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Education Code - EDC

TITLE 1 GENERAL EDUCATION CODE PROVISIONS [1. - 32500]

  ( Title 1 enacted by Stats. 1976, Ch. 1010. )

DIVISION 1 GENERAL EDUCATION CODE PROVISIONS [1. - 32500]

  ( Division 1 enacted by Stats. 1976, Ch. 1010. )

PART 6. EDUCATION PROGRAMS—STATE MASTER PLANS [8006 - 9004]

  ( Part 6 enacted by Stats. 1976, Ch. 1010. )

CHAPTER 2. Child Care and Development Services Act [8200 - 8498]

  ( Heading of Chapter 2 amended by Stats. 1980, Ch. 798, Sec. 1. )

ARTICLE 18. Administrative Review [8400 - 8409]
  ( Article 18 added by Stats. 1981, Ch. 1061, Sec. 1. )

8400.
  

It has come to the attention of the Legislature that:

(a) Existing law does not provide for an administrative appeal procedure to review and resolve disputes between the State Department of Education and the over 750 local contracting agencies which contract with the department to provide child care services to low-income families in California.

(b) All disputes are currently resolved in the already overburdened California courts resulting in a time-consuming and costly process for both the contract agency and the department. Extensive funds have been expended by the State Department of Education for those purposes.

(c) The presence of public and private agencies, small as well as large, in the subsidized child care delivery system provides client families with a range of desirable services, and cost-effective service mechanisms.

(d) The presence of an efficient administrative appeal procedure will ensure program stability and encourage retention in the delivery system of a range of service-providing agencies.

(Added by Stats. 1981, Ch. 1061, Sec. 1.)

8401.
  

It is the intent of the Legislature to authorize an appeal process for the resolution of disputes between the State Department of Education and local agencies which contract with the Department of Education pursuant to Section 8262 to provide child care and development services or to furnish property, facilities, personnel, supplies, equipment and administrative services.

(Added by Stats. 1981, Ch. 1061, Sec. 1.)

8401.5.
  

(a) The department shall provide an internal appeal procedure to resolve a dispute between the department and a contracting agency providing child care and development services pursuant to Section 8262 regarding the interpretation or application of a term or condition of a contract, or to dispute a finding made by the department resulting from a fiscal or programmatic review, including, but not limited to, an error rate notification.

(b)  A contracting agency shall have the right to appeal the findings of a fiscal or programmatic review, including, but not limited to, an error rate finding, by submitting a request for appeal in accordance with the internal appeal procedure developed by the department pursuant to subdivision (a).

(Added by Stats. 2013, Ch. 249, Sec. 2. Effective January 1, 2014.)

8402.
  

(a) The department shall provide an independent appeal procedure to each contracting agency providing child care and development services pursuant to Section 8262 that shall be conducted by the Office of Administrative Hearings and shall be provided upon an appeal petition of the contracting agency in any of the following circumstances:

(1) Termination of a contracting agency’s contract.

(2) Denial of more than 4 percent or twenty-five thousand dollars ($25,000), whichever is less, of a local contracting agency’s contracted payment for services schedule.

(3) Demand for remittance of an overpayment of more than 4 percent or twenty-five thousand dollars ($25,000), whichever is less, of a local contracting agency’s annual contract.

(b) Before filing an appeal petition for an action taken pursuant to paragraph (2) or (3) of subdivision (a), the contracting agency shall have submitted all previously required standard monthly or quarterly reporting forms to the department.

(Amended by Stats. 2013, Ch. 249, Sec. 3. Effective January 1, 2014.)

8403.
  

All hearings required by Section 8402 shall be conducted according to the provisions of the Administrative Procedure Act (Chapter 5 (commencing with Section 11500) of Part 1 of Division 3 of Title 2 of the Government Code), except as otherwise directed in this article.

(Amended by Stats. 2013, Ch. 249, Sec. 4. Effective January 1, 2014.)

8404.
  

The Office of Administrative Hearings shall, by June 30, 1982, adopt regulations governing the hearings, which shall include all of the following:

(a) Deadlines for filing petitions, commencing hearings and rendering decisions.

(b) Notice to affected parties.

(c) The manner for maintaining appropriate provision for electronic recording and transcription, if necessary.

(d) Hearings shall be conducted at the offices of the Office of Administrative Hearings in Sacramento or Los Angeles. However, hearings in Los Angeles shall be available only to local contracting agencies with the State Department of Education whose annual contracts total less than two hundred thousand dollars ($200,000).

(e) Any other issues deemed appropriate by the Office of Administrative Hearings.

(Added by Stats. 1981, Ch. 1061, Sec. 1.)

8405.
  

The determination of the hearing examiner shall be the final administrative determination to be afforded the local contracting agency.

(Added by Stats. 1981, Ch. 1061, Sec. 1.)

8406.
  

All actions by the State Department of Education, as defined in subdivisions (a) to (c), inclusive, of Section 8402 shall be preceded by a written notice of action to the local contracting agency which shall include the following:

(a) A statement of the specific reasons for the action in the Statement of Issues.

(b) A description of the local contracting agency’s rights and responsibilities concerning the appeal procedure described herein.

(Amended by Stats. 1985, Ch. 687, Sec. 2.)

8406.6.
  

(a) The Superintendent shall establish a contract classification system for purposes of identifying, monitoring, and providing technical assistance to contractors as follows:

(1) Clear contract.This designation shall be given to a contract that is neither a provisional contract, as described in paragraph (2), nor a conditional contract, as described in paragraph (3).

