as amended, Jackson.
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Existing law creates the California Technology Assistance Project administered by the State Department of Education to provide a regionalized network of technical assistance to schools and school districts on the implementation of education technology. The California Technology Assistance Project is composed of regional consortia that work collaboratively with school districts and county offices of education to meet locally defined educational needs that can be effectively addressed with the use of technology. Existing law requires the State Board of Education to award grants to fund a school district or county office of education in each region of the California Technology Assistance Project to act as the lead agency to administer the services of that region, specifies duties of the department for this program, and authorizes school districts, county offices of education, and state special schools to participate in grant programs related to education technology. Under existing law, these provisions remain in effect only until January 1, 2014.
This bill would extend that date to January 1, 2017.
Fiscal committee: yes.
State-mandated local program:
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The people of the State of California do enact as follows:
(a) (1) The K-12 High-Speed Network (K-12 HSN)
4is hereby established for the purpose of enriching pupil educational
5experiences and improving pupil academic performance by
6providing high-speed, high-bandwidth Internet connectivity to the
7public school system, as defined by Section 6 of Article IX of the
12(2) The California Education Network is hereby established,
13consisting of the California Research and Education Network
14(CalREN) and the K-12 HSN.
15(b) The Superintendent shall measure the success of the K-12
16HSN and ensure that the benefits of the K-12 HSN are maximized
17to the extent possible. The K-12 HSN shall provide critical services
18and functions for public primary and secondary local educational
19agencies, including, but not limited to, all of the following:
20(1) Reliable and cost-effective Internet service.
21(2) Reliable and secure interconnectivity among public school
22entities offering kindergarten or any of grades 1 to 12, inclusive,
23in California, connection to higher education institutions of
24California, and connection to state and local agencies to facilitate
25efficient interaction, including transmission of data.
26(3) Videoconferencing and related distance learning capabilities.
27(4) Statewide coordination of
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31(c) The Superintendent shall use a competitive grant process to
32select a local educational agency to serve as the Lead Education
33Agency to administer the K-12 HSN on behalf of the
21(d) The Superintendent shall
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22advisory board to be composed of all of the following members:
23(1) The Superintendent, or his or her designee.
24(2) The county superintendent of schools of the Lead Education
26(3) A county superintendent of schools of a county with an
27average daily attendance of more than 60,000 pupils, appointed
28by the Superintendent. The member appointed pursuant to this
29paragraph shall serve a renewable two-year term.
30(4) Three school district superintendents, appointed by the
31Superintendent. Members appointed pursuant to this paragraph
32shall represent school districts that are diverse as to geography and
33size, and that serve socioeconomically and culturally diverse pupil
34populations. Members appointed pursuant to this paragraph shall
35serve renewable two-year terms.
36(5) Two county superintendents of schools appointed by the
37majority of the votes of all of the county superintendents of schools.
38Members appointed pursuant to this paragraph shall serve
39renewable two-year terms.
P5 1(6) Three schoolsite representatives, which shall include not
2less than two classroom teachers or instructional specialists.
3(7) The president of the state board or his or her designee.
4(e) The advisory board shall meet quarterly and shall recommend
5policy direction and broad operational guidance to the
6Superintendent and the Lead Education Agency. The advisory
7board, in consultation with the Lead Education Agency, shall
8develop recommendations for measuring the success of the
9network, improving network oversight and monitoring,
10strengthening accountability, and optimizing the use of the K-12
11HSN and its ability to improve education. The advisory board shall
12report its recommendations to the Legislature, the
13Governor, the Department of Finance, the president of the state
14board or his or her designee, and the Legislative Analyst’s Office
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16identify and recommend specific annual performance measures
17that should be established to assess the effectiveness of the
19(f) The duties of the Lead Education Agency shall include all
20of the following:
21(1) Entering into appropriate contracts for the
22high-speed, high-bandwidth Internet connectivity, provided such
23contracts secure the necessary terms and conditions to adequately
24protect the interests of the state. Terms and conditions shall include,
25but are not limited to, all of the following:
26(A) Development of comprehensive service level agreements.
27(B) Protection of any ownership rights of intellectual property
28of the state that result due to participation of the state in the K-12
30(C) Appropriate protection of assets of the state acquired due
31to its participation in the K-12 HSN.
32(D) Assurance that appropriate fee structures are in place.
33(E) Assurance that any interest earned on funds of the state for
34this purpose are used solely to the benefit of the project.
35(2) Development of an annual budget request for the K-12 HSN
36for submission to the department and the Department of Finance
37to be included in the annual Budget Act.
38(3) Development, in consultation with the advisory board
39established pursuant to subdivision (d), of specific goals and
40objectives for the program with appropriate reporting of success
P6 1measures developed by the Superintendent pursuant to subdivision
3(4) Ongoing fiscal oversight of the program, including
4mechanisms to control statewide costs and exposure. To
5accomplish this objective, the Lead Education Agency shall
6contract for an annual independent audit of the program. The
7independent auditor shall report the audit findings to the
8Superintendent, the Legislature, and the Governor by December
915 of each year.
10(5) Ongoing technical oversight of the program, including
11external evaluation and independent validation, where appropriate.
12To accomplish this objective, the Lead Education Agency shall
13contract for an independent evaluation to be completed and
14provided to the Superintendent by March 1, 2009. The
15Superintendent shall report the results of the evaluation, including
16a response and recommendations to correct any adverse findings
17from the evaluation, to the Governor and the Legislature by April
20(A) The Lead Education Agency shall administer grant
21programs to promote the most cost-effective manner for the
22completion of connectivity for all public schools of the state and
23cost-effective applications that meet instructional needs to the
24extent that funds are provided for these purposes in the annual
26(B) Before the appropriation of any state funds for
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27of this paragraph, the Lead Education Agency shall submit
28information justifying the need for additional grant funds,
29including, but not limited to, all of the following:
30(i) The number of schools and school districts that are already
32(ii) The means by which the costs associated with
33were covered for schools and school districts that are already
35(iii) Obstacles to connection for those schools and school
36districts that are not yet connected.
37(iv) Other local options and funding sources for purposes of
38connectivity and applications.
Section 51874 of the
Education Code is amended to
Sections 51871, 51872, 51873, this section, and the
2heading of this article shall remain in effect only until January 1,
32017, and as of that date are repealed, unless a later enacted statute,
4that is enacted before January 1, 2017, deletes or extends that date.