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SB-897 Educational programs: history-social science framework: adult education: civics instruction.(2013-2014)

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Senate Bill No. 897
CHAPTER 480

An act to amend Sections 33540 and 84830 of the Education Code, relating to educational programs.

[ Approved by Governor  September 19, 2014. Filed with Secretary of State  September 19, 2014. ]

LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


SB 897, Steinberg. Educational programs: history-social science framework: adult education: civics instruction.
(1) Existing law requires the State Board of Education and the State Department of Education to request that the Instructional Quality Commission review and revise, as necessary, the course requirements in the history-social science framework, as specified. Existing law requires the commission, when revising the history-social science framework and as appropriate and based on the subject matter of the course, to ensure that certain historical documents are incorporated into the framework, consider incorporating additional specified historical documents into the framework, and encourage instruction that promotes an understanding of the governments of California and the United States of America.
This bill would also require the commission, whenever it revises the history-social science framework and as appropriate and based on the subject matter of the course, to, among other things, receive input from civics learning experts for purposes of integrating civics learning content, concepts, and skills, at all appropriate grade levels, with certain standards, and ensure that voter education information is included in the American government and civics curriculum at the high school level, as specified. The bill would state the intent of the Legislature, for purposes of the history-social science framework that is revised any time after July 1, 2015, that the commission consider whether and how to incorporate a specified social studies framework into that framework. The bill also would require the state board to consider incorporating the specified social studies framework into the history-social science content standards when those content standards are next revised after January 1, 2015.
(2) Existing law, pursuant to funding made available in the annual Budget Act, requires the Chancellor of the California Community Colleges and the State Department of Education to jointly provide 2-year planning and implementation grants to regional consortia of community college districts and school districts for purposes of developing regional plans to better serve the educational needs of adults. Existing law requires the grant funds to be used by each regional consortium to create and implement a plan to better provide adults in the region with certain classes and programs, including, among other things, elementary and secondary basic skills, including classes required for a high school diploma or high school equivalency certificate, and classes and courses for immigrants eligible for educational services in citizenship and English as a 2nd language, and workforce preparation classes in basic skills.
This bill would require the classes and courses related to elementary and secondary basic skills and the classes and courses for immigrants, as described above, to distribute basic information on American government and civics that includes, but is not limited to, instruction on (A) federal, state, and local government, (B) the 3 branches of government, (C) the importance of civic engagement, and (D) registering to vote.
(3) This bill would incorporate additional changes to Section 33540 of the Education Code proposed by AB 1599 that would become operative if this bill and AB 1599 are both enacted on or before January 1, 2015, and this bill is enacted last.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

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


SECTION 1.

 Section 33540 of the Education Code is amended to read:

33540.
 (a) The state board and the department shall request that the commission review and revise, as necessary, the course requirements in the history-social science framework developed by the History-Social Science Curriculum Framework and Criteria Committee of the state board to ensure that minimum standards for courses in American government and civics include sufficient attention to teaching pupils how to interact, in a practical manner, with state and local governmental agencies and representatives to solve problems and to petition for changes in laws and procedures, and that the course requirements in the history-social science framework are also included in all history and social science courses and all grade levels, as appropriate.
(b) Whenever the history-social science framework is revised as required by law, the commission shall do, as appropriate and based on the subject matter of the course, all of the following:
(1) Receive input from civics learning experts, including civics education program providers, associations of civics educators, and organizations dedicated to research on civics learning, for purposes of integrating civics learning content, concepts, and skills, at all appropriate grade levels, with the standards established by the state board in core curriculum areas, as specified in Section 60605, as that section read on June 30, 2011, and Section 60605.8.
(2) Consider how civics and history instruction, at all appropriate grade levels, includes, in addition to the acquisition of content knowledge, the application of that content to develop the competence and skills needed for civic engagement.
(3) Ensure that voter education information is included in the American government and civics curriculum at the high school level, including, but not limited to, information on the importance of registering to vote in local, state, and federal elections, how to register to vote, both online and by mail, what the requirements are to register to vote, how to request an absentee ballot, how to fill out and return an absentee ballot, what to expect on election day, how to find a polling place, and where and how to access and understand the voter information pamphlet and other materials to become an informed voter.
(4) Ensure the following historical documents are incorporated into the framework:
(A) The Declaration of Independence.
(B) The United States Constitution, including the Bill of Rights.
(C) The Federalist Papers.
(D) The Emancipation Proclamation.
(E) The Gettysburg Address.
(F) George Washington’s Farewell Address.
(5) Consider incorporating the following historical documents into the framework:
(A) The Magna Carta.
(B) The Articles of Confederation.
(C) The California Constitution.
(6) Encourage instruction that promotes an understanding of the governments of California and the United States of America, including, but not limited to, the development of democracy and the history of the development of the United States Constitution.
(c) It is the intent of the Legislature, for purposes of the history-social science framework that is revised any time after July 1, 2015, that the commission consider whether and how to incorporate the College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Framework for Social Studies State Standards into that framework.
(d) It is the intent of the Legislature, for purposes of the history-social science framework that is revised after January 1, 2015, that the requirements imposed pursuant to paragraphs (1) to (3), inclusive, of subdivision (b) may be satisfied under the framework adoption procedures being used by the department as of January 1, 2015.
(e) When the history-social science content standards are next revised after January 1, 2015, the state board shall consider incorporating the College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Framework for Social Studies State Standards into the history-social science content standards.

