as amended, Jackson. Education technology: K-12 High-Speed
begin delete Network: California Technology Assistance Project.end delete
Existing law establishes the K-12 High-Speed Network for the purpose of enriching pupil educational experiences and improving pupil academic performance by providing high-speed, high-bandwidth Internet connectivity to the public schools. Existing law requires the Superintendent of Public Instruction to use a competitive grant process to select a local educational agency to serve as the Lead Education Agency to administer the network on behalf of the Superintendent. Existing law requires the Superintendent to establish a K-12 HSN advisory board. Existing law requires the advisory board, by March 1, 2007, to report to specified entities recommendations for measuring the success of the network, improving network oversight and monitoring, strengthening accountability, and optimizing the use of the network and its ability to improve education. Existing law specifies the duties of the Lead Education Agency with regard to the administration of the network.
This bill would additionally provide for the achievement of the above-stated purpose of the network by providing statewide support services, as specified, to schools and school districts in the implementation of digital learning resources and technology tools as set forth in the policies of the State Board of Education. The bill would eliminate the use of the competitive grant process in selecting the Lead Education Agency. The bill would require the advisory board to report annually to specified entities its recommendations regarding the network. The bill would specify additional duties of the Lead Education Agency to include entering into contracts to provide identified needs that are more efficiently and effectively provided on a statewide basis and entering into contracts for regional consortia to meet the locally defined educational needs of school districts related to the use of technology. To the extent that this bill would impose additional duties on local educational agencies, the bill would create a state-mandated local program.
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.end delete
This bill would extend that date to January 1, 2017.end delete
The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that reimbursement.
This bill would provide that, if the Commission on State Mandates determines that the bill contains costs mandated by the state, reimbursement for those costs shall be made pursuant to these statutory provisions.
Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: yes. State-mandated local program: yes.
The people of the State of California do enact as follows:
Section 11800 of the Education Code is amended
(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
8California Constitution, and by providing statewide support
9services to schools and school districts in the implementation of
10digital learning resources and technology tools as set forth in the
11policies of the state board.
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 support services that benefit
28teaching and learning with the common core standards and in
29support of the computer-adaptive assessment system adopted by
30the state board.
31(c) Funding shall be provided in the annual Budget Act to the
32K-12 HSN to provide centralized statewide educational technology
33services that address regional and statewide needs and are more
34efficiently and effectively provided or coordinated on a statewide
35basis to support the common core standards and computer-adaptive
36assessments implemented by the state board. The statewide
37educational technology services to be supported include, but are
38not limited to, all of the following:
P4 1(1) Review of electronic learning resources, including, but not
2limited to, software, online resources, online courses, and video,
3for alignment with the common core standards adopted by the state
5(2) Professional development focused on digital school
6leadership for educational administrators in the areas of data-driven
7decisionmaking, computer-adaptive testing, digital teaching and
8learning with the common core standards curriculum, technology
9planning, professional development needs of staff, financial
10planning for technology, and operations and maintenance.
11(3) Access for schools for training, support, and other resources
12for technical professionals in California.
13(4) Statewide coordination of a regional assistance program to
14provide technical assistance to schools and school districts in the
15implementation of digital learning resources and tools.
16(d) The Superintendent shall maintain a K-12 HSN advisory
17board to be composed of all of the following members:
18(1) The Superintendent, or his or her designee.
19(2) The county superintendent of schools of the Lead Education
21(3) A county superintendent of schools of a county with an
22average daily attendance of more than 60,000 pupils, appointed
23by the Superintendent. The member appointed pursuant to this
24paragraph shall serve a renewable two-year term.
25(4) Three school district superintendents, appointed by the
26Superintendent. Members appointed pursuant to this paragraph
27shall represent school districts that are diverse as to geography and
28size, and that serve socioeconomically and culturally diverse pupil
29populations. Members appointed pursuant to this paragraph shall
30serve renewable two-year terms.
31(5) Two county superintendents of schools appointed by the
32majority of the votes of all of the county superintendents of schools.
33Members appointed pursuant to this paragraph shall serve
34renewable two-year terms.
35(6) Three schoolsite representatives, which shall include not
36less than two classroom teachers or instructional specialists.
37(7) The president of the state board or his or her designee.
