AB 1014, as amended, Thurmond. Pupils: truancy: Our Children’s Success-The Early Intervention Attendance Grant Program.
Existing law requires a pupil subject to compulsory full-time education or to compulsory continuation education who is absent from school without a valid excuse 3 full days in one school year or tardy or absent for more than a 30-minute period during the schoolday without a valid excuse on 3 occasions in one school year, or any combination thereof, to be classified as a truant. Existing law requires, upon a pupil’s initial classification as a truant, a school district to notify the pupil’s parent or guardian of specified information using the most cost-effective method possible.
This bill would make various findings and declarations regarding truancy. The bill would establish
begin delete Ourend delete Children’s Success-The Early Intervention Attendance Grant Program under the administration of the State Department of Education. The program would provide grants to applicant public schools seeking to resolve the attendance problems of pupils in kindergarten and grades 1 to 3, inclusive. The bill would provide that public schools maintaining kindergarten or any of grades 1 to 3, inclusive, could apply for grants under the program. The bill would begin delete requireend delete the applications for grants submitted by schools to the department to reflect a plan
including specified components.
The bill would require the department to give priority to applicant schools that have
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bill would appropriate an unspecified sum from an unspecified source to the department for purposes of implementing the bill.
Vote: majority. Appropriation: yes. Fiscal committee: yes. State-mandated local program: no.
The people of the State of California do enact as follows:
The Legislature finds and declares all
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3(a) Only 17 percent of chronically absent kindergartners and
4first graders in California read proficiently by grade 3 and pupils
5who do not read proficiently by grade 3 are four times more likely
6to drop out of school. Children who drop out of school cost the
7state more than $46 billion each year, including more than $1
8billion in juvenile crime costs alone.
9(b) Ninety percent of elementary school pupils with severe
10attendance problems, missing 36 or more days in the school year,
11are estimated to be from low-income families.
P3 1(c) In the 2013-14 school year, 250,000 elementary school
2pupils and 1 in 10 pupils from low-income families were
3chronically absent, missing 10 percent or more of the school year.
4(d) In the 2013-14 school year, African American elementary
5school pupils were the highest subgroup, including homeless pupils,
6to be truant and these pupils are chronically truant at four times
7the rate of all other pupils.
8(e) In the 2012-13 school year, one in five, or 744,085,
9elementary school pupils were truant, an increase of 1.2 percent
10from the 2011-12 school year.
11(f) In the 2010-11 school
year, California schools lost $1.4
12billion in average daily attendance funding due to pupil absences
13and California school districts have lost over $3.5 billion between
14the 2010-11 and 2013-14 school years.
Section 48270 is added to the Education Code, to read:
(a) Our Children’s Success-The Early Intervention
17Attendance Grant Program is hereby established under the
18administration of the department. This grant program is established
19for the purpose of helping public schools resolve the attendance
20problems of pupils in kindergarten and grades 1 to 3, inclusive.
21This grant program shall be implemented upon the appropriation
22of sufficient funding under Section 3 of the act that added this
24(b) A public school maintaining kindergarten or any of grades
251 to 3, inclusive, seeking to participate in the grant program
26established by this section may apply to the department for a grant
27pursuant to this section. An application submitted by a public
28school to the department under this subdivision
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29a plan that includes, but is not necessarily limited to, all of the
31(1) Establishment of a training program for key school officials
32and attendance staff to identify pupils with chronic attendance
33problems upon their second occurrence of tardiness or absence in
34a school year, and the mailing of attendance letters to the pupil’s
35home in a timely manner.
36(2) Establishment of a phone call outreach program,
37a minimum of two calls from a school official, not limited to a
38recording, to follow up on those pupils whose attendance problems
39continue during that school year after the attendance letters are
P4 1(3) Establishment of a parent advocate position or positions,
2designated for ongoing
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3parent throughout the school year to ensure the pupil’s continued
4consistent school attendance. The number of these parent advocate
5positions may vary according to the school’s needs, resources, and
6the parent advocate’s ability to manage the workload.
7(4) Establishment of an outreach worker position or positions
8whose primary job is assisting families with a child or children
9who have ongoing chronic attendance problems. The duties of an
10outreach worker include sending letters, making phone calls and
11home visits, and helping to connect the family to the appropriate
12local, state, or federal programs in order to resolve issues that are
13creating impediments to the child’s consistent attendance in school.
14The number of these outreach worker positions can vary according
15to the school’s needs, resources, and the outreach worker’s ability
16to manage the workload.
17(5) Determining that the applicant school’s plan is instituted,
18to the best of the school’s ability, before a pupil enters the school
19attendance review board process.
20(6) Establishment of a plan for teacher
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21pupils with chronic attendance problems to make up for lost
23(7) Establishment of a plan to track pupil attendance and
24aggregate data on tardiness and attendance throughout the school
25year to determine whether improvement has been made.
26(c) In evaluating applications for grants under this section, the
27department shall give priority to applicant schools that have
28prioritized pupil engagement in their local control and
29accountability plans adopted pursuant to Section 52060.
31 The grant program established by this section shall not be
32construed as a replacement of, or a substitution for, the school
33attendance review board process as described in this article.
The sum of ____ dollars ($____) is hereby
24appropriated to the State Department of Education for purposes
25of implementing Our Children’s Success-The Early Intervention
26Attendance Grant Program, as established in Section 48270 of the
27Education Code. It is the intent of the Legislature that the funds
28appropriated under this section be drawn from sources that may
29include, but are not necessarily limited to, the General Fund, the
30Safe Neighborhoods and Schools Fund established by Proposition
3147 on the November 2014 statewide general election ballot, federal
32and local government funds, and contributions from nonprofit
33organizations and other private entities.