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AB-1584 Health education: Health Science and Medical Technology Project.(2011-2012)

As Amends the Law Today


 Section 33430 of the Education Code is amended to read:

 (a) This section establishes the Health Science and Medical Technology Project, administered by the department to provide competitive grant funds to California public schools serving pupils in middle school or high school to enhance existing, or to establish new, health care career pathway programs. The Superintendent shall approve all final grant allocations under this section. Grant allocations under this section shall be contingent upon the provision of funding in the annual Budget Act.
(b) Programs eligible for funding under this section include, but are not necessarily limited to, California partnership academies and regional occupational centers and programs, as well as other health science and medical technology pathway programs.
The (c)  (1)   Learning Communities for School Success Program is hereby established for the purpose of implementing, pursuant to paragraph (1) of subdivision (a) of Section 7599.2 of the Government Code, the K–12 education portion of the Safe Neighborhoods and Schools Act, as approved as Proposition 47 by the voters at the November 4, 2014, statewide general election. Through this program, the department shall administer grants and coordinate assistance to local educational agencies to support the local educational agencies in identifying and implementing evidence-based, nonpunitive programs and practices that are aligned with the goals for pupils contained in each of the local educational agency’s local control and accountability plan pursuant to Section 47606.5, 52060, or 52066, as applicable. Grant recipients under this section shall, at a minimum, design and implement a multiyear coherent sequence of standards-based academic and career technical education courses and work-based learning experiences that provide pupils as early as middle school with a structured progression of secondary and postsecondary education. A major component of the grant shall be the relationship with education partners to facilitate articulation, dual credit, and other strategies to support pupil advancement, and, as a result, pupils will be able to transition into postsecondary education. 
(2) The purposes of this project include all of the following:
(A) Increasing pupils’ interest in, knowledge of, and exposure to the health care industry.
(B) Enhancing academic achievement and leadership skills applicable to health care.
(C) Providing pupils with a path to complete postsecondary health care programs and complete a health care certificate or license.
(D) Pursuing a full range of health care employment at entry, technical, or professional levels.
(d) Funding provided for purposes of this section shall be limited to the following activities:
(1) Coordination, design, and implementation of an articulated multiyear sequence of courses from middle school through postsecondary education in a selected pathway.
(2) Development of standards-based health-science- and medical-technology-focused curriculum.
(3) Integration of pupil leadership and engagement practices that promote pupils’ decisionmaking and career choices.
(4) Support of work-based learning experiences.
(5) Providing related professional development opportunities.
(6) Providing materials and equipment to support academic and technical curriculum alignment in the selected pathway.
(e) A grantee under this section shall be monitored and reviewed by the department. Technical assistance shall be provided by the department to ensure that grantees meet the requirements of this section.

SEC. 2.

 Section 33431 of the Education Code is amended to read:

