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AB-2680 Parent, guardian, pupil, and family engagement support and services: plans.(2015-2016)

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Amended  IN  Assembly  April 13, 2016
Amended  IN  Assembly  March 30, 2016

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2015–2016 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill No. 2680


Introduced by Assembly Member Bonilla

February 19, 2016


An act to add Section 51103 to the Education Code, relating to parental engagement.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 2680, as amended, Bonilla. Parent, guardian, pupil, and family engagement support and services: plans.
Existing law states various legislative findings and declarations, including that it is essential to our democratic form of government that parents and guardians of schoolage children attending public schools and other citizens participate in improving public education institutions, that specifically involving parents and guardians of pupils in the education process is fundamental to a healthy system of public education, and that family and school collaborative efforts are most effective when they involve parents and guardians in a variety of roles at all grade levels, from preschool through high school.
This bill would, subject to one-time funding being provided for purposes of this act in the annual Budget Act, require local educational agencies, including county offices of education, charter schools, alternative education programs and schools, and state special schools, and state subsidized preschools and child development programs, that elect to participate in family, parent, guardian, and pupil engagement support and services to develop, implement, and, once adopted, post to its Internet Web site, a plan that addresses at least one specified parent, guardian, pupil, and family engagement element relating to active and meaningful participation and training. strategic plan, as provided. If a local educational agency accepts funds appropriated in the annual Budget Act for purposes of those provisions, as a condition of receiving those funds, the school district, county office of education, or charter school would be required to develop and post to its Internet Web site an additional plan that aligns to the school district’s or county office of education’s local control and accountability plan or specified elements of the charter school’s petition that delineates how funds apportioned for purposes of this section, if they are apportioned, would be spent, as specified. If funds are appropriated in the annual Budget Act for these purposes, the bill would authorize a local educational agency to request funding from the Superintendent of Public Instruction and would require the local educational agency to expend those funds between the 2016–17 fiscal year and the 2018–19 fiscal year, inclusive, and would require the funds to be intended to supplement, not supplant, funds used by the local educational agency for parent, guardian, pupil, and family engagement. engagement and that the funds be allocated on the basis of an equal amount per average daily attendance among participating local educational agencies. The bill would provide that the funds, if appropriated, would be applied toward the minimum funding requirements for school districts and community college districts imposed by Section 8 of Article XVI of the California Constitution.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

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


SECTION 1.

 Section 51103 is added to the Education Code, to read:

51103.
 (a) (1) Subject to one-time funding being provided for these purposes in the annual Budget Act, local educational agencies, including county offices of education, charter schools, alternative education programs and schools, and state special schools, and state subsidized preschools and child development programs, that elect to participate in family, parent, guardian, and pupil engagement support and services funded pursuant to this section shall develop and implement a strategic plan that addresses at least one of both of the following:

(A)Active and meaningful participation and training of parents, guardians, pupils, and families of children served by the local educational agency in the development and updating of local control and accountability plans required pursuant to Article 4.5 (commencing with Section 52060) of Chapter 6.1.

(B)Active and meaningful participation and training at the schoolsite or program site and school district or county office of education level that empowers parents, guardians, pupils, and families of children served by the local educational agency to become active leaders through diverse channels for participation, including, but not limited to, schoolsite committees and councils; school district or county office of education committees and councils; English learner advisory committees; parent, guardian, teacher, or pupil associations; and other advisory bodies that involve parents, guardians, pupils, or families.

(C)Programs and activities that promote parent and family engagement of children served by the local educational agency in school, support parents and guardians as their childrens’ first teachers, develop parent and guardian leaders, and encourage parents and guardians to advocate for a complete education that includes a full curriculum to close the access, achievement, and opportunities gaps.

(D)For county offices of education only, active and meaningful participation, as described in subparagraphs (A) to (C), inclusive, and activities for purposes of serving parents, guardians, and families in state subsidized infant and toddler programs, early childhood education programs, state and local preschools, and child care and development programs serving children from birth to five years of age, inclusive, and active and meaningful outreach to parents, guardians, and families who may benefit from countywide training and support services offered by the county office of education.

