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Legislation

​Keeping up-to-date with the latest legislative measures is critical to successful strategic planning. Stay informed by regularly referring to these sources.

Quality Education Investment Act (Senate Bill 1133)

The Quality Education Investment Act of 2006 provides approximately $3 billion through 2013-2014 to improve the quality of
academic instruction at the lowest performing schools in the state. Schools ranked in decile 1 or 2 on the 2005 Academic Performance Index (API) with a valid API were eligible for funding.

In San Diego County, 19 schools in eight districts are in receipt of QEIA grant funds. The San Diego County Office of Education will support schools and districts through updates and requested resources. SDCOE will also monitor schools and districts through the terms of the grant using criteria established by the California Department of Education.

Single Plan for Student Achievement (Senate Bill 374)

As a result of Senate Bill 374, signed into law October 2001, all sites are required to have a comprehensive site plan known as a Single Plan for Student Achievement put together by a School Site Council made up of principal, teachers, support staff, parents and students.

Valenzuela Settlement Legislation (Assembly Bill 347)

In October 2007, Assembly Bill 347 enacted statutory changes that established new oversight and monitoring responsibilities for county superintendents related to California High School Exit Exam. The bill requires school districts to offer intensive instruction and services for up to two additional years for students who have not passed one or both parts of the CAHSEE by the time they finish 12th grade.

The bill and settlement were in response to a class-action lawsuit filed against the state Superintendent of Public Instruction and the State Board of Education alleged that some students, especially those living in poverty, do not have equal opportunity to learn the materials tested on the exam and that some schools do not offer a curriculum fully aligned with state standards and the test.

Here are some frequently asked questions about the legislation.

Williams Settlement Legislation

The Williams Lawsuit Settlement, reached in late August 2004 and enacted into law in September 2004, The laws ensure that all students have equal access to the basics of a quality education, including textbooks and instructional materials, safe and decent school facilities, qualified teachers, accurate reporting on the School Accountability Report Card, and a Uniform Complaint Procedure for alleged violations.

The settlement impacts all districts and schools in California and is in line with current goals of equal educational opportunities and closing the achievement gap for students in California.  The Williams legislation offers an opportunity for county and district superintendents to work collaboratively to support and assist all schools to improve student achievement.

Legislation resulting from the Williams Settlement created an expanded role for the county superintendent of schools to monitor and report on schools that have failed to meet state and federal testing goals. County superintendents and their staff are responsible for:

  • Conducting annual visits to these schools during the first four weeks of class.
  • Determining whether all students have sufficient access to standards-aligned instructional materials or textbooks in all core subject areas that are aligned with the State Board of Education's adopted academic content standards
  • Reviewing that school facilities are maintained in "good repair" and that buildings and grounds are safe, clean, and functional
  • Ensuring that teachers are assigned and have the proper certification or training for their specific teaching assignment, especially those in classrooms with 20 percent or more English Language Learners
  • Verifying the accuracy of the School Accountability Report Card relevant to instructional materials, facilities maintenance, and teacher credentialing
  • Ensuring the school district has a Uniform Complaint Policy, the proper notices are posted, and quarterly reports are submitted
  • Reporting annually to the governing board of each school district, the County Board of Education, and the County Board of Supervisors on the schools.

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