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SB-78 After school programs: grant amounts.(2017-2018)



SECTION 1.
 (a) The Legislature finds and declares all of the following:
(1) The After School Education and Safety Program (ASES) serves more than 400,000 low-income pupils in over 4,000 high-quality elementary and middle school programs statewide.
(2) After school programs are essential to closing the achievement and opportunity gaps for underserved pupils.
(3) ASES programs receive a daily rate of $7.50 per pupil for three or more hours each day of academic and enrichment activities, a rate that experts say is woefully inadequate to run a high-quality program.
(4) The daily rate has not been changed since 2006, despite a decade of substantial increases to the costs of operating these programs.
(5) The most significant program cost increases were the three statutory minimum wage increases: the first on July 1, 2014, the second on January 1, 2016, and the third on January 1, 2017.
(6) Costs will continue to increase as statutory minimum wage increases take effect.
(7) As costs significantly outpace funding, ASES programs have been stretched to the breaking point.
(8) The ASES daily rate must be increased by 50 cents for each one dollar increase to the minimum wage. Based on the minimum wage in effect as of January 1, 2018, this formula requires a 20-percent increase in the daily rate, from $7.50 to $9.00.
(b) It is therefore the intent of the Legislature to augment the ASES budget in an amount sufficient to match the increased costs of the current minimum wage.
(c) It is further the intent of the Legislature to ensure the continuation and stability of high-quality ASES programs by adopting a statute that requires the Department of Finance to provide a cost-of-living adjustment to ASES programs in each year that there is an increase to the minimum wage.

SEC. 2.

 Section 8483.73 is added to the Education Code, to read:

8483.73.
 (a) Commencing with the increases to the minimum wage implemented during the 2018–19 fiscal year, and each fiscal year thereafter, when calculating the total amount to be appropriated for a fiscal year, the Department of Finance shall adjust the total program funding amount by adding an amount necessary to fund an increase in the daily per-pupil rate of 50 percent of each increase to the minimum wage pursuant to Section 1182.12 of the Labor Code.
(b) The department shall adjust the dollar amounts specified in Sections 8482.55, 8483.7, 8483.75, and 8483.76 in accordance with the amount provided for the program for the 2017–18 fiscal year. Commencing with the 2018–19 fiscal year, and each fiscal year thereafter, the department shall adjust the dollar amounts specified in Sections 8482.55, 8483.7, 8483.75, and 8483.76 by those amounts necessary to properly allocate funding increases pursuant to subdivision (a).