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EDUCATION CODE
SECTION 32239.5



32239.5.  (a) This article shall be known, and may be cited, as the
Machado School Violence Prevention and Response Act of 1999.
   (b) A School Violence Prevention and Response Task Force is hereby
established, which shall consist of the following members:
   (1) The Superintendent of Public Instruction, the Attorney
General, the Director of the Office of Criminal Justice Planning, and
the Secretary for Education shall be ex officio voting members of
the School Violence Prevention and Response Task Force, and shall
serve as cochairs of the task force.
   (2) Twelve members representing educators, health care
practitioners, and members of the law enforcement community, each
with expertise in school-based crisis prevention and response
appointed as follows:
   (A) The Director of the Office of Criminal Justice Planning and
the Attorney General shall each appoint three members to the task
force. These appointments shall include representatives of the law
enforcement and victims' services community. These appointments may
include persons with expertise in juvenile justice, gang violence
prevention, juvenile probation, victim assistance programs, crisis
management, or academic experts in criminology or juvenile
delinquency.
   (B) The Superintendent of Public Instruction and the Secretary for
Education shall each appoint three members to the task force. These
appointments shall include representatives of the education and
health care practitioner communities. These appointments may include
classroom educators, school administrators, school counselors, school
psychologists, parents, pupils, mental health providers, or academic
experts in child development or violence prevention.
   (c) The members of the task force may not receive a salary for
their services but shall be reimbursed for their actual and necessary
travel and other expenses incurred in the performance of their
duties.
   (d) The task force shall do all of the following:
   (1) Analyze and evaluate current statutes and programs in the area
of school-based crisis prevention and response.
   (2) Make appropriate policy recommendations on how to enhance
state and local programs and training to adequately prepare school
districts and county offices of education to meet the challenges
stemming from disruptive and violent acts, or both, on or near school
campuses. These recommendations shall include a discussion regarding
the manner in which the recommendations may be implemented within
existing resources.
   (3) Suggest methods for training school personnel on how to
recognize risk indicators for pupils that could eventually lead to
violence. These suggested methods shall include how to refer pupils
to trained personnel, such as school psychologists, counselors,
mental health providers, or other designated appropriate staff.
   (4) Hold at least two public meetings.
   (e) Each of the cochairs shall have the authority to convene
subcommittee meetings. However, any findings or recommendations made
by a subcommittee, or by any of the other members of the task force,
shall be approved by at least three of the four voting members of the
task force in order to be incorporated in the report described in
paragraph (5) of subdivision (c).
   (f) The Office of Criminal Justice Planning shall make staff
resources available to the task force.