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SB-304 Juvenile court school pupils: joint transitions planning policy.(2017-2018)

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Date Published: 02/13/2017 09:00 PM
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CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2017–2018 REGULAR SESSION

Senate Bill No. 304


Introduced by Senator Portantino

February 13, 2017


An act to amend Section 48647 of the Education Code, relating to juvenile court school pupils.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


SB 304, as introduced, Portantino. Juvenile court school pupils: joint transitions planning policy.
Existing law provides that a county office of education and county probation department shall have a joint transition planning policy that includes collaboration with relevant local educational agencies to coordinate education and services for youth in the juvenile justice system.
This bill would require the joint transition planning policy to include specified components, including an individualized transition plan for each pupil detained for more than 4 consecutive schooldays and a transition portfolio for each pupil, as specified. By imposing additional requirements on local agencies, 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: YES   Local Program: YES  

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


SECTION 1.

 Section 48647 of the Education Code is amended to read:

48647.
 (a) Local educational agencies are strongly encouraged to enter into memoranda of understanding and create joint policies, systems, including data sharing systems, transition centers, and other joint structures that will allow for the immediate transfer of educational records, create uniform systems for calculating and awarding course credit, and allow for the immediate enrollment of pupils transferring from juvenile court schools.
(b) As part of their existing responsibilities for coordinating education and services for youth in the juvenile justice system, the county office of education and county probation department shall have a joint transition planning policy that includes collaboration with relevant local educational agencies to improve communication regarding dates of release and the educational needs of pupils who have had contact with the juvenile justice system, to coordinate immediate school placement and enrollment, and to ensure that probation officers in the community have the information they need to support the return of pupils who are being transferred from juvenile court schools to public schools in their communities.
(c) The joint transition planning policy shall, at a minimum, provide for all of the following:
(1) An individualized transition plan for each pupil detained for more than four consecutive schooldays that addresses academic, behavioral, social-emotional, and career needs.
(2) A transition portfolio for each pupil that the pupil may keep upon exiting a juvenile detention facility that contains all of the following:
(A) School transcripts.
(B) The pupil’s individualized education program, if applicable.
(C) Any academic, career, or technical assessments.
(D) An analysis of credits completed and needed.
(E) Any certificates or diplomas earned by the pupil.
(3) A procedure for the timely, accurate, complete, and confidential transfer of records in compliance with state and federal law.
(4) A plan for completion of financial aid and college enrollment applications.
(5) The identification and engagement of programs, services, and individuals to support a pupil’s successful transition in to and out of the juvenile detention facility, including, but not limited to, family members, probation services, education services, social services, mental health services, higher education programs, and community-based organizations.
(6) A timeline for regular review and revision of each pupil’s individualized transition plan.

SEC. 2.

 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.