BILL NUMBER: AB 1330	AMENDED
	BILL TEXT

	AMENDED IN SENATE  SEPTEMBER 2, 2011
	AMENDED IN SENATE  AUGUST 30, 2011
	AMENDED IN SENATE  AUGUST 15, 2011
	AMENDED IN SENATE  JULY 6, 2011
	AMENDED IN SENATE  JUNE 23, 2011
	AMENDED IN ASSEMBLY  MAY 27, 2011
	AMENDED IN ASSEMBLY  MAY 4, 2011

INTRODUCED BY   Assembly Member Furutani
   (Coauthor: Senator Wyland)

                        FEBRUARY 18, 2011

   An act to amend Section 48980 of, and to amend, repeal, and add
Section 51225.3 of, the Education Code, relating to graduation
requirements.



	LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


   AB 1330, as amended, Furutani. Graduation requirements: career
technical education.
   Existing law prohibits a pupil from receiving a diploma of
graduation from high school unless he or she completes specified
requirements, including, but not limited to, completing one course in
visual or performing arts or foreign language.
   This bill, commencing with the 2012-13 school year, would add
completion of a course in career technical education, as defined, as
an alternative to the requirement that a pupil complete a course in
visual or performing arts or foreign language.
   The bill would require the governing board of a school district or
county office of education that elects to offer career technical
education courses pursuant to these provisions to provide parents,
teachers, pupils, and the public, at a regularly scheduled meeting of
the governing board, with specified information relating to the
impact that offering these courses would have on graduation
requirements and admission requirements to the California State
University and the University of California. The bill also would
require a school district that elects to allow a career technical
education course to satisfy a specified course graduation requirement
to include, as part of an existing notification requirement,
information about the high school graduation requirements of the
school district and how each requirement satisfies, or does not
satisfy, college admission requirements, and a list of career
technical education courses offered by the school district.
   The bill also would require the State Department of Education to
submit a comprehensive report to the appropriate policy committees of
the Legislature, on or before  January 1, 2016, 
 July 1, 2017,  that includes specified information relating
to this alternative means of satisfying the graduation requirement.
The bill would authorize the Superintendent of Public Instruction to
use existing state resources and federal funds for purposes of
completing the report, and to apply for and receive grants and
donations from public or private sources if existing resources are
not available or sufficient. The bill would also authorize the
Superintendent to accept support, including, but not limited to,
financial and technical support, from high school reform advocates,
teachers, chamber organizations, industry representatives, research
centers, parents, and pupils.
   The bill would make these provisions inoperative on the earlier of
2 specified dates and would repeal these provisions on January 1
immediately following that earlier date.
   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.  (a) The Legislature finds and declares all of the
following:
   (1) The foundational principle of the Education Code is that all
pupils shall have access to equitable educational opportunities and
resources.
   (2) The future of the state is dependent upon minimizing, if not
entirely alleviating, the inequities in our public schools so that
all pupils will have more equitable opportunities to learn skills
needed for entry into the workforce, to pursue postsecondary
educational goals, and to contribute to the social cohesion of the
state.
   (3) Current law specifies the courses a pupil must complete to
graduate from high school. However, too many pupils are dropping out
of high school or graduating without the necessary foundation to
succeed in the workplace or in postsecondary education.
   (b) It is the intent of the Legislature that:
   (1) By specifying the types of coursework that pupils must
complete in order to graduate, pupils will have world-class skills
and the workforce of the state will be competitive in the global
economy.
   (2) Pupils will be prepared to meet the academic and technical
skills challenges of the high school curriculum and that they will
take advantage of the range of course options available to them.
   (3) In order to increase the rigor of the coursework and to ensure
that pupils are prepared to meet the demands of the 21st century,
the courses required for high school graduation must be aligned with
the standards and frameworks that are adopted by the State Board of
Education.
  SEC. 2.  Section 48980 of the Education Code is amended to read:
   48980.  (a) At the beginning of the first semester or quarter of
the regular school term, the governing board of each school district
shall notify the parent or guardian of a minor pupil regarding the
right or responsibility of the parent or guardian under Sections
35291, 46014, 48205, 48207, 48208, 49403, 49423, 49451, 49472, and
51938 and Chapter 2.3 (commencing with Section 32255) of Part 19 of
Division 1 of Title 1.
   (b) The notification also shall advise the parent or guardian of
the availability of individualized instruction as prescribed by
Section 48206.3, and of the program prescribed by Article 9
(commencing with Section 49510) of Chapter 9.
   (c) The notification also shall advise the parents and guardians
of all pupils attending a school within the school district of the