SEC. 1.5.

 Section 33540 of the Education Code is amended to read:

33540.
 (a) The state board and the department shall request that the commission review and revise, as necessary, the course requirements in the history-social science framework developed by the History-Social Science Curriculum Framework and Criteria Committee of the state board to ensure that minimum standards for courses in American government and civics include sufficient attention to teaching pupils how to interact, in a practical manner, with state and local governmental agencies and representatives to solve problems and to petition for changes in laws and procedures, and that the course requirements in the history-social science framework are also included in all history and social science courses and all grade levels, as appropriate.
(b) Whenever the history-social science framework is revised as required by law, the commission shall do, as appropriate and based on the subject matter of the course, all of the following:
(1) Receive input from civics learning experts, including civics education program providers, associations of civics educators, and organizations dedicated to research on civics learning, for purposes of integrating civics learning content, concepts, and skills, at all appropriate grade levels, with the standards established by the state board in core curriculum areas, as specified in Section 60605, as that section read on June 30, 2011, and Section 60605.8.
(2) Consider how civics and history instruction, at all appropriate grade levels, includes, in addition to the acquisition of content knowledge, the application of that content to develop the competence and skills needed for civic engagement.
(3) Ensure that voter education information is included in the American government and civics curriculum at the high school level, including, but not limited to, information on the importance of registering to vote in local, state, and federal elections, how to register to vote, both online and by mail, what the requirements are to register to vote, how to request an absentee ballot, how to fill out and return an absentee ballot, what to expect on election day, how to find a polling place, and where and how to access and understand the voter information pamphlet and other materials to become an informed voter.
(4) Ensure the following historical documents are incorporated into the framework:
(A) The Declaration of Independence.
(B) The United States Constitution, including the Bill of Rights.
(C) The Federalist Papers.
(D) The Emancipation Proclamation.
(E) The Gettysburg Address.
(F) George Washington’s Farewell Address.
(5) Consider incorporating the following historical documents into the framework:
(A) The Magna Carta.
(B) The Articles of Confederation.
(C) The California Constitution.
(6) Encourage instruction that promotes an understanding of the governments of California and the United States of America, including, but not limited to, the development of democracy and the history of the development of the United States Constitution.
(c) It is the intent of the Legislature, for purposes of the history-social science framework that is revised any time after January 1, 2015, that the commission consider whether and how to incorporate the College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Framework for Social Studies State Standards into that framework.
(d) It is the intent of the Legislature, for purposes of only the history-social science framework that is revised after January 1, 2015, that the requirements imposed pursuant to paragraphs (1) to (3), inclusive, of subdivision (b) may be satisfied under the framework adoption procedures currently being used by the department as of January 1, 2015.
(e) When the history-social science content standards are next revised after January 1, 2015, the state board shall consider incorporating the College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Framework for Social Studies State Standards into the history-social science content standards.

SEC. 2.

