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AB-1567 Public postsecondary education: California State University: California Community Colleges: foster youth.(2017-2018)

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Date Published: 04/19/2017 09:00 PM
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Amended  IN  Assembly  April 19, 2017
Amended  IN  Assembly  March 23, 2017

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2017–2018 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill No. 1567


Introduced by Assembly Member Holden

February 17, 2017


An act to amend Section 89346 of the Education Code, relating to public postsecondary education.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 1567, as amended, Holden. Public postsecondary education: California State University: California Community Colleges: foster youth.
(1) Existing law establishes the California State University and the California Community Colleges as 2 of the segments of public postsecondary education in this state. Existing law also establishes the Higher Education Outreach and Assistance Act for Emancipated Foster Youth. The act imposes various requirements on the Trustees of the California State University and the Board of Governors of the California Community Colleges relating to outreach and retention services for foster youth in order to encourage their enrollment and retention at a campus of either segment. More specifically, the act requires the State Department of Social Services and county welfare departments, in coordination with the California State University and the California Community Colleges, to communicate with foster youth at 2 grade levels designated jointly by the 2 segments in order to facilitate the outreach and technical assistance efforts for those prospective students.
This bill would additionally require the State Department of Social Services and county welfare departments, in coordination with the California State University and the California Community Colleges, to share relevant data, upon acceptance and enrollment of the foster youth at a campus of the California State University or the California Community Colleges, to ensure that the foster youth is offered access and enrollment in programs offered by his or her campus, including, but not necessarily limited to, the California State University Educational Opportunity Program and the California Community Colleges Extended Opportunity Programs and Services. The bill would require the collection, reporting, and housing of data required pursuant to this provision to be conducted both in a manner that ensures data integrity and security and that is in conformance with any federal and state laws relating to the confidentiality of student information.
The bill would require each campus of the California State University and the California Community Colleges, upon determination, through receipt of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid or through another means, that a student enrolled at, or applying to, that campus is a current or former foster youth and is eligible for financial aid, to enroll notify that student in about appropriate campus support programs, as specified, notify that student of his or her eligibility for financial aid and of his or her enrollment in campus support programs, aid, and provide that student with instructions for accessing the benefits for which he or she has qualified.
To the extent that this bill would impose new duties on community college districts and county welfare departments, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program.
(2) 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: YES   Local Program: YES  

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


SECTION 1.

 Section 89346 of the Education Code is amended to read:

89346.
 (a) The State Department of Social Services and county welfare departments shall, in coordination with the California State University and the California Community Colleges, do both of the following:
(1) Communicate with foster youth at two grade levels designated jointly by the California State University and the California Community Colleges in order to facilitate the outreach and technical assistance efforts for those prospective students.
(2) (A) Share relevant data, upon acceptance and enrollment of the foster youth at a campus of the California State University or the California Community Colleges, to ensure that the foster youth is offered access and enrollment in programs offered by his or her campus, including, but not necessarily limited to, the California State University Educational Opportunity Program and the California Community Colleges Extended Opportunity Programs and Services.
(B) The collection, reporting, and housing of data required pursuant to subparagraph (A) shall be conducted both in a manner that ensures data integrity and security and that is in conformance with any federal and state laws relating to the confidentiality of student information.
(b) Each campus of the California State University and the California Community Colleges shall do all of the following upon determination, through receipt of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or through another means, that a student enrolled at, or applying to, that campus is a current or former foster youth and is eligible for financial aid:
(1) Enroll that student in Notify that student about appropriate campus support programs that may include, but are not necessarily limited to, the California State University Educational Opportunity Program, the California Community Colleges Extended Opportunity Programs and Services, and Cooperating Agencies Foster Youth Educational Support.
(2) Notify that student of his or her eligibility for financial aid and of his or her enrollment in campus support programs, specifying the programs in which the student has been enrolled. aid.
(3) Provide that student with instructions for accessing the benefits for which he or she has qualified.

SEC. 2.

 If the Commission on State Mandates determines that this act contains costs mandated by the state, reimbursement to local agencies and school districts for those costs shall be made pursuant to Part 7 (commencing with Section 17500) of Division 4 of Title 2 of the Government Code.