Note: Although the bills listed below are technically alive, they will be no longer active if they don’t meet deadlines early in 2012. In many cases, these bills are two-year bills because they were held in committee because they didn’t have the votes to continue to advance through the legislative process. Other bills were held at the request of the authors for further study and fine-tuning.
Standards, Assessments and Accountability
SB 740 (Hancock (D-Berkeley)) —Would reduce accountability by eliminating all 2nd Grade testing, including all tests in English and Spanish, and specially designed special education assessments.
AB 5 (Fuentes (D-Los Angeles)) – Would gut the Stull Act, which requires evaluation of all certificated school personnel and require school districts to implement a new system of evaluations, as specified.
AB 1166 (Solorio (D-Santa Ana)) – Would clarify existing law that allows a school district to provide additional salary credit for specified specialized training when agreed to through collective bargaining.
Public School Choice
AB 851 (Nestande (R-Palm Desert)) -- Would require the CSU and the CCC, and requests the UC, to report to the Legislature on distance learning courses.
AB 802 (Blumenfield (D-Van Nuys)) – Would authorize school districts, county offices of education, and charter schools to offer online education courses that satisfy specified criteria.
AB 1362 (Nestande (R-Palm Desert)) – Would authorize schools to use electronic attendance accounting systems for on-line courses and combine data from manual and electronic accounting systems.
AB 401 (Ammiano (D-San Francisco)) — Would put a hard cap on the number of charter schools in California, jeopardizing eligibility for tens of millions of dollars in federal funds.
AB 1172 (Mendoza (D-Artesia)) – Would allow a school district to deny a charter school petition if the charter school would have a negative fiscal impact on the school district.
School Finance and Funding
AB 18 (Brownley (D-Santa Monica)) – Would establish school-based financial reporting system, weighted student funding, and site based funding transparency.
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