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SB-767 Educational technology: Digital Education Equity Program: regional consortia: State Digital Equity Plan.(2021-2022)



As Amends the Law Today


SECTION 1.

 Article 15 (commencing with Section 51870) is added to Chapter 5 of Part 28 of Division 4 of Title 2 of the Education Code, to read:

Article  15. Educational Technology
51870.
 For purposes of this article, the following definitions apply:
(a) “Educational technology” means technology-based materials, equipment, systems, and networks used for an educational purpose.
(b) “Local educational agency” means a county office of education, school district, or charter school.
51871.
 (a) The Digital Education Equity Program (DEEP) is hereby established, and shall be administered by the department to provide a regionalized network of technical assistance to schools and school districts on the implementation of education technology as set forth in policies of the state board. The DEEP shall be composed of 11 regional consortia of county offices of education that will work collaboratively with school districts and the existing 58 county offices of education to meet locally defined educational needs that may be effectively addressed with the use of technology, including, but not necessarily limited to, all of the following areas:
(1) Professional development for teachers, school administrators, and technical support staff.
(2) Establishing effective distance learning to include hybrid strategies combining school and home.
(3) Digital resource selection and use for school or for online instruction, or for both.
(4) Digital network infrastructure and needed bandwidth for schools and homes.
(5) Technical assistance to school districts in developing a support system to operate and maintain an education technology infrastructure, including improving pupil recordkeeping and tracking related to pupil instruction.
(6) Planning and coordination with, and support for, the local funding and implementation of federal, state, and local programs.
(7) Accessing and using a variety of funding sources for instructional technology.
(8) Technical assistance and information to support access, planning, and the use of high-speed telecommunications networks.
(9) Technology planning and implementation assistance to rural and technologically underserved school districts and county offices of education.
(10) Assistance in the use of online instruction to replace or supplement classroom instruction when necessary, and to establish online and hybrid learning proficiency for teachers.
(11) Helping to ensure that online and hybrid instruction is aligned to the state’s academic content standards and incorporates related pupil learning assessment.
(12) Assisting school districts in developing an instructional technology component integrated into the local control and accountability plan.
(13) Collaboration with the department in the development and implementation of a comprehensive state digital equity plan.
(b) The state board, with recommendations from the department, shall authorize grants to fund a county office of education in each of the 11 existing regional consortia of county offices of education, to act as the lead agencies to administer the services, as needed, to school districts and county offices of education located within that region. The term of a grant awarded pursuant to this section shall not exceed three years. Grant funding may be awarded and received for subsequent three-year terms, as provided in this section. Budget allocations for each region may be adjusted based on the annual Budget Act. The lead agency for each region shall be chosen based on the extent to which it provides a plan that clearly documents or describes all of the following:
(1) Knowledge of technology to improve teaching and learning.
(2) Technology planning and technical assistance.
(3) Proven success in providing professional development in technology and curriculum integration.
(4) An ability to work collaboratively with school districts, county offices of education, and businesses in the region.
(5) The ability to deliver services specified in this article to all school districts and county offices of education in its region.
(6) The support of school districts and county offices of education for the regional lead agency application in the region.
(7) Specific strategies for documenting and addressing the needs of rural schools and technologically underserved school districts and county offices of education.
(8) A plan for evaluating the implementation of, access to, use of, and local impact of, the services provided by the region.
(9) The capacity to assist in the use of online instruction to replace or supplement classroom instruction when necessary.
(10) A commitment to help ensure that online and hybrid instruction is aligned to the state’s academic content standards and incorporates related student learning assessments.
(11) The capacity to assist school districts in developing an instructional technology component that is integrated into the local control and accountability plan.
(c) To receive funding for the second and subsequent years of a grant awarded pursuant to subdivision (b), the lead agency shall submit an annual report to the state board for approval that describes the services provided, the persons served, and the funds expended for those services in the prior year. School districts and county offices of education within a DEEP region shall have an opportunity to comment on the report.
51872.
 (a) It is the intent of the Legislature that each school district develop an educational technology plan as a component of its local control and accountability plan.
(b) On or before____, the Superintendent shall develop guidelines and criteria for including the education technology plan as a component of a local control and accountability plan pursuant to the requirements of Article 4.5 (commencing with Section 52059.5) of Chapter 6.1.
(c) (1) The guidelines and criteria referenced in subdivision (b) shall include, but not necessarily be limited to, units designed to educate pupils and their teachers about all of the following:
(A) Strategies designed to equip pupils with the skills necessary to succeed in distance learning.
(B) The appropriate and ethical use of technology tools in the classroom.
(C) Internet safety.
(D) The manner in which to avoid committing plagiarism.
(E) The concept, purpose, and significance of a copyright.
(2) The educational technology plan developed pursuant to this section shall also include a documented needs analysis that leads the school district to providing teachers with training and support on effective online and hybrid learning strategies, addresses pupil and teacher connectivity, digital citizenship for pupils and staff, data privacy implications, cybersecurity and online safety, and information documenting the total cost of ownership or replacement of appropriate technological devices.
(3) Strategies for increasing parent engagement and digital literacy for families.
(4) Documentation of the need for establishing equity of digital access by families to enable pupils to complete school work at home through online distance learning.
(5) Increasing digital leadership capacity for school district and school administrators.
