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                                UNFINISHED BUSINESS 


          Bill No:  SB 906
          Author:   Beall (D), et al.
          Amended:  8/18/16  
          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

           SENATE FLOOR:  38-0, 4/14/16
           AYES:  Allen, Anderson, Bates, Beall, Berryhill, Block,  
            Cannella, De León, Fuller, Gaines, Galgiani, Glazer, Hall,  
            Hancock, Hernandez, Hertzberg, Hill, Hueso, Huff, Jackson,  
            Lara, Leno, Leyva, Liu, Mendoza, Mitchell, Monning, Moorlach,  
            Morrell, Nguyen, Nielsen, Pan, Pavley, Roth, Stone, Vidak,  
            Wieckowski, Wolk
           NO VOTE RECORDED:  McGuire, Runner

           ASSEMBLY FLOOR:  77-1, 8/23/16 - See last page for vote
           
           SUBJECT:   Public postsecondary education:  priority enrollment  
                     systems


          SOURCE:    John Burton Foundation


          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  








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          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.


          Assembly Amendments add double-jointing language to avoid  
          chaptering issues and make a technical change relative to a  
          cross-reference.  




          ANALYSIS:  


          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 - §  








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            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:

             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 CCCs, thereby permanently extending  
            registration priority to these students.

          4)Includes double-jointing language to avoid chaptering issues  
            with AB 801 (Bloom).

          Comments









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          Existing community college enrollment priority categories.   
          Existing law extends registration priority to foster youth and  
          to EOPS students and DSPS students at the community colleges  
          until January 1, 2017.  In addition, existing law grants  
          priority enrollment registration to any member or former member  
          of the Armed Forces, as specified.  

          Enrollment policies related to the implementation of the  
          system's Student Success Initiative have also been implemented.   
          The Legislature has provided significant funding for the Student  
          Services Support Program 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.  









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


          According to the Assembly Appropriations Committee, any costs  
          for the segments to continue offering priority registration to  
          the specified student cohorts will be minor and absorbable.  Of  
          the 2.3 million students enrolled in the CCC for 
          2014-15, about 76,000 were EOPS students, 121,000 were DSPS  
          students, and 15,000 were foster youth or former foster youth.


          SUPPORT:   (Verified8/23/16)


          John Burton Foundation (source)


          OPPOSITION:   (Verified8/23/16)


          None received




           ASSEMBLY FLOOR:  77-1, 8/23/16
           AYES: Achadjian, Alejo, Arambula, Atkins, Baker, Bigelow,  
            Bloom, Bonilla, Bonta, Brown, Burke, Calderon, Campos, Chang,  
            Chau, Chávez, Chiu, Chu, Cooley, Cooper, Dababneh, Dahle,  
            Daly, Dodd, Eggman, Frazier, Gallagher, Cristina Garcia,  
            Eduardo Garcia, Gatto, Gipson, Gomez, Gonzalez, Gordon, Gray,  
            Grove, Hadley, Harper, Roger Hernández, Holden, Irwin, Jones,  
            Jones-Sawyer, Kim, Lackey, Levine, Linder, Lopez, Low,  
            Maienschein, Mathis, Mayes, McCarty, Medina, Melendez, Mullin,  
            Nazarian, Obernolte, O'Donnell, Olsen, Patterson, Quirk,  
            Ridley-Thomas, Rodriguez, Salas, Santiago, Steinorth, Mark  
            Stone, Thurmond, Ting, Wagner, Waldron, Weber, Wilk, Williams,  
            Wood, Rendon
           NOES: Travis Allen
           NO VOTE RECORDED: Brough, Beth Gaines








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          Prepared by:Lynn Lorber / ED. / (916) 651-4105
          8/23/16 19:54:37


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