membership of the council from 19 to 29, would specify that one member of each area board shall serve on the council, and would revise the Governor's other council appointments. The bill would eliminate the Organization of Area Boards, and would transfer certain of its powers and duties to the council. This bill contains other related provisions.

SB 1632 Perata
Chapter 266

Child Health - Issue: sun protection

Existing law authorizes any school district to adopt or rescind a reasonable dress code policy, as specified. Existing law requires every schoolsite to allow for outdoor use during the schoolday, articles of sun-protective clothing that pupils would be allowed to wear outdoors, including, but not limited to, hats, and authorizes schoolsites to set a policy related to that clothing. This bill would, in addition, require every schoolsite to allow pupils to use sunscreen during the schoolday without a physician's note or prescription and authorize schoolsites to set a policy related to the use of sunscreen.

SB 1650 Alpert
Chapter 355

Mentoring

Existing law provides various services for youth in the state. This bill would make legislative findings relative to various factors affecting youth in California, and the benefits of mentoring and other positive developmental relationships between youth and adults, to address these concerns. The bill would declare that it is a goal of the Legislature to give every young person in California access to a quality mentoring relationship, and would also declare legislative intent with respect to the conduct of youth mentoring programs in the state.

SB 1655 Scott
Chapter 225

Urgency Clause Adopted

Teachers/Teacher Credentialing

Existing law sets forth the minimum requirements for both a preliminary and professional services credential with a specialization in administrative services. This bill would authorize the Commission on Teacher Credentialing to issue those credentials to persons who meet expedited alternative requirements and would set forth those requirements. This bill contains other related provisions.

SB 1656 Scott
Chapter 471

Urgency Clause Adopted

Teachers/Teacher Credentialing

Existing law requires each allegation of an act or omission by an applicant for, or holder of, a credential for which he or she may be subject to an adverse action be presented to the Committee of Credentials for an investigation, as specified. At the completion of its investigation, the committee is required to report its actions and decisions to the Commission on Teacher Credentialing. Existing law provides that the committee has jurisdiction to commence an investigation and a meeting or hearing upon receipt of certain information evidencing misconduct. This bill would, in addition, authorize the committee to inquire into allegations of misconduct by an applicant for, or holder of, a credential. The bill would authorize the committee to make inquiries of any entity that may reasonably have knowledge of the alleged misconduct. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.

SB 1667 Vasconcellos
Chapter 506

Safe Schools/Violence Prevention - Issue: school violence

Existing law establishes the School Safety and Violence Prevention Strategy Program, administered by the Superintendent of Public Instruction for the purpose of promoting school safety and violence prevention programs in the public schools. The most effective violence prevention program has three essential components, which this bill provides a framework for, and would further require the schoolsite council or school safety planning committee to provide written notification to specified persons of the public meeting that is required to be held before adopting a comprehensive school safety plan, thereby imposing a state-mandated local program. The bill would encourage the schoolsite council or school safety planning committee to provide written notification of the meeting to other specified persons. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.

SB 1677 Alpert
Chapter 785

Child Care/Child Development

Existing law authorizes a court to limit the control exercised over a minor by a parent or guardian in all cases where the minor is adjudged a ward or dependent child of the court. This bill would revise and recast these provisions. The bill would require that the local educational agency appoint a surrogate parent under the circumstances described above, if the court has specifically limited the right of the parent or guardian to make educational decisions for the child, and the child has no responsible adult to represent him or her as specified. The bill would also revise the definition of a parent, as described above, to also include persons acting in the place of a parent, as specified. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.

SB 1685 Morrow
Chapter 397

Transportation

Existing law provides that a schoolbus driver shall operate an approved flashing amber light warning system, flashing red signal lights, and stop signal arm system, as specified. The schoolbus driver is required to do specified things when a schoolbus is stopped for the purpose of loading or unloading pupils in specified locations; and may not activate the amber light warning system, flashing red signal lights, and stop signal arm system in specified locations. A violation of these provisions is a crime, punishable as specified. This bill would provide that the schoolbus driver shall deactivate the amber light warning system after reaching a schoolbus stop; would revise the locations and circumstances with respect to which the flashing amber light warning system, flashing red signal lights, and stop signal arm system may or may not be operated; and would make clarifying changes to the provisions. By creating new crimes or changing existing crimes, this bill would impose a state-mandated local program upon local governments. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.

