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          AB 700 (Gomez)
          As Amended  May 24, 2013
          Majority vote 

           EDUCATION           7-0         APPROPRIATIONS      17-0        
          |Ayes:|Buchanan, Olsen, Campos,  |Ayes:|Gatto, Harkey, Bigelow,   |
          |     |Chávez, Nazarian,         |     |Bocanegra, Bradford, Ian  |
          |     |Ammiano, Williams         |     |Calderon, Campos,         |
          |     |                          |     |Donnelly, Eggman, Gomez,  |
          |     |                          |     |Hall, Ammiano, Linder,    |
          |     |                          |     |Pan, Quirk, Wagner, Weber |
          SUMMARY  :  Requires, when the history-social science framework is  
          next revised, the Instructional Quality Commission (IQC) to  
          include voter education information in the high school American  
          Government and civics courses, including information on the  
          importance of registering to vote in local, state, and federal  
          elections, and where how to access the voter information  
          pamphlet and other materials to become an informed voter, to be  
          included.  This bill also makes clear that nothing in this  
          measure shall be construed to require the IQC to meet or make  
          any revisions to the history-social science framework  
          specifically for this purpose.  

           FISCAL EFFECT  :  According to the Assembly Appropriations  
          Committee, to the extent the requirements of this bill are  
          already included in the scheduled history-social science  
          curriculum framework review process, there will be minor,  
          absorbable General Fund costs to the California Department of  
          Education (CDE) to implement this measure.  

           COMMENTS  :  Historically, voter turnout among those under age 30  
          is lower than among other age groups.  In an article published  
          February 21, 2013, Project Vote, a national nonpartisan,  
          nonprofit organization that promotes voting in historically  
          underrepresented communities, concluded that establishing  
          partnerships, actively involving students and teachers,  
          including a civic education component, and enacting innovative  
          voter registration programs are strategies that can increase  
          voter turnout and engagement among young people under the age of  


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          30.  Similarly, the League of Women Voters found that 91% of the  
          young people who registered to vote in 2008 actually turned out  
          to cast a ballot; unfortunately, less than half of all  
          18-year-olds were registered to vote.  The League of Women  
          Voters reported "it is lack of information, not lack of  
          interest, that keeps [young people] on the sidelines at election  
          Content Standards and Curriculum Frameworks  .  California  
          curriculum is based on content standards.  The curriculum  
          frameworks are guidelines for implementing the standards that  
          are developed by the IQC (also referenced in statute as the  
          "commission") and approved by the State Board of Education  
          (SBE).  The IQC is an 18-member commission consisting of one  
          member of the Assembly, one member of the Senate, and 16 public  
          members.  At least seven of the public members must have taught,  
          written, or lectured on the subject areas required for  
          graduation.  The history-social science standards were developed  
          in 1998 and the History-Social Science Framework was last  
          revised in 2005.  A review and update of this framework was  
          underway and nearly complete when the state suspended the  
          process on July 28, 2009, due to fiscal constraints.  The SBE is  
          specifically prohibited from reviewing frameworks and adopting  
          instructional materials until the 2015-16 school year.  SB 1540  
          (Hancock), Chapter 288, Statutes of 2012, authorizes the SBE to  
          consider the adoption of a revised curriculum framework and  
          evaluation criteria for instructional materials in  
          history-social science, but prohibits the CDE from conducting  
          any work until after CDE has completed work related to the  
          development of curriculum frameworks for the common core content  

           Analysis Prepared by  :    Jill Rice / ED. / (916) 319-2087 

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