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AB-839 Career technical education: California Career Technical Education Incentive Grant Program.(2021-2022)

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Date Published: 03/26/2021 04:00 AM
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Revised  April 08, 2021
Amended  IN  Assembly  March 25, 2021

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2021–2022 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill
No. 839


Introduced by Assembly Member O’Donnell
(Coauthors: Assembly Members Petrie-Norris, Cunningham, Eduardo Garcia, and Quirk-Silva)

February 17, 2021


An act to amend Sections 53070, 53075, and 53076.2 of the Education Code, relating to career technical education.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 839, as amended, O’Donnell. Career technical education: California Career Technical Education Incentive Grant Program.
Existing law establishes the California Career Technical Education Incentive Grant Program, administered by the State Department of Education, with the purpose of encouraging, maintaining, and strengthening the delivery of high-quality career technical education programs. Existing law appropriates specified amounts for the program from the General Fund for the 2015–16, 2016–17, and 2017–18 fiscal years. Existing law provides, for the 2018–19 fiscal year and every fiscal year thereafter, that $150,000,000 is made available for the program upon appropriation by the Legislature. Existing law specifies minimum eligibility requirements for grant applicants. Existing law also requires the department, on or before January 31, 2024, and on or before January 31 every 5 years thereafter, to submit to the Department of Finance, the Governor, and the appropriate policy and fiscal committees of the Legislature a report evaluating the progress that local educational agencies have made with respect to specified issues related to the program.
This bill would provide that, for the 2021–22 fiscal year and each fiscal year thereafter, an unspecified amount $300,000,000 would be made available to the department, upon appropriation by the Legislature in the Budget Act or another statute, for the program. The bill would also make slight adjustments to program provisions relating to eligibility requirements for grant applicants and to the reporting requirements referenced above.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

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


SECTION 1.

 Section 53070 of the Education Code is amended to read:

53070.
 (a) The California Career Technical Education Incentive Grant Program is hereby established as a state education, economic, and workforce development initiative with the goal of providing pupils in kindergarten and grades 1 to 12, inclusive, with the knowledge and skills necessary to transition to employment and postsecondary education. The purpose of the program is to encourage, maintain, and strengthen the delivery of high-quality career technical education programs.
(b) The following amounts are hereby appropriated to the department from the General Fund for the program established pursuant to this chapter:
(1) For the 2015–16 fiscal year, four hundred million dollars ($400,000,000).
(2) For the 2016–17 fiscal year, three hundred million dollars ($300,000,000).
(3) For the 2017–18 fiscal year, two hundred million dollars ($200,000,000).
(c) For the 2018–19 fiscal year to the 2020–21 fiscal year, inclusive, one hundred fifty million dollars ($150,000,000).
(d) For the 2021–22 fiscal year and each fiscal year thereafter, ____ ($____) three hundred million dollars ($300,000,000) shall be made available to the department, upon appropriation by the Legislature in the annual Budget Act or another statute, for the program established pursuant to this chapter.
(e) Of the amounts appropriated pursuant to subdivisions (b) and (c), 4 percent is designated for applicants with average daily attendance of less than or equal to 140, 8 percent is designated for applicants with average daily attendance of more than 140 and less than or equal to 550, and 88 percent is designated for applicants with average daily attendance of more than 550, unless otherwise determined by the Superintendent in collaboration with the executive director of the state board. For purposes of this section, average daily attendance shall be those figures that are reported at the time of the second principal apportionment for the previous fiscal year for pupils in grades 7 to 12, inclusive. For any applicant consisting of more than one school district, county office of education, charter school, or regional occupational center or program (ROCP) operated by a joint powers authority or county office of education, or of any combination of those entities, the sum of the average daily attendance for each of the constituent entities shall be used for purposes of this subdivision.

SEC. 2.

 Section 53075 of the Education Code is amended to read:

53075.
 (a) When determining grant recipients, the department and the state board shall do both of the following:
(1) Give positive consideration to each of the following characteristics in an applicant:
(A) Serving unduplicated pupils, as defined in Section 42238.02.
(B) Serving pupil subgroups that have higher than average dropout rates as identified by the Superintendent.
(C) Located in an area of the state with a high unemployment rate.
(2) Give positive consideration to programs to the extent they do any of the following:
(A) Successfully leverage one or both of the following:
(i) Existing structures, requirements, and resources of the federal Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act (Perkins V) (Public Law 115-224), California Partnership Academies, California Career Pathways Trust, or Agricultural Career Technical Education Incentive Grants.
(ii) Contributions from industry, labor, and philanthropic sources.
(B) Engage in regional collaboration with postsecondary educational institutions, including the Strong Workforce Program consortium operating in their respective geographic areas, or other local educational agencies to align career pathway instruction with postsecondary program requirements.
(C) Make significant investment in career technical education infrastructure, equipment, and facilities.
(D) Operate within rural school districts.
(E) Offer an existing high-quality regional-based career technical education program as a joint powers agency or through a county office of education.
(b) When determining grant recipients, the department and the state board shall give greatest weight to the applicant characteristics included in paragraph (1) of subdivision (a).

SEC. 3.

 Section 53076.2 of the Education Code is amended to read:

53076.2.
 On or before January 31, 2024, and on or before January 31 every five years thereafter, the department shall submit to the Department of Finance, the Governor, and the appropriate policy and fiscal committees of the Legislature a report evaluating the progress that local educational agencies have made, pursuant to Section 88828 and this chapter, with respect to all of the following:
(a) Expanding the availability, and supporting the ongoing provision, of high-quality, industry-valued career technical education and workforce development opportunities.
(b) Improving coordination and alignment with postsecondary educational institutions and workforce agencies and programs.
(c) Closing equity gaps in program access and completion, to the extent possible.

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