Legislative Updates

These are the bills the Alliance is supporting:

AB 398 (Chu): School accountability: local control and accountability plans

Summary: Current law requires, on or before July 1, 2014, the governing board of each school district to adopt a local control and accountability plan using a template adopted by the State Board of Education. Current law requires the governing board of each school district to update its local control and accountability plan before July 1 of each year, and requires that annual update to be developed using a template adopted by the state board. This bill would make a nonsubstantive change to the latter provision.

Read our letter of support for AB 398 (Chu).

AB 1419 (Kamlager-Dove): Arts Council

Summary: The Dixon-Zenovich-Maddy California Arts Act of 1975 establishes the Arts Council, consisting of 11 appointed members. The act specifies the duties of the council, including providing for the exhibition of art works in public buildings throughout California. This bill would make nonsubstantive changes to those provisions.


SB 748 (Stern): California Youth Poet Laureate

Summary: Would enact provisions establishing the position of California Youth Poet Laureate. The bill would authorize the Governor to appoint an individual from among 3 nominees 13 to 19 years of age, inclusive, garnered by the Arts Council. The bill would require the California Youth Poet Laureate to, among other things, provide a minimum of 6 public readings during their 2-year term endeavoring to ensure that people in all geographic regions of the state have reasonable access to at least one reading during the course of the term.


SCR 24 (Leyva): Arts Education Month

Summary: This measure would proclaim March 2019 to be Arts Education Month and would encourage all elected officials to participate with their educational communities in celebrating the arts.


These are the bills the Alliance is following:

AB 852 (Burke): Pupil instruction: academic content standards: update of adopted standards

Summary: Would, on or before January 1, 2021, require the Superintendent to recommend to the State Board of Education a schedule for the regular review and update of academic content standards in all subject areas for which academic content standards have been adopted by the state board. If the Instructional Quality Commission determines, when academic content standards for a subject area are up for review pursuant to the schedule, that the standards need to be updated, the bill would require the commission to convene an academic content standards review committee to recommend to the commission updates to the standards, as specified.


AB 1097 (Holden): California School Dashboard: local indicator: high school credit recovery

Summary: Current law requires the  State Department of  Education, in  collaboration with, and  subject to the approval of, the executive director of the state board, to develop and  maintain the  California School Dashboard, a web-based system for publicly reporting performance data on the state and local indicators. This bill would require the department to include high school credit recovery participation as a local indicator on the California School Dashboard.


AB 1240 (Weber): School accountability: local control and accountability plans: state priorities: pupil achievement

Summary: Current law  requires a  local control and  accountability plan to  include, among other things, a description of the annual goals to be achieved for each state priority, as specified, for all pupils and certain subgroups of pupils. This bill would require pupil achievement to be measured by, and as applicable, among other things required by  existing law, separate calculations for  (1)  the  percentage  of pupils who have successfully completed courses that satisfy the requirements for entrance to the University of California and the California State University, (2) the percentage of pupils who have successfully completed courses that satisfy the requirements for career technical education sequences or programs of study that align with state board-approved career technical education standards and frameworks, as prescribed, and (3) the percentage of pupils who have successfully completed both types of courses described in (1) and (2).


AB 1466 (Irwin): State longitudinal education data system

Summary: Current law establishes the California Longitudinal Pupil Achievement Data System and requires a local educational agency to retain all data necessary to  compile  reports  required  by specified federal laws, including, but not limited to, dropout and graduation rates.This bill would state  the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation that would better use data-informed decision making in pursuit of the state’s educational goals for its students, including by establishing a state longitudinal education data system, as specified.


SB 2 (Glazer): Statewide Longitudinal Student Database

Summary: Would express the intent of the  Legislature  to  establish  the  Statewide  Longitudinal Student Database to collect and store data regarding individual students as they matriculate through P–20, as defined, and into the workforce. The bill would require the California Postsecondary Education Commission to convene a review committee for purposes of advising the commission on the establishment, implementation, funding, and ongoing administration of the database.


SB 158 (Allen): Pupil assessment: academic achievement

Summary: Current law requires the State Board of  Education  to  adopt  statewide  academically rigorous content standards in  the  core curriculum areas of reading, writing, and mathematics to  serve  as the basis for assessing the  academic achievement of individual pupils, schools, school districts, and the California educational system. Current law makes these provisions inoperative on July 1, 2011.This bill would repeal these provisions.


SB 729 (Portantino): Local control funding formula: school districts and charter schools

Summary: Would, for the 2019–20 fiscal year, appropriate $1,000,000,000 from the General Fund to the Superintendent of Public Instruction for  allocation to  school districts and  charter schools based on the proportional share each school district and charter school receives of total moneys appropriated to school districts and charter schools pursuant to the local control funding formula for the 2019–20 fiscal year.