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          Date of Hearing:  May 11, 2016


                        ASSEMBLY COMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS


                               Lorena Gonzalez, Chair


          AB  
          2719 (Eduardo Garcia) - As Amended May 4, 2016


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          Urgency:  No  State Mandated Local Program:  NoReimbursable:  No


          SUMMARY:


          This bill updates statute authorizing the federal Workforce  
          Investment and Opportunity Act (WIOA) to specifically include  
          out-of-school youth, including, adding these youth as  
          individuals who have significant barriers to employment.  
          Specifically, this bill:


          1)Requires a local workforce development board to include  








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            Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) accredited  
            public high schools when making recommendations to clients  
            about the appropriate education provider to assist them in  
            earning a high school diploma. 


          2)Requires the California Workforce Development Board (CWDB) to  
            request an opportunity to present relevant portions of an  
            existing credential attainment report to the State Board of  
            Education and the California Community College Board, as  
            specified.


          FISCAL EFFECT:


          Minor/absorbable costs to the California Workforce Investment  
          Board. 


          COMMENTS:


          1)Purpose. While services to out-of-school youth are treated as  
            a priority under the federal WIOA, current state law is  
            silent.  Current state law also does not provide statutory  
            direction regarding the types of schools that can offer  
            out-of-school youth high school diplomas.  This bill clarifies  
            these issues.

            This bill is sponsored by SIATech, a network of charter  
            schools that partner with US Department of Labor job training  
            programs. These schools provide dropout recovery services and  
            a path to WASC accredited high school diplomas. According to  
            the sponsor, WIOA organizations who partner with public  
            schools provide tremendous opportunities for out-of-school  
            youth.  The goal of this bill is to build a platform for  
            reengaging out-of-school youth and provide them with a diploma  
            based on state CTE standards.








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