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S.B. 1264 - State Financial Aid

05/09/2014

Sponsor: Senator Fran Pavley (D)

Summary: Establishes the Educator Excellence Program under the administration of the Student Aid Commission. Requires the Student Aid Commission, in coordination with the Superintendent, to develop procedures for the evaluation and selection of qualified applicants for participation in the program. The bill would specify eligibility criteria that participants in the program would be required to meet.

Provides that, for selection to the program, an applicant must be judged by his or her postsecondary institution, school district or county office of education to have outstanding ability or be deserving of special consideration on the basis of criteria that may include, but need not be limited to, any of the following:
(1) Grade point average.
(2) Test scores.
(3) Faculty evaluations.
(4) Interviews.
(5) Other recommendations.
(6) The applicant has received, or is approved to receive, a loan under one or more of the following designated loan programs: the Federal Family Education Loan Program or any educational loan program approved by the Student Aid Commission.


Amendment #2 (4/28/2014): http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/13-14/bill/sen/sb_1251-1300/sb_1264_bill_20140428_amended_sen_v97.pdf

Amendment #1 (4/3/2014): http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/13-14/bill/sen/sb_1251-1300/sb_1264_bill_20140402_amended_sen_v98.pdf

As introduced: http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/13-14/bill/sen/sb_1251-1300/sb_1264_bill_20140221_introduced.pdf

Status: Introduced 2/21/2014. Referred to Senate Committee on Education 3/6/2014. Hearing postponed 4/2/2014. Amended 4/3/2014. Hearing held 4/9/2014. Amended 4/28/2014. Hearing scheduled 4/30/2014

Outlook: This measure was withdrawn by the sponsor, amended and re-referred to the Senate Committee on Education. The author's amendment require the Student Aid Cmmission, in coordination with the Superintendent, to develop procedures for the evaluation and selection of qualified applicants for participation in the program. The bill would specify eligibility criteria that participants in the program would be required to meet.

The Senate Committee on Education will accept public testimony during the April 30 hearing. Written testimony should be submitted in advance of the hearing. Generally, measures are acted upon during their public hearing if they are considered by the committee. Action will be taken at the discretion of the chairman.

The Senate Committee on Education received testimony during their April 9 hearing, but did not take action on this measure. Registering in favor of the measure were representatives of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees. No opposition to the measure has been registered with the committee.

This measure was withdrawn by the sponsor, amended and re-referred to the Senate Committee on Education. The author's amendment establishes the Educator Excellence Program under the administration of the Student Aid Commission.

The Senate Committee on Higher Education is chaired by Senator Carol Liu (D). The sponsor is not a member of the committee of referral. Committees are not required to consider every measure referred to them. Per Joint Rule 61 (b)(6), the committee has by May 9 to act on this measure.

The sponsor is a member of the majority party but has not garnered the support of any cosponsors. The Democratic Party controls both legislative chambers as well as the Office of Governor.

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