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AB-2498 School employees: School Social Worker Pilot Program.(2017-2018)

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Date Published: 04/18/2018 04:00 AM
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Amended  IN  Assembly  April 17, 2018
Amended  IN  Assembly  April 03, 2018
Amended  IN  Assembly  March 15, 2018

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2017–2018 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill No. 2498


Introduced by Assembly Member Eggman

February 14, 2018


An act to add and repeal Article 14 (commencing with Section 33480) of Chapter 3 of Part 20 of Division 2 of Title 2 of the Education Code, relating to school employees.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 2498, as amended, Eggman. School employees: School Social Worker Pilot Program.
Existing law establishes the State Department of Education, under the administration of the Superintendent of Public Instruction, and assigns to the department numerous duties relating to the financing, governance, and guidance of the public elementary and secondary schools in this state. Existing law authorizes a school district to employ and compensate psychologists and social workers who meet specified qualifications.
This bill, subject to an appropriation of moneys by the Legislature, would establish a pilot program, the School Social Worker Pilot Program, under the administration of the department to provide a multiyear grant award to one school district or the governing body of a charter school in each of the Counties of Alameda, Riverside, San Benito, San Joaquin, and Shasta to fund a social worker at each eligible school, as defined, within the school district or charter school, as applicable, for the 2020–21 fiscal year to the 2024–25 fiscal year, inclusive. The bill would require the department to develop an application process and criteria for determining grant recipients on a competitive basis, as provided. The bill would make the pilot program inoperative on July 1, 2025, and would repeal it on January 1, 2026.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

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


SECTION 1.

 Article 14 (commencing with Section 33480) is added to Chapter 3 of Part 20 of Division 2 of Title 2 of the Education Code, to read:
Article  14. School Social Worker Pilot Program

33480.
 (a) Subject to moneys appropriated by the Legislature for the purposes of this section, the department shall administer the School Social Worker Pilot Program. Under the pilot program, the department shall provide a multiyear grant award to one school district or the governing body of a charter school in each of the Counties of Alameda, Riverside, San Benito, San Joaquin, and Shasta to fund a social worker at each eligible school within the school district or charter school, as applicable, for the 2020–21 fiscal year to the 2024–25 fiscal year, inclusive.
(b) A school district or the governing body of a charter school within the Counties of Alameda, Riverside, San Benito, San Joaquin, and Shasta may apply for the grant pursuant to subdivision (c).
(c) The department shall develop an application process and criteria for determining grant recipients on a competitive basis, including that priority should be given to school districts and charter schools with higher pupil dropout and absenteeism rates and higher percentage of socioeconomically disadvantaged pupils.
(d) For purposes of this section, the following terms have the following meanings:
(1) “Eligible school” means a school that meets both of the following:
(A) The school has higher pupil dropout and absenteeism rates than the state average, as determined by the department.
(B) The school has a higher percentage of socioeconomically disadvantaged pupils than the state average, as determined by the department.
(2) (A)“Social worker” means a person holding a services credential with a specialization in pupil personnel services credential specializing in social work, as defined by the Commission on Teacher Credentialing pursuant to Section 44266. 44266, or a state-licensed social worker supervised in his or her school-based activities by an individual holding a services credential with a specialization in pupil personnel services or a professional services credent