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AB-1624 School climate: surveys: report.(2019-2020)

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Date Published: 04/12/2019 04:00 AM
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Amended  IN  Assembly  April 11, 2019
Amended  IN  Assembly  March 25, 2019

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2019–2020 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill
No. 1624


Introduced by Assembly Member Robert Rivas

February 22, 2019


An act to add Section 52066.5 to the Education Code, relating to school climate.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 1624, as amended, Robert Rivas. School climate: surveys: report.
Existing law requires the governing boards of school districts and county boards of education to adopt local control and accountability plans using a state template adopted by the State Board of Education. Existing law requires the local control and accountability plan to include, among other things, a description of annual goals for all pupils and specified subgroups of pupils to be achieved for each state priority, as specified, including, among other state priorities, school climate as measured by, among other things, surveys of pupils, parents, and teachers on the sense of safety and school connectedness.
This bill would require, on or before March 1, 2020, the department, in collaboration with the State Department of Health Care Services and the State Department of Public Health, to submit a report to the Legislature, the Governor, and the Department of Finance on how to monitor, using a survey, certain aspects relating to school climate, including a pupil’s use of marijuana and other drugs, tobacco, and alcohol. The bill would also require the report to identify specific and ongoing funding sources that could be used to conduct the surveys, as well as a recommended implementation plan that can provide local educational agencies, including charter schools, with the tools and resources to administer annual surveys, as provided. The bill would require the department to identify those core questions in the survey that shall not be removed.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

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


SECTION 1.

 Section 52066.5 is added to the Education Code, to read:

52066.5.
 (a) (1) On or before March 1, 2020, the department, in collaboration with the State Department of Health Care Services and the State Department of Public Health, shall submit a report to the Legislature, the Governor, and the Department of Finance on how to monitor, using a survey described in paragraph (6) of subdivision (d) of Section 52066, all of the following:
(A) A pupil’s use of marijuana and other drugs, tobacco, and alcohol.
(B) The full range of academic, behavioral, and social support available to pupils.
(C) School climate and student pupil engagement throughout the state.
(2) The report required in paragraph (1) shall also include both of the following:
(A) (i) The identification of specific and ongoing funding sources, including any moneys that may be available in the Youth Education, Prevention, Early Intervention and Treatment Account pursuant to paragraph (1) of subdivision (f) of Section 34019 of the Revenue and Tax Taxation Code, that can be used to conduct the survey.
(ii) A survey conducted using any moneys that may be available in the Youth Education, Prevention, Early Intervention and Treatment Account pursuant to paragraph (1) of subdivision (f) of Section 34019 of the Revenue and Taxation Code, as identified pursuant to clause (i), shall be conducted using methodologies that are evidence based and include methods to enable the identification and monitoring of measurable goals at the state and local levels, including, but not limited to, reductions in substance use disorders among youth, increased school graduation rates, and decreased rates of suspensions and expulsions.
(B) A recommended implementation plan that can provide local educational agencies, including charter schools, with the tools and resources to administer annual surveys to pupils, parents, and teachers on the sense of safety and school connectedness using funds identified in subparagraph (A).
(b) Data collected from the survey shall be used to support local control and accountability planning, statewide policy, and analysis, and the nonpersonally identifiable data shall be made available to all cities and counties and to their respective behavioral health agencies for their consideration, for purposes of informing local analysis, planning, prevention, and treatment activities.
(c) The department shall identify those core questions in the survey that shall not be removed from the survey. Any district that has funding made available to it, from funds identified pursuant to subparagraph (A) of paragraph (2) of subdivision (a), for purposes of conducting a survey shall administer the survey using all core questions identified by the department.
(d) (1) The requirement for submitting a report to the Legislature pursuant to subdivision (a) shall become inoperative on March 1, 2024, pursuant to Section 10231.5 of the Government Code.
(2) A report submitted to the Legislature pursuant to subdivision (a) shall be submitted in compliance with Section 9795 of the Government Code.