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SB-1149 Pupil attendance.(2019-2020)

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Date Published: 02/20/2020 09:00 PM
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CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2019–2020 REGULAR SESSION

Senate Bill
No. 1149


Introduced by Senator Hueso

February 20, 2020


An act to add Section 48342 to the Education Code, relating to pupil attendance.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


SB 1149, as introduced, Hueso. Pupil attendance.
Existing law establishes the system of public elementary and secondary schools in this state, and provides for their funding and governance. Existing law establishes school districts throughout the state to administer the public elementary and secondary schools within their respective jurisdictions. Existing law requires the Superintendent of Public Instruction to prepare and disseminate to school districts and county superintendents of schools information regarding effective practices to improve pupil attendance.
This bill would authorize school districts to use available funds to establish attendance recovery programs for pupils who are foster youth, as defined, pupils who are homeless children or youth, as defined, and pupils with exceptional needs, who are enrolled at schools maintained by the school district to prevent these pupils from being chronically absent, as specified.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: NO   Local Program: NO  

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


SECTION 1.

 Section 48342 is added to the Education Code, to read:

48342.
 (a) As used in this section, the following definitions apply:
(1) A “foster youth” means any individual who meets or has ever met one of the following criteria:
(A) A child who was the subject of a petition filed pursuant to Section 300 of the Welfare and Institutions Code and was removed from the child’s home by the juvenile court pursuant to Section 319 or 361 of the Welfare and Institutions Code.
(B) A child who was the subject of a petition filed pursuant to Section 602 of the Welfare and Institutions Code and was removed from the child’s home by the juvenile court pursuant to Section 727 of the Welfare and Institutions Code.
(2) A “homeless children or youth” has the same meanings as in paragraph (2) of Section 725 of the federal McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act (42 U.S.C. Sec. 11434a(2)).
(b) A school district may use available funds to establish an attendance recovery program for pupils who are foster youth, pupils who are homeless children or youth, and pupils with exceptional needs, who are enrolled at a school maintained by the school district to prevent these pupils from being chronically absent. The program shall only operate outside of regular school hours, excluding summer school, and may include independent study.