SB 354 (Portantino)

Translation of Individual Education Plans (IEPs)

SB 354 is a bill sponsored by DRC and introduced in 2017. It requires a school district to give a parent a copy of the individualized education plan (IEP), and any revisions discussed at an IEP team meeting in the native language of the parent.

It must do so within 30 days of the meeting, if requested, or within 30 days of a later request. It requires translation of the documents by a qualified translator in the parent's native language during the planning process for the IEP. It also requires translation of certain underlying documents such as assessments and progress notes, but those are not subject to the 30-day timeline.  SB 354 ensures parents whose native language is not English have timely access to a translated IEP and key documents. This allows for meaningful involvement in their child’s education.

Vetoed by the Governor.