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AB-2015 Pupil instruction: economics: completion of applications for student financial aid.(2017-2018)

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Date Published: 02/05/2018 09:00 PM
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CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2017–2018 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill No. 2015


Introduced by Assembly Member Reyes

February 05, 2018


An act to add Section 51225.8 to the Education Code, relating to pupil instruction.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 2015, as introduced, Reyes. Pupil instruction: economics: completion of applications for student financial aid.
Existing law requires each pupil completing grade 12 to satisfy certain requirements as a condition of receiving a diploma of graduation from high school. These requirements include the completion of designated coursework in grades 9 to 12, inclusive, including at least 3 courses in social studies, one of which is to be a one-semester course in economics. Existing law authorizes a governing board of a school district to adopt other coursework requirements.
This bill would require, commencing with the 2019–20 school year, the governing board of a school district or the governing body of a charter school that offers a course in economics that is limited to grade 12 pupils to include instruction, as part of that course, in the proper completion of student financial aid applications, including the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the California Dream Act Application. The bill would require the State Department of Education, before the commencement of the 2019–20 school year, to provide guidance on how to implement these provisions, including, but not necessarily limited to, who may provide instruction. The bill would provide that individuals who are authorized to provide instruction pursuant to the bill include teachers, counselors, and any other person determined by the department to possess appropriate expertise relating to the FAFSA and the California Dream Act Application.
The bill would provide that a local agency, entity of state or local government, or other public or private organization that sponsors, authorizes, supports, finances, or supervises, and a public employee who provides or facilitates, the instruction of pupils in the proper completion of student financial aid applications pursuant to the bill shall not be liable for any civil damages alleged to result from the acts or omissions of an individual who received such instruction, except as provided.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

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


SECTION 1.

 Section 51225.8 is added to the Education Code, to read:

51225.8.
 (a) If the governing board of a school district or the governing body of a charter school offers a course in economics that is limited to grade 12 pupils, the governing board of the school district or the governing body of a charter school shall include, commencing with the 2019–20 school year, instruction, as part of that course, in the completion of student financial aid applications. This instruction shall include an instructional program about how to properly complete and submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or a California Dream Act Application.
(b) Before the commencement of the 2019–20 school year, the department shall provide guidance on how to implement this section, including, but not necessarily limited to, guidance about who may provide instruction pursuant to this section. Individuals who are authorized to provide instruction pursuant to this section include teachers, counselors, and any other person determined by the department to possess appropriate expertise relating to the FAFSA and the California Dream Act Application.
(c) The governing board of a school district or the governing body of a charter school may adopt policies to implement this section.
(d) The governing board of a school district or the governing body of a charter school providing instruction in the proper completion of student financial aid applications pursuant to this section is encouraged to use the most cost-effective means possible to implement that requirement.
(e) (1) A local agency, entity of state or local government, or other public or private organization that sponsors, authorizes, supports, finances, or supervises the instruction of pupils in the proper completion of student financial aid applications pursuant to this section shall not be liable for any civil damages alleged to result from the acts or omissions of an individual who received this instruction.
(2) A public employee who provides or facilitates the instruction of pupils in the proper completion of student financial aid applications pursuant to this section shall not be liable for any civil damages alleged to result from the acts or omissions of an individual who received this instruction.
(3) This subdivision shall not be construed to grant immunity from civil damages to any person who provides or facilitates the instruction of pupils in the proper completion of student financial aid applications in a manner that constitutes gross negligence or willful or wanton misconduct.