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AB-2663 After school programs: grant amounts.(2015-2016)



As Amends the Law Today


SECTION 1.
 (a) The Legislature finds and declares all of the following:
(1) The After School Education and Safety Program (ASES) serves more than 400,000 low-income pupils in over 4,000 high-quality elementary and middle school programs statewide.
(2) After school programs are essential to closing the achievement and opportunity gaps for underserved pupils.
(3) ASES programs receive a daily rate of $7.50 per pupil for three or more hours each day of academic and enrichment activities, a rate that experts say is woefully inadequate to run a high-quality program.
(4) The daily rate has not been changed since 2006, despite a decade of substantial increases to the costs of operating these programs.
(5) The most significant program cost increases were the two statutory minimum wage increases, the first on July 1, 2014, and the second on January 1, 2016.
(6) As costs significantly outpace funding, ASES programs have been stretched to the breaking point.
(7) The ASES daily rate must be increased by fifty cents for each one dollar increase to the minimum wage. The minimum wage increase in effect as of January 1, 2016, would translate to an increase in the daily rate from $7.50 to $8.50, a 13.33 percent increase.
(b) It is therefore the intent of the Legislature to augment the ASES budget in an amount sufficient to match the increased costs of the current minimum wage.
(c) It is further the intent of the Legislature to ensure the continuation and stability of high-quality ASES programs by adopting a statute that requires the Department of Finance to provide a cost-of-living adjustment to ASES programs in any year in which there is an increase in the consumer price index.

SEC. 2.

 Section 8483.73 is added to the Education Code, to read:

8483.73.
 (a) For the 2016–17 fiscal year, and for each fiscal year thereafter, seventy-three million two hundred sixty thousand dollars ($73,260,000) is hereby continuously appropriated from the General Fund to the department for purposes of the program established pursuant to this article. Commencing with the 2017–18 fiscal year, and each fiscal year thereafter, the Department of Finance shall adjust this amount by adding the product of six hundred twenty-three million two hundred sixty thousand dollars ($623,260,000) multiplied by the percentage change in the California Consumer Price Index from the 2016–17 fiscal year, provided that adjustment does not result in a reduction in any fiscal year.
(b) The department shall adjust the dollar amounts specified in Sections 8482.55, 8483.7, 8483.75, and 8483.76 in accordance with the amount provided in the Budget Act for the 2016–17 fiscal year. Commencing with the 2017–18 fiscal year, and each fiscal year thereafter, the department shall adjust the dollar amounts specified in Sections 8482.55, 8483.7, 8483.75, and 8483.76 by an amount necessary to reflect the percentage change in the California Consumer Price Index from the 2016–17 fiscal year, provided that adjustment does not result in a reduction in any fiscal year.
(c) For purposes of making the computations required by Section 8 of Article XVI of the California Constitution, the appropriations made by subdivision (a) shall be deemed to be “General Fund revenues appropriated for school districts,” as defined in subdivision (c) of Section 41202, for the fiscal year in which they were appropriated, and included within the “total allocations to school districts and community college districts from General Fund proceeds of taxes appropriated pursuant to Article XIII B,” as defined in subdivision (e) of Section 41202, for the fiscal year in which they were appropriated.