(A) Active and meaningful participation and training of parents, guardians, pupils, and families of children served by local educational agencies in the development and updating of local control and accountability plans required pursuant to Article 4.5 (commencing with Section 52060) of Chapter 6.1, involvement at the schoolsite, school district, or county office of education level that empowers parents and guardians to become active leaders on local advisory bodies, and empowerment and support to advocate for a complete education that includes a full curriculum and other services to close the access, achievement, and opportunity gaps. The plan may include activities to help teachers and other school personnel improve teacher-parent or guardian and school-parent or guardian communication and create a welcoming environment for parent and guardian participation.
(B) Strategies, programs, and activities that promote parents, guardians, and families to directly engage with their child or children to promote pupil success academically, socially, and emotionally, including, but not limited to, how to become your child’s first teacher, shared reading, developing a strong teacher-parent or guardian partnership, how to discuss and support your child’s activities, studies, and homework, and how to effectively navigate and understand the public school system.
(2) Once the plan is adopted, a local educational agency shall post its plan on its Internet Web site.
(b) (1) If a local educational agency accepts funds appropriated in the annual Budget Act for purposes of this section, as a condition of receiving those funds, a school district, county office of education, or charter school shall do all of the following:
(A) Develop a plan that aligns to the local control and accountability plans required pursuant to Article 4.5 (commencing with Section 52060) of Chapter 6.1 or the requirements of clause (ii) of subparagraph (A) of paragraph (5) of subdivision (b) of Sections 47605 and 47605.6 and all applicable deadlines that delineates how funds apportioned for purposes of this section, if they are apportioned, shall be spent.
(B) The plan shall be developed using research-based family engagement practices and standards.
(C) The plan shall include outreach in multiple languages if 15 percent or more of the pupils enrolled in a public school that provides instruction in kindergarten or any of grades 1 to 12, inclusive, speak a single primary language other than English, as determined pursuant to Section 48985. The plan shall also include outreach to parents, guardians, and families that are underrepresented in the school, school district, or county office of education, and outreach strategies that are diverse and innovative.
(D) The plan shall also include the estimated target for the number of parents, guardians, pupils, and families who will receive training and support services.
(E) The plan shall be explained in a public meeting of the governing board of the school district, county board of education, or governing body of the charter school before its adoption in a subsequent public meeting.
(2) Once the plan is adopted, a local educational agency shall post its plan on its Internet Web site.
(c) Local educational agencies may use the funding received pursuant to this section to support the development and implementation of the plan pursuant to subdivision (a), including, but not limited to, either of the following ways:
(1) Active and meaningful strategies related to the use of computing devices and the Internet as a tool for accessing information, training, and support relevant to the proposed engagement plan.
(2) Active and meaningful participation and training for teachers, classified employees, governing board members, and administrators to develop a deeper understanding regarding effective parent, guardian, and family engagement in order to work effectively with parents, guardians, pupils, and families as partners.
(d) If funds are appropriated for purposes of this section in the annual Budget Act, a local educational agency may request funding from the Superintendent on or before June 1, 2017, and shall expend those funds between the 2016–17 fiscal year and the 2018–19 fiscal year, inclusive. The funds shall be intended to supplement, not supplant, funds used by the local educational agency for parent, guardian, pupil, and family engagement. engagement and shall be allocated on the basis of an equal amount per average daily attendance among participating local educational agencies.
(e) For purposes of making the computations required by Section 8 of Article XVI of the California Constitution, if funds are appropriated in the annual Budget Act for purposes of this section, the funds shall be deemed to be “General Fund revenues appropriated for school districts,” as defined in subdivision (c) of Section 41202, for the fiscal year in which they are appropriated, and included within the “total allocations to school districts and community college districts from General Fund proceeds of taxes appropriated pursuant to Article XIII B,” as defined in subdivision (e) of Section 41202, for the fiscal year in which they are appropriated.