schedule of minimum days and pupil-free staff development days, and
if minimum or pupil-free staff development days are scheduled
thereafter, the governing board of the district shall notify parents
and guardians of the affected pupils as early as possible, but not
later than one month before the scheduled minimum or pupil-free day.
   (d) The notification also may advise the parent or guardian of the
importance of investing for future college or university education
for their children and of considering appropriate investment options,
including, but not limited to, United States savings bonds.
   (e) The notification shall advise the parent or guardian of the
pupil that each pupil completing grade 12 is required to successfully
pass the high school exit examination administered pursuant to
Chapter 9 (commencing with Section 60850) of Part 33. The
notification shall include, at a minimum, the date of the examination
and the requirements for passing the examination, and shall inform
the parents and guardians regarding the consequences of not passing
the examination and shall inform parents and guardians that passing
the examination is a condition of graduation.
   (f) Each school district that elects to provide a fingerprinting
program pursuant to Article 10 (commencing with Section 32390) of
Chapter 3 of Part 19 of Division 1 of Title 1 shall inform parents or
guardians of the program as specified in Section 32390.
   (g) The notification also shall include a copy of the written
policy of the school district on sexual harassment established
pursuant to Section 231.5, as it relates to pupils.
   (h) The notification shall advise the parent or guardian of all
existing statutory attendance options and local attendance options
available in the school district. This notification component shall
include all options for meeting residency requirements for school
attendance, programmatic options offered within the local attendance
areas, and any special programmatic options available on both an
interdistrict and intradistrict basis. This notification component
also shall include a description of all options, a description of the
procedure for application for alternative attendance areas or
programs, an application form from the district for requesting a
change of attendance, and a description of the appeals process
available, if any, for a parent or guardian denied a change of
attendance. The notification component also shall include an
explanation of the existing statutory attendance options, including,
but not limited to, those available under Section 35160.5, Chapter 5
(commencing with Section 46600) of Part 26, and subdivision (b) of
Section 48204. The department shall produce this portion of the
notification and shall distribute it to all school districts.
   (i) It is the intent of the Legislature that the governing board
of each school district annually review the enrollment options
available to the pupils within its district and that the districts
strive to make available enrollment options that meet the diverse
needs, potential, and interests of the pupils of California.
   (j) The notification shall advise the parent or guardian that a
pupil shall not have his or her grade reduced or lose academic credit
for any absence or absences excused pursuant to Section 48205 if
missed assignments and tests that can reasonably be provided are
satisfactorily completed within a reasonable period of time, and
shall include the full text of Section 48205.
   (k) The notification shall advise the parent or guardian of the
availability of state funds to cover the costs of advanced placement
examination fees pursuant to Section 52244.
   (l) The notification to the parent or guardian of a minor pupil
enrolled in any of grades 9 to 12, inclusive, also shall include the
information required pursuant to Section 51229.
   (m) If a school district elects to allow a career technical
education course to satisfy the requirement imposed by subparagraph
(E) of paragraph (1) of subdivision (a) of Section 51225.3, the
school district shall include, in the notification required pursuant
to this section, both of the following:
   (1) Information about the high school graduation requirements of
the school district and how each requirement satisfies or does not
satisfy the subject matter requirements for admission to the
California State University and the University of California.
   (2) A complete list of career technical education courses offered
by the school district that satisfy the subject matter requirements
for admission to the California State University and the University
of California, and which of the specific college admission
requirements these courses satisfy.
  SEC. 3.  Section 51225.3 of the Education Code is amended to read:
   51225.3.  (a) A pupil shall complete all of the following while in
grades 9 to 12, inclusive, in order to receive a diploma of
graduation from high school:
   (1) At least the following numbers of courses in the subjects
specified, each course having a duration of one year, unless
otherwise specified:
   (A) Three courses in English.
   (B) Two courses in mathematics.
   (C) Two courses in science, including biological and physical
sciences.
   (D) Three courses in social studies, including United States
history and geography; world history, culture, and geography; a
one-semester course in American government and civics; and a
one-semester course in economics.
   (E) One course in visual or performing arts, foreign language, or,
commencing with the 2012-13 school year, career technical education.

