California & Federal Legislation

California

California Legislative Information  Legislation introduced in the California Senate and Assembly is summarized using plain language. There are numerous changes, as the bills are discussed and progress into laws, so one must check the website frequently.

AB 47  The Preschool For All Act of 2015 – All low-income families shall have access to either a state preschool program or a transitional kindergarten. The intent is to have a full day program.  Participation is not mandatory.  Passed the House vote June 3, 2015, and ordered to the Senate.
Passed in Senate 9/4/15, enrolled 9/16/15, but instead of adding it to Sec.8235.1 Ed Code, it was vetoed by the Governor 10/9/15.

AB 420  Chaptered 9/27/14 Dickinson – Pupil discipline: suspensions and expulsions: willful defiance.  This bill eliminates the authority to suspend a pupil enrolled in kindergarten or any of grades 1 to 3 inclusive. It also eliminates the authority to recommend for expulsion a pupil enrolled in kindergarten through grade 12, inclusive, for disrupting school activities or otherwise willfully defying the valid authority of those school personnel engaged in the performance of their duties. The bill would make the restrictions inoperative on July 1, 2018. Ideally this will bring more attention to the restorative justice process.

AB 1014  Chaptered 9/21/16 Thurmond – Safe Neighborhoods and Schools Fund: Learning Communities for School Success Program.- A bill to pilot programs administered by the State Department of Education, that seek to identify and implement evidence-based, nonpunitive programs and practices in grade K through 12.  Passed House Vote on 6/3/15;  after traveling a bit, it was amended, and passed the Senate 8/24/16.

Federal

Key Points of the ESSA Law – January 21, 2016 – Questions asked of David P. Cleary, chief of staff to Sen. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee and staff director of the Senate Health Education Labor and Pension Committee, by Diane Ravitch.

ESEA Information – National Education Association’s ” ESEA 101.” At the top of the page is a pull-down menu “Issues” from which you can find out about ESEA, Charter Schools, Funding, and more.  Plus, at this website, there are NEA webinars available on The Every Student Succeeds Act and its effect.

Cecilia Munoz, Director of the domestic Policy Council, writes about the Every Student Succeeds Act (reauthorization of ESEA) on www.whitehouse.gov.  This article is a bit of history, dated 12/8/15.

The Federal Bills – Notice the button on each page for a read aloud.

H.R. 3461 – Strong Start for America’s Children Act of 2013

S .1177 – Every Child Achieves Act of 2015  (Senate Version of the reauthorization of ESEA)

H.R. 5 – The Student Success Act (House Version of the reauthorization of ESEA)  Search ESEA  to see some of the many, many, bills that went into its making.