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AB-16 Homeless children and youths: reporting. (2019-2020)



SECTION 1.

 Section 48851 is added to the Education Code, to read:

48851.
 (a) As required pursuant to Section 11432(g)(6)(A)(i) of Title 42 of the United States Code, a local educational agency shall ensure that each school within the local educational agency identifies all homeless children and youths enrolled at the school. The local educational agency shall annually report to the department the number of homeless children and youths enrolled.
(b) An intake form used to identify a child as homeless shall include a statement that a child will not be removed from the child’s family solely because the child’s family is experiencing homelessness.

SEC. 2.

 Section 48851.5 is added to the Education Code, to read:

48851.5.
 Upon appropriation by the Legislature for this purpose, there shall be established in the department 1.5 state coordinator positions, in addition to the state coordinator positions maintained in the department as of July 1, 2019, with duties including, at a minimum, those listed for the Coordinator for Education of Homeless Children and Youths pursuant to Section 11432(f) of Title 42 of the United States Code.

SEC. 3.

 Section 48852.6 is added to the Education Code, to read:

48852.6.
 (a) For purposes of this section, “liaison” means a local educational agency liaison for homeless children and youths designated pursuant to Section 11432(g)(1)(J)(ii) of Title 42 of the United States Code.
(b) A school district or county office of education shall post on its internet website a list of the liaisons in that school district or county, respectively, and the contact information for those liaisons.
(c) If available, a school shall post on its internet website the contact information for the liaison. In addition, if a school has an employee or person under contract whose duties include assisting the liaison in completing the liaison’s duties under Section 11432(g)(6) of Title 42 of the United States Code, the school shall post on its internet website the name and contact information for that employee or person under contract.

SEC. 4.

 Section 48857 is added to the Education Code, to read:

48857.
 (a) Upon appropriation by the Legislature, the department shall allocate five hundred thousand dollars ($500,000) each to three county offices of education in different regions throughout the state for the purpose of establishing technical assistance centers to foster relationships between community partners and local educational agencies in each region. The department shall determine which county offices of education will be designated technical assistance centers through a competitive process that provides each county office of education with the opportunity to apply to become a technical assistance center. In making this determination, the department shall take into account geographic diversity and concentrations of homeless children and youths.
(b) The responsibilities of a technical assistance center established pursuant to subdivision (a) may include, but are not limited to, all of the following:
(1) Creating, and facilitating the implementation of, training materials that outline the needs and challenges of, and barriers facing, homeless children and youths and their families.
(2) Developing and disseminating best practices for small, midsize, and large counties to support the educational progress and academic outcomes of homeless children and youths.
(3) Assisting counties and local educational agencies in the process of ensuring accuracy in the identification of homeless children and youths in local pupil information systems and using this data to report educational outcomes for homeless children and youths who receive support services.
(c) Technical assistance provided by a technical assistance center pursuant to this section shall be provided consistent with the statewide system of support established pursuant to Section 52059.5.
SEC. 5.
 If the Commission on State Mandates determines that this act contains costs mandated by the state, reimbursement to local agencies and school districts for those costs shall be made pursuant to Part 7 (commencing with Section 17500) of Division 4 of Title 2 of the Government Code.