BILL NUMBER: AB 568 CHAPTERED BILL TEXT CHAPTER 918 FILED WITH SECRETARY OF STATE OCTOBER 12, 1997 APPROVED BY GOVERNOR OCTOBER 12, 1997 PASSED THE ASSEMBLY SEPTEMBER 9, 1997 PASSED THE SENATE SEPTEMBER 2, 1997 AMENDED IN SENATE AUGUST 28, 1997 AMENDED IN SENATE JUNE 17, 1997 AMENDED IN ASSEMBLY MAY 12, 1997 AMENDED IN ASSEMBLY APRIL 16, 1997 AMENDED IN ASSEMBLY APRIL 1, 1997 INTRODUCED BY Assembly Member Lempert FEBRUARY 25, 1997 An act to add Section 35258 to the Education Code, relating to education. LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST AB 568, Lempert. Education: School Accountability Report Card. (1) Existing law requires the governing board of each school district to develop and cause to be implemented for each school in the school district a School Accountability Report Card. This bill would require each school district that is connected to the Internet to make the information contained in the School Accountability Report Card accessible on the Internet on or before July 1, 1998, and to update the report card information annually. The bill would make a related legislative finding and declaration and a statement of legislative intent. By imposing additional duties on public schools, this bill would create a state-mandated local program. (2) 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, including the creation of a State Mandates Claims Fund to pay the costs of mandates that do not exceed $1,000,000 statewide and other procedures for claims whose statewide costs exceed $1,000,000. 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. THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: SECTION 1. (a) The Legislature finds and declares that, although our state has embraced technology in creating a revolution of growth, our schools have not kept pace with this technology revolution. Access to information through the use of technology has become an integral and crucial part in the decisionmaking processes of government, industry, and the home. However, our schools do not facilitate access to information through one of the most available information technology mediums, the Internet. (b) It is the intent of the Legislature to improve the access of parents and the community to school-based information. SEC. 2. Section 35258 is added to the Education Code, to read: 35258. On or before July 1, 1998, each school district that is connected to the Internet shall make the information contained in the School Accountability Report Card developed pursuant to Section 35256 accessible on the Internet. The School Accountability Report Card information shall be updated annually. SEC. 3. Notwithstanding Section 17610 of the Government Code, if the Commission on State Mandates determines that this act contains costs mandated by the state, reimbursement to local agencies and school districts for those costs shall be made pursuant to Part 7 (commencing with Section 17500) of Division 4 of Title 2 of the Government Code. If the statewide cost of the claim for reimbursement does not exceed one million dollars ($1,000,000), reimbursement shall be made from the State Mandates Claims Fund. Notwithstanding Section 17580 of the Government Code, unless otherwise specified, the provisions of this act shall become operative on the same date that the act takes effect pursuant to the California Constitution.