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AB-1725 After School Education and Safety Program: funding and grant amounts.(2019-2020)



SECTION 1.
 (a) The Legislature finds and declares all of the following:
(1) The disparity in educational outcomes between pupil populations is one of the most serious challenges facing our public education system.
(2) Pupils spend 80 percent of their waking hours outside of the classroom.
(3) Free and affordable learning experiences after school and in the summer are essential strategies for equalizing pupil outcomes.
(4) Research shows that after school programs improve school attendance, reduce dropout rates, help English learners transition to proficiency, develop Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM) learning and workforce skills, build social-emotional skills, improve health and nutrition, prevent and reduce youth substance use and abuse, and reduce crime involving youth.
(5) After school programs provide critical childcare for pupils while parents work or attend school or workforce training.
(6) The After School Education and Safety Program (ASES) serves more than 400,000 low-income pupils daily in 4,200 high-quality elementary and middle school programs statewide.
(7) The state’s per capita investment in ASES has declined since 2006, despite substantial increases to the costs of operating these programs.
(8) Since 2006, the daily rate has only increased 9 percent ($7.50 to $8.19 per pupil), while the state minimum wage has increased 50 percent.
(9) The most significant program cost increases were five statutory minimum wage increases: the first on July 1, 2014, the second on January 1, 2016, the third on January 1, 2017, the fourth on January 1, 2018, and the fifth on January 1, 2019.
(10) ASES operating costs will continue to increase as statutory minimum wage increases take effect.
(11) As costs significantly outpace funding, ASES programs have been forced to reduce the essential academic supports and enrichment opportunities they provide to pupils. Nearly one-quarter of ASES programs are likely to close their doors by 2020 unless they receive additional funding.
(12) The ASES daily rate should be increased by $0.50 for each $1 increase to the state minimum wage. Based on the minimum wage in effect as of January 1, 2020, this formula would require a 19-percent increase in the daily rate, from $8.19 to $9.75.
(b) (1) It is therefore the intent of the Legislature to augment the ASES budget in an amount sufficient to match the increased costs of the minimum wage.
(2) It is further the intent of the Legislature to ensure the continuation and stability of high-quality ASES programs by enacting legislation that would require an appropriate increase in funding to ASES programs in each year that there is an increase to the state minimum wage or cost of living, reflecting either a 50-percent increase in funding for any increase in the minimum wage or a cost-of-living increase, whichever is higher.

SEC. 2.

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

8483.73.
 (a) The implementation of this section is subject to the enactment of an appropriation for its purposes in the Budget Act or another statute.
(b) Commencing with the increases to the minimum wage implemented during the 2020–21 fiscal year and each fiscal year thereafter as provided for in Section 1182.12 of the Labor Code, the Department of Finance shall increase the total funding amount for the program established pursuant to this article by adding an amount necessary to fund an increase in the daily per-pupil rate to an amount equal to one of the following levels, whichever is higher:
(1) Fifty percent of each increase to the minimum wage provided for in Section 1182.12 of the Labor Code.
(2) The percentage increase to the California Consumer Price Index.
(c) The department shall increase the dollar amounts specified in Sections 8482.55, 8483.7, 8483.75, and 8483.76 in accordance with the total amount appropriated for the program established pursuant to this article in the 2019–20 fiscal year, and in each fiscal year thereafter.