Amended in Assembly April 10, 2013

California Legislature—2013–14 Regular Session

Assembly BillNo. 631


Introduced by Assembly Member Fox

February 20, 2013


An act to amend Section 48645.3 of the Education Code, relating to pupils.

LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL’S DIGEST

AB 631, as amended, Fox. Pupils: juvenile court schools.

Existing law requires county boards of education to provide for the administration and operation of public schools in juvenile homes, juvenile halls, day centers, juvenile ranches, juvenile camps, regional youth educational facilities, Orange County youth correctional centers, or in any group home housing 25 or more children, as specified. These public schools are known under existing law as juvenile court schools. Existing law requires that juvenile court schools be conducted in a manner prescribed by the county board of education to best accomplish the purposes set forth in existing law.

This bill would authorize the county board of education to adopt and enforce a course of study that increases instruction in mathematics and English for pupils attending juvenile court schools and who are performing 3 grades below grade levelbegin insert, end insertbegin insertas determined by objective local evaluations and assessments as approved by the county superintendent of schoolsend insert.

Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: no. State-mandated local program: no.

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:

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SECTION 1.  

Section 48645.3 of the Education Code is
2amended to read:

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48645.3.  

(a) Juvenile court schools shall be conducted in a
4manner as shall be prescribed by the county board of education to
5best accomplish the provisions of Section 48645. The minimum
6schoolday shall be 240 minutes. Minimum schooldays shall be
7calculated on the basis of the average number of minutes of
8attendance during not more than 10 consecutive days in which
9classes are conducted. The minimum schoolday for pupils in
10attendance in approved vocational education programs, work
11programs prescribed by the probation department pursuant to
12Section 883 of the Welfare and Institutions Code, and work
13experience programs shall be 180 minutes, which shall be
14calculated on the basis of the average number of minutes of
15attendance during not more than 10 consecutive days in which
16classes are conducted. The county board of education shall adopt
17and enforce a course of study and evaluate its program in
18accordance with Sections 51040, 51041, 51050, and 51054 and
19the provisions of Article 3 (commencing with Section 51200) of
20Chapter 2 of Part 28, except subdivision (c) of Section 51220.

21(b) Juvenile court schools shall not be closed on any weekday
22of the calendar year, except those weekdays adopted by the county
23board of education as school holidays or set aside by the county
24board of education for inservice purposes. However, the county
25board of education may close juvenile court schools when it deems
26 the closing is necessary to accommodate contingencies.

27(c) The county board of education may adopt and enforce a
28course of study that increases instruction in mathematics and
29English for pupils attending juvenile court schools and who are
30performing three grades below grade levelbegin insert, as determined by
31objective local evaluations and assessments as approved by the
32county superintendent of schoolsend insert
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