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AB-1012 Bilingual education: bilingual and biliteracy program support and recognition.(2019-2020)

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Date Published: 04/12/2019 04:00 AM
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Amended  IN  Assembly  April 11, 2019
Amended  IN  Assembly  March 14, 2019

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2019–2020 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill
No. 1012


Introduced by Assembly Member Reyes

February 21, 2019


An act to add Article 6 (commencing with Section 52210) to Chapter 7 of Part 28 of Division 4 of Title 2 of the Education Code, relating to pupil instruction.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 1012, as amended, Reyes. Bilingual education: bilingual and biliteracy program support and recognition.
The California Education for a Global Economy Initiative, approved by the voters as Proposition 58 at the November 8, 2016, statewide general election, requires school districts and county offices of education to solicit input on, and provide to pupils, effective and appropriate instructional methods, including establishing language acquisition programs, in order to ensure that all pupils, including English learners and native speakers of English, have access to the core academic content standards and become proficient in English.
This bill would express findings and declarations of the Legislature relating to the benefits of bilingual education programs and detailing efforts by the state to improve instruction for English learners. The bill would express the intent of the Legislature to later enact legislation to implement the California Education for a Global Economy Initiative, reflecting a commitment to providing bilingual and biliteracy opportunities for all pupils by appropriating a total of $114,000,000 $84,000,000 to be allocated for the 2020–21 fiscal year through the 2022–23 fiscal year to support the expansion of biliteracy and bilingualism for all pupils in California through certain grant programs, as specified. The bill would establish the California Exemplary Bilingual and Biliteracy Program under the California School Recognition Program administered by the State Department of Education to recognize exemplary dual language or dual immersion programs in licensed child development programs and in elementary and secondary schools that promote dual language development and biliteracy. The bill would require the Superintendent of Public Instruction to establish a workgroup to develop recommendations regarding criteria for eligibility and an award process to recognize licensed child development programs and elementary and secondary schools. The bill would require the department to provide technical assistance to licensed child development program providers and elementary and secondary schools interested in applying for an award under the program and to publish information, including information about the criteria for eligibility and annual awards, on the department’s internet website.
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 all of the following:
(a) Research shows fluency in another language opens up opportunities for people to succeed economically. It introduces people to new cultures and new ways of looking at the world. The study of languages boosts pupils’ mental flexibility, enhancing their ability to learn all subjects. The study of languages helps to enrich communities economically, culturally, and socially. Graduating multilingual and biliterate pupils greatly benefits the state. California requires people with biliteracy skills and cross-cultural competencies to work in and fuel the economy, to strengthen our social cohesion, and to enrich the quality of life in our communities.
(b) California voters recognized the importance and benefits of learning one or more languages, in addition to English, when they overwhelmingly supported and voted for Proposition 58, the California Education for a Global Economy Initiative, at the November 8, 2016, statewide general election. The voters’ directive to the state is clear: promote, provide, and support biliteracy programs and opportunities for all pupils.
(c) Education policymakers at the state level acknowledge this directive from the people. The State Board of Education, the State Department of Education, and their partners have made progress in improving instruction for English learners by doing all of the following:
(1) Creating the English Language Arts/English Language Development Framework that ensures English learners are taught rich subject content while also becoming proficient in English.
(2) Approving the California English Learner Roadmap Roadmap, which guides improving instruction instructional and educational programs to support English learners by strengthening comprehensive policies, programs, and practices for English learners.
(3) Providing English Language Development Standards founded on the California Common Core Standards/English Arts Standards and the “Estándares en Común” for English/Spanish language arts and literacy respectively.
(4) Providing support to migrant pupils through the Mini-Corps Program by expanding existing teacher exchange programs and joint teacher training efforts with Mexico.
(5) Recognizing high school pupils demonstrating proficiency in a language, in addition to English, with a State Seal of Biliteracy.

SEC. 2.

 Article 6 (commencing with Section 52210) is added to Chapter 7 of Part 28 of Division 4 of Title 2 of the Education Code, to read:
Article  6. Bilingual and Biliteracy Program Support and Recognition

52210.
 (a) The purpose of this article is to provide a funding structure to support the expansion of bilingual and biliteracy programs in California by investing in early childhood and elementary and secondary schools that promote and support multilingual programs for all pupils. Continued investments in programs, professional learning, building bilingual teacher capacity, and early childhood learning are critical for California to begin preparing its pupils to graduate with biliteracy skills and cross-cultural competencies.
(b) It is the intent of the Legislature to later enact legislation to implement the California Education for a Global Economy Initiative, approved by the voters as Proposition 58 at the November 8, 2016, general election, reflecting a commitment to providing bilingual and biliteracy opportunities for all pupils by appropriating a total of one hundred fourteen eighty-four million dollars ($114,000,000) ($84,000,000) to be allocated for the 2020–21 fiscal year to the 2022–23 fiscal year, inclusive, to support the expansion of biliteracy and bilingualism for all pupils in California as described in Section 52211.

