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AB-1164 Teachers: recruitment and retention: computer science.(2017-2018)

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Date Published: 08/23/2018 09:00 PM
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Amended  IN  Senate  August 23, 2018
Amended  IN  Senate  July 06, 2017
Amended  IN  Assembly  May 26, 2017
Amended  IN  Assembly  April 18, 2017
Amended  IN  Assembly  March 27, 2017

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2017–2018 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill No. 1164


Introduced by Assembly Member Thurmond

February 17, 2017


An act to amend Sections 1296, 42127.01, 44500, 44929.21, 44948.3, and 44948.5 of, and to add Section 44948.6 to, the Education Code, and to amend Section 3543.2 of the Government Code, relating to public school administration. An act to amend Section 73 of Chapter 15 of the Statutes of 2017, relating to teachers.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 1164, as amended, Thurmond. School district annual budgets and certificated school employees. Teachers: recruitment and retention: computer science.
Existing law establishes the California Educator Development (CalED) Program as a grant program designed to enhance the state’s efforts to address teacher recruitment and retention issues throughout the state by assisting local educational agencies with attracting and supporting the preparation and continued learning of teachers, principals, and other school leaders. Existing law requires the Commission on Teacher Credentialing, in conjunction with the California Center on Teaching Careers, to develop a competitive grant program, as provided, and requires the California Center on Teaching Careers, in consultation with the commission, to issue a request for proposals to all school districts, charter schools, and county offices of education in the state to solicit applications for the CalEd Program. Existing law requires a specified amount of funding that is allocated to grant recipients to be used for activities that result in new credentials authorizing teachers to provide instruction in special education, mathematics, science, and bilingual education, pursuant to the federal Every Student Succeeds Act.
This bill would specify that the authorized specified amount of funding that is allocated to grant recipients to be used for activities that result in new credentials authorizing teachers to provide instruction in, among other subjects, science includes computer science, as provided.

(1)Existing law, unless the school district is granted an exemption, limits the amount of the combined assigned or unassigned ending fund balance contained in a school district’s annual budget in any fiscal year immediately after a fiscal year in which a transfer is made into the Public School System Stabilization Account, and establishes a formula for calculating the maximum amount allowable for school districts with less than 400,000 units of average daily attendance, and a formula for school districts with more than 400,000 units of average daily attendance, as specified.

This bill would instead make that limitation applicable in a fiscal year immediately after a fiscal year in which the amount of moneys in the Public School System Stabilization Account are equal to or exceed 3% of the combined total of General Fund revenues appropriated for school districts and allocated local proceeds of taxes, as specified, for that fiscal year. The bill would instead provide that the school district’s budget shall not contain a combined assigned or unassigned ending general fund balance, as defined, in excess of 10% of those funds. The bill would exclude from the requirements of those provisions basic aid school districts, as defined, and small school districts, as defined. To the extent the bill would impose additional duties on school districts, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program.

The bill would require the Superintendent of Public Instruction to notify school districts and county offices of education whenever the conditions specified above are met. The bill would also require the Superintendent to notify school districts and county offices of education when those conditions no longer exist.

(2)Existing law requires, if the average daily attendance of the schools and classes maintained by a county superintendent of schools is 250 pupils or more, each person who, after being employed for 2 complete consecutive school years by a county superintendent of schools in a teaching position in schools or classes maintained by the county superintendent of schools requiring certification qualifications, is reelected for the next succeeding school year to a teaching position to be classified as a permanent employee of the county superintendent of schools. Existing law requires an employee of a school district with an average daily attendance of 250 pupils or more who, after having been employed by the school district for 2 complete consecutive school years in a position or positions requiring certification qualifications, is reelected for the next succeeding school year to a position requiring certification qualifications, at the commencement of the succeeding school year, to be classified as a permanent employee of the school district. Existing law establishes the California Peer Assistance and Review Program for Teachers to assist teachers by setting forth performance goals, providing multiple observations of the teacher during periods of classroom instruction, and encouraging a cooperative relationship between the consulting teacher and the principal with respect to a process of peer assistance and review.

This bill would instead authorize a county superintendent of schools and the governing board of a school district to offer an employee in a position or positions requiring certification qualifications a 3rd complete consecutive school year as a probationary employee if certain requirements are met. The bill would require the governing board of a school district and a county superintendent of schools that decides to offer a 3rd complete consecutive school year of probationary employment to refer the probationary employee to a California Peer Assistance and Review Program for Teachers. The bill would require each governing board of a school district and each county superintendent of schools to annually report to the Commission on Teacher Credentialing on the number of probationary employees offered a 3rd year of probationary employment and the number of 3rd year probationary employees dismissed during the school year, and would require the commission to annually compile and submit this information in a single report to the appropriate policy committees of the Legislature, the Governor, and the Legislative Analyst’s Office by August 1. By imposing additional duties on local educational agencies, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program.

The bill would provide that, to the extent these provisions conflict with any provision of a collective bargaining agreement entered into before January 1, 2018, by a public school employer and an exclusive bargaining representative, these provisions shall not apply until the expiration or renewal of that collective bargaining agreement.

(3)Existing law establishes separate procedures for the dismissal of probationary certificated employees whose probationary period commenced before the 1983–84 fiscal year. Existing law requires, among other things, that a determination not to reemploy a probationary certificated employee whose probationary period commenced before the 1983–84 fiscal year for the ensuing school year be for cause only.

