BILL NUMBER: AB 1643	ENROLLED
	BILL TEXT

	PASSED THE SENATE  AUGUST 25, 2014
	PASSED THE ASSEMBLY  AUGUST 26, 2014
	AMENDED IN SENATE  AUGUST 19, 2014
	AMENDED IN SENATE  JUNE 12, 2014
	AMENDED IN ASSEMBLY  MAY 23, 2014
	AMENDED IN ASSEMBLY  APRIL 22, 2014
	AMENDED IN ASSEMBLY  APRIL 2, 2014

INTRODUCED BY   Assembly Member Buchanan

                        FEBRUARY 11, 2014

   An act to amend Section 48321 of the Education Code, relating to
pupil attendance.


	LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


   AB 1643, Buchanan. Pupil attendance: school attendance review
boards.
   (1) Existing law authorizes the establishment of county and local
school attendance review boards that may promote the use of
alternatives to the juvenile court system if available public and
private services are insufficient or inappropriate to correct school
attendance or school behavior problems, and specifies the membership
of each school attendance review board. Existing law provides that
any minor pupil who is a habitual truant, is irregular in attendance
at school, or is habitually insubordinate or disorderly during
attendance at school may be referred to a school attendance review
board.
   This bill would authorize a county school attendance review board
to accept referrals or requests for hearing services from one or more
school districts within its jurisdiction. The bill would authorize a
county school attendance review board to be operated through a
consortium or partnership of a county with one or more school
districts or between 2 or more counties. The bill would add
representatives from at least one county district attorney's office
and one county public defender's office to both county and local
school attendance review boards, as specified.
   (2) Existing law requires the county superintendent of schools, if
a county school attendance review board exists, to convene a meeting
of the county school attendance review board at the beginning of
each school year, as provided.
    This bill would specify that, for purposes of conducting
hearings, the county school attendance review board is authorized to
meet as needed, and would further authorize the chairperson of the
county school attendance review board to determine the members needed
at those hearings, as specified.
   (3) Existing law authorizes a county school attendance review
board to provide consultant services to, and coordinate the
activities of, local school attendance review boards, as provided.
   This bill would instead authorize a county school attendance
review board to provide guidance to local school attendance review
boards.
   (4) This bill would also make conforming and nonsubstantive
changes.


THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  SECTION 1.  Section 48321 of the Education Code is amended to read:

   48321.  (a) (1) A county school attendance review board may be
established in each county. The county school attendance review board
may accept referrals or requests for hearing services from one or
more school districts within its jurisdiction, pursuant to
subdivision (f). A county school attendance review board may be
operated through a consortium or partnership of a county with one or
more school districts or between two or more counties.
   (2) A county school attendance review board, if established, shall
include, but need not be limited to, all of the following:
   (A) A parent.
   (B) A representative of school districts.
   (C) A representative of the county probation department.
   (D) A representative of the county welfare department.
   (E) A representative of the county superintendent of schools.
   (F) A representative of law enforcement agencies.
   (G) A representative of community-based youth service centers.
   (H) A representative of school guidance personnel.
   (I) A representative of child welfare and attendance personnel.
   (J) A representative of school or county health care personnel.
   (K) A representative of school, county, or community mental health
personnel.
   (L) A representative of the county district attorney's office. If
more than one county is represented in a county school attendance
review board, a representative from each county's district attorney's
office may be included.
   (M) A representative of the county public defender's office. If
more than one county is represented in a county school attendance
review board, a representative from each county's public defender's
office may be included.
   (3) Notwithstanding paragraph (2), for purposes of conducting
hearings, the chairperson of the county school attendance review
board is authorized to determine the members needed at a hearing,
based on the needs of the pupil, in order to address attendance or
behavioral problems.
   (4) The school district representatives on the county school
attendance review board shall be nominated by the governing boards of
school districts and shall be appointed by the county superintendent
of schools. All other persons and group representatives shall be
appointed by the county board of education.
   (5) (A) If a county school attendance review board exists, the
county superintendent of schools shall, at the beginning of each
school year, convene a meeting of the county school attendance review
board for purposes of adopting plans to promote interagency and
community cooperation and to reduce the duplication of services
provided to youth who have serious school attendance and behavior
problems.
   (B) Notwithstanding subparagraph (A), for purposes of conducting
hearings, a county school attendance review board may meet as needed.

   (b) (1) Local school attendance review boards may include, but
need not be limited to, all of the following:
   (A) A parent.
   (B) A representative of school districts.
   (C) A representative of the county probation department.
   (D) A representative of the county welfare department.
   (E) A representative of the county superintendent of schools.
   (F) A representative of law enforcement agencies.
   (G) A representative of community-based youth service centers.
   (H) A representative of school guidance personnel.
   (I) A representative of child welfare and attendance personnel.
   (J) A representative of school or county health care personnel.
   (K) A representative of school, county, or community mental health
personnel.
   (L) A representative of the county district attorney's office. If
more than one county is represented in a local school attendance
review board, a representative from each county's district attorney's
office may be included.
   (M) A representative of the county public defender's office. If
more than one county is represented in a county school attendance
review board, a representative from each county's public defender's
office may be included.
   (2) Other persons or group representatives shall be appointed by
the county board of education.
   (c) A county school attendance review board may elect, pursuant to
regulations adopted pursuant to Section 48324, one member as
chairperson with responsibility for coordinating services of the
county school attendance review board.
   (d) A county school attendance review board may provide for the
establishment of local school attendance review boards in any number
as shall be necessary to carry out the intent of this article.
   (e) In any county in which there is no county school attendance
review board, a school district governing board may elect to
establish a local school attendance review board, which shall operate
in the same manner and have the same authority as a county school
attendance review board.
   (f) A county school attendance review board may provide guidance
to local school attendance review boards.
   (g) If the county school attendance review board determines that
the needs of pupils, as defined in this article, can best be served
by a single board, the county school attendance review board may then
serve as the school attendance review board for all pupils in the
county, or, upon the request of any school district in the county,
the county school attendance review board may serve as the school
attendance review board for pupils of that school district.
   (h) Nothing in this article is intended to prohibit an agreement
on the part of counties to provide these services on a regional
basis.