   (i) For purposes of satisfying the requirement specified in this
subparagraph, a course in American Sign Language shall be deemed a
course in foreign language.
   (ii) For purposes of this subparagraph, "a course in career
technical education" means a course in a district-operated career
technical education program that is aligned to the career technical
model curriculum standards and framework adopted by the state board,
including courses through a regional occupational center or program
operated by a county superintendent of schools or pursuant to a joint
powers agreement.
   (iii) This subparagraph does not require a school or school
district that currently does not offer career technical education
courses to start new career technical education programs for purposes
of this section.
   (iv) If a school district or county office of education elects to
allow a career technical education course to satisfy the requirement
imposed by this subparagraph, the governing board of the school
district or county office of education, prior to offering that
alternative to pupils, shall notify parents, teachers, pupils, and
the public at a regularly scheduled meeting of the governing board of
all of the following:
   (I) The intent to offer career technical education courses to
fulfill the graduation requirement specified in this subparagraph.
   (II) The impact that offering career technical education courses,
pursuant to this subparagraph, will have on the availability of
courses that meet the eligibility requirements for admission to the
California State University and the University of California, and
whether the career technical education courses to be offered pursuant
to this subparagraph are approved to satisfy those eligibility
requirements. If a school district elects to allow a career technical
education course to satisfy the requirement imposed by this
subparagraph, the school district shall comply with subdivision (m)
of Section 48980.
   (III) The distinction, if any, between the high school graduation
requirements of the school district or county office of education,
and the eligibility requirements for admission to the California
State University and the University of California.
   (F) Two courses in physical education, unless the pupil has been
exempted pursuant to the provisions of this code.
   (2) Other coursework requirements adopted by the governing board
of the school district.
   (b) The governing board, with the active involvement of parents,
administrators, teachers, and pupils, shall adopt alternative means
for pupils to complete the prescribed course of study that may
include practical demonstration of skills and competencies,
supervised work experience or other outside school experience, career
technical education classes offered in high schools, courses offered
by regional occupational centers or programs, interdisciplinary
study, independent study, and credit earned at a postsecondary
institution. Requirements for graduation and specified alternative
modes for completing the prescribed course of study shall be made
available to pupils, parents, and the public.
   (c) Notwithstanding any other law, a school district shall exempt
a pupil in foster care from all coursework and other requirements
adopted by the governing board of the district that are in addition
to the statewide coursework requirements specified in this section if
the pupil, while he or she is in grade 11 or 12, transfers into the
district from another school district or between high schools within
the district, unless the district makes a finding that the pupil is
reasonably able to complete the additional requirements in time to
graduate from high school while he or she remains eligible for foster
care benefits pursuant to state law. A school district shall notify
a pupil in foster care who is granted an exemption pursuant to this
subdivision, and, as appropriate, the person holding the right to
make educational decisions for the pupil, if any of the requirements
that are waived will affect the pupil's ability to gain admission to
a postsecondary educational institution and shall provide information
about transfer opportunities available through the California
Community Colleges.
   (d) On or before  January 1, 2016,   July 1,
2017,  the department shall submit a comprehensive report to the
appropriate policy committees of the Legislature on the addition of
career technical education courses to satisfy the requirement
specified in subparagraph (E) of paragraph (1) of subdivision (a),
including, but not limited to, the following information:
   (1) A comparison of the pupil enrollment in career technical
education courses, foreign language courses, and visual and
performing arts courses for the 2005-06 to 2011-12 school years,
inclusive, to the pupil enrollment in career technical education
courses, foreign language courses, and visual and performing arts
courses for the 2012-13 to 2016-17 school years, inclusive.
   (2) The reasons, reported by school districts, that pupils give
for choosing to enroll in a career technical education course to
satisfy the requirement specified in subparagraph (E) of paragraph
(1) of subdivision (a).
   (3) The type and number of career technical education courses that
were conducted for the 2005-06 to 2011-12 school years, inclusive,
compared to the type and number of career technical education courses
that were conducted for the 2012-13 to 2016-17 school years,
inclusive.
   (4) The number of career technical education courses that
satisfied the subject matter requirements for admission to the
University of California or the California State University.
   (5) The extent to which the career technical education courses
    chosen by pupils are aligned with the California Career Technical
Education Standards, and prepare pupils for employment, advanced
training, and postsecondary education.
