BILL NUMBER: AB 374	INTRODUCED
	BILL TEXT


INTRODUCED BY   Assembly Member Block

                        FEBRUARY 23, 2009

   An act to add Article 10 (commencing with Section 48350) to
Chapter 2 of Part 27 of Division 4 of Title 2 of the Education Code,
relating to high school pupils.


	LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


   AB 374, as introduced, Block. Dropout acknowledgment form.
   (1) Existing law subjects each person between 6 and 18 years of
age who is not exempted under specified statutes to compulsory
full-time education. Existing law subjects each person between 16
years of age and 18 years of age who is not otherwise covered by
specified exemptions, including, among others, graduation from a
public or private high school or attendance at a public or private
full-time day school, to compulsory continuation education. Existing
law requires each person subject to compulsory full-time education or
compulsory continuation education who is not otherwise exempted to
attend a public full-time day school or continuation school or
classes for the full time designated as the length of the schoolday
by the governing board of the school district in which the residency
of either the parent or legal guardian is located and requires each
parent, guardian, or other person having control or charge of the
pupil to send the pupil to the public full-time day school or
continuation school or classes for the full time designated as the
length of the schoolday by the governing board of the school district
in which the residence of either the parent or legal guardian is
located. Existing law prescribes truancy procedures for pupils who do
not comply with these provisions. Existing law obligates parents or
guardians to compel the attendance of their children who have been
classified as truants at school and provides for criminal prosecution
of parents or guardians who fail to meet this obligation.
   This bill would require each school district to produce a
Consequences of Dropping Out Acknowledgment Form, as described, and
make copies of the form available to each of its schools that offer
any of grades 9 to 12, inclusive. The bill would require an
administrator or other certificated employee of a public school that
offers any of grades 9 to 12, inclusive, who becomes aware of the
intent of a pupil to drop out of school prior to reaching 18 years of
age or completing the requirements for graduation from high school,
to make every reasonable effort to provide the pupil with a copy of
the form provided by the school district. By requiring school
district and school personnel to perform additional duties, the bill
would impose a state-mandated local program.
   (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 these
statutory provisions.
   Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: yes.
State-mandated local program: yes.


THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  SECTION 1.  The Legislature finds and declares that the findings of
both of the following projects support the consequences listed in
the Consequences of Dropping Out Acknowledgment Form proposed by this
act:
   (a) "The Silent Epidemic: Perspectives of High School Dropouts," a
report by Civic Enterprises in association with Peter D. Hart
Research Associates.
   (b) The Civil Rights Project in association with the University of
California at Los Angeles and Harvard University.
  SEC. 2.  Article 10 (commencing with Section 48350) is added to
Chapter 2 of Part 27 of Division 4 of Title 2 of the Education Code,
to read:

      Article 10.  Consequences of Dropping Out Acknowledgment Form


   48350.  It is the intent of the Legislature that this article be
implemented in a manner that is consistent with the duties of public
school officers and employees pursuant to this chapter and Chapter 3
(commencing with Section 48400). This article does not grant pupils
any right to drop out of school prior to reaching 18 years of age or
completing the requirements for graduation from high school.
   48351.  (a) Each school district shall produce a Consequences of
Dropping Out Acknowledgment Form, as described in subdivision (c),
and make copies of the form available to each of its schools that
offer any of grades 9 to 12, inclusive.
   (b) If an administrator or other certificated employee of a public
school that offers any of grades 9 to 12, inclusive, becomes aware
of the intent of a pupil to drop out of school prior to reaching 18
years of age or completing the requirements for graduation from high
school, the administrator or employee shall make every reasonable
effort to provide the pupil with a copy of the Consequences of
Dropping Out Acknowledgment Form provided by the school district
pursuant to subdivision (a).
   (c) The Consequences of Dropping Out Acknowledgment Form shall
include all of the following in the following descending order:
   (1) The title "Consequences of Dropping Out Acknowledgment Form"
centered at the top of the form.
   (2) A separate line for the pupil to print his or her name.
   (3) The following statement:
   "By signing this form, I acknowledge that I have been fully
informed of all of the following:
   (I) This form does not grant me the right to drop out of school. I
remain subject to the compulsory attendance requirements and truancy
procedures set forth in state law.
   (II) The potential consequences of dropping out of school prior to
reaching 18 years of age or completing the requirements for
graduation from high school include all of the following: greater
difficulty in finding a job; reduced income and purchasing power; a
greater likelihood of engaging in criminal activity; a greater
likelihood of spending time in jail and/or prison; a greater
likelihood of receiving welfare and/or other forms of public
assistance; fewer choices about where to live; and a lesser
likelihood of properly caring for and educating children.
   (III) I have been fully informed of my right to reenroll in school
to complete the requirements for graduation from high school, the
procedure for reenrollment in school, and the availability of
alternative educational services, including continuation school,
independent study, adult education, community college, and the
General Educational Development (GED) tests."
   (4) A separate signature line for the pupil.
   (5) A separate line for the parent or guardian to print his or her
name.
   (6) The following statement:
   "By signing this form, I acknowledge that I have been fully
informed of all of the following:
   (I) My child or dependent, the student named above, remains
subject to the compulsory attendance requirements and truancy
procedures set forth in state law.
   (II) The consequences of my child or dependent dropping out of
school prior to reaching 18 years of age or completing the
requirements for graduation from high school, as described above.
   (III) My child's or dependent's right to reenroll in school to
complete the requirements for graduation from high school, the
procedure for reenrollment in school, and the availability of
alternative educational services, including continuation school,
independent study, adult education, community college, and the
General Educational Development (GED) tests."
   (7) A separate signature line for the parent or guardian of the
pupil.
  SEC. 3.  If the Commission on State Mandates determines that this
act contains costs mandated by the state, reimbursement to local
agencies and school districts for those costs shall be made pursuant
to Part 7 (commencing with Section 17500) of Division 4 of Title 2 of
the Government Code.