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AB-2680 Parent, guardian, pupil, and family engagement support and services: plans.(2015-2016)



As Amends the Law Today


SECTION 1.

 Section 51103 is added to the Education Code, to read:

51103.
 (a) (1) Subject to one-time funding being provided for these purposes in the annual Budget Act, local educational agencies, including county offices of education, charter schools, alternative education programs and schools, and state special schools, that elect to participate in family, parent, guardian, and pupil engagement support and services funded pursuant to this section shall develop and implement a strategic plan that addresses both of the following:
(A) Active and meaningful participation and training of parents, guardians, pupils, and families of children served by local educational agencies in the development and updating of local control and accountability plans required pursuant to Article 4.5 (commencing with Section 52060) of Chapter 6.1, involvement at the schoolsite, school district, or county office of education level that empowers parents and guardians to become active leaders on local advisory bodies, and empowerment and support to advocate for a complete education that includes a full curriculum and other services to close the access, achievement, and opportunity gaps. The plan may include activities to help teachers and other school personnel improve teacher-parent or guardian and school-parent or guardian communication and create a welcoming environment for parent and guardian participation.
(B) Strategies, programs, and activities that promote parents, guardians, and families to directly engage with their child or children to promote pupil success academically, socially, and emotionally, including, but not limited to, how to become your child’s first teacher, shared reading, developing a strong teacher-parent or guardian partnership, how to discuss and support your child’s activities, studies, and homework, and how to effectively navigate and understand the public school system.
(2) Once the plan is adopted, a local educational agency shall post its plan on its Internet Web site.
(b) (1) If a local educational agency accepts funds appropriated in the annual Budget Act for purposes of this section, as a condition of receiving those funds, a school district, county office of education, or charter school shall do all of the following:
(A) Develop a plan that aligns to the local control and accountability plans required pursuant to Article 4.5 (commencing with Section 52060) of Chapter 6.1 or the requirements of clause (ii) of subparagraph (A) of paragraph (5) of subdivision (b) of Sections 47605 and 47605.6 and all applicable deadlines that delineates how funds apportioned for purposes of this section, if they are apportioned, shall be spent.
(B) The plan shall be developed using research-based family engagement practices and standards.
(C) The plan shall include outreach in multiple languages if 15 percent or more of the pupils enrolled in a public school that provides instruction in kindergarten or any of grades 1 to 12, inclusive, speak a single primary language other than English, as determined pursuant to Section 48985. The plan shall also include outreach to parents, guardians, and families that are underrepresented in the school, school district, or county office of education, and outreach strategies that are diverse and innovative.
(D) The plan shall also include the estimated target for the number of parents, guardians, pupils, and families who will receive training and support services.
(E) The plan shall be explained in a public meeting of the governing board of the school district, county board of education, or governing body of the charter school before its adoption in a subsequent public meeting.
(2) Once the plan is adopted, a local educational agency shall post its plan on its Internet Web site.
(c) Local educational agencies may use the funding received pursuant to this section to support the development and implementation of the plan pursuant to subdivision (a), including, but not limited to, either of the following ways:
(1) Active and meaningful strategies related to the use of computing devices and the Internet as a tool for accessing information, training, and support relevant to the proposed engagement plan.
(2) Active and meaningful participation and training for teachers, classified employees, governing board members, and administrators to develop a deeper understanding regarding effective parent, guardian, and family engagement in order to work effectively with parents, guardians, pupils, and families as partners.
(d) If funds are appropriated for purposes of this section in the annual Budget Act, a local educational agency may request funding from the Superintendent on or before June 1, 2017, and shall expend those funds between the 2016–17 fiscal year and the 2018–19 fiscal year, inclusive. The funds shall be intended to supplement, not supplant, funds used by the local educational agency for parent, guardian, pupil, and family engagement and shall be allocated on the basis of an equal amount per average daily attendance among participating local educational agencies.
(e) For purposes of making the computations required by Section 8 of Article XVI of the California Constitution, if funds are appropriated in the annual Budget Act for purposes of this section, the funds shall be deemed to be “General Fund revenues appropriated for school districts,” as defined in subdivision (c) of Section 41202, for the fiscal year in which they are appropriated, and included within the “total allocations to school districts and community college districts from General Fund proceeds of taxes appropriated pursuant to Article XIII B,” as defined in subdivision (e) of Section 41202, for the fiscal year in which they are appropriated.