Legislative Activity

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The Silicon Valley Leadership Group and the Education Policy team advocate for local, county, and state education legislation and ballot measures based on the decisions of its Education Committee, Working Council, and Board of Directors. Both bills and ballot measures are presented to these committees for discussion and voting.

2016 Bills

Category/Title

Bill/Author(s) Summary SVLG Position

Status

Teacher recruitment: California Center on Teaching Careers

SB 915
Liu
To re-establish the California Center on Teaching Careers (CalTeach). The program successfully boosted teacher recruitment through outreach campaigns across the state in the 1990s, but due to state budget constraints funding was discontinued after 2001-2002 and was subsequently repealed in 2008. Support

Funding included in final budget

Career technical education

SB 66

Levya

SB 66 requires the Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) to make licensure information available to the California Community Colleges (CCC) Chancellor’s Office to enable the colleges to measure and improve student outcomes of career technical education programs offered. It also aligns performance accountability outcome measures for the Economic and Workforce Development Program (EWD) to the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA).

Support

Signed into law by the Governor

Computer science strategic implementation plan

AB 2329

Bonilla

AB2329 would establish a CS Strategic Advisory Board under the DOE to develop recommendations for a CS implementation plan, which, in turn, will help ensure that every student and especially those in under-represented communities have access to CS education. 

Support

Signed into law by the Governor

2015 Bills

Category/Title

Bill/Author(s) Summary SVLG Position

Status

Pupil Testing: high school exit examination: suspension

SB 172
Liu
SB 172 would suspend the administration of the California High School Exit Examination for three school
years.
Support

Signed into law by the Governor

AP and IB Test Fee Grant Program

AB 377
Linder
AB 377 re-establishes a grant program for the state to subsidize the fee for Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) tests for lower-income and foster youth students. Support

Died in legislature

California Mathematics Placement Act of 2015

SB 359

Mitchell

SB 359 requires each local educational agency serving grades 8 or 9 to develop and implement a fair, objective, and transparent mathematics placement policy.

Support

Signed into law by the Governor

 

2014 Bills

Category/Title

Bill/Author(s) Summary SVLG Position

Status

Early Ed:

Kindergarten Readiness Act

SB 837 Steinberg A powerful body of research shows that investing in early education is highly effective in increasing high school graduation and college attendance, decreasing crime, and building a stronger economy and middle class. Support

California will pilot Transitional Kindergarten for 4-year olds in select sites across CA, with the intent to eventually roll-out and offer Transitional Kindergarten to all 4-year olds in the state.

Higher Ed:

CSU/UC labor market outcome information

SB 1022        Huff SB 1022 would require the California State University (CSU), and request the University of California (UC), to publicly provide labor market outcome information relating to their graduates by June 1, 2016. Support

Signed into law by the Governor

K-12:  Encouraging Computer Science in Schools

AB 1764

Olsen, Buchanan

AB 1764 would allow school districts to award students a third year of math credit for satisfactory completion of a computer science course, which is currently considered an elective.

Support

Signed into law by the Governor