as amended, Steinberg.
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Existing law authorizes a school district or charter school to maintain a transitional kindergarten program, and, as a condition of receipt of apportionments for pupils in a transitional kindergarten program, requires the school district or charter school to comply with specified minimum age requirements for pupils participating in the transitional kindergarten program. Existing law also specifies that a transitional kindergarten program shall not be construed as a new program or higher level of service.end delete
This bill, the Kindergarten Readiness Act of 2014, would instead require each school district or charter school that offers kindergarten to offer transitional kindergarten, and would require a child that meets specified minimum age requirements to be admitted to transitional kindergarten. The bill would authorize the average daily attendance of a school district and charter school to include the average daily attendance of pupils enrolled in transitional kindergarten and would require transitional kindergarten to receive a per pupil base grant for apportionment purposes, as specified. The bill would require transitional kindergarten to be taught by teachers and paraprofessionals who meet certain requirements, and would require transitional kindergarten to include specified elements that promote integration and alignment with the early learning and child care system and the elementary education system. The bill would require a school district or charter school offering transitional kindergarten to provide public notice of the availability of transitional kindergarten and to administer transitional kindergarten, as specified. The bill would authorize a school district or charter school administering transitional kindergarten to contract with a public local agency or private local provider, or both, to participate in the delivery of transitional kindergarten. The bill would require a private local provider participating in the delivery of transitional kindergarten to be considered a public school employer, as defined, for certain purposes. The bill would require the State Board of Education to adopt basic instructional materials for use in transitional kindergarten commencing with the 2015-16 school year, as specified. By requiring school districts and charter schools that offer kindergarten to offer transitional kindergarten, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program.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.end delete
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.end delete
Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: yes. State-mandated local program: yes.
The people of the State of California do enact as follows:
(a) (1) Each applicant or contracting agency funded
4pursuant to Section 8235 shall give first priority to three- or
5four-year-old neglected or abused children who are recipients of
6child protective services, or who are at risk of being neglected,
7abused, or exploited upon written referral from a legal, medical,
8or social service agency. If an agency is unable to enroll a child
9in this first priority category, the agency shall refer the child’s
10parent or guardian to local resource and referral services so that
11services for the child can be located.
12(2) Notwithstanding Section 8263, after children in the first
13priority category set forth in paragraph (1) are enrolled, each
14agency funded pursuant to Section 8235 shall give priority to
P5 1eligible four-year-old children before enrolling eligible
4three-year-old children. Each agency shall certify to the
5Superintendent that enrollment priority is being given to eligible
15(b) For California state preschool programs operating with
16funding that was initially allocated in a prior fiscal year, at least
17one-half of the children enrolled at a preschool site shall be
18four-year-old children. Any exception to this requirement shall be
19approved by the Superintendent. The Superintendent shall inform
20the Department of Finance of any exceptions that have been granted
21and the reasons for granting the exceptions.
22(c) The following provisions apply to the award of new funding
23for the expansion of the California state preschool program that is
24appropriated by the Legislature for that purpose in any fiscal year:
26In an application for
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29 an agency shall furnish the Superintendent with an estimate of the
30number of four-year-old and three-year-old children that it plans
31to serve in the following fiscal year with those expansion funds.
32The agency also shall furnish documentation that indicates the
33basis of those estimates.
34(2) In awarding contracts for expansion pursuant to this
35subdivision, the Superintendent, after taking into account the
36geographic criteria established pursuant to Section 8279.3, and the
37headquarters preferences and eligibility criteria relating to fiscal
38or programmatic noncompliance established pursuant to Section
398261, shall give priority to applicant agencies that, in expending
P6 1the expansion funds, will be serving the highest percentage of
4 This section does not preclude a local educational agency
5from subcontracting with an appropriate public or private agency
6to operate a California state preschool program and to apply for
7funds made available for
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8district chooses not to operate or subcontract for a California state
9preschool program, the Superintendent shall work with the county
10office of education and other eligible agencies to explore possible
11opportunities in contracting or alternative subcontracting to provide
12a California state preschool program.
14 This section does not prevent eligible children who are
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16services in future years pursuant to this chapter.
(a) For purposes of calculating “increases in
28enrollment” pursuant to paragraph (2) or (3) of subdivision (b) of
29Section 8 of Article XVI of the California Constitution, the term
30“enrollment” for school districts, community college districts, and
31state agencies providing direct elementary and secondary level
32instructional services means the sum of the following:
33(1) Second principal apportionment regular average daily
34attendance for kindergarten and grades 1 to 12,
35inclusive, as defined in subdivision (b) of Section 42238.5, and as
36adjusted for any average daily attendance audit findings.
37(2) Annual average daily attendance for county offices of
38education, as calculated pursuant to subdivision (c) of Section
3941601, and as adjusted for any average daily attendance audit
P11 1(b) Any determination or computation of enrollment for purposes
2of this section shall be based upon actual data from prior years.
3For the next succeeding year, any determination or computation
4of enrollment for purposes of this section shall be the estimated
5enrollment, adjusted as actual data become available.
The Superintendent shall report to the Controller, on
9or before the 20th day of October of each year, the total average
10daily attendance during the preceding fiscal year credited to all
11 kindergarten, including average daily attendance
12for transitional kindergarten, elementary, high school, and adult
13schools in the state and to county school tuition funds.
