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          AB 434 (Block)
          As Amended  August 17, 2010
          Majority vote
          |ASSEMBLY:  |52-25|(June 3, 2009)  |SENATE: |34-0 |(August 23,    |
          |           |     |                |        |     |2010)          |
           Original Committee Reference:    ED.

          SUMMARY  :  Specifies that for the After School Education and  
          Safety (ASES) Program, the cost of a program site supervisor may  
          be included as direct services, provided that at least 85% of  
          the site supervisor's time is spent at the program site.

           The Senate amendments  strike the provisions of the bill that  
          reduce the required match for ASES funds and authorize, rather  
          than require, the cost of a program site supervisor to be  
          counted as direct services.

           AS PASSED BY THE ASSEMBLY  , this bill was substantially similar  
          to the version passed by the Senate.

           FISCAL EFFECT  :  According to the Senate Appropriations  
          Committee, there are no direct state costs, although the bill  
          could result in a potential reduction in direct services.  

           COMMENTS  :  The ASES program, passed by voters as Proposition 49  
          in 2002, provided almost $550 million for before and after  
          school programs for students in kindergarten through ninth  
          grade.  In 2008-09, 377 predominantly districts and county  
          offices of education received grants, serving 3,800 schools,  
          although local governments and nonprofit organizations working  
          in partnership with local educational agencies may also apply.   
          After school programs must commence right after school and at  
          least until 6 p.m. for 15 hours per week.  Participating  
          after-school programs are required to have an educational and  
          literacy component in which tutoring or homework assistance is  
          provided in one or more of the following areas:  language arts,  
          mathematics, history and social science, computer training, or  
          sciences; and an educational enrichment component, which may  
          include, but is not limited to, fine arts, career technical  
          education, recreation, physical fitness and prevention  


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          activities.  Priority for funding goes to schools where at least  
          50% of the pupils are eligible for free- or reduced-priced  

          Maximum grants are $112,500 per year for elementary schools and  
          $150,000 per year for middle or junior high schools based on a  
          per pupil amount of $7.50 per day.  Each program is required to  
          provide a match equal to not less than one-third of the total  
          grant.  Facilities may count towards 25% of the local  

          Current law requires an ASES provider to spend 85% of the funds  
          on direct services to pupils and authorizes no more than 15% of  
          funds on administrative costs.  This bill specifies that the  
          cost of a program site supervisor may be considered direct  
          services as long as at least 85% of the site supervisor's time  
          is spent at the program site.  According to the California  
          Department of Education (CDE), "direct services" is not defined.  
           When the CDE initiated categorical program reviews two years  
          ago, the question of how to count a site supervisor's time  
          arose.  The majority of the site supervisor's work is on  
          managing the program and the bulk of his or her time is spent at  
          the program site, which the CDE considers direct services.  The  
          remaining time may be spent at the district office conducting  
          administrative duties.  The CDE indicates that without  
          clarification, it must require site supervisors to account for  
          every minute of their time, which may be unnecessarily  
          burdensome.  Senate amendments authorize, rather than require, a  
          program site supervisor's time to be considered direct services.  
           It is unclear whether the district or the CDE has the authority  
          to make this decision.  

          The sponsor, the Children's Initiative, states that the  
          provisions of this bill were discussed and recommended by the  
          Advisory Committee on Before and After School Programs,  
          established by SB 854 (Ashburn), Chapter 555, Statutes of 2005,  
          which meets at least three times a year to provide advice and  
          offer administrative and legislative recommendations.

          Analysis Prepared by  :    Sophia Kwong Kim / ED. / (916) 319-2087  

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