   (6) The number of career technical education courses that also
satisfy the visual and performing arts requirement, and the number of
career technical education courses that also satisfy the foreign
language requirement.
   (7) Annual pupil dropout and graduation rates for the 2011-12 to
2014-15 school years, inclusive.
   (e) For purposes of completing the report described in subdivision
(d), the Superintendent may use existing state resources and federal
funds. If state or federal funds are not available or sufficient,
the Superintendent may apply for and accept grants, and receive
donations and other financial support from public or private sources
for purposes of this section.
   (f) For purposes of completing the report described in subdivision
(d), the Superintendent may accept support, including, but not
limited to, financial and technical support, from high school reform
advocates, teachers, chamber organizations, industry representatives,
research centers, parents, and pupils.
   (g) This section shall become inoperative on the earlier of the
following two dates:
   (1) On July 1, immediately following the first fiscal year after
the enactment of the act that adds this paragraph in which the number
of career technical education courses that, as determined by the
department, satisfy the foreign language requirement for admission to
the California State University and the University of California is
at least twice the number of career technical education courses that
meet these admission requirements as of January 1, 2012. This section
shall be repealed on the following January 1, unless a later enacted
statute, that becomes operative on or before that date, deletes or
extends the dates on which it becomes inoperative and is repealed. It
is the intent of the Legislature that new career technical education
courses that satisfy the foreign language requirement for admission
to the California State University and the University of California
focus on world languages aligned with career  pathways
  preparation  , emphasizing real-world application
and technical content in related career and technical education
courses.
   (2) On July 1, 2017, and, as of January 1, 2018, is repealed,
unless a later enacted statute, that becomes operative on or before
January 1, 2018, deletes or extends the dates on which it becomes
inoperative and is repealed.
  SEC. 4.  Section 51225.3 is added to the Education Code, to read:
   51225.3.  (a) A pupil shall complete all of the following while in
grades 9 to 12, inclusive, in order to receive a diploma of
graduation from high school:
   (1) At least the following numbers of courses in the subjects
specified, each course having a duration of one year, unless
otherwise specified:
   (A) Three courses in English.
   (B) Two courses in mathematics.
   (C) Two courses in science, including biological and physical
sciences.
   (D) Three courses in social studies, including United States
history and geography; world history, culture, and geography; a
one-semester course in American government and civics; and a
one-semester course in economics.
   (E) One course in visual or performing arts or foreign language.
For purposes of satisfying the requirement specified in this
subparagraph, a course in American Sign Language shall be deemed a
course in foreign language.
   (F) Two courses in physical education, unless the pupil has been
exempted pursuant to the provisions of this code.
   (2) Other coursework requirements adopted by the governing board
of the school district.
   (b) The governing board, with the active involvement of parents,
administrators, teachers, and pupils, shall adopt alternative means
for pupils to complete the prescribed course of study that may
include practical demonstration of skills and competencies,
supervised work experience or other outside school experience, career
technical education classes offered in high schools, courses offered
by regional occupational centers or programs, interdisciplinary
study, independent study, and credit earned at a postsecondary
institution. Requirements for graduation and specified alternative
modes for completing the prescribed course of study shall be made
available to pupils, parents, and the public.
   (c) Notwithstanding any other law, a school district shall exempt
a pupil in foster care from all coursework and other requirements
adopted by the governing board of the district that are in addition
to the statewide coursework requirements specified in this section if
the pupil, while he or she is in grade 11 or 12, transfers into the
district from another school district or between high schools within
the district, unless the district makes a finding that the pupil is
reasonably able to complete the additional requirements in time to
graduate from high school while he or she remains eligible for foster
care benefits pursuant to state law. A school district shall notify
a pupil in foster care who is granted an exemption pursuant to this
subdivision, and, as appropriate, the person holding the right to
make educational decisions for the pupil, if any of the requirements
that are waived will affect the pupil's ability to gain admission to
a postsecondary educational institution and shall provide information
about transfer opportunities available through the California
Community Colleges. 
   (d) If a pupil completed a career technical education course that
met the requirements of subparagraph (E) of paragraph (1) of
subdivision (a) of Section 51225.3, as amended by the act adding this
section, prior to the inoperative date of that section, that course
shall be deemed to fulfill the requirements of subparagraph (E) of
paragraph (1) of subdivision (a) of this section.  
   (d) 
    (e)  This section shall become operative upon the date
that Section 51225.3, as amended by the act adding this section,
becomes inoperative.