38(e) The advisory board shall meet quarterly and shall recommend
39policy direction and broad operational guidance to the
40Superintendent and the Lead Education Agency. The advisory
P5 1board, in consultation with the Lead Education Agency, shall
2develop recommendations for measuring the success of the
3network, improving network oversight and monitoring,
4strengthening accountability, and optimizing the use of the K-12
5HSN and its ability to improve education. The advisory board shall
6report annually its recommendations to the Legislature, the
7Governor, the Department of Finance, the president of the state
8board or his or her designee, and the Legislative Analyst’s Office.
9It is the intent of the Legislature that the report identify and
10recommend specific annual performance measures that should be
11established to assess the effectiveness of the network.
12(f) The duties of the Lead Education Agency shall include all
13of the following:
14(1) Entering into appropriate contracts for the provision of
15high-speed, high-bandwidth Internet connectivity, provided such
16contracts secure the necessary terms and conditions to adequately
17protect the interests of the state. Terms and conditions shall include,
18but are not limited to, all of the following:
19(A) Development of comprehensive service level agreements.
20(B) Protection of any ownership rights of intellectual property
21of the state that result due to participation of the state in the K-12
23(C) Appropriate protection of assets of the state acquired due
24to its participation in the K-12 HSN.
25(D) Assurance that appropriate fee structures are in place.
26(E) Assurance that any interest earned on funds of the state for
27this purpose are used solely to the benefit of the project.
28(2) Development of an annual budget request for the K-12 HSN
29for submission to the department and the Department of Finance
30to be included in the annual Budget Act.
31(3) Development, in consultation with the advisory board
32established pursuant to subdivision (d), of specific goals and
33objectives for the program with appropriate reporting of success
34measures developed by the Superintendent pursuant to subdivision
36(4) Ongoing fiscal oversight of the program, including
37mechanisms to control statewide costs and exposure. To
38accomplish this objective, the Lead Education Agency shall
39contract for an annual independent audit of the program. The
40independent auditor shall report the audit findings to the
P6 1Superintendent, the Legislature, and the Governor by December
215 of each year.
3(5) (A) The Lead Education Agency shall administer grant
4programs to promote the most cost-effective manner for the
5completion of connectivity for all public schools of the state and
6cost-effective applications that meet instructional needs to the
7extent that funds are provided for these purposes in the annual
9(B) Before the appropriation of any state funds for purposes of
10this paragraph, the Lead Education Agency shall submit
11information justifying the need for additional grant funds,
12including, but not limited to, all of the following:
13(i) The number of schools and school districts that are already
15(ii) The means by which the costs associated with connectivity
16were covered for schools and school districts that are already
18(iii) Obstacles to connection for those schools and school
19districts that are not yet connected.
20(iv) Other local options and funding sources for purposes of
21connectivity and applications.
22(6) Entering into appropriate contracts to provide identified
23needs that are more efficiently and effectively provided on a
24statewide basis. The statewide education technology services to
25be supported by this section shall include, but are not limited to,
26all of the following:
27(A) Review of electronic learning resources, including, but not
28limited to, software, online resources, online courses, and video,
29for alignment with the common core standards adopted by the state
31(B) Professional development focused on digital school
32leadership for educational administrators in the areas of data-driven
33decisionmaking, integrating technology into standards-based
34curriculum, technology planning, professional development needs
35of staff, financial planning for technology, and operations and
37(C) Access for schools for training, support, and other resources
38for technical professionals in California.
39(7) Entering into appropriate contracts for regional consortia to
40meet the locally defined educational needs of school districts as
P7 1they address common core standards curriculum and
2computer-adaptive assessments that can be addressed effectively
3with the use of technology, including, but not limited to, the
5(A) Professional development.
6(B) Electronic learning resources.
8(D) Telecommunication infrastructure.
9(E) Technical assistance to school districts in developing a
10support system to operate and maintain an education technology
11 infrastructure, including improving pupil recordkeeping and
12tracking related to pupil instruction.
13(F) Coordination with, and support for, the funding and
14implementation of federal, state, and local programs.
16(H) Technical assistance and information to support access,
17planning, and the use of high-speed telecommunication networks.
18(I) Technology planning and implementation assistance to rural
19and technologically underserved school districts and county offices
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.
If the Commission on State Mandates determines that
7this act contains costs mandated by the state, reimbursement to
8local agencies and school districts for those costs shall be made
9pursuant to Part 7 (commencing with Section 17500) of Division
104 of Title 2 of the Government Code.