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AB-1173 California State University: Center to Close Achievement Gaps.(2019-2020)

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Date Published: 04/22/2019 09:00 PM
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Amended  IN  Assembly  April 22, 2019
Amended  IN  Assembly  March 25, 2019

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2019–2020 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill
No. 1173


Introduced by Assembly Member O’Donnell

February 21, 2019


An act to add Chapter 4.4 (commencing with Section 89420) to Part 55 of Division 8 of Title 3 to of the Education Code, relating to postsecondary education.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 1173, as amended, O’Donnell. California State University: Center to Close Achievement Gaps.
Existing law establishes the segments of the postsecondary education systems in the state, including the California State University, which is administered by the Trustees of the California State University.
This bill would, within one year of an appropriation by the Legislature in the annual Budget Act or in another statute for this purpose, establish the Center to Close Achievement Gaps at a campus of the California State University to be chosen by the Chancellor of the California State University, or at the office of the chancellor, as specified. The bill would provide that the mission of the center is to provide resources and assistance to local educational agencies in order to eliminate gaps in academic achievement between subgroups of pupils of kindergarten and grades 1 to 12, inclusive, as identified on the California School Dashboard, through preservice professional preparation of educators throughout the California State University system and by serving as a resource for local educational agencies on strategies to close achievement gaps. The bill would require the center to operate in partnership with the State Department of Education, the State Board of Education, the California Collaborative for Education Excellence, specified county offices of education, and the University of California. On or before January 30 of the year following the first full year of operation of the center, and on or before January 30 annually thereafter, the bill would require the center to submit a report to the Legislature prepared by a third party evaluating the center, as specified.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

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


SECTION 1.

 Chapter 4.4 (commencing with Section 89420) is added to Part 55 of Division 8 of Title 3 of the Education Code, to read:
CHAPTER  4.4. Center To Close Achievement Gaps

89420.
 The Center to Close Achievement Gaps is hereby established, to be located at a campus in the California State University system to be chosen by the Chancellor of the California State University, or at the office of the chancellor. If considering a campus for the location of the center, the chancellor shall use all of the following criteria in choosing the campus:
(a) Its graduation rates for both undergraduate programs and preservice programs of professional preparation of educators programs. educators.
(b) Its capacity to establish and maintain the center.
(c) Its capacity to operate in partnership with the State Department of Education, the State Board of Education, the California Collaborative for Education Excellence, each county office of education engaged in assisting schools as part of the statewide system of support, established pursuant to Section 52059.5, and the University of California.

89422.
 The mission of the center is to provide resources and assistance to local educational agencies in order to eliminate gaps in academic achievement between subgroups of pupils enrolled in kindergarten and grades 1 to 12, inclusive, as identified on the California School Dashboard, pursuant to Section 52064.5, through both of the following:
(a) Providing preservice professional preparation of educators in the California State University system.
(b) Serving as a resource for local educational agencies on strategies for closing achievement gaps.

89424.
 (a)  The center shall seek to fulfill its mission and improve the capacity of teachers, education specialists, and school administrators to close gaps in academic achievement through both of the following:
(1) Strengthening preservice professional preparation on effective instructional practices, effective school leadership practices, effective school district local educational agency leadership practices, and the use of data and continuous improvement strategies.
(2) Serving local educational agencies as a clearinghouse for evidence-based strategies and promising practices for closing academic achievement gaps.
(b) In addition to its duties pursuant to subdivision (a), the center shall also do all of the following:
(1) Engage in and disseminate research on evidence-based strategies and promising practices to close academic achievement gaps.
(2) Develop and disseminate tools and resources to implement evidence-based strategies for closing academic achievement gaps.
(3) Document and promote effective practices used in higher-performing, high poverty higher performing, high-poverty schools and school districts. local educational agencies.
(c) The center shall operate in partnership with the State Department of Education, the State Board of Education, the California Collaborative for Education Excellence, each county office of education engaged in assisting schools as part of the statewide system of support, established pursuant to Section 52059.5, and the University of California.
(d) (1) On or before January 30 of the year following the first full year of operation, and on or before January 30 annually thereafter, the center shall submit to the Legislature a report prepared by a third party evaluating the support provided to local educational agencies by the center during the previous year.
(2) The report specified in paragraph (1) shall be submitted pursuant to Section 9795 of the Government Code.
(e) The center shall be established no later than one year after an appropriation is made for the purposes of this section by the Legislature.

89426.
 (a) The provisions of this chapter shall be operative only upon appropriation by the Legislature in the annual Budget Act or in another statute for this purpose.
(b) For purposes of this chapter, “local educational agency” means a school district, county office of education, or charter school.