BILL ANALYSIS                                                                                                                                                                                                    

                 Leroy F. Greene, Chairman
                  1997-98 Regular Session

BILL NO:       SB 187
AUTHOR:        Hughes
AMENDED:       April 21, 1997
FISCAL COMM.:  Yes                      HEARING DATE: April  
23, 1997
URGENCY:       No             CONSULTANT: Nancy Anton

  SPECIAL NOTE:   This bill was heard by the Senate Education  
Committee on March 12, 1997 but no vote was taken.  The  
bill was heard again last week on April 16, 1997 and,  
again, no vote was taken.  This bill has been amended since  
last week's hearing.


This bill requires school districts and county offices of  
education (COE's) to develop comprehensive school safety  
plans, as specified.


Current law expresses the Legislature's intent that all  
public schools develop comprehensive school safety plans  
that address the safety concerns identified by the site  
through a systematic planning process.  Current law  
identifies a number of items these plans may contain  
including:  (1) a current assessment of school crime, (2)  
strategies and programs that will provide a high level of  
school safety, and (3) specified actions to be taken in  
conjunction with local law enforcement as specified. 

Current law also expresses the Legislature's intent that,  
in developing these plans, school sites use existing  
resources including the materials, services and matching  
grant funds of the School Safety Partnership, which is  
elsewhere provided for in statute.  Existing school site  
councils are expressly authorized to be responsible for  
developing these plans. 



  This bill  revises, and makes mandatory provisions of  
existing law relating to comprehensive safety plans for  
school sites.  Specifically, this bill:

1)   Requires each school site, by September 1, 1998, to  
     develop a school safety plan, as specified, to be  
     evaluated annually and amended, if needed.  The bill  
     provides that these plans be written and established  
     by the School Site Council and shall include, but not  
     be limited to, a number of specified components;  
     current law only authorizes that safety plans include  
     these components.  The bill requires school sites to  
     submit their completed plans to their districts or  
     COE, and for the districts or COE's to notify the  
     State Department of Education by October 15, 1998 of  
     any school sites which have not so complied. 

2)   Authorizes the School Site Council to delegate its  
     responsibility to develop a site safety plan to a  
     school safety planning committee.  The school safety  
     committee would, at a minimum have to include the  
     following members:  the principal (or designee), a  
     teacher who is a representative of the recognized  
     certificated employee organization, a classified  
     employee who is a representative of the recognized  
     classified employee organization, a parent who's child  
     attends the school, and others as desired.  If there  
     is no school site council, then the school safety  
     planning committee, composed of the specified members  
     would be required to develop the school safety plan  
     required by this bill.

3)   Provides for a fine of up to $500 to be paid by the  
principal or principal's designee for the willful failure  
to establish a school safety plan as required by this bill.


  Limit Scope of Bill  ?  This bill is sponsored by the United  
Teacher of Los Angeles apparently in response to safety  
concerns within the Los Angeles Unified School District.   
Since current law expresses the Legislature's intent that  
all public schools develop comprehensive school safety  
plans, perhaps a statewide mandate is not necessary and,  


therefore, the provisions of this bill should be limited to  
that district which is allegedly unable to comply with the  
intent of existing law? In this case, the bill could be  
limited only to district's with an ADA of greater than  


None received on current version of the bill.


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