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SB-346 Computer science strategic implementation plan.(2017-2018)

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Date Published: 03/21/2017 04:00 AM
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Amended  IN  Senate  March 20, 2017

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2017–2018 REGULAR SESSION

Senate Bill No. 346


Introduced by Senator Glazer
(Principal coauthor: Assembly Member Chiu)
(Coauthors: Senators Anderson, Berryhill, Dodd, Galgiani, Hill, Portantino, and Wilk)
(Coauthors: Assembly Members Travis Allen, Berman, Calderon, Dababneh, Low, Mayes, and Waldron)

February 14, 2017


An act to amend Sections 53310, 53311, and 53313 of, and to repeal Section 53312 of, the Education Code, relating to school curriculum, and declaring the urgency thereof, to take effect immediately.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


SB 346, as amended, Glazer. Computer science strategic implementation plan.
(1) Existing law requires the Superintendent of Public Instruction to convene, on or before September 1, 2017, a computer science strategic implementation advisory panel to develop recommendations for a computer science strategic implementation plan. Existing law requires the advisory panel to consist of various members, as provided. Existing law requires, on or before July 1, 2018, the advisory panel to submit recommendations for a computer science strategic implementation plan to the State Department of Education, the State Board of Education, and the Legislature, as provided.
This bill would instead require the Governor Superintendent to convene the computer science strategic implementation advisory panel on or before September 1, 2018, and would require the Governor, unless otherwise specified, to select its membership. The bill would require the advisory panel to submit recommendations for a computer science strategic implementation plan to the Superintendent, the state board, and the Legislature, as provided, on or before July 1, 2019.
(2) Existing law requires the Superintendent of Public Instruction to appoint a statewide computer science liaison within the State Department of Education to serve the computer science strategic implementation advisory panel, as provided.
This bill would repeal that provision.
(3) Existing law requires the State Department of Education and the State Board of Education to consider the computer science strategic implementation advisory panel’s recommendations, and requires the department to develop, and the state board to adopt, a computer science strategic implementation plan on or before January 1, 2019.
This bill would instead require the Superintendent of Public Instruction to receive the advisory panel’s recommendations, and would require the Superintendent to develop, and the state board to consider adopting, a computer science strategic implementation plan on or before January 1, 2019. 2020.
(4) This bill would declare that it is to take effect immediately as an urgency statute.
Vote: 2/3   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

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


SECTION 1.

 Section 53310 of the Education Code is amended to read:

53310.
 (a) On or before September 1, 2017, 2018, the Governor Superintendent shall convene a computer science strategic implementation advisory panel to develop recommendations for a computer science strategic implementation plan. The advisory panel shall hold public meetings, post the location and time of the meetings, and post agendas online. Members of the advisory panel shall possess expertise in computer science.
(b) Unless otherwise specified in this subdivision, the Governor shall select the membership of the advisory panel. The advisory panel may consist of, but is not necessarily limited to, the following members:
(1) The Superintendent or his or her designee, who shall serve as cochair of the advisory panel.
(2) A representative of the president of the state board or his or her designee, who shall serve as cochair of the advisory panel.
(3) A representative designated by the Senate Committee on Rules.
(4) A representative designated by the Speaker of the Assembly.
(5) (A) Six K–12 teacher representatives.
(B) It is the intent of the Legislature that these representatives include two elementary school teachers, two middle school teachers, and two high school teachers who are all currently teaching.
(C) It is further the intent of the Legislature that these representatives include at least one teacher from a large urban school district and one from a rural school district.
(6) A representative representing the Commission on Teacher Credentialing.
(7) A credentialed teacher representing the Computer Science Teachers Association.
(8) A representative of the private sector technology industry.
(9) A faculty member from the University of California.
(10) A faculty member from the California State University.
(11) A faculty member from the California Community Colleges.
(12) A faculty member from a private postsecondary educational institution.
(13) A credentialed teacher from the Instructional Quality Commission.
(14) A representative from an equity-focused organization knowledgeable of computer science/STEM education programs.
(15) A representative from a parent organization.
(16) A representative representing school administrators and superintendents.
(17) A pupil enrolled in a public school.
(18) A representative from a county office of education.
(c) Representatives from the University of California, the California State University, and the California Community Colleges may be consulted by the advisory panel to provide input on the computer science strategic implementation plan.

SEC. 2.

 Section 53311 of the Education Code is amended to read:

53311.
 (a) On or before July 1, 2018, 2019, the computer science strategic implementation advisory panel shall submit recommendations for a computer science strategic implementation plan to the Superintendent, the state board, and the Legislature that includes, at a minimum, recommendations on all of the following:
(1) Broadening the pool of teachers to teach computer science. These recommendations may provide, among other things, for the following:
(A) Providing training and professional development for education in computer science pursuant to Section 60605.4.
(B) Creating a teacher certification pathway in computer science.
(C) Expanding scholarship eligibility and loan forgiveness programs for computer science teachers in low-income and underserved school districts and rural and urban school districts.
(2) Defining computer science education principles that meet the needs of pupils in kindergarten and grades 1 to 12, inclusive.
(3) Ensuring that all pupils have access to quality computer science courses. These recommendations may provide, among other things, for the following:
(A) Scaling up computer science education coursework so that all high schools offer at least one computer science course.
(B) Providing access to computer science in both college and career pathways.
(C) Ensuring school districts have adequate broadband connectivity and infrastructure and access to hardware and software. This may include, but is not limited to, the development of grant programs that prioritize high-need school districts.
(D) Removing local policy and regulatory barriers that local educational agencies face when implementing computer science education.
(E) Increasing the participation of pupils traditionally underrepresented in computer science education.
(b) The recommendations shall be submitted to the Legislature in conformance with Section 9795 of the Government Code.
(c) Upon completion of the recommendations for a computer science strategic implementation plan, the computer science strategic implementation advisory panel established pursuant to Section 53310 shall cease to exist.

SEC. 3.

 Section 53312 of the Education Code is repealed.

SEC. 4.

 Section 53313 of the Education Code is amended to read:

53313.
 The Superintendent shall receive the recommendations submitted by the computer science strategic implementation advisory panel pursuant to Section 53311. The Superintendent shall develop, and the state board shall consider adopting, a computer science strategic implementation plan on or before January 1, 2019. 2020. The Superintendent shall submit a plan adopted by the state board to the Legislature in conformance with Section 9795 of the Government Code on or before January 1, 2019. 2020.

SEC. 5.

 This act is an urgency statute necessary for the immediate preservation of the public peace, health, or safety within the meaning of Article IV of the California Constitution and shall go into immediate effect. The facts constituting the necessity are:
In order to address the concerns about the appointments to, and staffing of, the computer science strategic implementation advisory panel, which is to be established pursuant to Section 53310 of the Education Code, raised by the Governor in his September 27, 2016, signing message for Assembly Bill 2329 at the earliest possible time, it is necessary that this act take effect immediately.