The first year of the 2019-20 legislative session has concluded and the Governmental Relations team has been hard at work representing your interests in Sacramento. In this first year, the California Legislature introduced more than 3,000 pieces of legislation, with our team tracking more than 800 legislative measures that could impact school administrators. Of those bills, 1,328 were sent to Gov. Gavin Newsom for his signature or veto. Some of the notable legislative actions from this year included:
- ACSA was disappointed that the governor and Legislature failed to respect local control by signing SB 328 (Portantino), which mandates a later school start time in middle and high school. Our organization was part of a broad coalition of education groups that opposed the one-size fits all mandate. Unfortunately, Gov. Newsom signed the bill as one of his final actions of the legislative year.
- ACSA played an integral role in the advocacy that led to the most significant changes to the charter school law since its inception. ACSA was represented on the task force called for by Gov. Newsom and facilitated by Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond to recommend legislative changes. The discussions culminated in the passage and enactment of AB 1505 (O’Donnell) and AB 1507 (Smith).
- Our association was one of the lead proponents of AB 48 (O’Donnell) which will place a $15 billion school bond on the March 2020 ballot. The passage of AB 48 was the result of a compromise proposal for funding for Preschool-Higher Education facilities, with $9 billion dedicated for K-12.
- Sponsored SB 478 (Rubio) which replaces one public member of the Commission on Teacher Credentialing with one human resource administrator. ACSA’s HR Council was the catalyst for the idea, which will result in a better understanding of how the decisions made by the CTC will impact schools and their respective districts. AB 478 was signed by the governor and will become law in 2020.
On behalf of the entire Governmental Relations team, I can say it is a privilege to represent the voice of our school leaders in the policy making process. Please do not hesitate to contact our team if there is any way we can assist you. We always enjoy hearing from our members.