Legislation

The Linked Learning Alliance is working closely with leaders across the state to expand college and career readiness for all students in California by helping to create and implement policy that advances the Linked Learning approach.

New policy opportunities to further develop California’s support system for Linked Learning continue to emerge. We will continue to watch out for and keep you informed of new bills as they are introduced. Top priorities for the Legislature this year include addressing the teacher workforce shortage, and reducing remediation in California Community College and the California State University. Proposed legislation with the potential to impact the field is included below, accompanied by a summary statement.

The Linked Learning Alliance recommends organizations take necessary steps to support, oppose or seek amendments on the following bills.

Click here to jump to the State Law section for a full list of chaptered bills relevant to Linked Learning listed by year.

AB 169 (O’Donnell) Teaching credential: teacher recruitment: High Need Teacher Grant Program
Establishes the Golden State Teacher Grant Program, which provides a one-time $20,000 grant to students enrolled in a teacher preparation program who commit to teach in high-need fields for four years upon attaining their credential. “High need fields” include: Special Education, Bilingual Education, Science, STEM, and other fields as identified through Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) analysis.
Passed Assembly, awaiting action in Senate

AB 234 (Steinorth) Student financial aid: Assumption Program of Loans for Education
Appropriates $5 million to fund 7,200 Assumption Program of Loans for Education (APLE) warrants for the 2017-18 school year. APLE is a loan forgiveness program that incentivizes new teachers by forgiving $11,000 – $19,000 in student loan debt for a person who teaches in certain high need subjects or geographic areas. This is an urgency bill, if it passes it will go into effect immediately.
Died in Assembly Appropriations Committee


SB 319 (Nguyen) California Community Colleges: remedial coursework
Requires the California Community Colleges to provide entrance counseling and assessments to fully inform an incoming student of the remedial coursework they will need to complete before registering.
Died in Senate Appropriations Committee

AB 394 (Medina) California State University: assessment and course placement of admitted students
Requires CSUs to implement multiple measures approach to student assessment and course placement, including placing significant weight on a student’s high school transcripts (or community college transcripts for transfer students) when assigning these students to English and mathematics courses.
Passed Assembly, Awaiting action in Senate Appropriations Committee

AB 410 (Cervantes) Teacher credentialing: beginning teacher induction programs: fees
Prohibit districts, county offices, and charter schools from charging induction fees for beginning teachers and those participating in alternative programs. These programs may be required for employment, and can cost several hundred to several thousand dollars out of pocket for new teachers.
Passed Assembly, awaiting action in Senate

AB 445 (Cunningham) Career technical education: the California Career Technical Education Grant Program
Extends the CTE Incentive Grant Program, which is set to expire this year, through 2021. Holds the annual amount of matching funds to $300,000,000 and lowers the local match rate to $1:$1.
Died in Assembly Appropriations Committee

AB 463 (Salas) Student financial aid: Assumption Program of Loans for Education
Like AB 234, this bill proposes 7,200 warrants for the APLE program. In contrast, however, the bill adds eligibility criteria for these loans, such as the requirement for the candidate to demonstrate financial need. Additionally, the bill removes language that utilizes the API as a mechanism for assessing schools, and indicating potential placement sites for APLE recipients. Unlike AB 234, the bill does not include a provision allocating funding for the program.
Died in Assembly Appropriations Committee

AB 705 (Irwin) Seymour-Campbell Student Success Act of 2012: matriculation: assessment
To increase the likelihood of completing college-level English and math coursework within the first year, requires Community Colleges to use high high school coursework, high school grades, and/or high school grade point for course placement. A college may also require a student to enroll in concurrent support if it will lead to meeting transfer requirements.
Passed Assembly, awaiting action in Senate

SB 436 (Allen) California STEM Professional Teaching Pathway Act of 2017
Establishes the California STEM Professional Teaching Pathway for the purpose of recruiting, training, supporting, and retaining qualified science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) professionals, including military veterans, as mathematics and science teachers in California. The bill would appropriate an unspecified amount of funds for activities such as developing and distributing statewide recruitment materials encouraging interested STEM professionals to pursue teaching careers and accessing financial aid.
Passed Senate, awaiting action in Assembly

SB 577 (Dodd) Public postsecondary education: community college districts: teacher credentialing programs of professional preparation
Creates a process to allow Community Colleges to offer a teaching credentialing program once accredited by the CTC on the basis of standards of program quality and effectiveness. Under current law, only CSUs and UCs may offer credentialing programs.
Passed Senate, awaiting action in Assembly

SB 807 (Stern): Personal income taxes: credit: exclusion: Teacher Recruitment and Retention Act of 2017
This bill would create two new tax credits for teachers. The first provides a tax credit of up to 50% of costs paid or incurred by a teacher to earn a clear teaching credential. The second would provide a tax credit for 50% of income earned by a teacher in a high-poverty public school.
Both tax credits sunset in 2027.
Died in Senate Appropriations Committee