This bill would apply these provisions governing the dismissal of probationary certificated employees whose probationary period commenced before the 1983–84 fiscal year to 3rd year probationary employees of a school district or county superintendent of schools. The bill would authorize, notwithstanding this provision, a county superintendent of schools or the governing board of a school district with an average daily attendance of 250 pupils or more who employs a 3rd year probationary employee to establish, upon mutual agreement of the public school employer and an exclusive bargaining representative, an alternative process through which a 3rd year probationary employee may challenge his or her nonreelection to certificated employment, as specified.

(4)This bill would also make conforming changes and various nonsubstantive changes.

(5)The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that reimbursement.

This bill would provide that, if the Commission on State Mandates determines that the bill contains costs mandated by the state, reimbursement for those costs shall be made pursuant to the statutory provisions noted above.

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

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


SECTION 1.

 Section 73 of Chapter 15 of the Statutes of 2017 is amended to read:

SEC. 73.

 (a) The California Educator Development (CalED) Program is hereby established as a grant program designed to enhance the state’s efforts to address teacher recruitment and retention issues throughout the state by assisting local educational agencies with attracting and supporting the preparation and continued learning of teachers, principals, and other school leaders.
(b) Subject to an appropriation in the annual Budget Act or another statute for purposes of this section, the Commission on Teacher Credentialing, in conjunction with the California Center on Teaching Careers, established in Section 45 of Chapter 29 of the Statutes of 2016 (Senate Bill 828 of the 2015–16 Regular Session), shall develop a competitive grant program that assists local educational agencies with the recruitment and retention of effective school leaders and educators pursuant to the requirements of the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (20 U.S.C. Sec. 6611(c)(3) and (4)).
(c) The California Center on Teaching Careers, in consultation with the Commission on Teacher Credentialing, shall issue a request for proposals to all school districts, charter schools, and county offices of education in the state to solicit applications for the CalED Program. The California Center on Teaching Careers shall issue one-time grants to successful applicants through a competitive process, and shall ensure all of the following:
(1) An amount equal to the maximum amount allowable by the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (20 U.S.C. Sec. 6611(c)(3)) is allocated to grant recipients for activities that support principals and other school leaders.
(2) The remaining amount is allocated to grant recipients for activities that result in new credentials authorizing teachers to provide instruction in special education, mathematics, science, computer science, and bilingual education, pursuant to the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (20 U.S.C. Sec. 6611(c)(4)).
(3) At least 30 grants are awarded statewide. Grants shall be in amounts not less than one hundred thousand dollars ($100,000), and not more than one million two hundred fifty thousand dollars ($1,250,000), per grant.
(d) A grant recipient shall consist of one or more, or any combination, of the following:
(1) School districts.
(2) County offices of education.
(3) Charter schools.
(e) A grant recipient may partner with any or all of the following:
(1) Private or public postsecondary educational institutions, as defined in Section 66010 of the Education Code.
(2) Private, nonprofit organizations that specialize in attracting, or supporting the preparation and continued learning of, teachers, principals, and other school leaders.
(f) As a condition of receiving a grant, a grant recipient shall do all of the following:
(1) Provide an equal match of resources for any funding received from this program to supplement the grant award.
(2) Ensure activities proposed in the grant application conform to the activities in the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (20 U.S.C. Sec. 6611(c)(3) and (4)).
(3) Agree to report data to the California Center on Teaching Careers to allow for an evaluation of the effectiveness of the CalED Program.
(g) When determining grant recipients, the California Center on Teaching Careers, in consultation with the Commission on Teacher Credentialing, shall do all of the following:
(1) Give positive consideration to all of the following characteristics of an applicant:
(A) Having one or more of the following:
(i) A demonstrated need for teachers authorized to provide instruction in special education, mathematics, science, computer science, or bilingual education.
(ii) A demonstrated need for school leadership development.
(iii) A demonstrated record of working with current science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) professionals to obtain a teaching credential to work in schools in need of STEM teachers.
(B) Serving unduplicated pupils, as defined in Section 42238.02. 42238.02 of the Education Code.
(C) Operating within a rural area.
(D) Operating using a high number of teachers with emergency permits to staff classrooms.
(E) Applying as part of a consortium of local educational agencies.
(F) A demonstrated need to improve equitable access of all pupils to effective educators.
(G) A geographic location that will promote an equitable distribution of grants statewide.
(2) Give positive consideration to applications that propose to do any of the following:
(A) Recruit, train, and support new or existing educators to earn a credential that authorizes the holder of the credential to provide instruction in special education, mathematics, science, computer science, or bilingual education.
(B) Provide activities to support the development of principals and other school leaders.
(C) Provide high-quality new teacher and principal induction and mentoring.
(D) Engage in regional collaboration with postsecondary educational institutions, as defined in Section 66010 of the Education Code, or other local educational agencies.
(E) Participate in recruitment and hiring activities in coordination with the California Center on Teaching Careers.
(h) When determining grant recipients, the California Center on Teaching Careers, in consultation with the Commission on Teacher Credentialing, shall give greatest weight to the application characteristics identified in paragraph (1) of subdivision (g).
(i) The California Center on Teaching Careers, in consultation with the Commission on Teacher Credentialing, shall review grant applications, select grant recipients, award grants, collect data, and report outcomes to the chairpersons and vice chairpersons of the budget committees of each house of the Legislature, the Legislative Analyst’s Office, and the Department of Finance by October 1 of each year.