Category Archives: Legislature

Assembly budget memo outlines rocky 2020-21 outlook, declares August revision likely

8 Apr
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Assembly Budget Chair Phil Ting (D-San Francisco), in a memo released this week, provides an overview of that the 2020-21 budget situation and process might look like. Asm. Ting echoed the March advisory issued by the Department of Finance that the May budget revision will be a “workload budget,” while offering that the Legislature will we will no longer be able to consider new priorities and ideas from stakeholders, advocates and legislators, “with the exception of COVID-19 related costs, wildfire...

UPDATE: Legislature’s recess extended to May 4; what that means for remainder of session, state budget process

3 Apr
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On March 16, just after passing a package of $1 billion in funding to fight the COVID-19 pandemic (which included $100 million for schools, equal to approximately $17.37 per average daily attendance that will be sent to local educational agencies in early April), the Legislature recessed the 2020 legislative year until April 13. The unprecedented work stoppage has now been extended. UPDATE: On Friday, April 3, Senate President pro Tem Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) and Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon...

Update on $100M in COVID-19 funds for schools from Senate Bill 117

2 Apr
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On March 30, the California Department of Education issued a letter on the release of $100 million in funds for local educational agencies to battle the COVID-19 pandemic. This funding is pursuant to Senate Bill 117, which the Legislature passed on March 16 before adjourning until April 13 — although the recess may extend longer. The letter states that funds will be sent to each county treasurer’s office within “approximately one week from the date of this letter (March 30),”...

New Laws for California Schools (UPDATED 2/14/20): AB 1353, classified employee probationary period

8 Nov
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CSBA’s “New Laws for California Schools” series highlights new laws signed in 2019 affecting K-12 education. New laws are effective Jan. 1, 2020, unless otherwise noted. The What’s New for 2020 report on all new laws affecting education is available at www.csba.org/whatsnewfor2020. Effective Jan. 1, 2020, Assembly Bill 1353 (Wicks, D-Oakland) will shorten the maximum probationary period for classified school district employees from the current maximum period (not exceeding one year) to a period not exceeding six months, or 130...

Megan Dahle, former school board member, claims Assembly District 1 race

6 Nov
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Republican Megan Dahle claimed a relatively easy victory in yesterday’s election to fill the vacant Assembly District 1 seat in the Legislature, garnering 57.9 percent of the vote to top Democrat challenger Elizabeth Betancourt, who conceded the race late in the evening on Nov. 5. Dahle is a former school board member, serving a term as board president of Big Valley Joint USD, a small school district in Lassen County. She is the wife of Senator Brian Dahle (R-Bieber), who...

New Laws for California Schools: AB 413, use of ‘at-promise’ vs. ‘at-risk’

1 Nov
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CSBA’s “New Laws for California Schools” series highlights new laws signed in 2019 affecting K-12 education. New laws are effective Jan. 1, 2020, unless otherwise noted. The What’s New for 2020 report on all new laws affecting education is available at www.csba.org/whatsnewfor2020. The term “at-risk” has long been used to describe students coming from precarious situations or circumstances that increase their chances of academic failure. The term is often used to refer to those from disadvantaged backgrounds, which can include...

New Laws for California Schools: AB 1666, 2020 Census info for schools

25 Oct
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CSBA’s “New Laws for California Schools” series highlights new laws signed in 2019 affecting K-12 education. The What’s New for 2020 report on all new laws affecting education is available at www.csba.org/whatsnewfor2020. Assembly Bill 1666 (Reyes, D-San Bernardino) requires the California Complete Count – Census 2020 office to partner with local education agencies to make information about the 2020 Census available to students and parents. Providing information to local schools is already one of the key focus areas of California Complete Count;...

New Laws for California Schools: SB 223, administration of medical cannabis at school sites

18 Oct
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CSBA’s “New Laws for California Schools” series highlights new laws signed in 2019 affecting K-12 education. New laws are effective Jan. 1, 2020, unless otherwise noted. The What’s New for 2020 report on all new laws affecting education is available at www.csba.org/whatsnewfor2020. Senate Bill 223 (Hill, D-San Mateo) is nicknamed “Jojo’s Act,” named for a teenager in South San Francisco who suffers from Lennox-Gastaut syndrome, a severe form of epilepsy that causes debilitating seizures. Lennox-Gastaut is one of a number...

Legislative update: Here’s what Gov. Newsom vetoed in 2019

16 Oct
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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...

Legislative Update: What’s on the Governor’s desk?

18 Sep
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The Legislature concluded its 2019 business in the early morning hours of Saturday, Sept. 14 after marathon hearings on the Senate and Assembly Floors. Gov. Gavin Newsom now has until Oct. 13 to sign or veto all legislation passed by the Legislature and sent to his desk — bills that were not passed by the Legislature this year (referred to as “two-year bills”) have the option to be heard and passed in 2020, the second year of the current two-year...