New in 2018 - Education-related Laws
Over 2,000 bills are introduced in the California Legislature each year. Of these, about half reach the Governor’s desk, and even fewer actually make it into law. Here is our short guide to what happened to bills related to education in 2018. Compiled from Ed100.org by Anne Vida for Los Al PTA Council website.
Selected Education-related Bills: What happened?
Protection for English Learners
Family Engagement Expanded in LCAP
Goodbye, For-Profit Charter Schools
Support for Dual Language Immersion
Kids and School Debts
Deported Students and High School Diplomas
English learners enrolled in middle or high school can’t be denied enrollment in core courses. AB 2735
Sponsored by our friends at the California State PTA, AB 2878 adds research-based Family Engagement practices that local districts can use in their LCAP. This includes, for example, engaging in effective two-way communication, supporting pupil success, and empowering families to advocate for equity and access.
[Learn more about Family Engagement and the LCAP on Ed100.org]
The governor and the legislature said, “So Long For-Profit Charter Schools” with AB 406, which bans charter schools from being managed as for-profit companies or by for-profit companies.
Biliteracy got a small boost with AB 2514, which creates a grant program for ten schools to establish and expand dual language immersion programs, developmental bilingual programs, and early learning dual language learners programs.
Public schools now may not bill a student or former student for a debt owed to the school. They also can’t take action against that student, for example, by denying a transcript or limiting participation in school activities. This does not prohibit schools from collecting a debt from parents (though use of a debt collector is also prohibited.) AB 1974
High schools may retroactively grant a diploma to students whose education was disrupted by deportation, but who were on track to graduate. AB 3022