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AB-1216 California Community Colleges: governing board membership: student members. (2021-2022)

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Date Published: 04/05/2021 01:31 PM
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Amended  IN  Assembly  April 05, 2021

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2021–2022 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill
No. 1216


Introduced by Assembly Member Salas

February 19, 2021


An act to amend Section 72023.5 of the Education Code, relating to postsecondary education.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 1216, as amended, Salas. California Community Colleges: governing board membership: student members.
Existing law establishes the California Community Colleges under the administration of the Board of Governors of the California Community Colleges. Existing law requires the governing board of each community college district to order the inclusion within the membership of the governing board of one or more nonvoting students, who are enrolled in a community college of the district, and chosen by students enrolled in the community colleges of the district, in accordance with procedures prescribed by the governing board.
This bill would give each student member of the governing board of a community college district an advisory vote, as specified. This bill would also make conforming changes.
Existing law authorizes a student member to make and second motions, attend closed sessions, except as specified, and to receive compensation like a regular board member, but only at the discretion of the governing board.
This bill would entitle each student member of the governing board to make and second motions, attend closed sessions, except as specified, and to receive the same compensation as a regular board member without further authorization of the governing board.
Existing law requires the governing board of a community college that affords a student member any of certain enumerated privileges to adopt rules and regulations, as specified.
This bill would delete that requirement. The bill would require the governing board of each community college district to notify a student member of their powers and rights as a student member of the governing board of a community college district.
This bill would encourage the Chancellor and the Board of Governors of the California Community Colleges to establish a stakeholder workgroup including specified representatives, to examine methods of providing a full vote to student members.
By requiring community college districts to revise governing board procedures, this 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 72023.5 of the Education Code is amended to read:

72023.5.
 (a) (1) (A)  The governing board of each community college district shall order the inclusion within the membership of the governing board, in addition to the number of members otherwise prescribed, of one or more students. These students shall be oriented in their role on the governing board and have the right to attend each and all meetings of the governing board, except that student members shall not have the right, or be afforded the opportunity, to attend executive sessions of the governing board.
(B) A student member shall have the opportunity to cast an advisory vote immediately before votes are cast by the regular members of the governing board.
(2) A student selected to serve on the governing board shall be enrolled in a community college of the district and shall be chosen, and shall be recalled, by the students enrolled in the community colleges of the district in accordance with procedures prescribed by the governing board. If the seat of a student member becomes vacant during the student member’s term, the governing board may authorize the officers of student body associations established pursuant to Section 76060 at each community college in the district to appoint a student to serve the remainder of the term in accordance with procedures established by the governing board. A student member shall be required throughout the term of the student member’s appointment to be enrolled in a community college of the district for at least five semester units, or its equivalent, and shall meet and maintain the minimum standards of scholarship for community college students prescribed by the community college district. The term of a student member shall be one year commencing on June 1 of each year.
(3) A student member appointed pursuant to this section shall be entitled to mileage allowance to the same extent as a regular member, and is entitled to the compensation prescribed by Section 72024.
(4) A student member shall be seated with the members of the governing board and shall be recognized as a full member of the board at the meetings, including receiving all materials presented to the board members and participating in the questioning of witnesses and the discussion of issues.
(5) A student member shall not be included in determining the vote required to carry any measure before the board.
(6) A student member shall not be liable for any acts of the governing board.
(b) Notwithstanding subdivision (a), a student member may do any of the following:
(1) Make and second motions.
(2) Attend closed sessions, other than closed sessions on personnel matters or collective bargaining matters.
(3) Serve a term of one year commencing on May 15 of each year, at the discretion of the governing board.
(c) It is the intent of the Legislature that any decision or action, including any contract entered into pursuant thereto, upon the motion or second of a motion of a student member, shall be fully legal and enforceable against the district or any party thereto.
(d) The governing board of each community college district shall notify a student member of their powers and rights under this section.

(d)

(e) If a state court finds this section is unlawful, the court may order, as equitable relief, that the administering entity that is the subject of the lawsuit terminate any waiver awarded under this statute or provision, but no money damages, tuition refund or waiver, or other retroactive relief may be awarded. In any action in which the court finds this section is unlawful, the California Community Colleges are immune from the imposition of any award of money damages, tuition refund or waiver, or other retroactive relief.

(e)

(f) To encourage the active participation of students on community college district governing boards, and to ensure student’s voices are included in decisions at the local level, the Legislature encourages the Chancellor and the Board of Governors of the California Community Colleges to establish a stakeholder workgroup that includes, but is not limited to, representatives from the California Community College Chancellor’s office, the Student Senate for California Community Colleges, the Secretary of State’s office, and the Community College League of California. The goal of the workgroup will be to examine methods of providing a full vote to student members.

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.