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AB-2926 Private schools: home schools: advisory committee.(2017-2018)

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Date Published: 04/18/2018 04:00 AM
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Amended  IN  Assembly  April 17, 2018
Amended  IN  Assembly  March 20, 2018

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2017–2018 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill No. 2926


Introduced by Assembly Member Eggman

February 16, 2018


An act to add and repeal Section 33194 of the Education Code, relating to private schools.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 2926, as amended, Eggman. Private schools: home schools: advisory committee.
Existing law generally requires each person between 6 and 18 years of age to attend the public full-time day school or continuation school in the school district in which the residency of his or her parent or legal guardian is located. Existing law provides various exemptions to this requirement, including an exemption for children who are being instructed in a private full-time day school by persons capable of teaching, as specified.
Existing law requires every person, firm, association, partnership, or corporation offering or conducting private school instruction on the elementary or high school level to file with the Superintendent of Public Instruction an affidavit or statement, under penalty of perjury, by the owner or other head setting forth specified information relating to the private school, as provided.
This bill would require the Superintendent to establish a broadly representative and diverse advisory committee to advise the Superintendent and the State Board of Education on all appropriate matters relative to home schools, which the bill would define. The bill would require the advisory committee, on or before July 1, 2020, to make recommendations to the Superintendent and state board on the appropriateness and feasibility of imposing additional requirements, as provided, on home schools. The bill would require the Superintendent and state board, on or before January 1, 2021, in consultation with the advisory committee, to make recommendations to the Legislature and the Governor relating to imposing additional requirements on home schools. The bill would require the State Department of Education to provide staff for the advisory committee. The bill would repeal these provisions on January 1, 2022.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

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


SECTION 1.

 Section 33194 is added to the Education Code, to read:

33194.
 (a) For purposes of this section, “home school” means a private school operated by a parent, guardian, or other individual in a home environment that provides instruction at the level of kindergarten or any of grades 1 to 12, inclusive.
(b) The Superintendent shall establish a broadly representative and diverse advisory committee to advise the Superintendent and the state board on all appropriate matters relative to home schools. A member of the advisory committee shall serve without compensation for a term not to exceed two years. The department shall provide staff for the advisory committee.
(c) On or before July 1, 2020, the advisory committee established pursuant to subdivision (b) shall make recommendations to the Superintendent and the state board on the appropriateness and feasibility of imposing on a home school additional requirements, which shall include, but are not limited to, all both of the following:

(1)Health and safety inspections.

(1) Minimum qualifications for home school instructors.
(2) Additional, specific Additional content or curriculum standards.

(3)Certification or credentialing of teachers.

(d) On or before January 1, 2021, the Superintendent and the state board, in consultation with the advisory committee established pursuant to subdivision (b), shall make recommendations to the Legislature, in compliance with Section 9795 of the Government Code, and the Governor relating to imposing additional requirements on home schools, as described in subdivision (c).
(e) This section shall remain in effect only until January 1, 2022, and as of that date is repealed.