SB 1708 Poochigian
Chapter 117

Charter Schools

Existing federal law, the Individuals with Disabilities in Education Act (IDEA), requires school districts, county offices of education, and special education local plan areas to comply with state laws that conform to the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, in order that the state may qualify for federal funds available for the education of individuals with exceptional needs. The IDEA requires that the local educational agency service children with disabilities who attend charter schools in the same manner as it serves children with disabilities in other schools. This bill would clarify that a charter school is allowed to report average daily attendance to accommodate eligible pupils who require extended year services as part of an individualized education plan under the IDEA.

SB 1709 Poochigian
Chapter 209

Charter Schools

Existing law requires a charter school to transmit a copy of its annual, independent, financial audit report for the preceding fiscal year to its chartering entity and the State Department of Education by December 15 of each year. This bill would, in addition, require a charter school to transmit a copy of its annual, independent, financial audit report for the preceding fiscal year to the Controller and the county superintendent of schools of the county in which the charter school is sited. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.

SB 1746 Polanco
Chapter 289

STRS/PERS

Under existing law, the retirement board of a public pension or retirement system has plenary, sole, and exclusive fiduciary responsibility for the assets of the pension or retirement system. This bill would make a statement of legislative intent regarding the eligibility of individuals to serve as members of those retirement boards.

SB 1770 Burton
Chapter 508

Curriculum/Standards - Issue: handwriting

There is in existing law, the State Board of Education with prescribed powers and duties regarding the public school system. This bill would state that the Legislature encourages school districts to comply with the State Board of Education's English Language and Arts Writing Arts Strategies on cursive handwriting standards whereby pupils are expected to write fluidly and legibly and would encourage school districts to teach methods of penmanship that may include, but are not limited to, the D'Nealian Method and the Palmer Method of penmanship.

SB 1833 Peace
Chapter 77

Statewide Budget Issues

The Budget Act of 2001 appropriated $726,494,000 from the General Fund to the State Department of Social Services for expenditure for local assistance, including children's services, special programs, and community care licensing. This bill would increase this appropriation to $753,619,000, as scheduled, and make related changes. This bill contains other related provisions.

SB 1868 Torlakson
Chapter 1166

Summer/After School Programs - Issue: physical education

Under existing law, the State Department of Education is required to adopt rules and regulations that it deems necessary and proper to secure the establishment of courses in physical education in the elementary and secondary schools and to compile or cause to be compiled and printed a manual in physical education for distribution to teachers in the public schools of the state. This bill would require the department to encourage school districts offering instruction in kindergarten and any of grades 1 to 12, inclusive, to the extent that resources are available, to provide quality physical education that develops the knowledge, attitudes, skills, behavior, and motivation needed to be physically active for life, as specified. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.

SB 1911 Ortiz
Chapter 887

Miscellaneous

Existing law establishes the State Department of Mental Health and creates various programs for children with mental health issues. This bill would require the State Department of Mental Health to develop, in consultation with prescribed entities, and submit to the Legislature by no later than 12 months after the department receives sufficient funds, an analysis, as prescribed, on the savings to the General Fund and to the county mental health system, and the increased federal funding and the improvements that could be realized to county mental health programs, foster care programs, juvenile justice programs, and local educational agency programs for the provision of mental health services, as specified, by applying for a federal medicaid waiver or by adopting a state option to provide home- and community-based services to children with mental health care needs, with respect to whom there has been a determination that, but for the provision of home- and community-based services, these children would require the level of care provided in a hospital due to the severity of their mental health care needs, the cost of which could be reimbursed under the state plan. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.

SB 1915 Alarcon
Chapter 1084

School Facilities - Issue: deferred maintenance

Existing law authorizes the governing board of a school district to establish a restricted deferred maintenance fund, provides for the deposit of prescribed local funds, and provides for the deposit of matching state funds. This bill would delete this requirement. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.

