During each two-year session of the Legislature, lawmakers introduce hundreds of bills on K-12 education, most of which amend or expand California’s voluminous Education Code. EdSource tracks about two dozen of the most important bills. Information on all bills can be found at leginfo.legislature.ca.gov.
Gov. Gavin Newsom vetoed a bill that would have given California teachers at least six weeks of fully paid maternity leave.
Here are a half-dozen K-12 and early education bills that the governor vetoed or signed on the last day crunch — and why.
In veto message, Newsom says giving districts the test option would widen inequities in college admission that the bill was intended to narrow.
Higher ed to get $6 billion and K-12 schools $9 billion, with most dollars earmarked for renovations; low-wealth, low-income districts would be favored.
New laws also ease dual-enrollment for adults and high schoolers.
Forcing schools to start later risks creating more problems for students and their families.
The new law, which takes effect this fall, aims to move more students out of remedial math and English classes.
Thousands of youth-led protests took place on Friday leading up to the United Nations Climate Action Summit next week.
If the bill is approved, California will join 14 other states and the District of Columbia in requiring districts to offer full-day kindergarten.
Author won support to set middle schools to start no earlier than 8 a.m. and high schools to start no earlier than 8:30 a.m.
Some schools may not yet have enough math and science courses to offer a State Seal of STEM.
School districts will be able to cite an adverse fiscal impact to deny a charter school application, but not without making a strong case.
Gov. Newsom signed legislation that will ban out-of-school suspensions for disruptive behavior and willful defiance after next July.
California Governor Gavin Newsom agreed to sign legislation that tightens restrictions on medical exemptions that allow students to attend school without all the required vaccinations if lawmakers promise to pass revisions in a second bill.
The bill would allow the state to review a medical exemption if a child attends a school with an immunization rate of less than 95 percent.