BILL ANALYSIS SENATE COMMITTEE ON EDUCATION Gloria Romero, Chair 2009-2010 Regular Session BILL NO: AB 2081 AUTHOR: Assembly Education Committee AMENDED: June 9, 2010 FISCAL COMM: No HEARING DATE: June 16, 2010 URGENCY: No CONSULTANT:Daniel Alvarez SUBJECT : Education KEY POLICY ISSUE Should the Legislature, in a single measure, make various non-controversial revisions to the Education Code? SUMMARY This bill makes technical non-controversial revisions to the Education Code to delete obsolete references and language, correct technical errors and oversights, and update references, as specified. BACKGROUND This bill is one of the annual Education Code clean up bills that makes various non-controversial revisions to statute. This education omnibus bill corrects errors, resolves conflicts, and deletes obsolete references. By tradition, objection to any provision by the agency affected, the Department of Finance, or any of the four legislative caucuses prevents that provision from being included in this bill. ANALYSIS This bill corrects technical errors and oversights, and makes numerous non-controversial and conforming changes to various provisions of the Education Code. Specifically, this bill: 1) Deletes cross-references to various obsolete and outdated sections of the Education Code and corrects a cross reference. AB 2081 Page 2 2) Corrects an oversight that was not included in AB 174 (Carter), Chapter 314, Statutes of 2009 relative to the ability to exclude elementary school districts from a unification of a high school district. STAFF COMMENTS 1) Need for the bill . This bill is the annual Education Code clean up legislation, sponsored by the Superintendent of Public Instruction (SPI) to make various non-controversial revisions to statute. 2) Technical clean-up bill . This bill is a technical clean up of the Education Code (EC) focused upon K-12 education. The bill makes changes which are explained as follows: Sections 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6 - amendments to Sections 1266, 1274, 1510, 5200, 15235, and 35331 of the EC to delete obsolete cross-references to non-existent EC sections. Section 7 - amendment to Section 35534 of the EC to correct an outdated cross reference to Section 35535. Last session, AB 174 (Chapter 314, Statutes of 2009) renumbered EC section 35535 to EC 35786. The proposed amendment would correct the reference. Section 8 - amendment to Section 35542 (b) corrects a technical oversight in Chapter 314, Statutes of 2009. Chapter 314 provides that county committees on school district organization can locally approve unification proposals, without going to the State Board of Education (SBE) if all affected districts support the unification and the county superintendent of schools has agreed to the local approval process. However, the ability to exclude elementary school districts from a unification of a high school district was unintentionally left out of the legislation. Thus, the ability to determine one component of some AB 2081 Page 3 unification proposals remains an authority of the SBE. The clean up amendment in this bill would allow the county committee on school district organization to exclude elementary districts from a unification of a high school district when all affected districts support the unification and the county superintendent of schools has agreed to the local approval process allowed by Chapter 314, Statues of 2009. SUPPORT State Superintendent of Public Instruction (sponsor) OPPOSITION None received.