SB 1934 McPherson
Chapter 989

Career/TechEd - Issue: standards

Existing law requires the Superintendent of Public Instruction to coordinate the development, on a cyclical basis, of model curriculum standards for a career technical education course of study necessary to assist school districts with those requirements. Existing law requires the standards for a career technical education course of study to be adopted no later than May 1, 1991. This bill would instead require the adoption of those standards for career technical education by June 1, 2005, and would require the Superintendent of Public Instruction, upon adoption of the model curriculum standards by the State Board of Education, to develop a model curriculum framework for implementation of career and technical education no later than June 1, 2006, as specified. The bill would require the superintendent to develop the curriculum framework in consultation and coordination with an advisory group, as specified, and would prescribe related matters, including that adoption of the model curriculum framework by local educational agencies would be voluntary. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.

SB 1937 Costa
Chapter 980

Curriculum/Standards

Existing law sets forth the duties of the Arts Council in promoting the arts in the state. This bill would enact the Digital Arts Studio Partnership Demonstration Program Act, to require the council to administer the Digital Arts Studio Partnership Demonstration Program, by designating 3 voluntary pilot digital arts studio partnerships in the state, for the purpose of providing digital media arts training to youths aged 13 to 18 years, inclusive. It would require the council to convene a meeting of specified entities to review and make recommendations on a model curriculum and state standards for digital media arts recommended by consortia associated with each partnership. This bill contains other related provisions.

SB 1983 Soto
Chapter 903

STRS/PERS

Existing law requires the Teachers' Retirement Board to administer and manage the investments of the Teachers' Retirement Fund. This bill would authorize the board to make investments related to the planning, development, or acquisition of surplus real property owned by an employer, so long as the investment meets certain fiduciary standards. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.

SB 2012 Margett
Chapter 585

Special Education - Issue: interagency agreements

Existing federal law, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, provides that a state is eligible for funding under that act if the state demonstrates to the satisfaction of the Secretary for Education that the state has in effect policies that assure that it meets certain conditions. The policies include, among others, that the state chief executive officer or his or her designee ensure that an interagency agreement or other mechanism for interagency coordination is in effect between each public agency that provides certain services and the state educational agency, that all certain services that are needed to ensure a free appropriate public education are provided, and that the interagency agreement meets certain conditions. This bill would require the Governor or the designee of the Governor, in accordance with those requirements of federal law, to ensure that each agency under the Governor's jurisdiction enters into an interagency agreement with the Superintendent of Public Instruction that meets the requirements of federal law, and would prescribe related matters. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.

SB 2029 Alarcon
Chapter 1087

Teachers/Teacher Credentialing - Issue: interns

Existing law authorizes the Commission on Teacher Credentialing, as a pilot program, to issue district intern certificates authorizing persons employed by the Los Angeles Unified School District to provide classroom instruction to pupils with mild and moderate disabilities in special education classes. Under existing law, prior to assignment to teach pupils with disabilities, persons holding district intern certificates are required to teach one complete school year in a general education program, as specified. This bill, instead, would authorize the commission until January 1, 2008, to issue those district intern certificates to persons employed by any school district. The bill would eliminate the requirement that a district intern teach one complete school year in a general education program, and instead, would require a school district's professional development plan for district interns teaching in special education programs to include, among other things, training and fieldwork in instructional practices and procedures and pedagogy of general education programs and special education programs. This bill contains other related provisions.

SB 2039 O'Connell
Chapter 586

Urgency Clause Adopted

Charter Schools

Existing law established the Charter School Facility Grant Program, administered by the State Department of Education, for the purpose of providing assistance with facilities rent and lease costs for pupils in charter schools. Existing law makes a charter schoolsite physically located in the attendance area of a public elementary school in which 70% or more of pupil enrollment is eligible for free or reduced price meals eligible for funding under the program. This bill would instead require, to be eligible for funding under the program, that a charter schoolsite physically located in the attendance area of a public elementary school in which 70% or more of pupil enrollment is eligible for free or reduced price meals give a preference in admissions to pupils who are currently enrolled in that public elementary school, and to pupils who reside in the elementary school attendance area where the charter school is located. The bill would also make a charter schoolsite at which 70% or more of the pupil enrollment at the schoolsite is eligible for free or reduced price meals eligible to receive funding under the grant program. The bill would require the State Department of Education to report to the Legislature no later than June 30, 2005, on the number of charter schools that have participated in the grant program under this expanded eligibility for funding and to provide recommendations and suggestions on improving the program. This bill contains other related provisions.

