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AB-1315 Education: Gateway Centers.(2011-2012)

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Amended  IN  Assembly  May 11, 2011
Amended  IN  Assembly  April 26, 2011
Amended  IN  Assembly  March 31, 2011

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2011–2012 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill
No. 1315


Introduced  by  Assembly Member Furutani

February 18, 2011


An act to add and repeal Chapter 20 (commencing with Section 11900) of Part 7 of Division 1 of Title 1 of the Education Code, relating to education.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 1315, as amended, Furutani. Education: Gateway Centers.
Existing law provides that certain agencies and educational entities are to make various reports or certifications or to submit information to specified entities or agencies. These reports, certifications, and submittals encompass numerous areas of the Education Code.
This bill would create the Gateway Council comprised of the Superintendent of Public Instruction, the Chancellor of the California Community Colleges, and the Secretary of Labor and Workforce Development, or their designees.
The bill would require individual create Gateway Centers that would be operated by local adult schools and community colleges to leverage multiple education and workforce investment funding streams and improve the transition of adult learners into entry-level degree or certificate training programs that are linked to employment and the reform of the delivery of adult basic education services in California, as specified, as well as perform specified functions relating to this goal. The council would be required to identify state and federal resources, as well as potential philanthropic support, to fund Gateway Centers, develop a request for proposal process to fund projects in different geographic areas of the state, provide project oversight, and report outcomes of the projects. The council would have various specific specified duties including, but not limited to, developing a request for application to participate process by no later than April 15, 2012, and funding at least 3 Gateway Center sites beginning no later than September 1, 2012, contingent upon identification of funding. The bill would require the council to submit a report to the appropriate policy and fiscal committees of the Legislature and to the Governor by January 15, 2016, on the outcomes of, and lessons learned from, the Gateway Centers, and make the report provision inoperative on January 15, 2020.
This bill would repeal these provisions on January 1, 2017, unless a later enacted statute enacted on or before January 1, 2017, deletes or extends that date.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:


SECTION 1.

 Chapter 20 (commencing with Section 11900) is added to Part 7 of Division 1 of Title 1 of the Education Code, to read:
CHAPTER  20. Gateway Centers

11900.
 (a) The Legislature finds and declares all of the following:
(1) A college degree or industry-recognized vocational certificate is the principal pathway to personal economic security.
(2) Remedial English and mathematics, including English-as-a-second-language programs, are the gateway to college and skills training for many Californians.
(3) A range of basic skills programs are offered by the State Department of Education and the California Community Colleges, but historically these programs have not been well connected or coordinated, and current institutional practices impede the effective transition of students across systems from basic skills courses into postsecondary education and training programs.
(4) Basic skills programs serve a diverse group of students, including recent high school graduates with weak English or math skills, high school dropouts, and students who need English-as-a second language English-as-a-second-language skills.
(5) Many adult learners make no or minimal progress with only an extremely small percentage attaining a postsecondary certificate or degree or transferring to a four-year college.
(6) Recent budget cutbacks and changes to categorical program funding have resulted in decreased funding for basic skills offerings, necessitating a reexamination of California’s basic skills system and how it meets the needs of all Californians, especially for low-skilled adult learners and underrepresented students of color.
(7) As policymakers consider broad, statewide reform, local service providers are best equipped to develop and identify effective program models to accelerate student progress, improve program outcomes, and serve greater numbers of students with limited funding.
(b) It is the intent of the Legislature to create Gateway Centers to improve the transition of adult learners into entry-level degree or certificate training programs that are linked to employment, as a building block toward wider reform of the delivery of adult basic education services in California.
(c) It is the intent of the Legislature that Gateway Centers serve as learning laboratories for wider reform of the delivery of adult basic education services in California by creating innovative service models that provide seamless transitions across adult education, postsecondary education, and employment. Gateway Centers should develop and test models that improve course alignment, accelerate student progress toward certificate and degree attainment, leverage resources across basic skills providers, deliver high-quality curriculum and instruction, provide student support services and educator professional development, and lead to improved student education and employment outcomes. These models should build upon and leverage the curricula and faculty strengths of the department’s adult education programs and the California Community Colleges’ programs to meet the needs of students from low-income and underserved communities.

11901.
 (a) The Legislature hereby creates Gateway Centers to be operated by local adult schools and community colleges to leverage multiple education and workforce investment funding streams and improve the transition of adult learners into entry-level degree or certificate training programs that are linked to employment.