52211.
 (a) Contingent upon an appropriation by the Legislature in the annual Budget Act or another statute for purposes of this section, for the 2020–21 fiscal year to the 2022–23 fiscal year, inclusive, the department shall provide grants in accordance with all of the following:
(1) For each fiscal year, grants totaling ten million dollars ($10,000,000) to local educational agencies for purposes of providing professional learning to credentialed teachers seeking bilingual authorizations and increasing the number of teachers with bilingual authorizations to return to teaching in a bilingual or multilingual instructional setting pursuant to Section 52202.

(2)For each fiscal year, grants totaling ten million dollars ($10,000,000) to child development providers for purposes of providing professional learning to assist early childhood educators with child development permits to support dual language programs and the overall development of dual language learners.

(3)

(2) (A) For each fiscal year, grants totaling a grant of six million dollars ($6,000,000) to the California State University, University of California, and private postsecondary educational institutions University for purposes of recruiting and retaining increasing its capacity to produce bilingual-authorized teachers through activities to recruit and retain faculty of bilingual education in accredited teacher preparation programs.
(B) The Chancellor of the California State University shall award moneys pursuant to this paragraph on a competitive basis to campuses of the California State University. Each campus of the California State University that is seeking an award of moneys pursuant to this paragraph shall submit a proposal outlining how it would use a one-time award of moneys to recruit and retain bilingual education faculty to increase its capacity to prepare bilingual-authorized teachers.
(C) A campus of the California State University awarded moneys pursuant to this paragraph shall expend the moneys within three years of its initial receipt of the awarded moneys.
(D) The Chancellor of the California State University shall use all of the following criteria to award moneys pursuant to this paragraph:
(i) The campus’ capacity to use awarded moneys to increase the number of bilingual-authorized teachers it produces.
(ii) The campus’ demonstrable need for authorized bilingual teachers in public schools in which the campus typically places graduates of its teacher preparation programs.
(iii) The campus’ established relationships with school districts for purposes of providing teacher candidates with preservice clinical experiences in bilingual or dual immersion settings.
(iv) The campus’ capacity to operate in partnership with county offices of education engaged in assisting schools as part of the statewide system of support established pursuant to Section 52059.5.
(v) The campus’ commitment to support the awarded moneys through matching or in-kind contributions.
(E) The Chancellor of the California State University shall require each proposal to include a detailed description of the proposed uses of any awarded moneys, and estimates of the number of faculty the campus will recruit and retain and of the projected increase in the number of bilingual-authorized teachers produced annually as a result of any awarded moneys.
(F) Each campus awarded moneys pursuant to this paragraph, beginning one year after its initial receipt of the awarded moneys, shall annually report on the campus’ progress towards meeting the estimates included in its proposal to the Chancellor of the California State University in a form and manner determined by the chancellor.

(4)

(3) For each fiscal year, grants totaling nine million dollars ($9,000,000) to local educational agencies to support the startup or expansion of dual language immersion programs or developmental bilingual programs for English learners, consistent with Article 11 (commencing with Section 33440) of Chapter 3 of Part 20 of Division 2.

(5)

(4) For each fiscal year, grants totaling three million dollars ($3,000,000) to eligible entities under contract with the department to support the startup or expansion of early learning dual language learners programs, consistent with Article 11 (commencing with Section 33440) of Chapter 3 of Part 20 of Division 2.

(b)The funding provided in paragraphs (1) and (2) of subdivision (a) may be used by the department to facilitate quarterly meetings of grant recipients under paragraphs (1) and (2) of subdivision (a) for purposes of sharing best practices.

(c)

(b) Applicants seeking grants under paragraphs (3) and (4) and (5) of subdivision (a) shall provide a local matching contribution of at least 25 percent of the grant award. Local matching contributions may come from other state, federal, local, or in-kind contributions.

(d)

(c) The department shall create develop application processes for the grants described in subdivision (a) consistent with the purposes of this article.

52212.

(a)The California Exemplary Bilingual and Biliteracy Program is hereby established under the California School Recognition Program administered by the department. The purpose and intent of the program is to recognize exemplary dual language or dual immersion programs in licensed child development programs and in elementary and secondary schools that promote dual language development and biliteracy.

(b)(1)The Superintendent shall establish a workgroup to develop recommendations regarding criteria for eligibility and an award process to recognize licensed child development programs and elementary and secondary schools under the program. The workgroup shall be comprised of experts in early childhood development, credentialed public school classroom teachers teaching transitional kindergarten, kindergarten, or any of grades 1 to 12, inclusive, teachers with bilingual authorizations, researchers with expertise on biliteracy and bilingual programs and dual language learners, and representatives of professional organizations with expertise in English learners, bilingualism and biliteracy, and dual language learners.

(2)In establishing the criteria for eligibility and the award process, the Superintendent shall consider the recommendations of the workgroup established pursuant to paragraph (1).

(c)The department shall provide technical assistance to licensed child development program providers and elementary and secondary schools interested in applying for an award under the program and shall publish information, including information about the criteria for eligibility and annual awards, on the department’s internet website.