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SB-25 Education: integrated K-14 system.(2017-2018)

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Date Published: 12/05/2016 08:52 PM
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CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2017–2018 REGULAR SESSION

Senate Bill No. 25


Introduced by Senator Portantino
(Coauthor: Senator Mendoza)

December 05, 2016


An act to add Chapter 12 (commencing with Section 11100) to Part 7 of Division 1 of Title 1 of the Education Code, relating to education.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


SB 25, as introduced, Portantino. Education: integrated K-14 system.
Existing law establishes a system of public elementary and secondary schools operated by local educational agencies throughout the state. Existing law establishes the California Community Colleges, under the administration of the Board of Governors of the California Community Colleges, as one of the segments of postsecondary education in this state.
This bill would require the Legislative Analyst to conduct an assessment and make recommendations for the complete integration of the state’s elementary schools, secondary schools, and the California Community Colleges. The bill would require the Legislative Analyst, in preparing this assessment, to take specified actions, including recommending the expansion of concurrent enrollment programs and projects conducted pursuant to the California Academic Partnership Program and consulting with the University of California, the California State University, the Office of the Chancellor of the California Community Colleges, the Department of Education, and the Department of Finance to determine the cost of providing free access to the California Community Colleges and to create a plan for the complete integration of the state’s elementary schools, secondary schools, and the California Community Colleges. The bill would also require the Legislative Analyst to submit a report of its findings and recommendations to the Legislature.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

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


SECTION 1.

 The Legislature finds and declares the following:
(a) In 1950, a high school degree and the education it provided prepared graduates for the workforce and offered a graduate viable job prospects with sufficient wages to support not only the graduate but also a thriving middle class family.
(b) As the skills needed to succeed in a global, technologically advanced economy have changed immensely, the education model of this state has remained stagnant and has failed to adapt to changing demands. A high school diploma no longer necessarily provides sufficient job training or academic preparation for the modern economy.
(c) A just and democratic society has a moral responsibility to provide its young people with an education commensurate with the requirements of the current job market. California needs to consider how to formalize and adopt a new educational framework that guarantees every student a path for upward mobility, academic success, and job skills.
(d) California should provide a student with a seamless and coordinated education from kindergarten through community college that prepares that student for the state’s job market or for matriculation into a four-year degree program.

SEC. 2.

 Chapter 12 (commencing with Section 11100) is added to Part 7 of Division 1 of Title 1 of the Education Code, to read:
CHAPTER  12. Integrated K–14 Education System

11100.
 The Legislative Analyst shall conduct an assessment and make recommendations for the complete integration of the state’s elementary schools, secondary schools, and the California Community Colleges into one coordinated education system to build upon and complement the current education provided by the state’s elementary schools, secondary schools, and the California Community Colleges. In preparing this assessment, the Legislative Analyst shall do all of the following:
(a) Consider best practices based on education models used in Europe.
(b) Recommend expansion of concurrent enrollment programs and projects conducted pursuant to the California Academic Partnership Program.
(c) Consult with the University of California, the California State University, the Office of the Chancellor of the California Community Colleges, the Department of Education, and the Department of Finance to determine the cost of providing free access to the California Community Colleges and to create a plan for a complete integration of the state’s elementary schools, secondary schools, and the California Community Colleges into one coordinated education system.
(d) Determine what, if any, curriculum changes are needed to better facilitate the progression of students from the California Community Colleges to the University of California and the California State University and to improve students’ academic outcomes and job skills.
(e) (1) Submit a report to the Legislature by January 1, 2019, on the findings of the assessment and the recommendations of the Legislative Analyst.
(2) A report submitted pursuant to paragraph (1) shall be submitted in compliance with Section 9795 of the Government Code.