The second year of the 2017-18 legislative session has concluded and the Government Relations team has been hard at work representing your interests in Sacramento. In this second year, the California State legislature introduced more than 2,600 pieces of legislation, with our team tracking nearly 1,000 legislative measures that could impact school administrators statewide. Of those bills, nearly 400 were sent to the Gov. Jerry Brown for his consideration. In this report, you will find a comprehensive summary of the notable legislation that was acted upon by the governor.
Some of the highlights of ACSA’s advocacy in 2018 included:
- Successfully advocated for the veto of SB 328 (Portantino) which would have created a one-size fits all mandate on schools by prohibiting middle school and high schools from the starting school year before 8:30 a.m.
- Fought for an increase of an additional $3.67 billion in ongoing Prop. 98 funding, while securing an additional increase of $404 million above Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) targets in the budget. Although legislation (AB 2808) that would set new long-term aspirational targets for the LCFF was not enacted, there is discussions to renew this effort with new governor in the upcoming year.
- Reduced reporting requirements for schools by helping enact AB 716 (O’Donnell) that allows school districts to use their Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) to serve as their School Plan for Student Achievement (SPSA).
- Sponsored AB 2285 (O’Donnell) that was signed into law eliminates the 150-hour training required for out-of-state teachers. The legislation was a result of feedback from members who indicated that the requirement was an obstacle when recruiting teachers.
On behalf of the entire Government Relations team, I would like to reiterate that it is an extreme privilege to represent our California school administrator’s voices in the policy making process. Advocacy on behalf of our members and in the benefit our state’s students is a responsibility we take very seriously. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you ever have any questions, comments, or feedback. We always enjoy hearing from our members.