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

                                                                                                                                                                                 

California Association of Supervisors of Child Welfare and Attendance

                                                                                                                                                                                                               

LEGISLATIVE UPDATE

                                                   June 2022

Prepared by Sherman Garnett

CASCWA Legislative Representative

Assisted by Dan Martin & Allen Dosty

                                                                        

Listed below is a brief synopsis of current legislation that has been introduced and with minor or no opposition. Please note that each bill listed has received legislative approval out of either the state Senate or Assembly by the legislative deadline of the first week of June 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 58(Salas) - Would require a local educational agency, on or before June 1, 2024, to review and update its policy on pupil suicide prevention, and revise its training materials, to incorporate best practices identified by the department in the department’s model policy.

 

AB 408(Quirk Silva)-Would require a LEA homeless liaison to provide an annual training to classified and certificated staff who work with or are associated with homeless students.

AB 452(Friedman)- Would require a school district, county office of education and charter school to inform parents at the beginning of each semester or quarter of the regular school term of California’s child access prevention laws and laws related to the safe storage of firearms.

AB 740 (McCarty)-Would give a foster child’s attorney and county social worker the same rights as a parent or guardian has of a child to receive a suspension notice, expulsion notice, manifestation determination notice, involuntary transfer notice and other documents and related information. Additionally, gives the right of the attorney and social worker to initiate a hearing adjudicated by a neutral hearing officer before a foster child may be involuntarily removed from a charter school.

AB 748 (Carrillo)-Would require before the start of the 2023-2024 school year, each school site in a school district, county office of education or charter school serving any of grade 6 to 12 inclusive to create a poster that identifies approaches and shares resources regarding pupil mental health. The poster must be prominently and conspicuously displayed at each school site.

AB 1797(Weber)- Would require health care providers and other agencies, including schools to disclose specified immunization information and would add the patient or client’s race or ethnicity that shall or may be disclosed.

AB 1810(Levine)-Would authorize the LEA upon receipt of a pupil’s parent or guardian request to designate one or more volunteers at the pupil’s school to receive training regarding the emergency usage and administration of anti-seizure medication.

AB 2274 (Rubio)-Would allow a case involving the failure to report an incident known or reasonably suspected by the mandated reporter to be child abuse or severe neglect as defined to be filed within one year of the discovery of the offense but in no case later than four years after the commission of the offense.

AB 2337 (Dahle)-Education Code would define “frontier school district to mean a school district that meets certain attendance or population criteria. (ADA of 600 or less)

AB 2355 (Salas)- Would require a school district, county office of education or charter school to report any cyberattack, as defined, impacting five hundred pupils or personnel to the newly established California Cybersecurity Integration Center.

SENATE BILLS

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

SB 387(Portantino)-Would require on or before January 1,2025 to certify that 75 percent of both its classified and certificated employees have received the State Department of Education youth behavioral health training, as specified.

SB 532 (Caballero)-Will require a LEA to inform a pupil who is homeless, in foster care, a former juvenile court school pupil a pupil who is a child of a military family or a pupil who is a migratory child or their option to remain in school for a 5th year to complete the statewide course requirements in order to graduate from high school.

SB 866 (Wiener)- Authorizes a minor 12 years of age or older to consent to vaccines that meet specified federal agency criteria. Additionally, would authorize a vaccine provider as defined to administer a vaccine pursuant to the bill.

SB 955(Leyva)-Would include as an excused absence from school for any middle school or high school student participating in a civic or political event for one day per year.

SB 1057(Education Committee)-Deletes the requirement of suspension or delay in the issuance of a driving privilege in the mandatory truancy notice.

SB 1080(Min)- Would require a school district or school that is planning to hold a college or career fair to notify each community college school district that has overlapping jurisdiction within the school district of a college or career fair the school district or school is planning to hold, as specified.

SB 1273(Bradford)-Removes the mandate to notify law enforcement whenever a school employee is attacked, assaulted, or physically threatened. Removes the mandate to notify law enforcement of students who are in possession of certain dangerous objects on campus.

 


LEGISLATIVE UPDATE

                                                    April 2022

Prepared by Sherman Garnett

CASCWA Legislative Representative

Assisted by Dan Martin & Allen Dosty

                                                                        

Listed below is a brief synopsis of current legislation that has been introduced and with minor or no opposition. Please note that each bill listed has received legislative approval out of either the state Senate or Assembly by the legislative deadline of the end of May 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

AB5 8(Salas) - Would require a local educational agency, on or before June 1, 2024, to review and update its policy on pupil suicide prevention, and revise its training materials, to incorporate best practices identified by the department in the department’s model policy.

AB 408(Quirk Silva)-Would require a LEA homeless liaison to provide an annual training to classified and certificated staff who work with or are associated with homeless students.

AB 452(Friedman)- Would require a school district, county office of education and charter school to inform parents at the beginning of each semester or quarter of the regular school term of California’s child access prevention laws and laws related to the safe storage of firearms.

