CASCWA is constantly paying attention to the actions of California's State Legislators. Legislation is a process. It takes time. There are many hearings and revisions that take place prior to the governor signing a bill into law.
The annual legislative process is as follows:
1. Bills are introduced in February
2. Bills must pass out of their respective senate or assembly by the end of May.
3. Bills must pass out of both the senate and assembly by the end of August4. The governor must accept or veto the legislation by the beginning of October
Keeping informed of a bills's status is important to all of us in the fields of child welfare and attendance. The goal of this web page is to bring attentions to the status of key bills that are pending, to link our members and friends to the actual bills being discussed and recognize when pertinent bills become law. CASCWA is fortunate to have three legislative representatives, Allen Dosty, Sherman Garnett and Dan Martin.
Dr. Allen L. Dosty, Jr. is the Coordinator of Child Welfare and Attendance with Lodi Unified School District in Northern California which serves a diverse population of 32,000 students. For more than 20 years, he has dedicated his life to educating and enriching the lives of children and is committed to removing barriers and creating options and excellence in education for all students. He began his career in education working with at-promise students as a teacher and administrator in the Grant Joint Union High School District (now Twin Rivers USD); prior to transitioning to Lodi USD. In Lodi USD, over the past 12 years, he has served as site administrator and Principal in both traditional and alternative educational settings and has occupied his current position for the past three years. Dosty has a passion for helping others and strongly believes that education opens many doors and affords options for life in every field of human endeavors.
Sherman Garnett has been a public school educator for forty five years. During this period of time, Sherman has served in various roles ranging from teacher, athletic head coach, dean, assistant principal, principal, child welfare and attendance administrator and governing board member. Currently, Sherman is an adjunct professor of school administration specializing in school law at Cal State San Bernardino and Pupil Services Academy director for the Association of California School Administrators( ACSA). Sherman has served CASCWA for over twenty years which includes serving as section and state president.
Information on Dan Martin will be placed on the website soon!
California Association of Supervisors of Child Welfare and Attendance
Prepared by Sherman Garnett
CASCWA Legislative Representatives
Dan Martin and Allen Dosty
Listed below is a brief synopsis of current legislation that has been introduced in the state Assembly and Senate. Please note that each bill listed has received legislative approval out of both the state Senate and Assembly by the legislative deadline to continue the legislative process with the governor. For a full description of each bill, you may access this information at: www.senate.ca.gov or www.assembly.ca.gov. Note that legislation was extremely limited during this session due to the COVID 19-crisis. Legislation sent to the governor does not incur the need for funding. The governor has until the first week of October to either approve or deny the legislation sent to him.
AB 331- Medina- Effective during the 2025-2026 school year, each high school and charter high school shall offer an ethnic studies course. Effective during the 2029-2030 school year, completion of a one semester ethnic studies course will be added to high school graduation requirements.
AB 901- Gipson-eliminates the authority of the county superintendent of schools to petition the juvenile court on behalf of a pupil in a county that has not elected to participate in a truancy mediation program. Additionally, deletes the authority of the juvenile court judge to adjudge a minor to be a ward of the court on the basis that the minor habitually refuses to obey the reasonable and proper orders or directions of school authorities.
AB 908-O’Donnell-Prohibits a work permit from being denied based upon the pupil’s grades, grade point average, or school attendance when the pupil’s school has been physically closed for an extended time due to a natural disaster, pandemic or other emergency.
AB 1350-Gonzalez-Authorizes a school district, county office of education or charter school to retroactively grant a high school diploma to a person who was in their senior year of high school during the 2019-2020 school year, in good academic standing and on track to graduate at the end of the 2019-2020 school year, and as of March 1, 2020 was unable to complete the statewide graduation requirements as a result of the COVID-19 crisis. .
AB 1929(Rubio)-Continues to authorize a county welfare agency to develop a system for internet-based reporting of child abuse and neglect.
AB 2112 (Ramos)-Authorizes the State Department of Public Health to establish the Office of Suicide Prevention within the department to specifically provide strategic guidance to statewide and regional partners regarding best practices on suicide prevention and reporting to the legislature on progress to reduce rates of suicide.
SB 860(Beall)-Requires the Foster Youth Services Coordinating Program to coordinate efforts to ensure completion of the Application for Federal Student Aid or the California Dream Act Application for foster youth pupils who are in grade 12.
We have found over the years that the personal insight that we have received from our legislative representatives makes all the difference in the world for our understanding of the events that are taking place. Their personal interaction with the legislators and other key individuals often tells the story behind the story. This is especially of significant when the one bill is attached to another bill.
Allen, Sherman and Dan hold serious discussion of the the bills and their impacts on the fields of child welfare and attendance. Their current thoughts are as follows:
(Allen, Dan and Sherman will be submitting their thoughts soon!)