SB 2079 Burton
Chapter 774

Urgency Clause Adopted

Driver Training

Existing law generally regulates driving schools and driving instructors. This bill would provide that these regulations may not be construed to direct or restrict driver education courses offered by private secondary schools, as defined, or to require credentialed or certified instructors in courses offered by those schools. The bill would make technical changes. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.

SB 2083 Polanco
Chapter 1014

Urgency Clause Adopted

English Language Learners (ELL)

Existing law relating to English language education for immigrant children, with certain exceptions, requires that all children in California public schools be taught English by being taught in English, and in particular, requires that all children be placed in English language classrooms. This bill would enact the English Learner and Immigrant Pupil Federal Conformity Act (the act) to ensure that instructional services are provided to pupils with limited English proficiency and immigrant pupils in conformity with federal requirements that are designed to ensure that all pupils have reasonable access to educational opportunities with regard to English and other core curriculum areas of instruction. New duties imposed on school districts by this bill would result in a state-mandated local program. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.

SBX3 1 Peace
Chapter 1

Urgency Clause Adopted

Statewide Budget Issues

The Budget Act of 2001 (Ch. 106, Stats. 2001), made appropriations for the support of state government during the 2001-02 fiscal year. This bill would amend the Budget Act of 2001 by revising various items of appropriations, as specified, and authorizing the Director of Finance to revert additional amounts from specified funds to the General Fund. This bill contains other related provisions.

SBX3 4 Peace
Chapter 3

Urgency Clause Adopted

Statewide Budget Issues

This bill would disencumber and revert any funds from General Fund appropriations for specified projects and would instead appropriate $370,936,000 from the Public Building Construction Fund for these projects. This bill contains other related provisions.

SBX3 5 Peace
Chapter 2

Urgency Clause Adopted

Statewide Budget Issues

Existing law requires the county superintendent of schools to adjust the total revenue limit for each school district in the jurisdiction of the county superintendent of schools by the amount of increased or decreased employer contributions to the Public Employees' Retirement System (PERS) and sets forth a method for calculating that amount for the 1995-96 fiscal year and each fiscal year thereafter. Existing law provides that certain funding appropriated in the Budget Act of 2001 is for the purpose of limiting reductions to revenue limits made for purposes of the decreased employer contributions to PERS and sets forth parameters for apportionment reductions in the 2002-03 fiscal year. This bill would provide that funding appropriated in the Budget Act of 2001, or legislation amending that act, for the purpose of limiting reductions to revenue limits for the 2001-02 fiscal year is to be allocated on a one-time basis. The bill would appropriate $35,000,000 from the General Fund to Section A of the State School Fund for purposes of limiting the reductions to revenue limits for the 2003-04 fiscal year and would limit reductions to revenue limits for the 2004-05 fiscal year and each fiscal year thereafter to $35,000,000 increased annually by cost-of-living adjustments, as specified. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.

SCR 58 Machado
Chapter 8

Child Nutrition - Issue: eating disorders

This bill would proclaim the week of February 24 to March 3, 2002, as California Eating Disorders Awareness Week.

SCR 92 Alpert
Chapter 156

Master Plan

This measure would continue the existence of the Joint Committee to Develop a Master Plan for Education--Kindergarten through University until November 30, 2004, would extend the authority for the ongoing operations of the committee until November 30, 2004, would require the committee to submit a report on its activities to the Legislature at the end of the 2001-02 Regular Session, and would rename the committee the "Joint Committee to Develop a Master Plan for Education."

SCR 93 Alpert
Chapter 157

Higher Education

This measure would express legislative support for the Joint Education Doctorate Initiative of the California State University and the University of California. The measure would encourage the Joint Ed.D. Board and the respective universities to take actions, including the submission of periodic joint reports to the Legislature, that will implement these joint doctoral programs.

SCR 101 Johnson
Chapter 128

Miscellaneous

This measure would proclaim September 2002 as Parent-Teacher Association Membership Month in California.

SJR 42 Escutia
Chapter 109

Child Care/Child Development

This measure would memorialize the United States Congress to approve legislation that increases and reauthorizes funding for the Child Care and Development Block Grant.

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