Category Archives: Legislature

New Laws for California Schools: 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...

AB 1505 passes Legislature, sent to Gov. Newsom

11 Sep
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Assembly Bill 1505 (O’Donnell, D-Long Beach), a bill that would make substantial changes to processes governing charter school petitions and renewals, has been sent to Gov. Gavin Newsom’s desk after passing the Senate with a 27-11 vote (with two members not recording a vote) on Sept. 9 and concurred by the Assembly with a 60-16 vote (with three members not recording a vote) on Sept. 10.  On Aug. 28, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced that an agreement had been reached with...

Updates on AB 1505, charter school petitions and renewals

4 Sep
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On Aug. 28, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced that an agreement had been reached with legislative leadership on Assembly Bill 1505 (O’Donnell, D-Long Beach), a bill that would make substantial changes to processes governing charter school petitions and renewals. The amended version of AB 1505 is now in print. UPDATE (Sept. 9): CSBA has adopted a position of “Support and Seek Amendments” on AB 1505, meaning that CSBA now supports the bill and is working with the author, the administration and...

Legislative agreement reached on charter schools bill

29 Aug
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On Wednesday evening (Aug. 28), Gov. Gavin Newsom announced that an agreement has been reached with legislative leadership on Assembly Bill 1505 (O’Donnell, D-Long Beach), a bill that would make substantial changes to processes governing charter school petitions and renewals. The exact details of this agreement are still being worked out, and the amended bill language is not yet in print as of this writing. CSBA will report on additional details of AB 1505 when the amended language is made...