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                                   THIRD READING 


          Bill No:  SB 906
          Author:   Beall (D), et al.
          Introduced:1/25/16  
          Vote:     21 

           SENATE EDUCATION COMMITTEE:  8-0, 3/9/16
           AYES:  Liu, Block, Hancock, Leyva, Mendoza, Monning, Pan, Vidak
           NO VOTE RECORDED:  Runner

          SENATE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE: Senate Rule 28.8
           
           SUBJECT:   Public postsecondary education:  priority enrollment  
                     systems


          SOURCE:    Author
          
          DIGEST:   This bill conforms the definition of "foster youth or  
          former foster youth," for the purposes of priority registration  
          at the University of California (UC), the California State  
          University (CSU), and the California Community Colleges (CCC),  
          to existing state higher education program definitions, deletes  
          the sunset on the extension of priority registration to foster  
          youth or former foster youth, and deletes the sunset on the  
          extension of priority registration to Extended Opportunity  
          Programs and Services (EOPS) students and Disabled Student  
          Programs and Services (DSPS) students at the California  
          Community Colleges. 


          ANALYSIS:  










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          Existing law:


          1)Requires, if the institution administers a priority enrollment  
            system for registration, that the CSU and each CCC district,  
            and requests that the UC, grant priority enrollment, to any  
            current or former foster youth, and repeals these provisions  
            on January 1, 2017.  (EC  66025.9)


          2)Establishes the Community College EOPS to extend opportunities  
            for community college education to all who may profit  
            regardless of economic, social and educational status, and to  
            encourage local community colleges to identify students  
            affected by economic, language, and social disadvantages and  
            encourage their enrollment and achievement of their  
            educational objectives and goals. The Board of Governors is  
            required to adopt regulations with the objective that the EOPS  
            programs include qualified counseling staff, facilitation of  
            transfer, and enrollment in courses necessary to develop  
            successful study skills, as specified. Current law also  
            authorizes local community college governing boards to provide  
            services that may include loans or grants for living costs,  
            student fees, and transportation costs and also scholarships,  
            work-experience and job placement programs.  (EC  69640 -   
            69656)


          3)Requires each CCC district that administers a priority  
            enrollment system for registration to grant priority  
            registration for enrollment to students in the EOPS program  
            and to disabled students, as specified, and repeals these  
            provisions on January 1, 2017.  (EC  66025.91)

          This bill:

          1)Redefines "foster youth or former foster youth," for purposes  
            of priority registration at California's public higher  
            education segments, to conform to definitions consistent with  
            the California Chaffee Foster Youth Grant program and the  
            community colleges Cooperating Agencies Foster Youth  
            Educational Support Program.  More specifically, these  
            students are defined as those who meet both the following  
            criteria:







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             a)   Dependency was established or continued by the court on  
               or after the youth's 16th birthday.

             b)   Are no older than 25 years of age at the commencement of  
               the academic year.

          2)Deletes the sunset on the requirement (and in the case of the  
            UC, the request) that the CSU and each CCC district grant  
            priority registration for enrollment to a foster youth or  
            former foster youth, thereby permanently extending this  
            priority for these students.

          3)Deletes the sunset on the extension of priority registration  
            to Extended Opportunity Programs and Services students and  
            disabled students at the California Community Colleges,  
            thereby permanently extending registration priority to these  
            students.

          Comments

          1)Need for the bill.  This bill, sponsored by the Board of  
            Governors of the California Community Colleges would  
            statutorily require the extension of priority enrollment  
            consistent with existing regulations adopted by the BOG.  

            According to the author, foster youth, students with  
            disabilities, and low-income students all experience academic  
            success rates disproportionately lower than the general  
            population.  The author cites various reports issued between  
            2009 and 2001 that indicate; 1) while half of all people from  
            high-income families have a bachelor's degree by age 25, only  
            10 percent of people from low-income families do; 2) only 29  
            percent of students with disabilities left having graduated or  
            completed their postsecondary education program; 3) only 8  
            percent of foster youth had a postsecondary degree from either  
            a 2-year or a 4-year school.

          2)Existing community college enrollment priority categories.   
            Current law extends registration priority to foster youth and  
            to EOPS students and Disabled Student Programs and Services  
            (DSPS) students at the community colleges until January 1,  
            2017.  In addition, current law grants priority enrollment  
            registration to any member or former member of the Armed  







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            Forces, as specified.  

            Enrollment policies related to the implementation of the  
            system's Student Success Initiative (SSI) have also been  
            implemented.  The Legislature has provided significant funding  
            for the Student Services Support Program (SSSP) established by  
            SB 1425 (Lowenthal, Chapter 624, Statutes of 2013) to provide  
            targeted services such as orientation, assessment, and  
            counseling and advising to assist students with the  
            development of education plans.  The Board of Governors have  
            implemented a number of related regulatory and administrative  
            changes, including the provision of higher enrollment priority  
            to students who have participated in these targeted services.   
            Districts are also now required to notify students that  
            accumulating 100 degree applicable units or being on academic  
            or progress probation for two consecutive terms will result in  
            the loss of enrollment priority.  

            AB 595 (Gomez, Chapter 704 Statutes of 2013), among other  
            things, established the Legislature's intent that any student  
            who receives priority registration for enrollment (which would  
            include veterans, EOPS students, foster youth, and DSPS  
            students) shall comply with the requirements of the Student  
            Success Initiative.  These provisions were adopted in order to  
            ensure that the enrollment priorities supported, and did not  
            undermine, statutory and regulatory efforts to ensure the  
            development of statewide strategies and to incentivize student  
            behaviors that result in student success.  

            According to the sponsor, it is the expectation that students  
            granted priority enrollment by the provisions of this bill  
            will comply with EC 66602.95 which clarifies that any student  
            who receives priority registration shall participate in SSSP  
            programs and services including orientation, assessment,  
            counseling, and the development of an education plan, among  
            other things.   


          FISCAL EFFECT:   Appropriation:    No          Fiscal  
          Com.:YesLocal:   Yes


          SUPPORT:   (Verified4/13/16)








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          Alameda County Office of Education
          American Academy of Pediatrics
          Berkeley Hope Scholars, University of California at Berkeley
          Board of Governors, California Community Colleges
          California Alliance of Child and Family Services
          California Community Colleges Extended Opportunity Programs and  
               Services (EOPS) Association
          California State University Chico Student Learning Center
          Cerritos Community College District
          Chaffey Community College District
          Children Now
          Cypress College Extended Opportunity Programs and Services and  
               Guardian Scholars Program
          East Bay Children's Law Offices
          Faculty Association of California Community Colleges
          Family Care Network, Inc.
          Foster Care Counts
          Foster Youth Success Program, College of the Siskiyous
          Fred Finch Youth Center
          Guardian Scholars Program, California State University Monterey  
          Bay
          Inspiring Scholars of Butte-Glenn Community College
          John Burton Foundation
          Kamali'I Foster Family Agency
          Larkin Street Youth Services
          Orange Coast College Guardian Scholars Program
          PATH Scholars, California State University Chico
          Peacock Acres, Inc.
          Renaissance Scholars Program, California State University Fresno
          Seneca Family of Agencies
          Smith Renaissance Society at the University of California Santa  
          Cruz
          VOICES Youth Centers of California 
          Walden Family Services
          Western Center on Law and Poverty
          Youth and Family Services YMCA
          90+ Letters from individuals


          OPPOSITION:   (Verified4/11/16)


          None received







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          Prepared by:Kathleen Chavira / ED. / (916) 651-4105
          4/13/16 15:19:21


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