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Following are some Frequently Asked Questions about the California Student Bill of Rights Initiative. Click one of the the questions below to see the answer.

About the Initiative

Nearly 50% of high school students in California – more than one million students – attend schools that do not offer enough of the courses required for entrance to the state’s universities and colleges.

Existing California law creates barriers to prevent students from taking courses outside of their districts, including online courses. The California Student Bill of Rights Initiative removes these barriers.

The California Student Bill of Rights Initiative will give every California student access to the high quality education they need – in the classroom and online by:

  • Giving every student unrestricted access to a high-quality education, including access to blended- and online learning opportunities and digital devices and materials. These will be available both within and outside of the students’ school or school district of record, especially for such coursework as is required for admission to the University of California and the California State University
  • Modifying the public finance system to support the use of currently available school funding to provide unrestricted access to such high-quality educational opportunities without creating new taxes or increasing existing taxes
  • Creating a California Diploma that certifies to higher education, employers and the government that the student is adequately prepared for college, workforce training, employment or the military
  • Pursuing options for students to be awarded credit for courses in which they have demonstrated competency, without restrictions relating to time and place

No. There are no new taxes or tax increases in this initiative.

No. This initiative keeps all public funding within the public school system.

No. Just the opposite. This initiative allows any school district throughout the state to offer online courses and receive a portion of that students’ current average daily attendance funding from the state. While no district is required to offer online courses, students may take these courses from any district, accredited online school, or approved online provider that offers them.

The initiative also encourages collaboration between school districts to ensure access to high-quality blended-learning and online courses in such a way as to leverage the economies of scale across the state.

Courses must be approved by a local school district, and high school courses must meet quality criteria established by the University of California. All teachers of blended-learning and online course must hold the appropriate California teaching credentials, and school programs must be accredited in the same manner as all California high schools.

Yes. Online courses are voluntary and parental consent is required prior to enrollment.

The initiative allows school districts to use current instructional materials funding to provide access to computers, tablets and other digital devices to students who do not have access to them at home.

The specific enrollment processes are not articulated in the initiative and would be determined by the institutions offering online coursework. We would anticipate online enrollment processes from multiple providers that meet the criteria outlined in the proposition.

The California Student Bill of Rights directs the Superintendent of Public Instruction and Department of Finance to determine the process for allocating ADA to multiple institutions in cases where a student is unable to obtain access to the appropriate course in his or her home school or district. In those cases, the ADA would be split proportionally according to the number of courses taken within each institution.

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