51873.
 (a) The department shall establish an Office of Educational Technology with sufficient staff to administer this article. Funding for the Office of Educational Technology shall be provided through the annual Budget Act for a minimum of three full-time equivalent staff to plan, coordinate, and support, as needed, the provisions of this article. The duties of the department under this article shall include, but are not necessarily limited to, all of the following:
(1) (A) Preparing a comprehensive State Digital Equity Plan that reflects the overall needs and priorities related to the planning, implementation, and evaluation of the access and use of technology to support teaching and learning in California schools. The plan shall be prepared with input from local educational agencies and other stakeholders, and shall be submitted to, and approved by, the state board.
(B) The focus of the State Digital Equity Plan shall be on how best to meet locally defined educational needs that can be effectively addressed with the use of technology. In order to prepare the plan, the department shall collect data on the technology needs of local educational agencies, including, but not necessarily limited to, their digital infrastructure needs and the estimated needs of their pupils for computing devices and for internet connectivity adequate for at-home learning.
(C) The plan shall include, but not necessarily be limited to, findings and recommendations related to all of the following topics:
(i) Professional development for teachers, school administrators, and technical support staff.
(ii) Establishing effective distance learning to include hybrid strategies combining school and home.
(iii) Digital resource selection and usage for school or for online instruction, or for both.
(iv) Digital network infrastructure and needed bandwidth for schools and homes.
(v) Technical assistance to school districts in developing a support system to operate and maintain an education technology infrastructure, including improving pupil recordkeeping and tracking related to pupil instruction.
(vi) Planning and coordination with, and support for, the local funding and implementation of federal, state, and local programs.
(vii) Accessing and using a variety of funding sources for instructional technology.
(viii) Technical assistance and information to support access, planning, and the use of high-speed telecommunications networks.
(ix) Technology planning and implementation assistance to rural and technologically underserved school districts and county offices of education.
(x) Assistance in the use of online instruction to replace or supplement classroom instruction when necessary, or both, and to establish online and hybrid learning proficiency for teachers.
(xi) Helping to ensure that online and hybrid instruction is aligned to the state’s academic content standards and incorporates related pupil learning assessment.
(xii) Coordinate with education stakeholders at school districts and county offices of education to identify support needs for the DEEP and to develop a needed support structure in all of the following areas:
(I) Professional development for teachers, school administrators, and support staff.
(II) Connectivity solutions.
(III) Dedicated device funding.
(D) On or before January 31, 2022, the Superintendent shall submit the plan to the state board for adoption, and the state board shall adopt the plan on or before March 31, 2022.
(2) Providing for the statewide coordination, planning, and evaluation of education technology programs and resources.
(3) Providing sufficient staff to provide ongoing support, direction, and coordination of the regional and statewide educational technology services described in this article.
(4) Advancing the use of technology in the curriculum and in the administration of elementary and secondary schools.
(5) Providing ongoing planning, funding, and policy information to the directors for planning and distribution to school districts served by the region.
(6) Coordinating educational technology planning, policies, and information with other divisions of the department to include, but not necessarily be limited to, curriculum, assessment, technical support, budget, and professional development.
(b) Funding shall be provided through the annual Budget Act to the Superintendent to provide centralized statewide educational technology services that address locally defined needs and are more efficiently and effectively provided on a statewide basis. The department may contract with a county office of education to provide specific educational technology services that may include, but are not necessarily limited to, any or all of the following:
(1) Review of electronic learning resources, including, but not necessarily limited to, software, online resources, and video, for alignment with the content standards adopted by the state board and for the results of reviews to be accessible online, as needed by all public educators in the state.
(2) Professional development focused on digital school leadership for educational administrators in the areas of data-driven analytics, equity, and accessibility, integrating technology into standards-based curriculum, technology planning, professional development needs of staff, digital citizenship and privacy, and financial planning for technology.
(3) Access for schools to training, support, and other resources for technical professionals in the state.
(c) The Superintendent shall annually submit a written report to the state board and the Legislature on the services provided, persons served, and funds expended for purposes of this article, and the extent to which the objectives of the State Digital Equity Plan prepared pursuant to this section were attained in the immediately preceding year. A report to be submitted to the Legislature pursuant to this subdivision shall be submitted in compliance with Section 9795 of the Government Code.
51874.
 Commencing with the 2025–26 fiscal year, this article shall be operative only in fiscal years when sufficient funding for its implementation is appropriated to the State Department of Education in the Budget Act or in another statute.
SEC. 2.
 (a) The sum of eighteen million dollars ($18,000,000) is hereby appropriated, without regard to fiscal years, from the General Fund to the State Department of Education for the planned implementation of educational technology services by the 11 existing regional consortia of county offices of education in accordance with Section 51871 of the Education Code. The receipt of a grant by each regional consortium of county offices of education pursuant to this section shall be contingent on the consortium having a plan, described in subdivision (b) of Section 51871 of the Education Code, approved by the department. The funding level provided to each consortium shall be based on criteria developed by the department.
(b) The sum of three million dollars ($3,000,000) is hereby appropriated, without regard to fiscal years, from the General Fund to the State Department of Education for purposes of the development, preparation, submission, and adoption of the State Digital Equity Plan in accordance with Section 51873 of the Education Code.