Adult Education 2023 End of Session California Legislative Wrap Up
The 2023 Legislative Session has officially come to an end. On Thursday, September 14th, after working for several hours, the California State Assembly gaveled down first just before midnight, with the State Senate doing the same shortly after.
The end of session is always a busy time around the Capitol as policymakers work to determine the fate of hundreds of bills. On Monday, September 11th, it was reported that about 720 bills were still pending consideration by Legislators.
As of Thursday morning, many of the most contested items for the year had already been taken up for a vote. However, a couple of bills still lingered. A handful of those measures were subject to Proposition 54, which prohibits the Legislature from passing any bill unless published 72 hours before the vote. Thus, these bills were not eligible to be taken up until the afternoon/early evening.
In terms of CCAE and CAEAA legislative priorities this year, we offer the following update:
SB 447 (Atkins): GO-Biz: Building & Reinforcing Inclusive, Diverse, Gender Supportive Equity Project
Would lift California’s travel ban to states with anti-LGBTQ+ laws and establishes at the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) the Building and Reinforcing Inclusive, Diverse, Gender-Supportive Equity Project (BRIDGE Project) to promote social equity, civil rights, and antidiscrimination through education, marketing, and advertising campaigns. The bill allows media campaigns to be on a national scale and allows campaigns to target states with anti-LGBTQ+ laws. This bill specifies GO-Biz is to create a BRIDGE Project fund where money is to be available, upon appropriation by the Legislature, to support the BRIDGE Project. GO-Biz is to establish a process to receive donations to the fund. In addition, the bill specifies GO-Biz may contract with a nonprofit agency that is the “leading producer of public service advertisements and is able to use the services of volunteer advertising agencies and donated media to conduct the marketing activities.” The bill also requires GO-Biz to convene an advisory committee of no more than ten members to advise GO-Biz on BRIDGE Project media campaigns. Lastly, the bill establishes certain requirements for media campaigns funded by the project.
AB 377 (Muratsuchi): California CTE Incentive Grant Program: Strong Workforce Program
Would have required the consolidation of specified K-12 career technical education (CTE) programs; increased ongoing funding for the Career Technical Education Incentive Grant program (CTEIG) administered by the California Department of Education (CDE); required specified CTE staffing at the state and regional level to support local CTE programs and pathways; and deleted authorization for the K-12 Strong Workforce Program (SWP) administered by the Chancellor of the California Community Colleges (CCCCO). Would also require the CDE to establish a stakeholder workgroup to consider improvements to the CTEIG program.
AB 897 (McCarty): Certificated school employees: probationary employees: service credit
Requires an employer of an adult education teacher to grant the teacher permanent employee status after a two-year probationary period. Additionally, it requires an employer of a certificated school employee working at least 60% of a full time position, and who has served for at least 75% of the number of days of their assignment, to consider the employee as having served a complete school year for purposes of granting permanent status, as well as requires an LEA to notify an employee hired using categorical state funding of the following information at the time of hire: the expected end date of employment, the source of funding, and the nature of the categorically funded program or project.
ACR 31 (Pacheco): Adult Education Week
Proclaims the week of March 19, 2023 to March 25, 2023, inclusive, as Adult Education Week, and would honor the teachers, administrators, classified staff, and students of adult education programs statewide for their efforts, persistence, and accomplishments.
The following bills also passed the Legislature and may be of interest to the adult education field:
Other noteworthy end of session activity that may be of interest included some last-minute deals as follows:
With the Legislature now adjourned, the focus shifts to the Governor’s office. Governor Gavin Newsom has until October 14th to act on the bills passed by the Legislature. If signed, most bills go into effect at the start of the new year, unless they have an urgency clause or specify otherwise.
The Legislature will reconvene on January 3rd for the 2024 legislative session. As a reminder, this year was the first year of a two-year legislative session, some of the bills that stalled may be brought back in 2024 for reconsideration. These measures are commonly referred to as “two-year bills” and must clear their house of origin by January 31st. Stay tuned…
In terms of next steps, CCAE and CAEAA have already begun the planning process to determine our legislative and budget priorities for the next few years. Among the topics being discussed in detail include ongoing discussions regarding possible reforms to the Adult Education Program, funding, teacher credentialing, and more. We look forward to further discussion with the field on these items in the coming months.