(2) Provisional contract.This designation applies to an agency’s first contract for any particular service or to the contract of an existing contracting agency for a new, modified, or different type of service. The timeframe of a provisional contract is at the discretion of the department and is given to ensure that the contracting agency can demonstrate fiscal and programmatic compliance before the contract is designated as a clear contract. The contract status shall be reviewed annually.

(3) Conditional contract.This designation applies to a high-risk contract awarded to a contracting agency that evidences fiscal or programmatic noncompliance, or both fiscal and programmatic noncompliance. A contracting agency with one or more contracts designated as conditional is deemed to be on conditional status with the department for all child care and development program purposes and is subject to any restrictions deemed reasonable to secure compliance. The conditional contract shall include a bill of particulars detailing the items of noncompliance, the standards that must be met to avoid termination of contract and to qualify the agency for clear contract status, and technical assistance plan. Failure to demonstrate substantive progress toward fiscal or program compliance within six months of that designation shall constitute a breach of contract and may subject the contract to termination for any applicable cause specified in Section 8406.7 or 8407, in accordance with Section 8402.

(b) Agencies with conditional contracts shall receive technical assistance from the Child Development Division of the department.

(c) Notwithstanding subdivision (b), technical assistance shall be provided to any contracting agency making a written request to its assigned consultant or administrator within 60 days of receipt of the request.

(Amended by Stats. 2013, Ch. 249, Sec. 5. Effective January 1, 2014.)

8406.7.
  

(a) A contracting agency that evidences any of the following acts or omissions may have its contract or contracts immediately terminated if there is documented evidence of the acts or omissions, and upon review and recommendation of the general counsel of the department:

(1) Fraud, or conspiracy to defraud.

(2) Misuse or misappropriation of state or federal funds, including a violation of Section 8406.9.

(3) Embezzlement.

(4) Threats of bodily or other harm to a state official.

(5) Bribery or attempted bribery of a state official.

(6) Unsafe or unhealthy physical environment or facility.

(7) Substantiated abuse or molestation of children.

(8) Failure to report suspected child abuse or molestation.

(9) Theft of supplies, equipment, or food.

(10) Cessation of operations without the permission of the department, or acts or omissions evidencing abandonment of the contract or contracts.

(11) Failure of a program operating pursuant to Article 3 (commencing with Section 8220) or Article 15.5 (commencing with Section 8350) to fully reimburse a significant number of approved child care providers, as determined by the department, within 15 calendar days after the date set in the plan for timely payments to child care providers adopted by the contracting agency pursuant to Section 18226 of Title 5 of the California Code of Regulations, unless the failure is attributable to a delay in receiving apportionments from the state.

(12) Failure of a program operating pursuant to this chapter to pay salaries owed to employees, pay federal payroll tax, or fully reimburse a significant number of child care providers, as determined by the department, affiliated with a contracting agency pursuant to Article 8.5 (commencing with Section 8245) for more than 15 days after the employee salaries, federal payroll taxes, or reimbursement payments were due, unless the failure is attributable to a delay in receiving apportionments from the state.

(b) An agency whose contract is immediately terminated pursuant to this section retains appeal rights in accordance with Section 8402.

(c) Notwithstanding any service provision in the Administrative Procedure Act (Chapter 5 (commencing with Section 11500) of Part 1 of Division 3 of Title 2 of the Government Code), a notice of immediate termination shall be served on the contracting agency by personal service or at the last address on file with the department, by overnight mail or certified mail. Service may be proved in the manner authorized in a civil action. Service by mail is complete at the time of deposit.

(d) The department shall advise child care and development contractors of the provisions of this section within 30 working days of the effective date of the act amending this section during the 2013–14 Regular Session of the Legislature.

(Amended by Stats. 2013, Ch. 249, Sec. 6. Effective January 1, 2014.)

8406.9.
  

(a) An agency that has in place or places a person in a position of fiscal responsibility or control who has been convicted of a crime involving misuse or misappropriation of state or federal funds, or a state or federal crime involving moral turpitude, may have its contract immediately terminated pursuant to Section 8406.7 if there is documented evidence of the conviction, and upon review and recommendation of the general counsel of the department.

(b) For purposes of this section, “position of fiscal responsibility or control” includes any authority to direct or control expenditure of, or any access to, state or federal child care and development funds received pursuant to this chapter whether that authority or access is conferred based on the person’s status as an employee, director, manager, board member, or volunteer, or based on any other status.

(c) If the agency provides evidence to the department, before the effective date given in the notice of immediate termination, that the convicted person has been removed from the position of fiscal responsibility or control and provides assurance that the person will not be returned to a position of fiscal responsibility or control, the department shall withdraw the termination action.

(Amended by Stats. 2013, Ch. 249, Sec. 7. Effective January 1, 2014.)

8407.
  

Except for causes listed in Sections 8406.7 and 8406.9, termination of a child care and development contract shall not occur without good cause and without notice as described in Section 8406 at least 90 days before the effective date given in the notice of termination.

(Amended by Stats. 2013, Ch. 249, Sec. 8. Effective January 1, 2014.)

8408.
  

Actions as defined in subdivision (a) of Section 8402 shall remain in effect during the appeal process. However, local contracting agencies may continue to operate under the contract during an appeal of termination, unless the action is an immediate termination action taken pursuant to Section 8406.7 or 8406.9, in which case a contracting agency shall not continue to operate under the contract after the effective date given in the notice of immediate termination.

(Amended by Stats. 2013, Ch. 249, Sec. 9. Effective January 1, 2014.)

8409.
  

All contracts entered into by the State Department of Education pursuant to Section 8262 shall contain a complete description of the appeal procedures provided in this article.

(Added by Stats. 1981, Ch. 1061, Sec. 1.)

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