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

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Date Published: 07/04/2017 04:00 AM
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Amended  IN  Assembly  July 03, 2017
Amended  IN  Assembly  June 29, 2017
Amended  IN  Senate  May 03, 2017
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 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: 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 authorize the trustees, the board of governors, and the regents to develop, for each of their respective campuses implement campuses, 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 confidential, shall not be open to the public for inspection or disclosed without the written consent of the student, and shall only be collected, used, and retained to determine a student’s eligibility for the program or 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.

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

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 trustees, the board of governors, and the regents may develop, for each of their respective campuses implement campuses, 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 complement 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 be a component of 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, trustees, the board of governors, and the regents may 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) (1) 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 a recipient of, a service learning program established pursuant to this section is confidential and shall not be open to the public for inspection or disclosed without the written consent of the applicant or recipient, or as otherwise required by California law or pursuant to a state or federal court order.
(2) Information that is provided by an applicant for, or by a recipient of, a service learning program shall be collected, recorded, used, and retained by the appropriate public postsecondary educational institution only for determining the applicant’s eligibility for the program or for administering the program.
(3) This subdivision 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.