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AB-2481 Elementary and secondary education: length of schoolday and school year: analysis.(2013-2014)

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Amended  IN  Assembly  May 13, 2014
Amended  IN  Assembly  March 28, 2014

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2013–2014 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill
No. 2481


Introduced by Assembly Member Bradford

February 21, 2014


An act relating to elementary and secondary education.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 2481, as amended, Bradford. Elementary and secondary education: length of schoolday and school year: analysis.
Existing law prescribes the minimum number of schooldays per year for public schools.
This bill would require the Legislative Analyst’s Office Superintendent of Public Instruction, by December 1, 2015, to provide the Legislature with a cost-benefit analysis regarding various potential changes to the length or structure of schooldays or school years in public elementary and secondary schools with the objective of providing increased educational benefits and improved life outcomes to disadvantaged and underperforming pupils, as specified. The bill would require the Superintendent to contract with an educational institution or research organization to perform the cost-benefit analysis.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: NOYES   Local Program: NO  

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


SECTION 1.

 The Legislative Analyst’s Office Superintendent of Public Instruction, on or before December 1, 2015, shall provide the Legislature with a cost-benefit analysis regarding various potential changes to the length or structure of schooldays or school years in public elementary and secondary schools with the objective of providing increased educational benefits and improved life outcomes to disadvantaged and underperforming pupils. The analysis shall weigh the potential benefits of these improvements compared to the potential costs of the improvements, including, but not limited to, increased school operating costs for personnel and facilities, and may propose creative solutions in that regard. The analysis shall specifically consider the decline in academic achievement occurring each year during the summer vacation period from interruption of instruction. The Superintendent of Public Instruction shall contract with an educational institution or research organization to perform the cost-benefit analysis.