AB 1761 (Jones-Sawyer): Public Schools: Accountability
Recasts and revises the duties of the county superintendent. Requires the county superintendent to identify a list of schools based on the schools identified for support and assistance under the state’s multiple measures public school accountability system and the single system of support established under specified statute and submit a report as to the state of those schools.
SB 126 (Leyva): Charter Schools: Support
(Signed by Governor 3/5/19)
Expressly states that charter schools and entities managing such are subject to either the Ralph M. Brown Act or the Bagley Keene Open Meeting Act. Requires specified charter schools or entities managing charter schools to hold meetings in specified locations. Expressly states that charter schools and entities managing charter schools are subject to the California Public Records Act and the Political Reform Act, with exceptions.
AB 1507 (Smith): Charter Schools Location: Resource Center: Support if Amended
Deletes the authority of a charter school to locate outside the jurisdiction or geographic boundaries of the chartering school district because the charter school has attempted to locate a single site or facility to house the entire program, but a site or facility is unavailable in the area in which the charter school chooses to locate, or the site is needed for temporary use during a construction or expansion project.
Support / Support If Amended
AB 428 (Medina): Special Education Funding: Support
Amends existing law requiring the Superintendent of Public Instruction to compute an equalization adjustment for each special education local plan area for purposes of increasing the funding rates for special education local plan areas with funding rates below the 90th percentile. Increases that percentile to the 95th percentile and requires the Superintendent to compute that equalization adjustment commencing with the first fiscal year after funds are appropriated.
AB 1982 (Cunningham): Teacher Credentialing: Basic Skills Proficiency Test
This bill would create a new option for teacher candidates to demonstrate the Basic Skills Requirement (BSR) by permitting the Commission to accept letter grades of B or higher in credit-bearing higher education coursework in basic reading, writing, and mathematics skills in the English language in place of the CBEST. The measure will further permit candidates to meet the BSR through a combination of different options.
AB 2485 (Kalra): Teacher Credentialing: Subject Matter Competence
This bill would give teaching credential candidates additional flexibility for demonstrating that they meet the statutory subject matter requirements (SMRs) for the credential they are seeking. In addition to taking and passing a California Subject Examinations for Teachers (CEST) and completion of a Subject Matter Program, candidates would be permitted to use undergraduate or graduate coursework, completed as part of a major at a regionally-accredited institution of higher education, to demonstrate competency aligned with existing SMRs. They would also be permitted to mix-and-match competencies from available options.
ACA 5 (Weber): Government Preferences
This proposed constitutional amendment would bring to the voters the opportunity to repeal Proposition 209 and restore Affirmative Action in public university admissions, hiring and contracting. This measure would repeal provisions enacted by Proposition 209 which prohibits the state from discriminating against, or granting preferential treatment to, any individual or group on the basis of race, sex, color, ethnicity, or national origin, in the operation of public employment, public education, or public contracting.
SB 614 (Rubio): Teacher Credentialing: Reading Instruction
SB 614 repeals existing requirements relating to the reading instruction competence assessment (RICA) and instead requires the CTC, by July 1, 2020, to ensure teachers can effectively teach students how to read by requiring credential candidates to successfully pass a program-embedded performance based measure aligned to the current K-12 ELA/ELD Framework and the updated TPEs. It also expands this requirement to include single subject credential candidates.
SB 884 (Dodd): Education Finance: Emergencies: Power Shutoffs
This bill, sponsored by the Sonoma County Office of Education, would establish a voluntary Disaster
Relief Instructional Recovery Program for school districts that lost five or more instructional days
due to public safety power shutoffs.
SB 1130 (Gonzalez): Telecommunications: California Advanced Services Fund
This bill would require the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) to implement and expand the California Advanced Services Fund (CASF) program to encourage deployment of 21st century-ready communications in California’s most needed communities.