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          ASSEMBLY THIRD READING
          AB 1186 (Bonilla)
          As Amended  May 24, 2013
          Majority vote 

           EDUCATION           7-0         APPROPRIATIONS      12-0        
           
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          |Ayes:|Buchanan, Olsen, Campos,  |Ayes:|Gatto, Bocanegra,         |
          |     |Chávez, Nazarian,         |     |Bradford,                 |
          |     |Ammiano, Williams         |     |Ian Calderon, Campos,     |
          |     |                          |     |Eggman, Gomez, Hall,      |
          |     |                          |     |Ammiano, Pan, Quirk,      |
          |     |                          |     |Weber                     |
          |     |                          |     |                          |
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           SUMMARY:   Establishes the Common Core Implementation Block Grant  
          and expresses the intent of the Legislature that school  
          districts, county offices of education, and charter schools use  
          block grant funds to support the integration of common core  
          academic content standards in instruction for kindergarten and  
          grades 1 to 12, inclusive, to establish quality instructional  
          programs for all pupils.  Specifically,  this bill  :  

          1)Requires the Superintendent of Public Instruction (SPI) to  
            allocate the block grant funds in 2013-14 on the basis of  
            2012-13 enrollment and provides that the funds shall be  
            available for encumbrance through the 2014-15 fiscal year.

          2)Requires recipients to use the funds for the following  
            purposes:

             a)   Professional development for teachers, administrators,  
               and paraprofessional educators that is aligned to the  
               common core academic content standards;

             b)   Instructional materials aligned to the standards; and

             c)   Integration of the common core standards through  
               technology-based instruction, including, but not limited  
               to, administering computer-based assessments and providing  
               high-speed, high-bandwidth Internet connectivity for the  
               purpose of administering computer-based assessments.









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          3)Requires recipients, as a condition of receiving funds, to do  
            the following:

             a)   Develop and adopt a plan delineating how block grant  
               funds will be spent; 

             b)   Explain the plan in a regularly-scheduled meeting of its  
               governing body prior to adopting the plan in a subsequent  
               regularly-scheduled meeting; and

             c)   Report detailed expenditure information to the  
               California Department of Education (CDE) by January 1,  
               2015, specifying the specific purchases made and the number  
               of teachers, administrators, or paraprofessional educators  
               that received professional development.

          4)Requires the CDE to determine the format for the expenditure  
            report, summarize the information it receives, and report to  
            the Legislature by July 3, 2015.

          5)States that it provisions shall not be implemented unless  
            funding is provided in the annual Budget Act or another  
            statute.

           FISCAL EFFECT:   According to the Assembly Appropriations  
          Committee, one-time General Fund/Proposition 98 (GF/98) costs of  
          at least $1 billion to implement the Common Core (CC)  
          Implementation Block Grant.  The 2013 May Revise allocates $1  
          billion GF/98 in one-time funds to school districts, county  
          offices of education, and charter schools for CC implementation.

           COMMENTS:   The Common Core State Standards Initiative is an  
          effort coordinated by the National Governors Association Center  
          for Best Practices (NGA Center) and the Council of Chief State  
          School Officers (CCSSO). The standards were developed in  
          collaboration with teachers, school administrators, and experts,  
          to provide a clear and consistent framework to prepare students  
          for college and the workforce.  To date, the standards have been  
          adopted by all but five states-Alaska, Minnesota, Nebraska,  
          Texas, and Virginia.  California adopted the standards on August  
          2, 2010.  Curriculum frameworks based on the new standards are  
          scheduled to be adopted in November 2103 for mathematics and in  
          May 2014 for English language arts.  Computer-based assessments  
          aligned to the standards are currently being pilot tested and  








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          are scheduled to begin in the 2014-15 school year.  

          Concerns have been raised about the ability of California's  
          schools to transition to the new standards in the proposed time  
          frame.  These concerns have focused on the areas of teacher  
          preparedness, the availability of standards-aligned  
          instructional materials, and the technical capacity needed to  
          administer the computer-based assessments.  In his May Revision  
          of the 2013-14 budget proposal, the Governor proposes to  
          appropriate $1 billion in one-time Proposition 98 dollars to  
          support investments in professional development, instructional  
          materials, and technology.  The Assembly Budget Committee  
          Subcommittee No. 2 on School Finance approved a one-time  
          appropriation of $1.5 billion (Proposition 98) for these  
          purposes, subject to implementing legislation.


           Analysis Prepared by  :    Rick Pratt / ED. / (916) 319-2087 


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