CASCWA CALIFORNIA Legislation Information


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 August

4.  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.




Allen Dosty

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

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

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”


Bills we are watching


 

California Association of Supervisors of Child Welfare and Attendance


LEGISLATIVE UPDATE

March 2021

Prepared by Sherman Garnett

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 must receive legislative approval out of either the state Senate or Assembly by the legislative deadline of the last week in May 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.

                                                          

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 must receive legislative approval out of either the state Senate or Assembly by the legislative deadline of the last week in May 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.


ASSEMBLY BILLS

 AB 10 (Ting)-Would specify the requirement to provide in-person instruction applies when the instruction is allowed under state and county public health orders. Requires the LEA to publicly adopt plans to offer instruction within two weeks of public health orders allowing school campuses to be open and implement written procedures for the tiered reengagement strategies for all pupils who are absent from distant learning for 60% of the instructional days in a school week. Mandates tiered reengagement strategies for all unduplicated pupils who are performing below grade level.

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 58 (Salas)-Requires commencing in the 2022-2023 school year for a LEA to provide suicide awareness and prevention training at the beginning of each school year to teachers in every grade level.

AB 76 (Kiley)- would prohibit a school district of residence from prohibiting the transfer of a pupil who is not receiving in-person instruction to a school district of proposed enrollment that is offering in-person instruction if the school district of proposed enrollment approves the application for transfer.

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)- Require before July 1,2021 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. 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 285 (Holden) – would require CDE to appoint a state school nurse consultant to be housed within the department. Requires the school nurse consultant to work with school districts to promote quality school nursing services and programs.

AB 408 (Quirk)-Would require a LEA as defined to establish written homeless education policies that are consistent with state law. Additionally, requires a LEA to provide training annually to classified and certificated employees.

AB 452 (Friedman) Would require a school district, county office of education charter school and private school to inform parents and guardians of pupils at the beginning of each semester or quarter of the regular school term or during any new enrollment or transfer, of California’s child access prevention laws and laws relating to the safe storage of firearms.

AB 508- (Rivas)- Would require a school district to provide a meal free of charge to students who receive a reduced-price meal.

AB 516 (Dahle)-Would include as an excused absence a student’s participation in a cultural ceremony or event.

 AB 740 (McCarty)-Would require a foster child’s attorney to be notified of suspensions or pending suspensions, involuntary transfers, expulsion proceedings, and pending proceedings to extend a suspension until an expulsion decision is rendered.

AB 748 (Carrillo)-Would require on or before the start of the 2022-2023 school year, each school site, county office of education and charter school serving any of grades 6-12 to create a poster that identifies approaches and shares resources regarding pupil mental health. Poster must be prominently displayed in all bathrooms and locker rooms at the school site.

AB 1489 (Rodriguez)-Would require a school district to present the LCAP plan and annual update to the school site council to provide feedback and conduct a formal vote to approve the plan or annual update to the plan.


SENATE BILLS

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 70 (Rubio)- Requires beginning in the 2022-2023 school year a child to have completed one year of kindergarten before that child may be admitted to first grade.

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 224 (Portantino)- Requires each school district to to ensure that all pupils in grades 1-12 receive medically accurate, age-appropriate mental health education from instructors trained in the appropriate course at least once in elementary, once in junior high school and at least once in high school.

SB 237 (Portantino)-Would require on or before June 30,2022, the State Board of Education to establish an approved list of screening instruments to screen pupils for risk of dyslexia. Additionally, requires screening in grades K-2 by using the approved screening instruments and to notify parents of the results withing 45 calendar days of administering the screening test.

SB 681 (Ochoa Bogh)- Authorizes a mandated reporter (child abuse) to report to the school district police or security department.

SB 796 (Bradford)- Would delineate clear guidelines in the school safety plan for procedures when school administrators refer pupils to law enforcement. Additionally, states that the school’s role of “loco parentis” does not extend to a pupil in distance learning in the home.

March 2021

Comments

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!)

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