AB 104

  • California Assembly Bill
  • 2021-2022 Regular Session
  • Introduced in Assembly Dec 11, 2020
  • Assembly
  • Senate
  • Governor

Pupil instruction: learning recovery opportunities: COVID-19.

Abstract

(1) Existing law requires the governing board of a school district and a county superintendent of schools to adopt policies regarding pupil promotion and retention, and requires a pupil to be promoted or retained only as provided for in those policies. For the 2021–22 school year, this bill would require a school district, county office of education, or charter school to implement an interim policy regarding the retention of pupils who, in the 2020–21 academic year, had enrolled in any grade or who were entering kindergarten. The bill would require, on or before July 1, 2021, the school district, county office of education, or charter school to notify those pupils' parents of their authority to request the pupil be retained in the pupil's 2020–21 grade level for the 2021–22 academic year, as specified. The bill would require a school district, county office of education, or charter school to consult with the requesting parent, the pupil, and the pupil's teacher, and would require consideration of the pupil's academic data, any other information relevant to whether retention is in the pupil's best interests, academically and socially, and assurances that a retention decision is consistent with the pupil's individualized education program. The bill would require a school district, county office of education, or charter school to notify the requesting parent of its retention decision no later than August 1, 2021. By imposing new duties on school districts, county offices of education, and charter schools, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program. (2) Existing law requires the governing board of a school district to prescribe regulations requiring the evaluation of a pupil's achievement for each marking period. When a teacher provides the pupil with a grade for a course, existing law requires the grade, in the absence of clerical or mechanical mistake, fraud, bad faith, or incompetency, to be final. Existing law prohibits the governing board of a school district or the superintendent of the district from ordering a change in the pupil's grade unless the teacher who determined the grade is given an opportunity, to the extent practicable, to be included in all discussions relating to the grade change. This bill would authorize a pupil who, in the 2020–21 school year, earned a letter grade in a course required for graduation from high school to request that the pupil's school district, county board of education, or charter school change the letter grade to a Pass or No Pass grade on the pupil's transcript. The bill would require the school district, county office of education, or charter school to make the requested change, as specified. The bill would require the California State University, and encourage private postsecondary institutions and the University of California, to accept, and to notify the State Department of Education whether the institution will accept, those changed transcripts for admission purposes. The bill would require the department to develop the application for the grade change request and to provide related assistance to school districts, county offices of education, and charter schools. By requiring local educational entities to perform specified duties regarding the grade change option, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program. (3) Existing law requires a school district or charter school to exempt certain categories of pupils who transfer between schools any time after completion of the 2nd year of high school, or who participate in a specified newcomer program, from all coursework and other requirements adopted by the governing body of the school district or charter school that are in addition to certain statewide coursework requirements unless the school district or charter school makes a finding that the pupil is reasonably able to complete the graduation requirements of the school district or charter school in time to graduate from high school by the end of the pupil's 4th year of high school. Existing law requires a school district or charter school to take specified actions if it determines the pupil is reasonably able to complete those graduation requirements within the pupil's 5th year of high school. This bill would require a school district or charter school to exempt all pupils who, in the 2020–21 school year, were in their 3rd or 4th year of high school from all coursework and other requirements adopted by the governing body of a school district or charter school that are in addition to the statewide coursework requirements, unless it makes the same above-described finding regarding graduating by the end of the pupil's 4th year of high school or makes the same determination described above regarding completing the graduation requirements within the pupil's 5th year of high school. By requiring school districts and charter schools to perform additional duties in complying with the exemption requirements, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program. (4) Existing law establishes the California Collaborative for Educational Excellence to advise and assist school districts, county superintendents of schools, and charter schools in achieving the goals set forth in a local control and accountability plan. This bill would establish the COVID-19 Student Learning Recovery Act of 2021 for the benefit of certain disadvantaged pupil groups who have faced adverse learning and social-emotional circumstances as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The bill would require the Superintendent of Public Instruction to allocate funding to school districts, county offices of education, and charter schools, as specified. The bill would require, on or before May 1, 2021, the funding recipients, with assistance from the State Department of Education and the California Collaborative for Educational Excellence, to develop a plan to implement a tiered level of instructional programs that supplement regular instructional programs and a tiered level of support interventions designed to meet the behavioral, social, emotional, and basic needs of eligible pupils. The bill would require those supplemental instruction and supports to be provided to pupils in person, except as specified. The bill would require the funding recipients to, among other things, provide specific supports to English learners and pupils who are individuals with exceptional needs and provide meals and snacks to all participating pupils. The bill would require funding recipients to report data to the Superintendent and the department to report data to the Legislature, on the program. By imposing additional duties on school districts, county offices of education, and charter schools, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program. (5) The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that reimbursement. This bill would provide that, if the Commission on State Mandates determines that the bill contains costs mandated by the state, reimbursement for those costs shall be made pursuant to the statutory provisions noted above.

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Jan 27, 2021

Assembly

In committee: Hearing postponed by committee.

Jan 25, 2021

Assembly

Re-referred to Com. on ED.

  • Referral-Committee
Com. on ED.

Jan 21, 2021

Assembly

From committee chair, with author's amendments: Amend, and re-refer to Com. on ED. Read second time and amended.

Jan 13, 2021

Assembly

Re-referred to Com. on ED.

  • Referral-Committee
Com. on ED.

Jan 12, 2021

Assembly

From committee chair, with author's amendments: Amend, and re-refer to Com. on ED. Read second time and amended.

Jan 11, 2021

Assembly

Referred to Com. on ED.

  • Referral-Committee
Com. on ED.

Assembly

Read first time.

Dec 12, 2020

Assembly

From printer. May be heard in committee January 11.

Dec 11, 2020

Assembly

Introduced. To print.

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12/11/20 - Introduced PDF
01/12/21 - Amended Assembly PDF
01/21/21 - Amended Assembly PDF

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