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AB-1410 Teachers: Computer Science Access Initiative.(2019-2020)



SECTION 1.

 Article 15.5 (commencing with Section 44410) is added to Chapter 2 of Part 25 of Division 3 of Title 2 of the Education Code, to read:

Article  15.5. Computer Science Access Initiative
44410.
 (a) This article shall be known, and may be cited, as the Computer Science Access Initiative.
(b) The purpose of this initiative is to increase California pupils’ access to instruction in computer science by increasing the number of teachers who are authorized and trained to provide computer science instruction in California public schools.
44411.
 (a) The Computer Science Access Initiative shall be administered by the department in consultation with the commission.
(b) On or before July 1, 2020, and subject to a one-time appropriation, the department shall award grants under this initiative for the purpose of increasing the number of teachers authorized and trained to instruct pupils in computer science. Grants awarded by the department through this initiative shall be used for one or both of the following purposes:
(1) Increasing the number of single subject credentialholders who obtain supplemental authorizations to teach computer science.
(2) (A) Providing professional development to teachers who hold multiple subject or education specialist credentials so that they are able to teach computer science at the elementary level.
(B) Professional development pursuant to subparagraph (A) shall be aligned to the computer science content standards developed pursuant to Section 60605.4 and adopted by the state board.
(c) The following entities shall be eligible to apply for a grant under this initiative:
(1) A school district.
(2) A county office of education.
(3) A charter school.
(4) A consortium made up of any combination of the above entities.
(d) Applicants for grants under this initiative shall be required to submit an application in a form and manner determined by the department that includes, but is not limited to, all of the following:
(1) A demonstration of the applicant’s capacity to carry out the activities necessary to meet the objectives of the initiative.
(2) A plan detailing how the applicant will meet one or both of the purposes specified in subdivision (b).
(3) An estimate of the number of computer science supplemental authorizations the grant is expected to produce, or the number of multiple subject or education specialist credentialholders expected to be trained, or both of those, through the use of grant funding.
(4) Identification of any matching funds, in-kind matching resources, or outside funding expected to be leveraged in support of the proposed activities.
(e) In awarding grants, the department shall do both of the following:
(1) Ensure that at least one-half of the funds awarded are for the purpose stated in paragraph (1) of subdivision (b).
(2) Give priority to applications that seek to improve the availability of computer science instruction to pupils who at the time of the application have limited opportunity to study computer science, who are traditionally underrepresented in the study of computer science, or who live in geographic areas that have limited access to the study of computer science.
(f) A grant recipient shall submit to the department, in a form and manner determined by the department, a report on all of the following:
(1) The number of multiple subject teachers trained and the number of authorizations in computer science produced as a result of the grant.
(2) The number of additional classes or amount of instruction planned as a result of the grant.
(3) The demographics of the pupils served or expected to be served by the teachers who have earned an authorization in computer science or who have received professional development as a result of the grant.
44414.
 The operation of this article is contingent upon an appropriation in the annual Budget Act or another statute for purposes of this article.