"2012 California Charter School Laws and Regulations: An Annual Compilation of Selected Provisions" Addresses Key Laws

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December 30, 2011 As we told you in the December 22, 2011 Capitol Update, some new education laws will go into effect on January 1, 2012 that may impact your school.

  • AB 180 (Carter) Drop Out Recovery: Allows up to 10 dropout recovery public high schools, until 2017, to measure accountability through an individual pupil growth model that is approved by the State Superintendent of Public Instruction. This allows the school to show its value-add to at-risk students who may be far below grade level when entering, and have made significant gains, even if a test still shows the student as below grade level. (CCSA support, SIATech Sponsor)
  • AB 250 (Brownley) Common Core Standards: Establishes a process to begin implementation of the common core academic content standards through the development of curriculum frameworks and professional development. The bill requires the State Board of Education (SBE) to adopt a new Common Core State Standards-based mathematics framework by May 30, 2013, and a new framework in English-language arts by May 30, 2014 and extends the operative date of the state's assessment system to July 2014.
  • SB 140 (Lowenthal) Common Core Instructional Materials: Requires the California Department of Education (CDE) to develop a list of supplemental instructional materials that are aligned with California's common core academic content standards in mathematics and English-language arts to provide a bridge between the common core academic content standards and the instructional materials currently being used by local educational agencies.
  • SB 161 (Huff) Medication: Permits school districts, county offices of education and charter schools to participate in a program that allows nonmedical employees to volunteer to administer anti-seizure medicine to students having a seizure.
  • SB 461 (Blakeslee) GED: Provides students who have accumulated less than 100 units of high school credit prior to enrollment in the academic program of a dropout recovery high school and successfully completing that program, an opportunity to take the GED test at age 17. (CCSA support)
  • SB 537 (Correa) Cadet Corps: Authorizes schools, community colleges, and colleges where there is no JROTC or ROTC program to organize a California Cadet Corps. (CCSA Support)
  • SB 753 (Padilla) CELDT: Moves the CELDT testing window from the fall to the spring, after the current test publisher's contract expires. This bill would make the CELDT test results more useful for educators and students. (CCSA support)

For specific information on any of these bills, including the bill text, please visit the Legislature's bill information website, and be sure to check out the "2012 California Charter School Laws and Regulations: An Annual Compilation of Selected Provisions." This handy booklet, which is done by CCSA's Legal Defense Fund in partnership with the law firm Procopio Cory Hargreaves & Savitch, is a useful reference for charter school operators and board members-- bookmark it or print it out and keep it handy for easy desk reference. It contains all the relevant legislative and regulatory changes affecting charter schools in 2012.