CASCWA is constantly paying attention to the actions of California's State Legislators. Legislation is a process. It takes time. There are many hearings and revisions that take place prior to the governor signing a bill into law.
The annual legislative process is as follows:
1. Bills are introduced in February
2. Bills must pass out of their respective senate or assembly by the end of May.
3. Bills must pass out of both the senate and assembly by the end of August4. The governor must accept or veto the legislation by the beginning of October
Keeping informed of a bills's status is important to all of us in the fields of child welfare and attendance. The goal of this web page is to bring attentions to the status of key bills that are pending, to link our members and friends to the actual bills being discussed and recognize when pertinent bills become law. CASCWA is fortunate to have three legislative representatives, Allen Dosty, Sherman Garnett and Dan Martin.
Dr. Allen L. Dosty, Jr. is the Coordinator of Child Welfare and Attendance with Lodi Unified School District in our San Joaquin Section which serves a diverse population of 32,000 students. For more than 20 years, he has dedicated his life to educating and enriching the lives of children and is committed to removing barriers and creating options and excellence in education for all students. He began his career in education working with at-promise students as a teacher and administrator in the Grant Joint Union High School District (now Twin Rivers USD); prior to transitioning to Lodi USD. In Lodi USD, over the past 12 years, he has served as site administrator and Principal in both traditional and alternative educational settings and has occupied his current position for the past three years. Dosty has a passion for helping others and strongly believes that education opens many doors and affords options for life in every field of human endeavors.
Sherman Garnett has been a public school educator for forty five years. During this period of time, Sherman has served in various roles ranging from teacher, athletic head coach, dean, assistant principal, principal, child welfare and attendance administrator and governing board member. Currently, Sherman is an adjunct professor of school administration specializing in school law at Cal State San Bernardino and Pupil Services Academy director for the Association of California School Administrators( ACSA). Sherman has served CASCWA for over twenty years which includes serving as section and state president.
Dan Martin is the, the Coordinator of Child Welfare and Attendance at Los Banos Unified School District in the central valley, which serves very diverse population. Starting his 34th year as an educator, promoting and helping the community he was born and raised in. Over those 34 years of experience, Dan has had a variety of roles from teaching at-promise students in a self-contained classroom, athletic head coach, dean of students, and principal of a comprehensive high school of 2500 students. Over these years his philosophy has always been the same. “Kids First”
California Association of Supervisors of Child Welfare and Attendance
Prepared by Sherman Garnett
Assisted by CASCWA Legislative Representatives
Dan Martin and Allen Dosty
Listed below is a brief synopsis of current legislation that has been introduced in the state Assembly and Senate. Please note that each bill listed received legislative approval out of either the state Senate or Assembly by the legislative deadline of the first week in June in order to continue the legislative process. For a full description of each bill, you may access this information at: www.senate.ca.gov or www.assembly.ca.gov.
AB 27 (Rivas)-Requires a LEA to administer a housing questionnaire for purposes of identifying homeless children and youth annually to all parents and guardians. Requires creation and posting on the web site the contact information of the liaison including resources available to persons experiencing homelessness.
AB 92 (Reyes) -Declares the intent of the legislature to enact legislation that would alleviate the burden on low-income families of fees for pre-school and childcare and developmental services.
AB 101 (Medina)-Adds the completion of a one-semester course in ethnic studies to the high school graduation requirements commencing with pupils graduating in the 2029-30 school year. Requires the course to be offered beginning in the 2025-2026 school year.
AB 104 (Gonzalez) - Requires an LEA to notify parents of their authority to request a pupil be retained in the pupil’s 2020-2021 grade level for the 2021-2022 school year with specific compliance to timelines .Would authorize a pupil who earned a letter grade in a course required for graduation from high school to change the letter grade to a “Pass or No Pass on the pupil’s transcript. Would require a LEA to exempt all pupils who during the 2020-2021 school year were in their 3rd or 4th year of high school that are in addition to the statewide coursework requirements.
AB 367 Garcia- Would require a public school maintaining any combination of classes from grades 6-12 to stock in the school’s restrooms with an adequate supply of free menstrual products in all women’s restrooms and all-gender restrooms and in at least one men’s restroom at all times and to post a designated notice before the start of the 2022-2023 school year.
AB 516 (Dahle)-Would include as an excused absence a student’s participation in a cultural ceremony or event.
AB 988 (Bauer-Kahan) - Designates “988”as a 3-digit number for the National Suicide Prevention Hotline in compliance with Federal Communication Rules.
SB 14 (Portantino)- Includes as another type of excused absence that is for the benefit of the mental or behavioral health of the pupil. Requires a LEA to certify on or before January 1,2023 that at least 50% of its certificated employees having directs contact with pupils at each school site or at least two classified and at least 2 certificated employees whichever is greater, having received the state department of education training related to mental and behavioral health.
SB 97 (Roth)- Requires on or after January 1,2023 for each LEA to make diabetes informational materials available to all parents and guardian when the pupil is first enrolled in elementary school and while the pupil is enrolled in grade 7.
SB 545 (Wilk)-Would require school districts upon receiving a request to retain a pupil for the 2021-2022 school year to offer to the pupil specified interventions and supports, offer to the pupil access to prior semester course in which the pupil receive a D or F letter grade or offer some other form of credit recovery.
AB 104 Signed into Law
Recently CASCWA received the following information from CDE's David Kopperud and we are passing it to our members and friends:
I am forwarding this email from State SARB Member Sherman Garnett about important legislation signed by Governor Newsom:
Good morning - We wanted to let you know that Governor Newsom signed AB 104 (Gonzalez) yesterday afternoon.
The bill contained three major provisions dealing with retention, grading, and graduation policies. We were following the retention piece most closely, but for those of you serving high school students, the grading and graduation policies will also impact you and your students.
Regarding the retention provisions, here are a few of the major pieces you should be aware of:
Pupils will be eligible for a retention consultation if they received deficient grades for at least one-half of their coursework in 2020-21. This means grades of D, F, No Pass, or an equivalent as determined by the LEA. A student enrolled in 12th grade in the 2020-21 school year is not eligible for retention under this law. However, language makes clear that this retention policy is in addition to any retention policies you already have in place.
AB 104 also permits parents of students who were in high school in 2020-21 (or the student, if they have turned 18) to request letter grades for last year be changed to Pass/No Pass on transcripts. The new law requires CSU, and encourages UC and private postsecondary institutions, to accept those grade designations without prejudice. Within 15 days of the enactment of AB 104, the Department of Education will produce a template that can be used to request changes to letter grades, along with a list of higher education institutions that will comply with this section. Within 15 days of that posting, LEAs will need to post both of those documents to their websites, and to inform eligible students and parents of the option to request Pass/No Pass Grades. Requests must be made within 15 days of that posting.
Lastly, AB 104 exempts 2020-21 juniors and seniors from high school graduation beyond statewide requirements if they are not on track to graduate in four years, and requires LEAs to provide opportunities for juniors and seniors to meet statewide graduation requirements through, among other avenues, a fifth year of high school.
The text of the bill is available here. As an urgency measure, it became law immediately upon the Governor's signature.
Let me know if you have any questions.
Legislative Advocate | Capitol Advisors Group
We have found over the years that the personal insight that we have received from our legislative representatives makes all the difference in the world for our understanding of the events that are taking place. Their personal interaction with the legislators and other key individuals often tells the story behind the story. This is especially of significant when the one bill is attached to another bill.
Allen, Sherman and Dan hold serious discussion of the the bills and their impacts on the fields of child welfare and attendance. Their current thoughts are as follows:
(Allen, Dan and Sherman will be submitting their thoughts soon!)