Recap of key legislation
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2019 Legislative Session Ends

Update on key education-related legislation

 

School start time bill sent to Gov. Newsom on final day of legislative session

After an early morning debate on the Assembly Floor, the Legislature sent to Gov. Newsom’s desk Senate Bill 328 (Portantino, D- La Cañada Flintridge), the school start time bill that would require all non-rural middle and high schools to begin the regular school day no earlier than 8 a.m. (middle schools) or 8:30 a.m. (high schools).

SB 328 passed the Assembly this morning with 44 Aye votes (41 were needed for passage), 20 No votes and 15 members not recording a vote.
Click here to see Sept. 14 the vote tally.

Click here to email Gov. Newsom to urge his veto of SB 328.

CSBA continues to oppose a statewide mandate on school start times and is helping to lead a coalition opposing SB 328 that includes the California Teachers Association, Association of California School Administrators, California Association of School Business Officials, California Association of Suburban School Districts, California Small School Districts Association, California Association of School Transportation Officials, Alameda-Contra Costa Transit District and various individual school districts and county offices of education.

CSBA would like to thank the hundreds of members who have made calls and sent emails and letter to legislators, letting them know how SB 328 would adversely affect your students, families and local communities.

 
 
School facilities bond

On Sept. 10, a legislative agreement was reached on
Assembly Bill 48 (O’Donnell & Glazer), which is now known as The Public Preschool, K-12, and College Health and Safety Bond Act of 2020. The bill was approved by the Senate on Sept. 13 and later concurred in the Assembly early this morning, sending the bill to Gov. Newsom’s desk. The Governor is expected to sign it. 

AB 48 would place a $15 billion facilities bond on the March 3, 2020 ballot, with a total of $9 billion going to K-12 ($2.8 billion to new construction and $5.2 billion to modernization, including money for lead in water testing and remediation, and $500 million each for Career Technical Education and charter schools).

The $9 billion total K-12 figure is less than the $11 billion that AB 48 originally proposed, and money for CSU and UC systems was inserted into the final version. However, AB 48 would make changes to the distribution of funding for school facilities projects, eschewing the current “first come, first serve” model in favor of a system that would prioritize project funding for schools in lower-income communities, increasing the state matching amount (on a sliding scale) from 50 percent to 55 percent for new construction and 60 percent to 65 percent for modernization based on a district’s ability to generate local funds and the percentages of low income, foster care, and English learner students. 

The bill would also increase bonding capacity for unified school districts from 2.5 percent to 4 percent of assessed valuation and from 1.25 to 2 percent for elementary and high school districts, temporarily modify certain developer fees and provide immediate assistance (i.e. temporary facilities) for schools impacted by disasters. 

Important note: All provisions of the bill, including those described above, are contingent on the passage of the Public Preschool, K-12, and College Health and Safety Bond Act of 2020 on the March 3, 2020 ballot – no parts of the bill would become effective on January 1, 2020, as is the case with most other Assembly and Senate Bills signed this year.  


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