Legislative Positions

Section 48911.2 of the Education Code

March 22, 2012
SB 1235 requires schools with excessive levels of student suspensions (25% of more of their students or of any numerically significant racial or ethnic subgroup) to adopt school-wide evidence-based strategies to not only reduce school suspension and improve school climate, but also increase attendance and academic achievement.

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Welfare and Institutions Code – Relating to Foster Children

March 20, 2012
B 1909 ensures that school districts provide notification to a county child welfare designee and the court-appointed attorney for the foster youth when a foster youth is pending expulsion or subject to a manifestation determination Individualized Education Program.

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Welfare and Institutions Code – Intellectual Disabilities

March 14, 2012
SB 1381 is a simple measure that provides an important terminology change to the disabled community throughout California. The term "mentally retarded" is outdated, pejorative, and not in current professional use in agencies, associations, and other countries. When it was originally introduced, the term "mentally retarded" or "mental retardation" was a medical term with a specific clinical connotation. However, today, the "R-word" is most commonly used to degrade or insult people.

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GREAT Teachers and Principals Act

February 27, 2012
The Coalition for Teaching Quality has put forth a set of principles for ESEA reauthorization around preparing and supporting effective educators. Among these principles is a belief that all students are entitled to teachers who are qualified (fully prepared and fully certified), as well as effective; that preparation programs should be held to common, high standards; and that investments should be made in proven methods to recruit, prepare, develop, and retain fully prepared and effective teachers in shortage fields and hard-to-staff schools. S. 1250 undermines these principles.

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ADA Notification Act

February 3, 2012
HR 881 would require that an individual provide a notice before filing a complaint alleging a violation of Title III or state law that conditions a violation of any of its provisions to provide the defendant with a written notice that identifies the alleged violation, and the date and location of the alleged violation.

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