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SB-723 Pupil instruction: tutoring program: learning loss mitigation.(2021-2022)

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Date Published: 02/19/2021 09:00 PM
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CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2021–2022 REGULAR SESSION

Senate Bill
No. 723


Introduced by Senator Rubio

February 19, 2021


An act to add Chapter 4 (commencing with Section 58550) to Part 31 of Division 4 of Title 2 of the Education Code, relating to pupil instruction.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


SB 723, as introduced, Rubio. Pupil instruction: tutoring program: learning loss mitigation.
Existing law establishes a system of public elementary and secondary education in this state, and authorizes local educational agencies throughout the state to provide instruction to pupils in kindergarten and grades 1 to 12, inclusive. For purposes of calculating apportionments for the 2020–21 fiscal year, existing law requires a local educational agency to offer in-person instruction and authorizes it to offer distance learning, as specified.
This bill would establish the California Leadership, Excellence, Academic, Diversity, and Service-Learning Tutoring Program. The bill would require the State Department of Education to administer the tutoring program to provide supplemental individualized learning assistance, both in-person and online, to address COVID-19 learning loss. The bill would require the department, on or before April 1, 2022, to adopt regulations related to the tutoring program. The bill would require county offices of education to notify the department, on or before May 1, 2022, of their intention to participate in the tutoring program. The bill would require the department to announce the list of participating counties on or before June 1, 2022. The bill would make all public school pupils in kindergarten and grades 1 to 8, inclusive, in the participating counties eligible to participate in the tutoring program. The bill would require each county that chooses to participate in the program, upon a subsequent appropriation by the Legislature, to develop and implement supplemental individualized learning assistance for pupils. The bill would require the participating counties to submit reports to the department detailing learning gains and program costs on before August 1, 2023, and annually thereafter. The bill would require the department, on or before December 1, 2023, to submit a report to the Legislature on the program that includes, but is not limited to, recommendations on how to improve the program. The bill would require the tutoring program to only become operative upon an appropriation by the Legislature.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

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


SECTION 1.

 Chapter 4 (commencing with Section 58550) is added to Part 31 of Division 4 of Title 2 of the Education Code, to read:
CHAPTER  4. California LEADS Tutoring Program

58550.
 The California LEADS (Leadership, Excellence, Academic, Diversity, and Service-Learning) Tutoring Program is hereby established.

58551.
 For purposes of this chapter, the following definitions apply:
(a) “COVID-19 learning loss” means the missed opportunities for in-person learning caused by school closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic. All public school pupils in kindergarten and grades 1 to 8, inclusive, in the LEADS counties shall be eligible to participate in the California LEADS Tutoring Program.
(b) “LEADS counties” means county offices of education that choose to participate in the California LEADS Tutoring Program.
(c) “Supplemental individualized learning assistance” means tutoring, taking place outside of normal school hours, both online and in-person, designed to help address COVID-19 learning loss.

58552.
 (a) The department shall administer the California LEADS Tutoring Program to provide supplemental individualized learning assistance, both in-person and online, to pupils to address COVID-19 learning loss.
(b) The department shall, on or before April 1, 2022, adopt regulations to govern the California LEADS Tutoring Program. The regulations shall include, but not be limited to, all of the following:
(1) The subjects and modes of instruction for kindergarten and grades 1 to 8, inclusive, to be offered by the tutoring program.
(2) Require instruction in English language arts and mathematics. The regulations may authorize instruction in other subjects.
(3) Guidelines on selecting tutors that ensure all of the following:
(A) All tutor applicants are thoroughly vetted.
(B) All tutor applicants who are themselves pupils or students are in good academic standing.
(C) All tutor applicants have passed a criminal background check.
(D) All tutor applicants have been interviewed and obtained relevant training.
(E) Retired teachers are encouraged to become tutors.
(4) Proposed mechanisms for tutors enrolled in postsecondary educational institutions to receive college credit for tutoring.
(5) Provide mechanisms for the California LEADS Tutoring Program to strengthen the teacher pipeline by encouraging tutors to pursue careers in education.
(6) Guidelines for LEADS counties to compensate tutors with stipends for their work during the duration of the program.

58553.
 (a) On or before May 1, 2022, county offices of education shall notify the department of their intention to participate in the LEADS Tutoring Program.
(b) The department shall, on or before June 1, 2022, announce the list of counties that have decided to participate in the LEADS Tutoring Program.

58554.
 Upon being announced as a LEADS county and appropriation by the Legislature, each LEADS county shall be apportioned funding that shall be used for supplemental individualized learning assistance.

58555.
 Each LEADS county shall, on or before August 1, 2023, and annually thereafter, submit a report to the department detailing learning gains and program costs.

58556.
 (a) The department shall, on or before December 31, 2023, submit a report to the Legislature on the California LEADS Tutoring Program that includes, but is not limited to, a recommendation on how to improve the program.
(b) A report to be submitted pursuant to subdivision (a) shall be submitted in compliance with Section 9795 of the Government Code.

58557.
 This chapter shall become operative only upon an appropriation by the Legislature in the annual Budget Act or in another statute for this purpose.