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California Legislature—2013–14 Regular Session

Assembly BillNo. 631


Introduced by Assembly Member Fox

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(Coauthor: Senator Hancock)

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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 thatbegin delete increasesend deletebegin insert enhancesend insert instruction in mathematics and English language arts for pupils attending juvenile court schools, as determined by objective local evaluations and assessments as approved by the county superintendent of schools. The bill would require an adopted enhanced course of study to meet specified standards, as appropriate, and be tailored to meet the needs of the individual pupil to increase the pupil’s academic literacy and reading fluency.

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.  

The Legislature finds and declares all of the
2following:

3(a) The Legislature recognizes the need to provide
4comprehensive instruction to all pupils, including pupils attending
5juvenile court facilities.

6(b) The Legislature recognizes not all pupils have mastered a
7basic understanding of math and reading at the appropriate Lexile
8for success in school.

9(c) The Legislature recognizes pupils attending juvenile court
10schools should have access to not only the common core academic
11content standards, but they should be presented in a practical way
12to enhance pupils’ understanding of the content.

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SEC. 2.  

Section 48645.3 of the Education Code is amended to
14read:

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48645.3.  

(a) Juvenile court schools shall be conducted in a
16manner as shall be prescribed by the county board of education to
17best accomplish the provisions of Section 48645. The minimum
18schoolday shall be 240 minutes. Minimum schooldays shall be
19calculated on the basis of the average number of minutes of
20attendance during not more than 10 consecutive days in which
21classes are conducted. The minimum schoolday for pupils in
22attendance in approved vocational education programs, work
23programs prescribed by the probation department pursuant to
24Section 883 of the Welfare and Institutions Code, and work
25experience programs shall be 180 minutes, which shall be
26calculated on the basis of the average number of minutes of
27 attendance during not more than 10 consecutive days in which
28classes are conducted. The county board of education shall adopt
29and enforce a course of study and evaluate its program in
30accordance with Sections 51040, 51041, 51050, and 51054 and
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2Chapter 2 of Part 28, except subdivision (c) of Section 51220.

3(b) Juvenile court schools shall not be closed on any weekday
4of the calendar year, except those weekdays adopted by the county
5board of education as school holidays or set aside by the county
6board of education for inservice purposes. However, the county
7board of education may close juvenile court schools when it deems
8 the closing is necessary to accommodate contingencies.

9(c) (1) The county board of education may adopt and enforce
10a course of study that enhances instruction in mathematics and
11English language arts for pupils attending juvenile court schools,
12as determined by statewide assessments or objective local
13evaluations and assessments as approved by the county
14superintendent of schools.

15(2) The enhanced course of study adopted pursuant to paragraph
16(1) shall meet the standards adopted pursuant to Section 60605.8,
17as appropriate, andbegin insert shallend insert be tailored to meet the needs of the
18individual pupil to increase the pupil’s academic literacy and
19reading fluency.



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