Amended in Assembly May 31, 2016

California Legislature—2015–16 Regular Session

Assembly BillNo. 2009


Introduced by Assembly Member Lopez

February 16, 2016


An act to addbegin insert and repealend insert Sectionbegin delete 68130.6 to, and to add Chapter 3.67 (commencing with Section 44778) to Part 25 of Division 3 of Title 2 of,end deletebegin insert 66021.8 ofend insert the Education Code, relating to student support services.

LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL’S DIGEST

AB 2009, as amended, Lopez. Student support services: Dream Resource Liaisons.

(1) Existing law establishes the segments of the public postsecondary education system in the state, including the University of California administered by the Regents of the University of California, the California State University administered by the Trustees of the California State University, and the California Community Colleges administered by the Board of Governors of the California Community Colleges.

Existing law provides that a student, other than a nonimmigrant alien, as defined, who has attended high school in California for 3 or more years, who has graduated from a California high school or attained the equivalent thereof, who has registered at or attends an accredited institution of higher education in California not earlier than the fall semester or quarter of the 2001-02 academic year, and who, if he or she is an alien without lawful immigration status, has filed an affidavit, as specified, is exempt from paying nonresident tuition at the California Community Colleges and the California State University.

This bill would, commencing with the 2017-18 academic year, require the California Community Colleges and the California State University, and would request the University of California to designate a Dream Resource Liaison on each of their respective campuses, as specified, to assist students meeting specified requirements, including undocumented students, by streamlining access to all available financial aid and academic opportunities for those students. By requiring community colleges to designate a Dream Resource Liaison, this bill would impose a state-mandated local program. The bill would encourage those institutions to establish Dream Resource Centers, and would authorize those centers to provide specified support services.

This bill would authorize the trustees, the board of governors, and the regents to seek and accept on behalf of the state any gift, bequest, devise, or donation whenever the gift and the terms and conditions thereof will aid in the creation and operation of Dream Resource Centers for their respective systems.

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(2) Existing law establishes a system of public elementary and secondary schools in this state, and authorizes local educational agencies throughout the state to operate schools and provide instruction to pupils in kindergarten and grades 1 to 12, inclusive.

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This bill would encourage the governing board of a school district or county office of education that maintains any of grades 9 to 12, inclusive, to have a Dream Resource Liaison at each of their respective campuses that includes any of those grades.

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This bill would make these provisions inoperative on July 1, 2022, and would repeal them as of January 1, 2023.

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begin insert(2)end insert 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:

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SECTION 1.  

The Legislature finds and declares all of the
2following:

3(a) It is the intent of the Legislature to increase enrollment and
4graduation rates among students meeting the requirements of
5Assembly Bill 540 of the 2001-02 Regular Session (Firebaugh,
6Ch. 814) by requiring thebegin insert designation of Dream Resource Liaisons
7and encouraging theend insert
creation of Dream Resource Centers at public
8institutions of higher education.

9(b) It is estimated that each year approximately 65,000
10undocumented students graduate from high schools, and while
11California has been a leader in enacting innovative and bold laws
12to provide opportunities for undocumented youth to attain higher
13education, only 20 percent of these students attend college. Many
14undocumented youth and their families are unaware of recent
15policy changes, such as the enactment of Assembly Bill 540 of the
162001-02 Regular Session, the California Dream Act of 2011, and
17the federal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), that
18make college graduation more attainable. Currently, the majority
19of college campuses do not have a centralized location that provides
20specialized support services and resources for students meeting
21the requirements of Assembly Bill 540 of the 2001-02 Regular
22Session.

23(c) The creation of Dream Resource Centers would save staff
24time and resources by streamlining all available financial aid and
25academic opportunities for students meeting the requirements of
26Assembly Bill 540 of the 2001-02 Regular Session. These Dream
27Resource Centers would seek to empower and create a safe and
28welcoming environment for those students. These centers would
29increase enrollment, transfer, and graduation rates among this
30population.

