Senate Bill 750 (Mendoza) English Language Education is finally on Governor Brown’s desk! He will determine the fate of SB 750 (Mendoza), to sign (and make law) or to veto.
Your continued support and advocacy is needed NOW to show Governor Brown how much support there is for this bill. Click on the link below to send the letter to the Governor.
SB 750 (Mendoza) revises current law specific to the definitions of a Long Term English Learner and pupils At Risk of becoming a Long Term English Learner in order for the California Department of Education to more accurately identify these pupils for the purpose of providing appropriate instructional services to these students by their school districts.
Mil gracias for your continued support of SB 750 (Mendoza) English Language Instruction!!
AB 2193 (Lara) Long Term English Learners, went into effect on January, 2013. This sponsored bill would define “long-term English learner” and “English learner at risk of becoming a long-term English learner” and would require the department to annually ascertain and provide to school districts and schools the number of pupils in each school district and school, as specified, who are, or are at risk of becoming, long-term English learners. Click to download the legislation.
State Recognition Program of Multiple Pathways to Biliteracy and State Seal of Biliteracy
AB 2303 (Bloom) would have established a state recognition and award program for school districts with articulated and comprehensive multiple paths to biliteracy, and criteria for achieving a multiple pathway biliteracy district recognition award. The bill also contained descriptions of program models and language learning opportunities that can be combined into comprehensive pathways, preschool through high school. The bill was held in Senate Appropriation but will be submitted again during the next legislative session. Click link below for bill language.
AB 815 (Brownley) established the state Seal of Biliteracy Program to recognize high school graduates who have attained a high level of proficiency in speaking, reading and writing in one or more languages in addition to English. The State Seal of Biliteracy shall be awarded by the State Superintendent of Instruction when students meet the criteria contained in the legislation. There are 9 states including California with a formal State Seal of Biliteracy Program. Ten other states and the District of Columbia Public Schools are in the process of developing their program. Click to download the legislation.
The Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) is a new school finance system. Schools no longer receive funding through the Economic Impact Aid for English learners. There are many details to the new LCFF that not been determined and will be developed through regulations, template and rubrics to be adopted by the State Board of Education. We will continue to add new information and documents to this posting as they become available. There is a need to ask questions, and be informed about this significant change in school funding in order to protect and advocate for “increased program and services” for English learners as required by the state statue.
Californians Together Input to SBE on LCFF CDE and SBE Implementation Letter ACSA,CASBO, CSBA Letter ACLU LCFF Information Handout LCFF Coalition Press Release LCFF Coalition Letter to Supt. LCFF Coalition Letter to SBE 8/13