(a) On or before July 1, 2014, the governing board of
17each school district shall adopt a local control and accountability
18plan using a template adopted by the state board.
19(b) A local control and accountability plan adopted by
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20 governing board of a school district shall be effective for a period
21of three years, and shall be updated on or before July 1 of each
23(c) A local control and accountability plan adopted by
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24 governing board of a school district shall include, for the school
25district and each school within the school district, both of the
27(1) A description of the annual goals, for all pupils and each
28subgroup of pupils identified pursuant to Section 52052, to be
29achieved for each of the state priorities identified in subdivision
30(d) and for any additional local priorities identified by the
31governing board of the school district. For purposes of this article,
32a subgroup of pupils identified pursuant to Section 52052 shall be
33a numerically significant pupil subgroup as specified in paragraphs
34(2) and (3) of subdivision (a) of Section 52052.
35(2) A description of the specific actions the school district will
36take during each year of the local control and accountability plan
37to achieve the goals identified in paragraph (1), including the
38 enumeration of any specific actions necessary for that year to
39correct any deficiencies in regard to the state priorities listed in
40paragraph (1) of subdivision (d). The specific actions shall not
P12 1supersede the provisions of existing local collective bargaining
2agreements within the jurisdiction of the school district.
3(d) All of the following are state priorities:
4(1) The degree to which the teachers of the school district are
5appropriately assigned in accordance with Section 44258.9, and
6fully credentialed in the subject areas, and, for the pupils they are
7teaching, every pupil in the school district has sufficient access to
8the standards-aligned instructional materials as determined pursuant
9to Section 60119, and school facilities are maintained in good
10repair as specified in subdivision (d) of Section 17002.
11(2) Implementation of the academic content and performance
12standards adopted by the state board, including how the programs
13and services will enable English learners to access the common
14core academic content standards adopted pursuant to Section
1560605.8 and the English language development standards adopted
16pursuant to Section
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18and English language proficiency.
19(3) Parental involvement, including efforts the school district
20makes to seek parent input in making decisions for the school
21district and each individual schoolsite, and including how the
22school district will promote parental participation in programs for
23unduplicated pupils and individuals with exceptional needs.
24(4) Pupil achievement, as measured by all of the following, as
26(A) Statewide assessments administered pursuant to Article 4
27(commencing with Section 60640) of Chapter 5 of Part 33 or any
28subsequent assessment, as certified by the state board.
29(B) The Academic Performance Index, as described in Section
31(C) The percentage of pupils who have successfully completed
32courses that satisfy the requirements for entrance to the University
33of California and the California State University, or career technical
34education sequences or programs of study that align with state
35board-approved career technical educational standards and
36frameworks, including, but not limited to, those described in
37subdivision (a) of Section 52302, subdivision (a) of Section
3852372.5, or paragraph (2) of subdivision (e) of Section 54692.
39(D) The percentage of English learner pupils who make progress
40toward English proficiency as measured by the California English
P13 1Language Development Test or any subsequent assessment of
2English proficiency, as certified by the state board.
3(E) The English learner reclassification rate.
4(F) The percentage of pupils who have passed an advanced
5placement examination with a score of
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6(G) The percentage of pupils who participate in, and demonstrate
7 college preparedness pursuant to, the Early Assessment Program,
8as described in Chapter 6 (commencing with Section 99300) of
9Part 65 of Division 14 of Title 3, or any subsequent assessment of
11(5) Pupil engagement, as measured by all of the following, as
13(A) School attendance rates.
14(B) Chronic absenteeism rates.
15(C) Middle school dropout rates, as described in paragraph (3)
16of subdivision (a) of Section 52052.1.
17(D) High school dropout rates.
18(E) High school graduation rates.
19(6) School climate, as measured by all of the
21(A) Pupil suspension rates.
22(B) Pupil expulsion rates.
23(C) Other local measures, including surveys of pupils, parents,
24and teachers on the sense of safety and school connectedness.
25(7) The extent to which pupils have access to, and are enrolled
26in, a broad course of study that includes all of the subject areas
27described in Section 51210 and subdivisions (a) to (i), inclusive,
28of Section 51220, as applicable, including the programs and
29services developed and provided to unduplicated pupils and
30individuals with exceptional needs, and the program and services
31that are provided to benefit these pupils as a result of the funding
32received pursuant to Section 42238.02, as implemented by Section
P14 1 Pupil outcomes, if available, in the subject areas described
2in Section 51210 and subdivisions (a) to (i), inclusive, of Section
351220, as applicable.
4(e) For purposes of the descriptions required by
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6information, including, but not limited to, findings that result from
7school quality reviews conducted pursuant to subparagraph (J) of
8paragraph (4) of subdivision (a) of Section 52052 or any other
10(f) To the extent practicable, data reported in a local control and
11accountability plan shall be reported in a manner consistent with
12how information is reported on a school accountability report card.
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board of a school district shall consult with
14teachers, principals, administrators, other school personnel, local
15bargaining units of the school district, parents, and pupils in
16developing a local control and accountability plan.
17(h) A school district may identify local priorities, goals in regard
18to the local priorities, and the method for measuring the school
19district’s progress toward achieving those goals.
All matter omitted in this version of the bill appears in the bill as amended in the Senate, Aprill 22, 2014. (JR11)