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California Student Bill of Rights Initiative (2012)

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A California Student Bill of Rights Initiative (#11-0062) was approved for circulation in California as a contender for the November 6, 2012 ballot.

Its sponsors, however, did not submit any signatures to election officials by the deadline.

If the initiative had qualified for the ballot and been approved by the state's voters, it would have:

  • Authorized school districts, county offices of education, and charter schools to claim average daily attendance funding for student participation in approved online courses.
  • Authorized school districts to contract with public and private providers to deliver online courses taught by credentialed teachers.
  • Allowed students to take online courses offered by any school district, regardless of student's residence.
  • Provided students access to courses required for admission to state universities.
  • Established the "California Diploma," which would have demonstrated completion of courses required for University of California and California State University admission.

Support

  • The initiative was sponsored by a group called "Education Forward." Bill Fowler, who sits on the board of Education Forward, said, "What we're proposing in the initiative is that students have the ability to make choices...so they can have a better shot at qualifying for college education."[1]
  • Gil Navarro, a board member with the San Bernardino County Office of Education, said, "I think it's great. I've been supporting online classes for a number of years, and let me tell you why: Because we have some intelligent students who aren't getting the proper education in the classroom by some incompetent teachers."[1]
  • Gary Rapkin, superintendent of the Bonita Unified School District, said, "I think offering this as an option to students is one more gateway for students to meet their educational desires, to meet educational requirements. As an educator I would certainly support (this) as long as it is well thought through, and as I said, well monitored."[1]

Text of measure

See also: Ballot titles, summaries and fiscal statements for California's 2012 ballot propositions

Ballot title:

Online K-12 Education. College Preparatory Courses. Initiative Statute.

Official summary:

"Authorizes school districts, county offices of education, and charter schools to claim average daily attendance funding for student participation in approved online courses. Authorizes school districts to contract with public and private providers to deliver online courses taught by credentialed teachers. Allows students to take online courses offered by any school district, regardless of student's residence. Provides students access to courses required for admission to state universities, and establishes the California Diploma, which demonstrates completion of courses required for University of California and California State University admission."

Summary of estimated fiscal impact:

See also: Fiscal impact statements for California's 2012 ballot propositions

(This is a summary of the initiative's estimated "fiscal impact on state and local government" prepared by the California Legislative Analyst's Office and the Director of Finance.)

"In the long term, local school district savings potentially in the hundreds of millions of dollars annually if schools experience efficiencies and widespread participation in the use of online courses. These savings would be offset in small part by administrative costs to implement the measure, including local costs for developing online curriculum, contracting with online providers, and ensuring students access to online courses as well as state costs for changing the existing school payment system and issuing California Diplomas to qualifying students."

Path to the ballot

See also: California signature requirements

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