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AB-2681 Public education: California College Promise Grant Program.(2015-2016)

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Amended  IN  Assembly  April 14, 2016
Amended  IN  Assembly  March 18, 2016

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2015–2016 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill
No. 2681


Introduced by Assembly Member O'Donnell
(Principal coauthor: Assembly Member Holden)
(Coauthor: Assembly Member Olsen)

February 19, 2016


An act to add and repeal Section 76004.5 of the Education Code, relating to public education, and making an appropriation therefor. education.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 2681, as amended, O'Donnell. Public education: California College Promise Grant Program.
Existing law authorizes the governing board of a community college district to enter into a College and Career Access Pathways (CCAP) partnership with the governing board of a school district with the goal of developing seamless pathways from high school to community college for career technical education or preparation for transfer, improving high school graduation rates, or helping high school pupils achieve college and career readiness. Existing law requires the partnership agreement to outline the terms of the partnership, as specified, and to establish protocols for information sharing, joint facilities use, and parental consent for high school pupils to enroll in community college courses. These provisions are repealed on January 1, 2022.
This bill would establish the California College Promise Grant Program, until January 1, 2022, to be administered by the Superintendent of Public Instruction and the Chancellor of the California Community Colleges, subject to an appropriation in the annual Budget Act for this purpose, to provide planning grants to eligible school districts and community college districts to establish CCAP partnerships. The bill would authorize the Superintendent and the chancellor to establish the grant application process and the criteria for determining the amount of each grant. The bill would set the maximum grant amount under this program at $25,000.

The bill would appropriate $1,000,000 from the General Fund to the Superintendent of Public Instruction for allocation, without regard to fiscal years, for purposes of this program. Funds appropriated by this bill 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, as specified.

Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: YESNO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

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


SECTION 1.

 Section 76004.5 is added to the Education Code, to read:

76004.5.
 (a) The California College Promise Grant Program is hereby established to provide planning grants to school districts and community college districts to establish a College and Career Access Pathways (CCAP) partnership pursuant to Section 76004. A Subject to an appropriation in the annual Budget Act for this purpose, a grant may be awarded under this section to a school district or community college district that has met the requirements of subdivision (b) of Section 76004 and that has certified its intention to establish a CCAP partnership no later than the fiscal year following the fiscal year in which the grant is received. A grant awarded under this section may be used to cover costs incurred pursuant to subdivision (c) of Section 76004 and to inform parents and students about opportunities that are available through the CCAP partnership.
(b) The grant program established by this section shall be administered by the Superintendent and the Chancellor of the California Community Colleges. The Superintendent and the chancellor shall establish the grant application process and the criteria for determining the amount of each grant. The maximum amount of a grant awarded under this section shall be twenty-five thousand dollars ($25,000) per CCAP partnership.
(c) This section shall remain in effect only until January 1, 2022, and as of that date is repealed, unless a later enacted statute, that is enacted before January 1, 2022, deletes or extends that date.

SEC. 2.

(a)The sum of one million dollars ($1,000,000) is hereby appropriated from the General Fund to the Superintendent of Public Instruction for allocation, without regard to fiscal years, for purposes of Section 76004.5 of the Education Code.

(b)For purposes of making the computations required by Section 8 of Article XVI of the California Constitution, the funds appropriated pursuant to this section shall be deemed to be “General Fund revenues appropriated for school districts and community college districts, respectively,” as defined in subdivision (f) of Section 41202 of the Education Code, for the fiscal year in which they are expended, and included within the “[t]otal 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 of the Education Code, for the fiscal year in which they are expended.