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SB-573 Student financial aid: service learning programs.(2017-2018)

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Date Published: 03/27/2017 09:00 PM
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Amended  IN  Senate  March 27, 2017

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2017–2018 REGULAR SESSION

Senate Bill No. 573


Introduced by Senator Lara

February 17, 2017


An act relating to student financial aid. An act to add Article 24 (commencing with Section 70045) to Chapter 2 of Part 42 of Division 5 of Title 3 of the Education Code, relating to student financial aid.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


SB 573, as amended, Lara. Student financial aid: work-study programs. Student financial aid: service learning programs.
Under existing law, the 3 segments of public postsecondary education in this state are the University of California, under the administration of the Regents of the University of California, the California State University, under the administration of the Trustees of the California State University, and the California Community Colleges, under the administration of the Board of Governors of the California Community Colleges. Existing law establishes various student financial aid programs, including the California Work-Study Program, which provides eligible college and university students with the opportunity to earn money to help defray their educational costs, while gaining experience in educationally beneficial or career-related employment.
This bill would require the trustees and the board of governors, and would request the regents, to develop and ensure that each of their respective campuses implement a service learning program, as specified, for students with financial need who are exempt from paying nonresident tuition under a certain provision of law. By imposing new duties on community college districts, this bill would impose a state-mandated local program. The bill would establish that personal information of a student collected or obtained for the service learning program is not a public record for purposes of the California Public Records Act and shall only be collected, used, and retained to administer the program, and would prohibit disclosure of that personal information to any other person, except as provided.
Existing constitutional provisions require that a statute that limits the right of access to the meetings of public bodies or the writings of public officials and agencies be adopted with findings demonstrating the interest protected by the limitation and the need for protecting that interest.
This bill would make legislative findings to that effect.
The California Constitution requires local agencies, for the purpose of ensuring public access to the meetings of public bodies and the writings of public officials and agencies, to comply with a statutory enactment that amends or enacts laws relating to public records or open meetings and contains findings demonstrating that the enactment furthers the constitutional requirements relating to this purpose.
This bill would make legislative findings to that effect.
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.

Existing law establishes the California Work-Study Program, administered by the Student Aid Commission, to provide eligible college and university students with the opportunity to earn money to help defray their educational costs, while gaining experience in educationally beneficial or career-related employment.

This bill would express the intent of the Legislature to require the University of California, the California State University, and the California Community Colleges to create a service learning program that complements existing state and federal work-study programs and assists students with financial need, as specified.

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

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


SECTION 1.

 Article 24 (commencing with Section 70045) is added to Chapter 2 of Part 42 of Division 5 of Title 3 of the Education Code, to read:
Article  24. Service Learning Programs

70045.
 (a) For the purposes of this section, the following terms have the following meanings:
(1) “Board of Governors” means the Board of Governors of the California Community Colleges.
(2) “Regents” means the Regents of the University of California.
(3) “Trustees” means the Trustees of the California State University.
(b) The trustees and the board of governors shall, and the regents are requested to, develop and ensure that each of their respective campuses implement a service learning program for students with financial need who are exempt from paying nonresident tuition under Section 68130.5, or who meet equivalent requirements adopted by the regents. Except as provided in subdivision (e) or as otherwise determined by the appropriate segment, the program may be offered to compliment existing state and federal financial aid awards.
(c) A service learning program established at a campus pursuant to this section shall do all of the following:
(1) Identify opportunities for each student participating in the program to provide volunteer service hours while learning new skills and experiences that supplement his or her academic learning.
(2) Be established and administered as part of the campus’s existing financial aid structure and services.
(3) Offer, as part of an existing financial aid award of the campus or the segment, grants, fee waivers, or reimbursements to an eligible student for his or her educational expenses.
(d) (1) Only students described in subdivision (b) may participate in the program.
(2) A student described in subdivision (b) who meets any additional requirements adopted by the appropriate segment pursuant to subdivision (f), may participate in the program regardless of his or her immigration status.
(e) A service learning program established pursuant to this section may supplement or supplant existing state work-study programs as deemed appropriate by the appropriate segment.
(f) The trustees and the board of governors shall, and the regents are requested to, adopt, as necessary, application procedures, forms, additional application criteria, administrative guidelines, and other requirements for the development and implementation of a service learning program pursuant to this section.
(g) Notwithstanding Chapter 3.5 (commencing with Section 6250) of Division 7 of Title 1 of the Government Code, information provided by an applicant for, or by the recipients of, a service learning program established pursuant to this section is not a public record, shall be used only to administer the program, or as otherwise required by California law or state or federal court order. This provision does not prohibit disclosure of aggregate data that does not reveal personal identifying information about the student.

SEC. 2.

 The Legislature finds and declares that Section 1 of this act, which adds Article 24 (commencing with Section 70045) to Chapter 2 of Part 42 of Division 5 of Title 3 of the Education Code, imposes a limitation on the public’s right of access to the meetings of public bodies or the writings of public officials and agencies within the meaning of Section 3 of Article I of the California Constitution. Pursuant to that constitutional provision, the Legislature makes the following findings to demonstrate the interest protected by this limitation and the need for protecting that interest:
This act strikes the appropriate balance between the public’s right to access information about the conduct of their governmental agencies and the need to protect the personal information of private individuals who participate in service learning programs established pursuant to Article 24 (commencing with Section 70045) of Chapter 2 of Part 42 of Division 5 of Title 3 of the Education Code.

SEC. 3.

 The Legislature finds and declares that Section 1 of this act, which adds Article 24 (commencing with Section 70045) to Chapter 2 of Part 42 of Division 5 of the Education Code, furthers, within the meaning of paragraph (7) of subdivision (b) of Section 3 of Article I of the California Constitution, the purposes of that constitutional section as it relates to the right of public access to the meetings of local public bodies or the writings of local public officials and local agencies. Pursuant to paragraph (7) of subdivision (b) of Section 3 of Article I of the California Constitution, the Legislature makes the following findings:
This act strikes the appropriate balance between the public’s right to access information about the conduct of their governmental agencies and the need to protect the personal information of private individuals who participate in service learning programs established pursuant to Article 24 (commencing with Section 70045) of Chapter 2 of Part 42 of Division 5 of Title 3 of the Education Code.

SEC. 4.

 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.
SECTION 1.

The Legislature finds and declares both of the following:

(a)Work-study programs help to ensure that college and university students who are truly in financial need receive paying jobs.

(b)Work-study programs provide part-time jobs to undergraduate and graduate students with financial need, thereby allowing them to earn money to help pay for education expenses.

SEC. 2.

It is the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation to do both of the following:

(a)Require the University of California, the California State University, and the California Community Colleges to create a service learning program that complements existing state and federal work-study programs and assists students with financial need.

(b)Establish the program to provide grants, scholarships, fee waivers, or reimbursements to students for education expenses and provide that students, regardless of their status, are eligible to participate.