Legislative Positions

The Education Code – Relating to School Districts

June 19, 2012
AB 2616 protects the interests of the State in conserving fiscal resources, school administrators in having some limited discretion to address a student's needs based on the facts presented, and students and families in having school districts try to address the root causes of the attendance problem before proceeding with criminal sanctions.

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The Education Code – Relating to Pupil Discipline

June 12, 2012
AB 2537 makes several common-sense changes to existing law. Mandates under existing law have restricted the discretion of school districts to utilize other means of discipline in appropriate circumstances, have resulted in the expulsion and removal of children in cases that do not warrant expulsion, and have also resulted in significant state costs, up to $10 million annually.

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UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

June 9, 2012
The CRPD is a non-discrimination treaty seeking to achieve the same goals as the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and other existing disability laws in United States: to empower individuals with disabilities to achieve economic self-sufficiency, independent living, inclusion and integration into all aspects of society.

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Health Equity and Accountability Act

June 1, 2012
The Health Equity and Accountability Act recognizes that additional steps must be taken to specifically address health care disparities and provides additional tools necessary to address and eliminate health and health care disparities experienced by minority and underserved communities. It is an important move towards creating a sustainable health care system that can pave the road to health equity.

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The Welfare and Institutions Code – Relating to Juveniles

April 10, 2012
AB 2060 requires the court, after a parent's right to make educational decisions for his/her minor child has been limited, to determine if there is a responsible adult who is a relative, nonrelative extended family member, or other adult known to the child, who is available and willing to serve as the child's educational representative before appointing an educational representative or surrogate who is not known to the child.

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Foster Youth Higher Education Preparation and Support Act

March 30, 2012
Requests campuses of the California Community Colleges, California State University, and the University of California to designate a foster youth campus support program coordinator using new or existing resources to provide comprehensive support to all students who are current or former foster youth on public postsecondary educational institution campuses.

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