(a) There is hereby established in the department an Advisory Committee on Before and After School Programs for the purpose of providing information and advice to the Superintendent and the state board regarding state and federal policy and funding issues affecting before and after school programs, based on regular and systematic input from providers.
(b) The membership of the advisory committee shall consist of all of the following persons, the majority of whom shall be operators of before or after school programs:
(1) Six persons appointed by the Governor as follows:
(A) Two persons who operate an urban before or after school program.
(B) Two persons who operate a rural before or after school program.
(C) One person from a private foundation or a postsecondary academic institution.
(D) One person representing a unified school district.
(2) Two persons appointed by the Superintendent as follows:
(A) One person who operates a high school after school program.
(B) One person from a private foundation or a postsecondary academic institution.
(3) Two persons appointed by the Senate Committee on Rules as follows:
(A) One person who operates a small elementary after school program.
(B) One person who operates a large middle school after school program.
(4) Two persons appointed by the Speaker of the Assembly as follows:
(A) One person who operates a large elementary school after school program.
(B) One person who operates a small middle school after school program.
(5) The president of the state board or his or her designee.
(c) The advisory committee membership shall be representative of the diversity of before and after school programs, regarding geography, size, and public or nonpublic operation.
(d) The advisory committee members shall select one of its members to be the chair of the committee. It is the responsibility of the chair to act as the conduit between the advisory committee and the Superintendent, the state board, and appropriate staff.
(e) The advisory committee shall nominate, and the state board shall confirm, a staff member to serve as consultant to the advisory committee.
(f) The advisory committee shall meet as frequently as necessary but at least three times each year. The meetings of the committee may be conducted by teleconference.
(g) The members of the advisory committee shall serve without compensation, including for travel and per diem expenses.
(h) The advisory committee shall do all of the following:
(1) Provide information on the status of funding provided for before and after school programs in each fiscal year, including the number of applications received, the number of applications funded, and the amount and timing of committed funding.
(2) Provide recommendations on legislative and administrative action needed to ensure that funding for before and after school programs is allocated promptly to qualified providers of before and after school programs.
(3) Provide information on the quality of services and accountability measures.
(4) Provide information regarding challenges faced by before and after school programs that impede the provision of best possible services.
(5) Make recommendations to the department on reporting requirements for high school programs operating pursuant to Section 8421 and for program evaluation and review pursuant to Sections 8427 and 8484 . The advisory committee shall provide initial recommendations to the department, and shall provide a copy to the Legislature, on or before March 1, 2007.
(6) Provide recommendations on the statewide evaluation design and outcome measures.
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