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AB-1617 Pupil instruction: high school graduation requirements: financial aid applications.(2019-2020)

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Date Published: 04/30/2019 08:55 AM
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Amended  IN  Assembly  April 29, 2019

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2019–2020 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill
No. 1617


Introduced by Assembly Member Reyes

February 22, 2019


An act to add Section 51225.7 to the Education Code, relating to pupil instruction.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 1617, as amended, Reyes. Pupil instruction: high school graduation requirements: financial aid applications.
Existing law requires a pupil to complete specified courses as a condition of receiving a diploma of graduation from high school.
Commencing with the 2021–21 school year, and as a condition for granting a grade 12 pupil a diploma of graduation from high school, this bill would require that each governing body of a school district, county office of education, or charter school ensure that each grade 12 pupil who does not opt out, as provided, completes and submits a Free Application for Federal Student Aid or, if the pupil is exempt from paying nonresident tuition under existing law, a California DREAM Loan Program application. completes and submits a form for purposes of the California Dream Act. The bill would authorize the school district, county office of education, or charter school to exempt a pupil who fails to comply with the requirement due to extenuating circumstances. By imposing additional duties on local educational 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 51225.7 is added to the Education Code, to read:

51225.7.
 (a) For purposes of this section, the following definitions apply:
(1) “Pupil” means a pupil in grade 12 attending a high school maintained by a local educational agency.
(2) “Local educational agency” means a school district, county office of education, or charter school.
(b) Commencing with the 2021–22 school year, and as a condition for granting a pupil a diploma of graduation from high school, the governing body of each local educational agency shall ensure both of the following:
(1) Except as provided in paragraph (2), that each pupil who has not opted out pursuant to subdivision (c) completes and submits to the United States Department of Education a Free Application for Federal Student Aid.
(2) That each pupil who has not opted out pursuant to subdivision (c) and is exempt from paying nonresident tuition pursuant to Section 68130.5, completes and submits to the Student Aid Commission an application for a form established pursuant to Section 69508.5 for purposes of the California DREAM Loan Program established pursuant to Article 23 (commencing with Section 70030) of Chapter 2 of Part 42 of Division 5 of Title 3. Dream Act.
(c) The parent or legal guardian of the pupil, or the pupil if the pupil is a legally emancipated minor or 18 years of age or older, may opt out of the requirements of this section by submitting a written request to the local educational agency.
(d) If the local educational agency determines that a pupil is unable to complete a requirement of this section due to extenuating circumstances, the agency may exempt the pupil from the requirement.
(e) The governing body of the local educational agency shall have complete discretion on how to implement this section.

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.