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          Date of Hearing:  May 20, 2015


                        ASSEMBLY COMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS


                                 Jimmy Gomez, Chair


          AB  
          517 (Gallagher) - As Amended May 6, 2015


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          Urgency:  No  State Mandated Local Program:  YesReimbursable:   
          Yes


          SUMMARY:


          This bill requires, under the California Comprehensive Sexual  
          Health and HIV/AIDS Prevention Education Act, parents to have  
          ample time to review sexual health education materials presented  








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          by outside consultants and guest speakers and be able to make  
          copies of any non-copyrighted materials. Further, requires  
          parents to be notified of any relevant credentials of outside  
          consultants or guest speakers.


          FISCAL EFFECT:


          Unknown Proposition 98/GF state mandated reimbursable costs,  
          likely in the low tens of thousands, to provide copies of  
          materials to parents upon request. There are 9,919 schools in  
          California that would be subject to the requirements of this  
          bill. Actual costs will depend on nature of claims submitted by  
          school districts.  The Commission on State Mandates (CSM)  
          determined existing law related to comprehensive sexual  
          education instruction constituted a reimbursable mandate.  The  
          state has also included this mandate in the K-12 Mandate Block  
          Grant.  If the CSM determines these requirements impose a higher  
          level of service, this could pressure the Legislature to  
          increase funding under the K-12 Mandate Block Grant. 


          COMMENTS:


          1)Purpose.  Existing law requires school districts, at the  
            beginning of each school year, to notify parents about  
            instruction in comprehensive sexual health education and  
            HIV/AIDS prevention education, as well as research on student  
            health behaviors which is planned for the coming year. The  
            notice must advise the parent or guardian that written and  
            audiovisual educational materials used in comprehensive sexual  
            health education and HIV/AIDS prevention education are  
            available for inspection, and advise whether the instruction  
            will be taught by school district personnel or by outside  
            consultants. Existing law further requires information on  
            outside consultants and guest speakers, including the date of  
            the instruction, the name of the organization or affiliation  








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            of each guest speaker, to be provided to parents. 
            


            This bill requires parents have ample time to review and make  
            copies of non-copyrighted materials, and inform parents of any  
            relevant credentials of the consultants and speakers.  The  
            author's office states, "This ensures that schools can use  
            outside consultants to provide this crucial instruction, and  
            allows parents to be part of their children's educational  
            process if they so choose."


          2)Related legislation.  AB 329 (Weber), pending in this  
            committee, consolidates and revises the requirements for  
            comprehensive sexual health education and HIV/AIDS prevention  
            education.  
           Analysis Prepared by:Misty Feusahrens / APPR. / (916)  
          319-2081