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AB-3058 School facilities: inspections: examination and evaluation.(2017-2018)

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Date Published: 04/03/2018 04:00 AM
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Amended  IN  Assembly  April 02, 2018

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2017–2018 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill No. 3058


Introduced by Assembly Member O’Donnell

February 16, 2018


An act to amend Section 47604.4 of the Education Code, relating to charter schools. An act to amend Section 17311 of the Education Code, relating to school facilities.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 3058, as amended, O’Donnell. Charter schools: notification of each schoolsite location. School facilities: inspections: examination and evaluation.
The Field Act requires the Department of General Services under the police power of the state to supervise the design and construction of any school building or the reconstruction or alteration of or addition to any school building, if not exempted, to ensure that plans and specifications comply with adopted rules and regulations and building standards published in regulations and that the work of construction is performed in accordance with the approved plans and specifications for the protection of life and property.
The act also requires the department to make inspections of the school buildings and of the work of construction or alteration that, in its judgment, is necessary or proper for the enforcement of these requirements and the protection of the safety of the pupils, the instructors, and the public. The act requires the department, among other things, to require specified examinations and evaluations of those providing inspections.
This bill would require the department to revise the inspector examination not later than 36 months after the last revision, revise the inspector competency reevaluation not later than 48 months after the last evaluation, and include in the inspector competency evaluation and reevaluation the meeting of specified education and training requirements as determined by the department.

Existing law requires a charter school to notify the county superintendent of schools of the county in which it is located of the location of the charter school, including the location of each site, prior to commencing operations.

This bill would instead require that notification to be made at least 60 calendar days before commencing operations.

Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: NOYES   Local Program: NO  

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


SECTION 1.

 Section 17311 of the Education Code is amended to read:

17311.
 (a) The Department of General Services shall make such the inspection of the school buildings and of the work of construction or alteration as in its judgment is necessary or proper for the enforcement of this article and the protection of the safety of the pupils, the teachers, and the public. The school district, city, city and county, or the political subdivision within the jurisdiction of which any school building is constructed or altered shall provide for and require competent, adequate, and continuous inspection during the construction or alteration by an inspector satisfactory to the architect or structural engineer and the Department of General Services. The inspector shall act under the direction of the governing board and architect or structural engineer as the board may direct. The inspector shall be responsible to the governing board for employment purposes. The inspector shall be responsible to the Department of General Services for enforcement of the plans and specifications of the school project.
(b) In order to ensure the competency and adequacy of the inspectors required under this article, the Department of General Services shall do all of the following:
(1) Revise the examination used to determine the competency of those who provide inspections pursuant to this article. The revision of the examination shall include techniques of inspection, construction, plan reading, required submittal documents, and knowledge of statutes and regulations that apply to school construction. The revision of the examination shall be done not later than 48 months after the last revision and not earlier than 36 months after the last revision.
(2) Provide training on an ongoing basis to all individuals who provide the inspections required under this article. The training shall be designed to ensure that all individuals who provide the continuous inspection of school building construction or alteration are sufficiently knowledgeable have sufficient knowledge of the rules, regulations, and standards that apply under this article.
(3) Require evaluation of the competency of those who provide inspections pursuant to this article. After an initial evaluation evaluation, a reevaluation shall occur not later than 48 months after the last evaluation or reevaluation and not earlier than 36 months after the last evaluation or reevaluation. An evaluation or reevaluation shall include passage of the examination used to determine competence specified in paragraph (1) meeting education and attendance at training training requirements, as specified in paragraph (2). by the Department of General Services.
(c) The Department of General Services may require a fee from all individuals applying for evaluation or reevaluation pursuant to subdivision (b), and a fee for the examination administered in the evaluation or reevaluation. The fees shall not be more than exceed the reasonable costs associated with the development and administration of the examination and the training.

SECTION 1.Section 47604.4 of the Education Code is amended to read:
47604.4.

(a)In addition to the authority granted by Sections 1241.5 and 47604.3, a county superintendent of schools may, based upon written complaints by parents or other information that justifies the investigation, monitor the operations of a charter school located within that county and conduct an investigation into the operations of that charter school. If a county superintendent of schools monitors or investigates a charter school pursuant to this section, the county office of education shall not incur any liability beyond the cost of the investigation.

(b)A charter school shall notify the county superintendent of schools of the county in which it is located of the location of the charter school, including the location of each site, if applicable, at least 60 calendar days before commencing operations.