Capitol Update 7/3/14

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July 3, 2014

The Legislature is officially on summer recess. When legislators return on August 4, they will have just four short weeks to address significant policy issues. Two items for consideration are a potential revision of the water bond and whether or not the Legislature will approve a statewide school construction bond. With legislators in their districts for the summer, it is a great time to arrange a meeting and introduce them to your schools.

On a different note, the Assembly Republicans have elected a new leader, Vice-Chair of the Assembly Education Committee Kristin Olsen. We would like to thank Assembly Member Connie Conway for her gracious support as the previous Minority Leader, and are looking forward to working with Assembly Member Olsen in her new capacity as Minority Leader. Assembly Member Olsen has been a champion on charter school issues and is the author of our last pending sponsored legislation for this session, AB 948 (Olsen) related to facilities

Legislative Update

As the Legislature breaks for summer recess in July and spends time in their respective districts, here is a list of our top three outstanding bills remaining for when the Legislature returns to Sacramento in August:

AB 948 (Olsen): We sponsored AB 948 in order to increase the number of schools eligible for the SB 740 Charter School Facility Grant Program which provides funding for lease costs for charter schools. We are working closely with the California School Finance Authority to further expand the scope of the bill to include debt service. AB 948 is currently on the Senate Appropriations suspense file as a two year bill and we will be working hard over the next month to persuade Senator Kevin de Leon to release the bill.

AB 913 (Chau): We oppose AB 913 because it would impose burdensome and unworkable conflict of interest requirements on charter school boards. AB 913 is now on the Senate Floor’s Third Reading file and will be voted on in August. Fill out our Action Alert to tell your Senator to oppose AB 913 today.

SB 1263 (Pavley): We oppose SB 1263 because it would place severe restrictions on charter schools' ability to locate outside of their chartering district and creates additional facilities challenges for charter schools. SB 1263 is now on the Assembly Floor’s Third Reading file and also will be voted on in August.

With the close of the 2013-14 legislative session drawing near, all of these bills are just a step or two away from Governor Brown’s desk. Things will move quickly in August and as always we will keep you up to date as action is taken on these priority pieces of legislation.

State Board of Education

Just because the Legislature is in recess in July doesn’t mean that Sacramento is quiet. The July State Board of Education agenda has been posted and the board will be meeting next week from July 9-10 in Sacramento. Of particular note on the agenda are a petition appeal for Thrive Public School and permanent regulations for the Local Control Funding Formula.