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AB-1956 Special education: braille instructional aide: notice of teacher credentialing programs.(2019-2020)

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Date Published: 03/02/2020 09:00 PM
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Amended  IN  Assembly  March 02, 2020

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2019–2020 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill
No. 1956


Introduced by Assembly Member Quirk-Silva

January 17, 2020


An act to add Sections 8207.5, 37205, and 47612.4 to the Education Code, relating to the school calendar. An act to amend Section 56351.5 of the Education Code, relating to special education.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 1956, as amended, Quirk-Silva. School calendar: school start date. Special education: braille instructional aide: notice of teacher credentialing programs.
Existing law authorizes a local educational agency to reinforce braille instruction using a braille instructional aide who meets specified criteria under the supervision of a teacher who holds an appropriate credential to teach pupils who are functionally blind or visually impaired. Existing law requires a local educational agency to provide a braille instructional aide with information regarding certain teacher credentialing programs.
Existing law establishes the California Classified School Employee Teacher Credentialing Program as a grant program for purposes of encouraging classified school employees to enroll in teacher training programs and to provide instructional service as teachers in the public schools, as specified.
This bill would require a local educational agency to provide a braille instructional aide with information regarding the California Classified School Employee Teacher Credentialing Program.

Existing law establishes a system of public elementary and secondary schools in this state and authorizes local educational agencies throughout the state to operate schools and provide instruction to pupils in kindergarten and grades 1 to 12, inclusive. The Charter Schools Act of 1992 authorizes the establishment and operation of charter schools and exempts charter schools from the laws governing school districts, except as provided. Existing law specifies that the school year begins on the first day of July and ends on the last day of June.

The Child Care and Development Services Act requires the Superintendent of Public Instruction to administer childcare and development programs that offer a full range of services to eligible children from infancy to 13 years of age. The act also establishes before and after school programs, including the After School Education and Safety Program, the 21st Century Community Learning Centers program, or the 21st Century High School After School Safety and Enrichment for Teens program, which provide for the allocation of grant funding for purposes of local educational agency before and after school programs that meet specified requirements.

This bill would prohibit school districts, county offices of education, and charter schools from beginning instruction in transitional kindergarten, kindergarten, or grades 1 to 12, inclusive, for the fall semester or quarter until after Labor Day. The bill would also prohibit a childcare and development program or a before or after school program from beginning instruction until after Labor Day. The bill would exempt programs offered on a year-round basis and the summer, intersession, or vacation periods of a before or after school program from that prohibition. To the extent the bill imposes new duties on local educational agencies by requiring them to start instruction later in the calendar year, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program.

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: YESNO   Local Program: YESNO  

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


SECTION 1.

 Section 56351.5 of the Education Code is amended to read:

56351.5.
 (a) (1) A local educational agency may reinforce braille instruction using a braille instructional aide who meets the criteria set forth in paragraph (2) under the supervision of a teacher who holds an appropriate credential, as determined by the Commission on Teacher Credentialing, to teach pupils who are functionally blind or visually impaired. This instruction shall be in accordance with the individualized education program of the pupil.
(2) For purposes of this section, a braille instructional aide shall demonstrate to the supervising teacher that he or she is the aide is fluent in reading and writing grade 2 braille and possesses basic knowledge of the rules of braille construction.
(b) A local educational agency that employs a braille instructional aide shall provide the aide with information regarding teaching credential programs, including the Wildman-Keeley-Solis Exemplary Teacher Training Act of 1997 California Classified School Employee Teacher Credentialing Program (Article 12 (commencing with Section 44390) 44391) of Chapter 2 of Part 25) 25 of Division 3) and the Teacher Education Internship Act of 1967 (Article 3 (commencing with Section 44450) of Chapter 3 of Part 25). 25 of Division 3).

SECTION 1.Section 8207.5 is added to the Education Code, to read:
8207.5.

(a)Except as provided in subdivision (b), a childcare and development program, or a before or after school program, offered pursuant to this chapter shall not begin instruction until after the first Monday in September, known as “Labor Day.”

(b)This section shall not apply to a childcare and development program that is offered on a year-round basis, or to the summer, intersession, or vacation periods of a before or after school program offered pursuant to this chapter.

SEC. 2.Section 37205 is added to the Education Code, to read:
37205.

Except for a school district that offers its main instructional program on a year-round basis pursuant to this part, a school district or county office of education shall not begin instruction in transitional kindergarten, kindergarten, or grades 1 to 12, inclusive, for the fall semester or quarter until after the first Monday in September, known as “Labor Day.”

SEC. 3.Section 47612.4 is added to the Education Code, to read:
47612.4.

Except for a charter school that offers its main instructional program on a year-round basis, a charter school shall not begin instruction in transitional kindergarten, kindergarten, or grades 1 to 12, inclusive, for the fall semester or quarter until after the first Monday in September, known as “Labor Day.”

SEC. 4.

To the extent this bill conflicts with a provision of a collective bargaining agreement entered into by a public school employer and an exclusive bargaining representative pursuant to Chapter 10.7 (commencing with Section 3540) of Division 4 of Title 1 of the Government Code, or other employer and employee organization, before January 1, 2021, the changes made by this bill shall not apply to the local educational agency until expiration or renewal of that collective bargaining agreement.

SEC. 5.

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.