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SENATE RULES COMMITTEE                            SB 187  
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                        THIRD READING
Bill No:  SB 187
Author:   Hughes (D)
Amended:  5/22/97
Vote:     21

AYES:  Greene, Alpert, Dills, Hayden, Hughes, McPherson,  
  Vasconcellos, Watson
NOES:  Monteith
NOT VOTING:  Haynes, Knight, O'Connell, Sher

AYES:  Johnston, Alpert, Burton, Calderon, Karnette,  
  Kelley, Lee, Leslie, McPherson, Mountjoy
NOT VOTING:  Dills, Johnson, Vasconcellos

SUBJECT  :    Comprehensive school safety plans

  SOURCE  :     United Teachers of Los Angeles

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

  ANALYSIS  :    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.  

This bill 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. 

The bill 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.

The bill provides for a fine of up to $500 for the willful  
failure to establish a school safety plan as required by  
this bill.

The bill specifies that with regard to small school  
districts, they have the option of developing districtwide  
comprehensive school safety plans applicable to each  

The bill provides that a school that has completed a  


comprehensive safety plan in compliance with existing law  
is exempt from the requirements of this bill.

 The bill provides a sunset of January 1, 2000.

This bill is sponsored by the United Teachers of Los  
Angeles apparently in response to safety concerns within  
the Los Angeles Unified School District.  

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

The actual costs of this bill are unknown and depend upon  
the number of schools which have not prepared plans under  
the permissive provisions of current law and the extent to  
which existing resources can be used.

  SUPPORT  :   (Verified  5/22/97)

United Teachers of Los Angeles (source)
American Federation of State, County and Municipal  
Berkeley Federation of Teachers
California Federation of Teachers
Governmental Relations Oversight Comm.
Los Angeles Unified School District Police Officers  
Montebello Teachers Association
Poway Federation of Teachers
San Jose Teachers Association
California Association of Supervisors of Child Welfare and  

NC:cl  5/22/97  Senate Floor Analyses
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