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SB-596 State Board of Education: student member: school elections.(2017-2018)

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Date Published: 03/30/2017 09:00 PM
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Amended  IN  Senate  March 30, 2017

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2017–2018 REGULAR SESSION

Senate Bill No. 596


Introduced by Senator Stern

February 17, 2017


An act to amend Section 33000.5 of the Education Code, relating to elections. the State Board of Education.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


SB 596, as amended, Stern. Voting: youth participation and civic engagement. State Board of Education: student member: school elections.

Existing law declares the intent of the Legislature that county elections officials, in order to promote and encourage voter registrations, enlist the support and cooperation of interested citizens and organizations in such a way as to reach most effectively every resident of the county.

Existing law, the Student Voter Registration Act of 2003, requires the Secretary of State to annually provide every high school, community college, and California State University and University of California with voter registration forms. The act also requires the Secretary of State to annually submit to the Legislature a report on its student voter registration efforts.

This bill would make findings and declarations relating to the importance of increasing low youth and millenial voter turnout. The bill would declare the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation that develops a comprehensive policy that would civically empower the next generation of citizens in California.

Existing law requires the Governor to appoint a student member to the State Board of Education with the advice and consent of 2/3 of the Senate, and establishes a process in that regard.
This bill would authorize a school to hold an election where the student body may vote to nominate a student or students to be considered for appointment as a student member of the state board in accordance with procedures determined by the school administrators. The bill would also make technical changes to those provisions.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: NO   Local Program: NO  

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


SECTION 1.

 The Legislature finds and declares all of the following:
(a) The fastest growing voting demographic in California and nationwide is made up of millennials, youths aged 18 to 34. 34 years of age.
(b) Millennials are consistently and dramatically underrepresented in every election type in California, with the greatest disparities among 18 to 24 year olds.
(c) A person’s first vote matters most, as demonstrated by the correlation between young people’s early experiences with voting and future rates of voting participation.
(d) Increased youth and millennial voter turnout is a key step to increasing future turnout for California and the nation as a whole.
(e) Without significant action to remove barriers to building the habits of the next generation of citizens, youth voter turnout disparities will persist, resulting in continued stagnancy in overall civic engagement and voter turnout rates.
(f) The California Task Force on K-12 Civic Learning analyzed the central role the K-12 public education system has in developing the next generation of citizens and addressed all of the following:
(A) The correlation between income levels and access to high-quality civic learning.
(B) The absence of civic engagement technology from curriculum and instruction.
(C) The overemphasis on memorization over participatory skills and experiential learning about the power of democracy.
SEC. 2.

It is the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation that develops a comprehensive policy that civically empowers the next generation of citizens in California and considers all of the following:

(a)The best available data, including but not limited to, analyses from governmental organizations, educators and researchers, civic engagement organizations, and direct input from millennials and youth not yet eligible to vote, as well as related youth leadership organizations.

(b)The efficacy of establishing a process to allow California high school students to vote for peer representation in a statewide organization designed for students to directly participate in state government.

(c)Recommendations from the California Task Force on K-12 Civic Learning.

(d)The potential for third-party civic innovation technology to interface with core government functions to inform and inspire the next generation of citizens who obtain, process, and disseminate information differently, and seek to civically engage in different but potentially more powerful ways than their predecessors.

SEC. 2.

 Section 33000.5 of the Education Code is amended to read:

33000.5.
 (a) Notwithstanding Sections 33000 and 33001, the Governor shall also appoint a student member to the State Board of Education, state board with the advice and consent of two-thirds of the Senate.

(b)Notwithstanding subdivisions (c) and (d) the incumbent student member on January 1, 1984, shall be eligible for appointment by the Governor subject to the advice and consent of two-thirds of the Senate.

(c)

(b) The term of office of the student member is one year, and shall begin on August 1. An individual may serve only one term as a student member.

(d)

(c) Notwithstanding Section 1020 of the Government Code, the student member shall be, at the time the member’s one-year term commences, a student enrolled in good standing in grade 12 in a public high school. The student member shall be selected from three students recommended by the State Board of Education state board pursuant to subdivision (e). (d). The student member shall be a voting member with the full rights and duties of the other 10 members of the state board.

(e)

(d) The process for selecting the student member shall be as follows:
(1) The State Board of Education state board shall notify every school district governing board, district superintendent, high school principal, high school student activities director, and student body president by September 15 of each year that applications are being accepted for the student member’s position.
(2) Subject to authorization by the school administration, a school may, but is not required to, hold an election where the student body may vote to nominate a student or students to be considered for appointment as a student member of the state board in accordance with procedures to be determined by the school administrators.

(2)

(3) Applications for the student member’s position shall be submitted to the State Board of Education state board no later than October 31 of each year.

(3)

(4) A screening committee of the State Board of Education state board shall select 12 semifinalists for the student member’s position.

(4)

(5) The school district governing board student members shall select six candidates from the 12 semifinalists.

(5)

(6) The State Board of Education state board shall, by December 31 of each year, select three finalists for the Governor’s consideration and shall rank the finalists according to their its preference.

(f)

(e) Nothing in this section shall be construed to require the governing board of a school district which that maintains a high school to grant voting rights to a student member serving on the school district governing board.