Click here to download CSBA’s “What’s New for 2020” report detailing all newly signed laws. Most laws become effective Jan. 1, 2020, unless otherwise noted.
The “What’s New for 2020” report contains 91 bills signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom that affect K-12 public education. The Governor vetoed an additional 43 bills (listed in the table below) that CSBA had monitored throughout the year, 19 of which CSBA adopted an official legislative position on.
In total, Gov. Newsom signed 870 new Senate and Assembly bills in 2019 while vetoing 172, a veto rate of 16.5 percent.
Key bills vetoed by Gov. Newsom include:
Assembly Bill 751 (O’Donnell), the Pathways to College Act (CSBA co-sponsored): AB 751 would have permitted school districts to offer an alternate assessment (i.e. SAT or ACT) during the school day in lieu of the Smarter Balanced test. A similar measure was vetoed by then-Gov. Jerry Brown last year.
AB 500 (Gonzalez), paid maternity leave (CSBA position: Oppose): AB 500 would have required school districts, charter schools and community colleges to provide at least six weeks of full pay for pregnancy-related leaves of absence taken by certificated, academic and classified employees. CSBA, along with a coalition including ACSA, CASBO and others, opposed the bill specifically on the grounds of 1) the fiscal impact that it would have on local educational agencies, and 2) the complexity it would add to an already complicated set of employee-leave programs.
Senate Bill 5 (Beall), Affordable Housing & Community Development Investment Program (CSBA position: Oppose): Also working with a broad coalition including CTA, ACSA, CASBO, SSDA and others, CSBA opposed SB 5. The bill, while a well-intentioned effort to address California’s housing crisis, would have authorized cities and counties to reduce their required contributions to the Educational Revenue Augmentation Fund, which provides a stable source of revenue for school districts and determines the level of state funding under the Proposition 98 formula.
AB 967 (Smith), charter schools, LCAPs (CSBA Position: Support): AB 967 would have applied current processes governing Local Control and Accountability Plan development to charter schools. In his veto message, Gov. Newsom wrote that charter school reforms made in the 2019–20 state budget (which include public hearing and meeting provisions, and requirements to post LCAPs online), should be “given a chance to work before these additional requirements should be considered.”
AB 197 (Weber), full-day kindergarten (CSBA Position: Support if Amended): AB 197 would have required all elementary schools to offer at least one full-day kindergarten program beginning in 2022–23. In his veto message, the Governor stated that he was unable to sign the bill, as it “would impose new costs outside the budget.” A total of $300 million (one-time, non-Proposition 98) was included in the 2019–20 budget as part of a kindergarten facilities grant program.
All education-related bills vetoed by Gov. Newsom:
|Bill:||Author:||Topic:||CSBA Position:||Veto Date:|
|AB 500||Gonzalez||School and community college employees: paid maternity leave.||Oppose||10/13/19 – Veto msg.|
|SB 5||Beall||Affordable Housing and Community Development Investment Program.||Oppose Unless Amended||10/13/19 – Veto msg.|
|AB 751||O’Donnell||Pupil assessments: Pathways to College Act.||Co-Sponsor||10/12/19 – Veto msg.|
|AB 16||Rivas, Luz||Homeless children and youths: reporting.||Support||10/13/19 – Veto msg.|
|AB 28||Obernolte||High school diplomas: State Seal of STEM.||Support||10/12/19 – Veto msg.|
|AB 258||Jones-Sawyer||Pupil health: School-Based Pupil Support Services Program Act.||Support||10/12/19 – Veto msg.|
|AB 773||Gonzalez||Voter education: high school pupils.||Support||10/7/19 – Veto msg.|
|AB 852||Burke||Pupil instruction: academic content standards: update of adopted standards.||Support||10/12/19 – Veto msg.|
|AB 967||Smith||Local control and accountability plans.||Support||10/7/19 – Veto msg.|
|AB 1249||Maienschein||Health care service plans: regulations: exemptions.||Support||9/27/19 – Veto msg.|
|AB 1322||Berman||School-based health programs.||Support||10/11/19 – Veto msg.|
|AB 1393||Weber||Pupil instruction: model curriculum: Laotian history and cultural studies.||Support||10/12/19 – Veto msg.|
|SB 468||Jackson||Taxation: tax expenditures: California Tax Expenditure Review Board.||Support||10/11/19 – Veto msg.|
|AB 197||Weber||Full-day kindergarten.||Support if Amended||10/13/19 – Veto msg.|
|AB 1558||Ramos||Apprenticeship programs: career fairs.||Support if Amended||10/9/19 – Veto msg.|
|AB 624||Gabriel||Pupil and student health: identification cards: sexual assault hotline and reproductive health care telephone numbers.||Approve||10/12/19 – Veto msg.|
|AB 1233||Smith||Advanced placement examinations: fees.||Approve||10/12/19 – Veto msg.|
|AB 1214||Melendez||School employees: training: cardiopulmonary resuscitation.||Neutral||10/13/19 – Veto msg.|
|SB 695||Portantino||Special education: individualized education programs: translation services.||Neutral||10/12/19 – Veto msg.|
|AB 130||Low||Postsecondary education: Higher Education Performance, Accountability, and Coordination Commission.||No official position||10/8/19|
|AB 166||Gabriel||Medi-Cal: violence preventive services.||No official position||10/13/19|
|AB 171||Gonzalez||Employment: sexual harassment.||No official position||10/12/19|
|AB 211||Calderon||Personal income taxes: deduction: California qualified tuition program.||No official position||10/13/19|
|AB 283||Chu||CalWORKs: school attendance: immunizations.||No official position||10/13/19|
|AB 314||Bonta||Public employment: labor relations: release time.||No official position||10/12/19|
|AB 346||Cooper||Workers’ compensation: leaves of absence.||No official position||10/13/19|
|AB 354||Quirk-Silva||School meals: free or reduced-price meals.||No official position||10/12/19|
|AB 512||Ting||Medi-Cal: specialty mental health services.||No official position||10/13/19|
|AB 776||Kalra||Education data: pupil identifiers: early childhood education programs.||No official position||9/27/19|
|AB 842||Limón||Child nutrition: school, childcare, and preschool meals.||No official position||10/13/19|
|AB 1085||McCarty||After school programs: substance use prevention: funding: cannabis revenue.||No official position||10/7/19|
|AB 1184||Gloria||Public records: writing transmitted by electronic mail: retention.||No official position||10/13/19|
|AB 1578||Rivas, Luz||School Pavement to Parks Grant Program.||No official position||10/11/19|
|AB 1613||O’Donnell||Public works: prevailing wages.||No official position||10/13/19|
|AB 1658||Carrillo||Teacher credentialing: adult education: workgroup.||No official position||9/27/19|
|AB 1736||Daly||Notification requirements.||No official position||10/13/19|
|SB 10||Beall||Mental health services: peer support specialist certification.||No official position||10/13/19|
|SB 35||Chang||Human trafficking: California ACTS Task Force.||No official position||10/13/19|
|SB 163||Portantino||Health care coverage: pervasive developmental disorder or autism.||No official position||10/12/19|
|SB 212||Allen||Elections: local voting methods.||No official position||10/13/19|
|SB 268||Wiener||Ballot measures: local taxes.||No official position||10/13/19|
|SB 428||Pan||Pupil health: school employee training: youth mental and behavioral health.||No official position||10/13/19|
|SB 518||Wieckowski||Civil actions: settlement offers.||No official position||10/12/19|