Category Archives: Legislature

Update: SB 328 placed on Assembly Appropriations suspense file

14 Aug
Senate Bill 328 (Portantino, D-La Cañada Flintridge) was placed on the Assembly Appropriations Committee suspense file during the committee’s hearing this morning. The Assembly and Senate Appropriations Committees will both hear their respective suspense files the last week of August, determining whether SB 328 (along with the numerous other fiscal bills on the suspense file) will advance to the floor in September.  The Assembly Appropriations Committee analysis of the bill opines that the measure could result in “tens of millions...

New Laws for California Schools: AB 272, student smartphone use

6 Aug
CSBA’s “New Laws for California Schools” series highlights new K-12 education laws signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom in 2019. New laws are effective Jan. 1, 2020, unless otherwise noted. The 2019 legislative year ends on Sept. 13; Gov. Newsom then has until Oct. 13 to sign or veto all bills passed by the Legislature. CSBA’s ‘What’s New for 2020’ report will be available in October. Assembly Bill 272 (Muratsuchi, D-Torrance), signed into law by Gov. Newsom on July 1, allows...

California bans discrimination based on natural hair

16 Jul
On July 3, 2019, Gov. Gavin Newsom signed Senate Bill 188 (the Creating a Respectful and Open Workplace for Natural hair ‘CROWN’ Act) into law, making California the first state in the country to ban discrimination against natural hair. The text of the bill states that, “[d]espite the great strides American society and laws have made to reverse the racist ideology that Black traits are inferior, hair remains a rampant source of racial discrimination with serious economic and health consequences,...

UPDATE: Start time, charter school bills advance on fiscal deadline day

10 Jul
Updated Wed., July 10, 4:00 p.m. Today (July 10) marks the deadline for policy committees in both the Senate and Assembly to meet to hear all fiscal bills, while Friday, July 12 is the deadline to hear non-fiscal bills. Senate Bill 328 (Portantino), the CSBA-opposed school start time bill, and charter school bills AB 1505 (O’Donnell) and AB 1507 (Smith) have all advanced after the conclusion of Senate and Assembly Education Committee hearings this afternoon. Update 3:55 pm: AB 1505...

A Conversation With: Lt. Gov. Eleni Kounalakis

17 Jun
(Editor’s Note: This interview first appeared in the spring 2019 issue of California Schools magazine) Sworn in Jan. 7, 2019, as the first woman elected Lieutenant Governor in California history, Eleni Kounalakis will look to play a key role in helping the state better connect its early, K-12 and higher education systems. As Lieutenant Governor, Kounalakis sits on the California State University Board of Trustees and University of California Board of Regents. She recently finished a statewide “listening tour” of...