 (a) The  A local educational agency that chooses to apply for funding pursuant to this article shall submit an application to the department to receive a grant, in a format and by a date determined by the department. An application submitted to the department by a local educational agency shall include, at a minimum, all of the following:  State Department of Education shall report to the Legislature and the Governor on the efficacy of the project established under this article on or before January 1, 2016. 
(1) Information about the pupil and school needs within the local educational agency.
(2) The activities the local educational agency will undertake with the grant funding.
(3) How the activities specified in paragraph (2) support the local educational agency’s goals for pupils contained in its local control and accountability plan.
(4) How the local educational agency will measure outcomes associated with the activities specified in subdivision (e) and metrics reported in the local educational agency’s local control and accountability plan.
(b) An application shall be for three years of grant funding. Consistent with the provisions of this article, the department may establish requirements for grantees to meet at the end of the first and second years of funding in order to receive funding for the remaining grant period.
(c) The department shall determine eligibility for grants and the distribution of grant funding based on all of the following factors:
(1) Pupil and school needs the local educational agency will address with the grant funds.
(2) Number of pupils to be served with the grant funds.
(3) Number, size, and type of participating schools within the local educational agency.
(4) Any challenges the local educational agency experiences in building capacity for fulfilling the purposes of this article.
(5) The unique characteristics of small school districts, given their challenges with economies of scale and access to services in rural locations.
(d) (1) Before the initial application deadline, the department shall conduct targeted outreach to local educational agencies that are likely to be given priority pursuant to subdivision (b) of Section 33432 and shall offer the local educational agencies technical assistance as they develop their grant applications.
(2) The department may provide technical assistance with application development to any local educational agency that requests assistance. This may include assistance from external entities the department may contract with as part of the training and technical assistance structure established pursuant to Section 33433.
(e) The department shall issue application guidelines that include, at a minimum, information about the department’s plans for overall evaluation of the program considering the objectives identified in Section 33434. For purposes of facilitating program evaluation, the department, in consultation with the executive director of the state board, shall identify a set of measures and associated data sources that are deemed valid and reliable for measuring pupil and school outcomes and assessing the benefits of the program.
(f) In meeting the requirements of this section, the department shall consult with stakeholders, including, but not limited to, representatives of local educational agencies, teachers and other school personnel, parents, advocacy organizations with experience working with target vulnerable populations, and parent- and youth-serving community-based organizations. It the intent of the Legislature that stakeholders provide input to the department on the design of the application and review process, including the size of the grant awards. The stakeholders shall not be involved in determining who will be awarded grants.

SEC. 3.

 Section 33432 of the Education Code is amended to read:

 (a) A local educational agency that receives a grant shall use the grant funds for planning, implementation, and evaluation of activities in support of evidence-based, nonpunitive programs and practices to keep the state’s most vulnerable pupils in school. These activities shall complement or enhance the actions and services identified to meet the local educational agency’s goals as identified in its local control and accountability plan pursuant to Section 47606.5, 52060, or 52066, as applicable. These activities may include, but are not limited to, all of the following:
(1) Establishing a community school, as defined in Section 33435.
(2) Implementing activities or programs to improve attendance and reduce chronic absenteeism, including, but not limited to, early warning systems or early intervention programs.
(3) Implementing restorative practices, restorative justice models, or other programs to improve retention rates, reduce suspensions and other school removals, and reduce the referral of pupils to law enforcement agencies.
(4) Implementing activities that advance social-emotional learning, positive behavior interventions and supports, culturally responsive practices, and trauma-informed strategies.
(5) Establishing partnerships with community-based organizations or other relevant entities to support the implementation of evidence-based, nonpunitive approaches to further the goals of the program.
(6) Adding or increasing staff within a local educational agency whose primary purpose is to address ongoing chronic attendance problems, including, but not necessarily limited to, conducting outreach to families and children currently, or at risk of becoming, chronically truant.
(b) In selecting grant recipients pursuant to this article, the department shall give priority to a local educational agency that meets any of the following criteria:
(1) (A) Has a high rate of chronic absenteeism, out-of-school suspension, or school dropout for the general pupil population or for a numerically significant pupil subgroup, as identified in a local control and accountability plan pursuant to paragraphs (2) and (3) of subdivision (a) of Section 52052.
(B) For purposes of this paragraph, “high rate” means a rate that exceeds the state average.
(2) Is located in a community with a high crime rate.
(3) Has a significant representation of foster youth among its pupil enrollment.
(c) A local educational agency that receives a grant shall provide a local contribution of matching expenditures equal to at least 20 percent of the total grant award. This local contribution can be from cash expenditures or in-kind contributions. A local educational agency is encouraged to exceed the 20-percent match requirement to enable the local educational agency to sustain the activities or programs established under this article beyond the three-year grant period.
(d) This  A local educational agency that receives a grant shall use the grant funds to increase or improve services that the local educational agency currently provides for purposes specified in this article.  article shall become inoperative on July 1, 2018, and, as of January 1, 2019, is repealed, unless a later enacted statute, that becomes operative on or before January 1, 2019, deletes or extends the dates on which it becomes inoperative and is repealed. 
(e) A local educational agency shall not use grant funds to pay for law enforcement activities, including personnel or equipment.