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SB-770 College and Career Access Pathways partnerships: California LAW Pathways: appropriation.(2021-2022)



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Amended  IN  Senate  March 10, 2021

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2021–2022 REGULAR SESSION

Senate Bill
No. 770


Introduced by Senator Roth

February 19, 2021


An act to amend Section 35107 of the Education Code, relating to school districts. An act relating to community colleges, and making an appropriation therefor.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


SB 770, as amended, Roth. School districts: members of the governing board. College and Career Access Pathways partnerships: California LAW Pathways: appropriation.
Existing law authorizes the governing board of a community college district to enter into a College and Career Access Pathways partnership with the governing board of a school district with the goal of developing seamless pathways from high school to community college for career technical education or preparation for transfer, improving high school graduation rates, or helping high school pupils achieve college and career readiness.
This bill would appropriate $10,000,000 from the General Fund to the Chancellor of the California Community Colleges, and would require the funds to be used to expand California LAW pathways, a statewide initiative housed at the Foundation for California Community Colleges that creates a model pipeline between high schools and law schools to help close the diversity gap in the state’s attorney workforce population. The bill would specify that this purpose includes, but not is limited to, establishing dual enrollment agreements between community colleges and local high school law academies, implementing partnerships with the California State University system, establishing transfer models with the University of California, and providing guidance to assist students in transferring.

Existing law makes any person who is 18 years of age or older, a citizen of the state, a resident of the school district, a registered voter, and not disqualified from holding a civil office, eligible to be elected or appointed a member of a governing board of a school district, as provided.

This bill would make nonsubstantive changes to that provision.

Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NOYES   Fiscal Committee: NOYES   Local Program: NO  

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


SECTION 1.

 (a) The Legislature finds and declares all of the following:
(1) The state’s attorney workforce does not accurately represent the diversity of the state, which can significantly impact administration of justice, access to appropriate representation, and workplace satisfaction.
(2) According to the statistics published by the State Bar of California, despite significant growth in the proportion of attorneys who are women and people of color over the past 30 years, California’s attorney population does not reflect the state’s diversity, with Latinos being particularly underrepresented.
(3) Additionally, according to the State Bar of California’s “First Annual Report Card on the Diversity of California’s Legal Profession,” White attorneys account for nearly 70 percent of California’s active licensed attorney population, while people of color constitute 60 percent of the state’s population.
(4) These same statistics are reflected in the judicial branch. While there has been increased focus on diversity within the ranks of justices and judges, White judges account for nearly 66 percent of justices in the trial courts, courts of appeal, and the California Supreme Court.
(5) A statewide initiative was established in 2011 through the California Partnership Academies focused on high school law academies, with a specific mission of building a diverse educational pipeline from high school to law school. Brought together through a unique partnership between the State Department of Education and the State Bar of California, this pipeline has expanded to include higher education partners with the creation of the Community College Pathway to Law School initiative. In 2015, California LAW (Leadership, Access, Workforce) Pathways was formed to merge both statewide initiatives and is housed at the Foundation for California Community Colleges.
(6) Since its inception, California LAW Pathways has grown to include agreements with 21 high school law academies, 30 community colleges, 10 undergraduate four-year universities, and 10 law schools.
(7) California LAW Pathways is designed to fit seamlessly into the existing educational system.
(8) California LAW Pathways uses the framework of the highly effective California Partnership Academies for underrepresented students, and is designed to align with the “Vision for Success” of the office of the Chancellor of the California Community Colleges.
(9) There are currently more than 700 community college students and 3,000 high school pupils enrolled in the program statewide. Of these high school pupils, 87 percent are underrepresented minorities and the program has a 98-percent graduation rate.
(10) California LAW Pathways creates a model pipeline to help close the diversity gap in the state’s attorney workforce population.
(b) Therefore, it is the intent of the Legislature to provide assistance to establish dual enrollment agreements, expand partnerships to include the California State University system, enable more students to participate in this pathway, and diversify the future workforce in the state.

SEC. 2.

 (a) For the 2021–22 fiscal year, the sum of $10,000,000 is hereby appropriated from the General Fund to the Chancellor of the California Community Colleges.
(b) The funds appropriated pursuant to this section shall be used for the purpose of expanding California LAW Pathways, which may include, but is not limited to, all of the following:
(1) Establishing dual enrollment agreements between community colleges and local high school law academies.
(2) Implementing partnerships with the California State University system.
(3) Establishing transfer models with the University of California.
(4) Providing guidance to assist students in transferring.
SECTION 1.Section 35107 of the Education Code is amended to read:
35107.

(a)Any person, regardless of sex, who is 18 years of age or older, a citizen of the state, a resident of the school district, a registered voter, and who is not disqualified by the Constitution or laws of the state from holding a civil office, is eligible to be elected or appointed a member of a governing board of a school district without further qualifications.

(b)(1)An employee of a school district shall not be sworn into office as an elected or appointed member of that school district’s governing board unless and until the individual resigns as an employee. If the employee does not resign, the employment will automatically terminate upon being sworn into office.

(2)For any individual who is an employee of a school district and an elected or appointed member of that school district’s governing board before January 1, 1992, this subdivision shall apply when the individual is reelected or reappointed, on or after January 1, 1992, as a member of the school district’s governing board.

(c)Notwithstanding any other law, the governing board of a school district may adopt or the residents of the school district may propose, by initiative, a proposal to limit or repeal a limit on the number of terms a member of the governing board of the school district may serve on the governing board of the school district. Any proposal to limit the number of terms a member of the governing board of the school district may serve on the governing board of the school district shall apply prospectively only and shall not become operative unless it is submitted to the electors of the school district at a regularly scheduled election and a majority of the votes cast on the question favor the adoption of the proposal.

(d)(1)An initiative measure proposed pursuant to subdivision (c) shall be subject to the procedures set forth in Chapter 4 (commencing with Section 9300) of Division 9 of the Elections Code.

(2)A proposal submitted to the electors by the governing board of a school district pursuant to subdivision (c) shall be subject to the procedures set forth in Chapter 6 (commencing with Section 9500) of Division 9 of the Elections Code.

(e)A member of the governing board of a school district shall abstain from voting on personnel matters that uniquely affect a relative of the member but may vote on collective bargaining agreements and personnel matters that affect a class of employees to which the relative belongs. For purposes of this section, “relative” means an adult who is related to the person by blood or affinity within the third degree, as determined by the common law, or an individual in an adoptive relationship within the third degree.