(b)Gateway Centers will serve as learning laboratories for wider reform of the delivery of adult basic education services in California by creating innovative service models that provide seamless transitions across adult education, postsecondary education, and employment. Gateway Centers would develop and test models that improve course alignment, accelerate student progress toward certificate and degree attainment, leverage resources across basic skills providers, deliver high-quality curriculum and instruction, provide student support services and educator professional development, and lead to improved student education and employment outcomes. These models will build upon and leverage the curricula and faculty strengths of the department’s adult education programs and the California Community Colleges’ programs to meet the needs of students from low-income and underserved communities.

(c)Gateway Centers shall focus on developing models for improving the transition of individuals with weak basic skills to postsecondary education that provides opportunities for employment in high-demand fields where there is career advancement potential. Gateway Centers

(b) Gateway Centers shall do all of the following:
(1) Be jointly designed by local and regional partners including adult education and community college program providers and other stakeholders, including business and industry.

(2)Align or redesign regional assessment systems to provide more consistent and improved diagnostic services to identify needs of adult students and connect them to learning strategies that prepare them for success in academic and career technical courses.

(3)Utilize evidence-based instructional practices, such as contextualized teaching, coursework, that accelerates student progress toward skill attainment, customized and modularized instruction, peer group support, and remediation that is provided while the student is concurrently enrolled in credit-bearing college work.

(4)Equip learners with the workplace competencies and college-ready skills to prepare them for certificate and degree programs.

(5)Provide a range of student support services, such as academic tutoring, counseling, and financial aid.

(6)Offer professional development opportunities and incentives to gateway instructors to enhance their pedagogical skills and instruction practices.

(7)

(2) Report on program outcomes for the purpose of continuous program improvement and program evaluation.

(8)

(3) Secure matching funds from local workforce investment boards, community-based organizations, regional industry partners, and philanthropic or other sources.
(4) Focus on developing models for improving the transition of individuals with weak basic skills to postsecondary education which provides opportunities for employment in high-demand fields where there is career advancement potential, that may include, but not be limited to, all of the following:
(A) The utilization of evidence-based instructional practices, such as contextualized teaching, coursework that accelerates student progress toward skill attainment, customized and modularized instruction, peer group support, and remediation that is provided while the student is concurrently enrolled in credit-bearing college work.
(B) The provision of a range of student support services, such as academic tutoring, counseling, and financial aid.
(C) The offering of professional development opportunities and incentives to gateway instructors to enhance their pedagogical skills and instruction practices.

(d)A

(c) The Gateway Council is created to identify state and federal resources, as well as potential philanthropic support, to fund the Gateway Centers, develop a request for proposal process to fund projects in different geographic areas of the state, provide project oversight, and report outcomes. The Gateway Council shall be comprised of the Superintendent, the Chancellor of the California Community Colleges, and the Secretary of Labor and Workforce Development, or their designees. The Gateway Council shall do all of the following:
(1) Identify funding for Gateway Centers from sources such as, but not limited to, the federal Workforce Investment Act, the federal Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006, career technical education funds, community college and adult education funds, and other grant or philanthropic sources.
(2) Align or redesign regional assessment systems that can be used by Gateway Centers to provide more consistent and improved diagnostic services to identify needs of adult students and connect them to learning strategies that prepare them for success in academic and career technical courses.
(3) Establish criteria for funding Gateway Centers.

(2)

(4) Develop a request for application to participate in the Gateway Centers by no later than April 15, 2012, contingent upon identification of funding.

(3)

(5) Fund a minimum of three Gateway Center sites beginning no later than September 1, 2012, contingent upon identification of funding.

(4)

(6) Prepare a final report or evaluation to the Legislature as specified in subdivision (e)(d).

(e)

(d) The Gateway Council shall submit a final report to the appropriate policy and fiscal committees of the Legislature and to the Governor by January 15, 2016, on the outcomes of, and lessons learned from, the Gateway Centers. Based on these outcomes, and an analysis of policy and institutional barriers to wider implementation, the council shall make recommendations to the Legislature regarding how the State Department of Education and the California Community Colleges can align institutions and programs more effectively, increase the quality of instruction, and improve student outcomes, particularly for underrepresented students of color.

(f)

(e) This chapter is repealed on January 1, 2017, unless a later enacted statute enacted on or before January 1, 2017, deletes or extends that date.