 Section 84830 of the Education Code is amended to read:

84830.
 (a) The Chancellor of the California Community Colleges and the State Department of Education shall, pursuant to funding made available in the annual Budget Act, jointly provide two-year planning and implementation grants to regional consortia of community college districts and school districts for the purpose of developing regional plans to better serve the educational needs of adults.
(1) Eligibility shall be limited to consortia consisting of at least one community college district and at least one school district within the boundaries of the community college district, either of which may serve as the consortium’s fiscal agent, as determined by the applicant consortium.
(2) If a community college district chooses not to participate in a consortium, a neighboring community college district may form a consortium with school districts within the boundaries of the nonparticipating community college district.
(3) Consortia may include other entities providing adult education courses, including, but not necessarily limited to, correctional facilities, other local public entities, and community-based organizations.
(b) Grant funds provided pursuant to this section shall be used by each regional consortium to create and implement a plan to better provide adults in its region with all of the following:
(1) Elementary and secondary basic skills, including classes required for a high school diploma or high school equivalency certificate.
(2) Classes and courses for immigrants eligible for educational services in citizenship and English as a second language, and workforce preparation classes in basic skills.
(3) Education programs for adults with disabilities.
(4) Short-term career technical education programs with high employment potential.
(5) Programs for apprentices.
(c) (1) The classes and courses described in paragraphs (1) and (2) of subdivision (b) shall distribute basic information on American government and civics that includes, but is not limited to, instruction on all of the following:
(A) Federal, state, and local government.
(B) The three branches of government.
(C) The importance of civic engagement.
(D) Registering to vote.
(2) It is the intent of the Legislature that, consistent with the requirements of Sections 51225.3 and 52555, students enrolled in classes and courses described in paragraphs (1) and (2) of subdivision (b) in which instruction in American government and civics is appropriate shall receive instruction in American government and civics.
(d) Each regional consortium’s plan shall include, at a minimum:
(1) An evaluation of current levels and types of adult education programs within its region, including education for adults in correctional facilities; credit, noncredit, and enhanced noncredit adult education coursework; and programs funded through Title II of the federal Workforce Investment Act of 1998, known as the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act (Public Law 105-220).
(2) An evaluation of current needs for adult education programs within its region.
(3) Plans for parties that make up the consortium to integrate their existing programs and create seamless transitions into postsecondary education or the workforce.
(4) Plans to address the gaps identified pursuant to paragraphs (1) and (2).
(5) Plans to employ approaches proven to accelerate a student’s progress toward his or her academic or career goals, such as contextualized basic skills and career technical education, and other joint programming strategies between adult education and career technical education.
(6) Plans to collaborate in the provision of ongoing professional development opportunities for faculty and other staff to help them achieve greater program integration and improve student outcomes.
(7) Plans to leverage existing regional structures, including, but not necessarily limited to, local workforce investment areas.
(e) The Chancellor of the California Community Colleges and the State Department of Education may identify additional elements that consortia must include in a plan.
(f) (1) On or before March 1, 2014, the Chancellor of the California Community Colleges and the State Department of Education shall submit a joint report to the Legislature and the Governor. This report shall include, but not necessarily be limited to, both of the following:
(A) The status of developing regional consortia across the state, including identification of unserved geographic areas or emerging gaps in regional program delivery.
(B) The status and allocation of grant awards made to regional consortia.
(2) The report shall be submitted to the Legislature as provided in Section 9795 of the Government Code.
(g) (1) On or before March 1, 2015, the Chancellor of the California Community Colleges and the State Department of Education shall submit a joint report to the Legislature and the Governor. This report shall include, but is not limited to, both of the following:
(A) The plans developed by regional consortia across the state.
(B) Recommendations for additional improvements in the delivery system serving adult learners.
(2) The report shall be submitted to the Legislature as provided in Section 9795 of the Government Code.
(h) It is the intent of the Legislature to work toward developing common policies related to adult education affecting adult schools at local educational agencies and community colleges, including policies on fees and funding levels.
(i) It is the intent of the Legislature to provide additional funding in the 2015–16 fiscal year to regional consortia to expand and improve the provision of adult education.

SEC. 3.

 Section 1.5 of this bill incorporates amendments to Section 33540 of the Education Code proposed by both this bill and Assembly Bill 1599. It shall only become operative if (1) both bills are enacted and become effective on or before January 1, 2015, (2) each bill amends Section 33540 of the Education Code, and (3) this bill is enacted after Assembly Bill 1599, in which case Section 1 of this bill shall not become operative.