Bill Text: CA SB1336 | 2019-2020 | Regular Session | Amended


Bill Title: Pupil instruction: high school graduation requirements: task force.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 1-0)

Status: (Introduced) 2020-03-25 - From committee with author's amendments. Read second time and amended. Re-referred to Com. on RLS. [SB1336 Detail]

Download: California-2019-SB1336-Amended.html

Amended  IN  Senate  March 25, 2020

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2019–2020 REGULAR SESSION

Senate Bill
No. 1336


Introduced by Senator Leyva

February 21, 2020


An act to amend Section 51225.4 of add and repeal Section 51222.5 of the Education Code, relating to pupil instruction.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


SB 1336, as amended, Leyva. Pupil instruction: high school graduation requirements. requirements: task force.
Existing law requires a pupil to complete designated coursework while in grades 9 to 12, inclusive, in order to receive a diploma of graduation from high school. Existing law requires the governing board of an elementary school district to certify to the Superintendent of Public Instruction that it has adopted a policy to implement a course of instruction that sufficiently prepares the pupils in the district for the course of study required to receive a diploma of graduation from high school.
This bill would make nonsubstantive changes to the latter provision. bill, until January 1, 2027, would establish the High School Graduation Requirements Task Force, composed of 17 members, appointed as specified, to holistically review the statewide high school graduation requirements for purposes of identifying and recommending changes to the coursework requirements. The bill would require the task force to submit to the Legislature an interim report on its activities on or before January 1, 2022, and a final report on its findings and recommendations on or before January 1, 2023.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: NOYES   Local Program: NO  

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:


SECTION 1.

 Section 51222.5 is added to the Education Code, to read:

51222.5.
 (a) The High School Graduation Requirements Task Force is hereby established. The task force shall holistically review the statewide high school graduation requirements for purposes of identifying and recommending changes to the requirements. The review shall include, but is not limited to, consideration of all of the following:
(1) Should existing subject area requirements be reduced or expanded.
(2) Should existing subject area requirements be combined or separated.
(3) Should new subject areas be added.
(4) The appropriate balance of subject area requirements to electives.
(5) Should the high school graduation requirements and the minimum admission requirements of the University of California and the California State University align.
(6) Should school districts, county offices of education, and charter schools be able to continue to require their own local graduation requirements.
(7) Should there be noncourse-based high school graduation requirements, such as community service or service learning.
(8) Should charter schools be expressly subject to the statewide high school graduation requirements.
(9) Should there be an administrative process to make future changes to the statewide high school graduation requirements.
(b) (1) The High School Graduation Requirements Task Force shall include the following 17 members, whom together shall represent the geographic and population diversity of the state, and all of whom shall, except for the parent members, pupil members, and members appointed by the University of California or the California State University, have relevant experience in high school education:
(A) Five members appointed by the Governor, including at least one of each of the following:
(i) A currently employed credentialed high school teacher.
(ii) A currently employed high school administrator.
(iii) A parent of a current high school pupil.
(iv) A current high school pupil appointed from a list of three recommendations provided by the California Association of Student Councils.
(B) Four members appointed by the Senate Committee on Rules, including at least one of each of the following:
(i) A currently employed credentialed high school teacher.
(ii) A current high school board member.
(iii) A current charter high school administrator or governing body member.
(C) Four members appointed by the Speaker of the Assembly, including at least one of each of the following:
(i) A currently employed credentialed high school teacher.
(ii) A current high school board member.
(iii) A current high charter school administrator or governing body member.
(D) The Superintendent or their designee.
(E) The president of the state board or their designee.
(F) One member appointed by the Regents of the University of California.
(G) One member appointed by the Trustees of the California State University.
(2) All committee members shall be appointed on or before March 1, 2021.
(3) The Superintendent or their designee shall serve as chair of the task force and coordinate its activities.
(c) In carrying out its purposes pursuant to subdivision (a), the task force shall do all of the following:
(1) Identify key issues, priorities, and timelines related to the implementation of new statewide high school graduation requirements.
(2) Solicit comments and suggestions from professional educators and administrators, parents, school finance experts, and other interested parties.
(3) Conduct at least four public meetings each year, subject to the Bagley-Keene Open Meeting Act (Article 9 (commencing with Section 11120) of Chapter 1 of Part 1 of Division 3 of Title 2 of the Government Code), at geographically diverse sites across the state.
(d) (1) The task force shall submit an interim report on its activities to the Legislature on or before January 1, 2022, in accordance with Section 9795 of the Government Code.
(2) The task force shall submit a final report on its findings and recommendations to the Legislature on or before January 1, 2023, in accordance with Section 9795 of the Government Code.
(e) A member of the task force shall serve without compensation, but may be reimbursed for direct travel and meal expenses the member incurs to attend task force meetings.
(f) This section shall remain in effect only until January 1, 2027, and as of that date is repealed.

SECTION 1.Section 51225.4 of the Education Code is amended to read:
51225.4.

The governing board of an elementary school district shall certify to the Superintendent that it has adopted a policy to implement a course of instruction that sufficiently prepares the pupils in the district for the course of study required in Section 51225.3. This certification shall be submitted to the Superintendent at the same time the elementary school district submits its apportionment reports.

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