AB 967

  • California Assembly Bill
  • 2021-2022 Regular Session
  • Introduced in Assembly
  • Assembly
  • Senate
  • Governor

Special education: COVID-19 Special Education Fund.


(1) Existing law requires apportionments to special education local plan areas for special education programs operated by, and services provided by, school districts, county offices of education, and special education local plan areas to be computed in a specified manner. Existing law requires the Superintendent of Public Instruction to continuously monitor and review all special education programs to ensure that all funds appropriated to special education local plan areas are expended for the purposes intended, as provided. This bill would establish in the State Treasury the COVID-19 Special Education Fund and would require moneys in the fund to be used by the State Department of Education, upon appropriation, for purposes of providing matching funds, on a one-to-one basis, to support local educational agencies in conducting activities to prevent and intervene early in conflicts, conduct voluntary alternative dispute resolution, and provide services to pupils with disabilities relating to individually determined impacts to learning associated with COVID-19 pandemic school disruptions, as provided. The bill would require a local educational agency to submit an application for funding to their special education local plan area to be eligible for these funds. The bill would require the special education local plan area to verify that specified conditions have been met, including an individualized analysis to determine pupil needs, as provided, before submitting the application to the department on behalf of the local educational agency. By requiring new duties of a special education local plan area, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program. The bill would require the department, on or before an unspecified date, to issue guidance to assist local educational agencies in identifying factors to consider when conducting individualized analyses of the need to address impacts to learning or for services related to COVID-19 pandemic school disruptions, as provided. The bill would prohibit these requirements from being implemented by the department until an appropriation is made in the annual Budget Act or another statute for these purposes. (2) 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.

Bill Sponsors (1)



Mar 22, 2021


Re-referred to Com. on ED.

  • Referral-Committee
Com. on ED.

Mar 18, 2021


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

Feb 25, 2021


Referred to Com. on ED.

  • Referral-Committee
Com. on ED.

Feb 18, 2021


From printer. May be heard in committee March 20.

Feb 17, 2021


Read first time. To print.

Bill Text

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02/17/21 - Introduced PDF
03/18/21 - Amended Assembly PDF

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