BILL NUMBER: AB 374	AMENDED
	BILL TEXT

	AMENDED IN ASSEMBLY  JUNE 1, 2009
	AMENDED IN ASSEMBLY  APRIL 14, 2009

INTRODUCED BY   Assembly Member Block

                        FEBRUARY 23, 2009

   An act to add Section 48209 to the Education Code, relating to
high school pupils.


	LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


   AB 374, as amended, Block. Consequences of dropping out notice.
   (1) Existing law subjects each person between 6 and 18 years of
age who is not exempted under specified statutes to compulsory
full-time or continuation education. Existing law requires each
person subject to compulsory full-time or continuation education who
is not 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 appropriate
school or classes for the designated periods of time each schoolday.
Existing law prescribes truancy procedures for pupils who do not
comply with these provisions.
   This bill would require the Superintendent of Public Instruction
to produce a consequences of dropping out notice, as described, to
inform pupils of the consequences of dropping out of school prior to
reaching 18 years of age or completing the requirements for
graduation from high school. The bill would require the
Superintendent to make the notice available to school districts by
posting it on the Internet Web site of the department.  The
bill would encourage a school district, county office of education,
or charter school that offers any of grades 9 to 12, inclusive, to
download the consequences of dropping out notice and distribute it to
pupils enrolled in grades 9 to 12, inclusive. 
   Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: yes.
State-mandated local program: no.


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 notice 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.  Section 48209 is added to the Education Code, to read:
   48209.  (a) The Superintendent shall produce a consequences of
dropping out notice, as described in subdivision (b), to inform
pupils of the consequences of dropping out of school prior to
reaching 18 years of age or completing the requirements for
graduation from high school. The Superintendent shall make the notice
available to school districts by posting it on the Internet Web site
of the department.
   (b) The consequences of dropping out notice shall include, but is
not limited to, all of the following information:
   (1) 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: greater difficulty in finding a
job; a reduced income and purchasing power; a greater likelihood of
engaging in criminal activity; a greater likelihood of spending time
in jail, prison, or both; a greater likelihood of receiving welfare,
other forms of public assistance, or both; fewer choices about where
to live; and a lesser likelihood of properly caring for and educating
children.
   (2) The right of a pupil to reenroll in school to complete the
requirements for graduation from high school and the procedure for
reenrollment in school.
   (3) The availability of alternative educational services,
including continuation school, independent study, adult education,
community college, and the General Educational Development (GED)
tests. 
   (c) A school district, county office of education, or charter
school that offers any of grades 9 to 12, inclusive, is encouraged to
download the consequences of dropping out notice and distribute it
to pupils enrolled in grades 9 to 12, inclusive.