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                                    THIRD READING


          Bill No:  AB 631
          Author:   Fox (D)
          Amended:  5/13/13 in Assembly
          Vote:     21


           SENATE EDUCATION COMMITTEE  :  9-0, 6/12/13
          AYES:  Liu, Wyland, Block, Correa, Hancock, Hueso, Huff,  
            Monning, Torres

           ASSEMBLY FLOOR  :  70-0, 5/16/13 (Consent) - See last page for  
            vote


           SUBJECT  :    Pupils:  juvenile court schools

           SOURCE  :     Los Angeles County Office of Education


           DIGEST  :    This bill authorizes a county board of education to  
          adopt and enforce a course of study that enhances instruction in  
          mathematics and English language arts (ELA) for pupils attending  
          a juvenile court school.

           ANALYSIS  :    Juvenile court schools, administered by the county  
          board of education, provide public education for youth who are  
          incarcerated in juvenile hall, juvenile home, day center,  
          juvenile ranch and juvenile camp, regional youth educational  
          facility or in any group home housing 25 or more children.

          Existing law:

          1.Establishes the minimum school day for juvenile court schools  
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            to be 240 minutes, and requires the minimum schooldays to be  
            calculated on the basis of the average number of minutes of  
            attendance during up to 10 consecutive days in which classes  
            are conducted.  The minimum school day for pupils in  
            attendance in approved vocational education programs, work  
            programs prescribed by the probation department, and work  
            experience programs is 180 minutes.

          2.Requires the county board of education to adopt and enforce a  
            course of study and evaluate its program, as specified.

          3.Requires pupils enrolled in county community schools (serves  
            pupils who have been expelled, referred by probation or an  
            attendance review board, or are homeless) to be assigned to  
            classes or programs deemed most appropriate for reinforcing or  
            reestablishing educational development.  These classes or  
            programs may include basic educational skill development, job  
            training, tutoring, independent study, and individual guidance  
            activities.  An individually planned educational program based  
            upon an educational assessment must be prescribed for each  
            pupil.  The course of study for county community schools is to  
            be adopted by the county board of education and enable each  
            pupil to continue academic work leading to the completion of a  
            regular high school program.

          4.States legislative intent that school districts operating  
            community day schools (serves pupils who have been expelled  
            for any reason, or referred by probation or a school  
            attendance review board) include as a program component  
            individualized instruction and assessment.
           
           This bill authorizes a county board of education to adopt and  
          enforce a course of study that enhances instruction in  
          mathematics and ELA for pupils attending a juvenile court  
          school.  Specifically, this bill:

          1.Authorizes the county board of education to adopt and enforce  
            a course of study that enhances instruction in mathematics and  
            ELA for pupils attending juvenile court schools, as determined  
            by statewide assessments or objective local evaluations and  
            assessments as approved by the county superintendent of  
            schools.

          2.Requires the enhanced course of study to meet the common core  

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            standards, as appropriate, and be tailored to meet the needs  
            of the individual pupil to increase the pupil's academic  
            literacy and reading fluency.

           Comments
           
          According to the author's office, "Pupils who attend juvenile  
          court schools often perform at far below basic in math and  
          reading - many at three or more years below grade level.  These  
          students can benefit from increased math and reading instruction  
          and are encouraged to continue their education when they see  
          progress in their math and reading abilities.  The need for this  
          bill centers around the fact that juvenile court schools are not  
          considered alternative schools and must therefore offer students  
          a complete course of classes based on the minimum instructional  
          minutes for a calendar year."

           Previous Legislation  

          AB 741 (Goldberg, 2005) required the California Department of  
          Education to submit recommendations to the Legislature to ensure  
          that the K-8 curriculum contained specified components.  This  
          bill was held in the Senate Appropriations Committee suspense  
          file. 

           FISCAL EFFECT  :    Appropriation:  No   Fiscal Com.:  No   Local:  
           No

           SUPPORT  :   (Verified  6/13/13)

          Los Angeles County Office of Education (source)
          Advancement Project
          California Catholic Conference
          California Federation of Teachers
          School for Integrated Academics and Technologies 

           ASSEMBLY FLOOR  :  70-0, 5/16/13
          AYES:  Achadjian, Alejo, Ammiano, Atkins, Bigelow, Bloom,  
            Blumenfield, Bocanegra, Bonilla, Bonta, Bradford, Brown, Ian  
            Calderon, Campos, Chau, Chávez, Chesbro, Conway, Cooley,  
            Dahle, Daly, Dickinson, Donnelly, Fong, Fox, Frazier, Garcia,  
            Gatto, Gomez, Gordon, Gorell, Gray, Hagman, Hall, Harkey,  
            Roger Hernández, Jones, Jones-Sawyer, Levine, Linder, Logue,  
            Lowenthal, Maienschein, Mansoor, Medina, Mitchell, Mullin,  

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            Muratsuchi, Nazarian, Nestande, Olsen, Pan, Patterson, Perea,  
            V. Manuel Pérez, Quirk, Quirk-Silva, Rendon, Salas, Skinner,  
            Ting, Torres, Wagner, Waldron, Weber, Wieckowski, Wilk,  
            Williams, Yamada, John A. Pérez
          NO VOTE RECORDED:  Allen, Buchanan, Eggman, Beth Gaines, Grove,  
            Holden, Melendez, Morrell, Stone, Vacancy


          PQ:ej  6/13/13   Senate Floor Analyses 

                           SUPPORT/OPPOSITION:  SEE ABOVE

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