2019 state bill tracker: 7 proposed laws that could impact education in OC

The California State Legislature is once again busy this summer considering dozens of proposed education bills that could affect everything from charter schools and mental health support, to when the school day should start for middle and high school students.

OCDE Newsroom has compiled a digest of a few of these bills. We will try to update this list, or write more in-depth posts on specific bills, in coming weeks as these bills make their way through the capital.

Capitol buildingAssembly Bill 8, student mental health: This bill would require, on or before December 31, 2024, a school or a charter school to have at least one mental health professional for every 600 students generally accessible to students on campus during school hours.

AB 16, homeless youth reporting: This bill would require a school district to ensure that each school within the district identifies all homeless children and youths enrolled at the school, and would also require the district to annually report to the department the number of homeless children and youths enrolled.

AB 331, ethnic studies curriculum: The bill would add the completion of a one-semester course in ethnic studies to the high school graduation requirements commencing with the 2024–25 school year.

AB 1233, AP exam fees: This bill would establish a grant program for purposes of awarding grants to cover the costs of advanced placement examination fees for eligible low-income high school pupils and foster youth high school students.

AB 1505, charter school petitions: This bill would repeal provisions that allow a county board of education to approve a petition for the operation of a charter school that operates at one or more sites within the geographic boundaries of the county.

Senate Bill 328, school start times: Would require the school day for middle schools and high schools, including those operated as charter schools, to begin no earlier than 8:00 a.m. and 8:30 a.m., respectively, by July 1, 2022.

ACA 4, voting age: The California Constitution authorizes any person who is a United States citizen, at least 18 years of age, and a resident of the state to vote. This measure, in addition, would authorize a U.S. citizen who is 17 years of age, is a resident of the state, and will be at least 18 years of age at the time of the next general election to vote in any intervening primary or special election that occurs before the next general election.