AB 740 (McCarty)-Would give a foster child’s attorney and county social worker the same rights as a parent or guardian has of a child to receive a suspension notice, expulsion notice, manifestation determination notice, involuntary transfer notice and other documents and related information. Additionally, gives the right of the attorney and social worker to initiate a hearing adjudicated by a neutral hearing officer before a foster child may be involuntarily removed from a charter school.

AB 748 (Carrillo)-Would require before the start of the 2023-2024 school year, each school site in a school district, county office of education or charter school serving any of grade 6 to 12 inclusive to create a poster that identifies approaches and shares resources regarding pupil mental health. The poster must be prominently and conspicuously displayed at each school site.

AB 1786 (Davies)-Requires a school district of residence to approve an intradistrict transfer request for a low-performing pupil as defined of that school district if the school of attendance is in the red or orange performance ban in two or more of the state measures for three consecutive years on the California School Dashboard.

AB 1810(Levine)-Would authorize the LEA upon receipt of a pupil’s parent or guardian request to designate one or more volunteers at the pupil’s school to receive training regarding the emergency usage and administration of anti-seizure medication.

AB 2274 (Rubio)-Would allow a case involving the failure to report an incident known or reasonably suspected by the mandated reporter to be child abuse or severe neglect as defined to be filed within one year of the discovery of the offense but in no case later than four years after the commission of the offense.

AB 2335 (Nguyen)-Would require a parent or guardian, or a person designated by a parent or guardian to present a valid form of government issued identification to a school employee for the pupil to be released from school during regular instruction hours.

AB 2337 (Dahle)-Education Code would define “frontier school district to mean a school district that meets certain attendance or population criteria.

AB 2355 (Salas)- Would require a school district, county office of education or charter school to report any cyberattack, as defined, impacting five hundred pupils or personnel to the newly established California Cybersecurity Integration Center.

AB 2384 (Valladares)- Authorized a school district or charter school serving pupils in any of grades 7-12 to adopt an anonymous reporting program offered by a nonprofit organization and a threat assessment program offered by the nonprofit program that meet specified requirements.

SENATE BILLS

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

SB 387(Portantino)-Would require on or before January 1,2025 to certify that 75 percent of both its classified and certificated employees have received the State Department of Education youth behavioral health training, as specified.

SB 532 (Caballero)-Will require a LEA to inform a pupil who is homeless, in foster care, a former juvenile court school pupil a pupil who is a child of a military family or a pupil who is a migratory child or their option to remain in school for a 5th year to complete the statewide course requirements in order to graduate from high school.

SB 955(Leyva)-Would include as an excused absence from school for any middle school or high school student participating in a civic or political event for one day per year.

SB 1057(Education Committee)-Deletes the requirement of suspension or delay in the issuance of a driving privilege in the mandatory truancy notice.

SB 1080(Min)- Would require a school district or school that is planning to hold a college or career fair to notify each community college school district that has overlapping jurisdiction within the school district of a college or career fair the school district or school is planning to hold, as specified.

SB 1273(Bradford)-Removes the mandate to notify law enforcement whenever a school employee is attacked, assaulted, or physically threatened. Removes the mandate to notify law enforcement of students who are in possession of certain dangerous objects on campus.

 

   ARE YOUR SCHOOLS IN COMPLIANCE?             

Sample AB 367 Notice                     

            Abraham Lincoln MIDDLE SCHOOL           

Effective July 1 ,2022, Education Code 35292.6 requires that any school serving grades 6-12 inclusive, shall stock an adequate supply of free menstrual products, including menstrual pads and tampons that are available and accessible at all times in:

    All Women’s Restrooms

    All All-Gender Restrooms

    At least one Men’s Restroom

If this restroom does not meet these requirements, please contact :

Joan Doremi, Principal

Email: jdoremi@gmail.com

Phone: (111) 987– 6543

 

Link to AB 367


AB 104 Signed into Law 

Bill Text - AB-104 Pupil instruction: retention, grade changes, and exemptions. (ca.gov) June 2021

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. 

  • Parents/guardians of eligible pupils must request the retention consultation in writing. LEAs then have 30 calendar days to hold the consultation, and will have 10 calendar days after that meeting to issue a final decision. 
  • The consultation will need to include the parent, pupil, administrator, and a teacher. Note, the bill does not specifically say “the pupil’s teacher of record.” 
  • Issues to be discussed during the consultation include, 1. All available learning recovery options, 2. Consideration of the pupil’s academic data and other information relevant to whether retention is in the pupil’s best interests, academically and socially, and 3. Research on the effects of pupil retention.
  • If a pupil is retained under this section, they must also be provided supplemental interventions and supports.
  • If a pupil is not retained under this section, they must be provided both supplemental interventions and supports, and access to prior semester courses in which the pupil received a D or F letter grade in the 2020-21 academic year, credit recovery, or other academic supports. 

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.

Thank you,

Christina Marcellus

Legislative Advocate | Capitol Advisors Group


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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