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          Date of Hearing:  May 13, 2015


                        ASSEMBLY COMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS


                                 Jimmy Gomez, Chair


          AB  
          1014 (Thurmond) - As Amended May 4, 2015


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          Urgency:  No  State Mandated Local Program:  NoReimbursable:  No


          SUMMARY:


          This bill establishes the Our Children's Success-The Early  
          Intervention Attendance Pilot Grant Program, to be administered  
          by the California Department of Education (CDE), for the  
          purposes of awarding three-year grants to help public schools  








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          resolve the attendance problems of pupils in grades K-3.  
          Specifies the  grant program shall be implemented upon the  
          appropriation of sufficient funding, yet to be determined.  
          Specifically, this bill:


          1)Authorizes a pubilc school maintaining any of grades K-3,  
            inclusive, to apply to the CDE for a grant through submission  
            of an application that may reflect various approaches to  
            achieving increased attendance, as specified. Plan components  
            may include staff training, a phone call outreach program,  
            establishment of a parent advocate position, establishment of  
            an outreach worker position, establishment of a plan for  
            teacher follow up with pupils with chronic attendance, or a  
            plan to track pupil attendance and data.



          2)Specifices the grant program shall not be construed as a  
            replacement of, or a substitution for, the school attendance  
            review board process.



          3)Requires the CDE to give priority to public schools with the  
            highest truancy rates in urban, rural and suburban areas.



          4)Requires grant recipents to submit a report to the CDE at the  
            conclusion of the grant. This report is required to specify  
            how the grant funds were used and the strategies employed to  
            address pupil attendance problems. The report is required to  
            also include pupil attendance data measured both before and  
            after the implementation of the grant.



          5)Requires CDE, on or before January 1, 2021, to  submit a  








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            report to the respective committees on appropriations and  
            committees on education of the Assembly and the Senate. This  
            report shall evaluate the strategies and the attendance data  
            of the public schools that received funds from the grant  
            program and include a recommendation on whether the grant  
            program should continue.



          6)Appropriates an unspecified amount to the CDE for purposes of  
            implementing the grant program.  Expresses the intent of the  
            Legislature that the funds appropriated pursuant to this bill  
            be drawn from sources that may include, but are not  
            necessarily limited to, the General Fund, the Safe  
            Neighborhoods and Schools Fund, federal and local government  
            funds, and contributions from nonprofit organizations and  
            other private entities. The program sunsets on January 1,  
            2022.
          FISCAL EFFECT:


          1)Unknown Proposition 98/GF cost pressure, potentially in the  
            millions, to implement the Our Children's Success-The Early  
            Intervention Attendance Pilot Grant Program. Program  
            requirements would be contingent upon state, federal or  
            non-state funding; however, no specific funding source has  
            been identified.  Actual costs will depend on the total grant  
            amount. There are approximately 5,560 elementary schools that  
            maintain kindergarten or any of grades 1 to 3, and all are  
            eligible to apply for the grant.  





          2)General Fund administrative costs to the CDE of approximately  
            $600,000 to create and review the application, assist with  
            implementation of the grant, and provide technical assistance.  
             These costs assume applications flow from the district.  CDE  








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            anticipates additional staff resources if individual school  
            sites submit applications.  Additional costs in the range of  
            $150,000 to $200,000 to complete the report at the end of the  
            pilot, most likely through a contract.
          


          COMMENTS:


          1)Purpose. According to the a recent Attorney General report,  
            school districts lost approximately $1.4 billion in the  
            2010-11 school year due to absences.  The author believes that  
            early intervention will not only improve student attendance,  
            it will be a good investment in increasing a school's ADA.


            This bill appropriates an unspecified amount of funds to  
            establish the Our Children's Success - The Early Intervention  
            Attendance Grant Program.  The grant program is intended to  
            provide outreach to pupils from kindergarten through grade 3.   
            A school interested in receiving a grant must submit an  
            application to the CDE.  





          2)Considerations. As currently drafted, the bill authorizes  
            individual school sites to apply for funding.  The author may  
            wish to consider authorizing school districts to apply for  
            grant funding, instead of individual elementary schools; this  
            could allow districts to develop district-wide programs and  
            target funding to elementary schools most in need of  
            resources.  This approach would likely also decrease workload  
            at the state level when processing applications.  
            The bill also contains an appropriation with no dollar amount.  
             The committee should consider whether the bill should move  
            forward with an unspecified appropriation.  








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          Analysis Prepared by:Misty Feusahrens / APPR. / (916)  
          319-2081