State bills about Children, Youth and Young Adult Rights in Special Education and Higher Education
AB 8 - Pupil health: mental health professionals
This bill would require that every school have at least one mental health professional generally accessible to pupils during school hours on all elementary and secondary school campuses and establishes a ratio of one mental health professional per every 400 students.
AB 236 - Special education programs: Family Empowerment Centers on Disability
This bill would support the critical work of family empowerment centers (FECs), by helping families navigate the complex special education system, assisting parents in understanding their children’s disabilities, and facilitating the formation of peer-support communities.
AB 605 - Special education: assistive technology devices
This bill would require a local educational agency (LEA) to provide an individual with exceptional needs who requires the use of an assistive technology device, often known as interactive communication devices or “voice” devices, with continuous access to that device while the individual is enrolled in that LEA.
AB 982 - Pupils: homework assignments for suspended pupils
AB 982 allows for parents and guardians to request homework from a teacher. This ensures that students have the right to participate in class and not be denied their opportunity for quality education in California. Additionally, this bill helps students who may feel embarrassed about the suspension and gives reassurance to those seeking positive educational experiences.
AB 1127 - Interdistrict attendance: prohibition on transfers by a school district of residence
Existing law allows school districts to enter into agreements that allow interdistrict attendance of pupils that are residents of the school districts. Existing law also prohibits, regardless of the existence of an agreement or permit, the prohibition of transfer of a pupil who is a child of an active duty military member if the school approves the application for transfer.
AB 895 - School-based early mental health intervention and prevention services
This bill revises the School-Based Early Mental Health Intervention and Prevention Services for Children Act to award grants rather than matching grants, and would expand the definition of an eligible pupil to include a pupil who attends a preschool program at a contracting agency of the State preschool program or a local educational agency, and a pupil who is in transitional kindergarten.
AB 1172 - Special education: nonpublic, nonsectarian schools or agencies
AB 1172 increases regulatory oversight of nonpublic schools and specifically requires an onsite qualified behavior analyst for a school serving students with significant behavioral needs or who have behavioral intervention plans.
AB 452 - Childcare facilities: grants
AB 452 will increase access to grant funding for renovations and modernization of child care, Early Head Start, and Head Start facilities. DRC believes that all children deserve access to a high quality education regardless of their background or disability.
AB 34 - Pupils: bullying and harassment prevention handbook
AB 34 requires local education agencies (LEAs) to prepare and distribute a handbook on bullying and harassment prevention. DRC has data that shows students with disabilities are disproportionately subjected to bullying compared to non-disabled students.
SB 217 - Special education: individuals with exceptional needs
Existing law authorizes a school district or charter school to maintain a transitional kindergarten program and requires school districts, county offices of education, and special education local plan areas to identify, locate, and assess individuals with exceptional needs.
SB 428 - Teachers: youth mental health first aid
This bill would require an applicant for a clear multiple or single subject teaching credential to complete a course in youth mental health first aid. The bill would authorize a teacher to provide youth mental health first aid to pupils, and would prohibit a teacher who provides youth mental health first aid from being held liable for any civil damages as a result of providing it.
SB 660 - Postsecondary education: mental health counselors
This bill would require the Trustees of the California State University and the governing board of each community college district to have one full-time equivalent mental health counselor with an applicable California license per 1,500 students enrolled at each of their respective campuses.
SB 614 - Early childhood education: county offices of education: grant program
Existing law establishes the Inclusive Early Education Expansion Program for the purpose of increasing access to inclusive early care and education programs. The program requires the State Department of Education to award grants to local educational agencies, as defined, on a competitive basis, and requires the department's Special Education Division and Early Education and Support Division to work collaboratively to administer the program.
AB 947 - Visually impaired pupils: expanded core curriculum
This bill states that a pupil who is blind, visually impaired, or has low vision, is entitled to the extent appropriate to their needs to instruction in the areas relevant to the visually impaired, known as the “expanded core curriculum.”
AB 743 - Pupil health: self-administration of prescribed asthma medication
Existing law is prescriptive as to how a student may obtain and take medication in a school setting. This includes a requirement that the student must provide a written statement from a physician detailing the procedures for appropriate medication and a statement from a parent or guardian indicating the desire to have the school district assist the student in medication.
AB 1278 - Public postsecondary educational institutions: public services and programs: internet website notification
This bill would require the campuses of the California Community Colleges and California State University, and request the campuses of the University of California, to include on the internet website-based student account or student portal at the institution notice of CalFresh, local or county level housing and mental health services.
SB 695 - Special education: individualized education programs: translation services
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SB 695 requires the local educational agency (LEA) to provide a parent with a copy of the individualized education plan (IEP) including any revisions, in the native language of the parent, within 30 days of the meeting, if requested, or within 30 days of a later request, if the translation requested is in one of the top eight non-English languages in the district.
SB 419 - Pupil discipline: suspensions: willful defiance
SB 419 would prohibit the suspension of a pupil enrolled in a school district or charter school in any of grades 4 to 8, inclusive, for disrupting school activities or otherwise willfully defying the valid authority of those school personnel engaged in the performance of their duties.