31(d) A number of college campuses have acknowledged the needs
32and challenges of these students and have created Dream Resource
33Centers. These include: the University of California, Los Angeles;
34the University of California, Davis; the California State University,
35Los Angeles; the California State University, Fullerton; and the
36California State University, Northridge. These centers provide,
37among other things, informational workshops, legal clinics,
38information on programs available to undocumented immigrants,
P4    1and peer mentoring and support services to increase awareness of
2existing programs and available resources, enhance professional
3development, and increase employment opportunities.

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SEC. 2.  

Chapter 3.67 (commencing with Section 44778) is
5added to Part 25 of Division 3 of Title 2 of the Education Code,
6to read:

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8Chapter  3.67. Dream Resource Liaison
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44778.  

The governing board of a school district or county office
11of education that maintains any of grades 9 to 12, inclusive, is
12encouraged to have a Dream Resource Liaison, as described in
13Section 68130.6, at each of their respective campuses that includes
14any of those grades.

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Sectionbegin delete 68130.6end deletebegin insert 66021.8end insert is added to the Education
17Code
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(a) Commencing with the 2017-18 academic year,
20the California Community Colleges and the California State
21University shall, and the University of California is requested to,
22designate a Dream Resource Liaison on each of their respective
23campuses, as specified in subdivision (b), to assist students meeting
24the requirements set forth in Section 68130.5 by streamlining
25access to all available financial aid and academic opportunities for
26those students.

27(b) (1) Each campus of the California Community Colleges
28shall ensure that it has a staff person designated as a Dream
29Resource Liaison who is knowledgeable in available financial aid,
30services, and academic opportunities for all students meeting the
31requirements set forth in Section 68130.5, including undocumented
32students. The Legislature encourages each of these campuses to
33place this designated staff person in the campus’ extended
34opportunity programs and services office or financial aid office.

35(2) Each campus of the California State University shall ensure
36that it has a staff person designated as a Dream Resource Liaison
37who is knowledgeable in available financial aid, services, and
38academic opportunities for all students meeting the requirements
39set forth in Section 68130.5, including undocumented students.
40The Legislature encourages each of these campuses to place this
P5    1designated staff person in the campus’ educational opportunity
2programs office or financial aid office.

3(3) The University of California is encouraged to designate a
4Dream Resource Liaison on each of its campuses. That staff person
5should be knowledgeable in available financial aid, services, and
6academic opportunities for all students meeting the requirements
7set forth in Section 68130.5, including undocumented students.
8The Legislature encourages each of these campuses to place this
9designated staff person in the campus’ educational opportunity
10programs office or financial aid office.

11(c) (1) The California Community Colleges, the California
12State University, and the University of California are encouraged
13to establish Dream Resource Centers on each of their respective
14campuses.

15(2) Dream Resource Centers may offer support services,
16including, but not necessarily limited to, state and institutional
17financial aid assistance, academic counseling, peer support services,
18psychological counseling, referral services, and legal services.

19(d) (1) This section shall not be construed asbegin delete requiringend delete
20begin insert encouragingend insert the construction of a new or separate space for Dream
21Resource Centers.

22(2) Dream Resource Centers may be housed within existing
23student service or academic centers.

24(3) The space in which the Dream Resource Liaison is located
25may be deemed a Dream Resource Center.

26(e) Notwithstanding Section 11005 of the Government Code
27and any other law requiring approval by a state officer of gifts,
28bequests, devises, or donations, the Trustees of the California State
29University, the Board of Governors of the California Community
30Colleges, and the Regents of the University of California may seek
31and accept on behalf of the state any gift, bequest, devise, or
32donation whenever the gift and the terms and conditions thereof
33will aid in the creation and operation of Dream Resource Centers
34 for their respective systems.

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(f) This section shall become inoperative on July 1, 2022, and,
36as of January 1, 2023, is repealed, unless a later enacted statute,
37that becomes operative on or before January 1, 2023, deletes or
38extends the dates on which it becomes inoperative and is repealed.

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If the Commission on State Mandates determines that
3this act contains costs mandated by the state, reimbursement to
4local agencies and school districts for those costs shall be made
5pursuant to Part 7 (commencing with Section 17500) of Division
64 of Title 2 of the Government Code.



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