Recap of Legislation for 2017-18 Session

Another legislative session is over. Here’s an overviewof the bills we’ve been following. Some passed and others failed to reach the Governor’s desk.

  • SB 328 (Senator Anthony Portantino, D-La Canada Flintridge) would mandate all school districts have school class start times at 8:30 am or later.
    • Failed.
  • SB 250 (Senator Robert Hertzberg, D-Los Angeles) will end lunch shaming by prohibiting school officials from denying students lunch regardless of any unpaid school meal fees.
    • Passed.
  • SB 138 (Senator Mike McGuire, D-Healdsburg) will expand the program that provides free meals to low-income students.
    • Passed.
  • AB 746 (Assembly Member Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher, D-San Diego) will require all school districts test for lead contamination in their water.
    • Passed.
  • AB 1316 (Assembly Member Bill Quirk, D-Hayward) will mandate lead screening for all children.
    • Passed.
  • AB 424 (Assemblymember Kevin McCarty, D- Sacramento) will completely remove guns from schools.
    • Passed.
  • AB 45 (Assemblyman Tony Thurmond, D-Richmond) will provide $25 million to districts for teacher rental housing.
    • Passed.
  • AB 1157 (Assemblyman Kevin Mullin, D-San Mateo) will encourage districts to turn surplus property into employee housing.
    • Passed.
  • AB 568 (Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher, D-San Diego) will give teachers six weeks of paid maternity leave.
    • Passed.
  • AB 1182 (Assemblyman Evan Low, D-Cupertino) would offer down-payment assistance to teachers in high-cost counties.
    • Held under submission
  • SB 807 (Senator Henry Stern, D-Calabasas) would exempt teachers from paying state income tax on salary earned in the classroom.
    • Held in committee and under submission
  • AB 410 (Assemblywoman Sabrina Cervantes, D-Corona) would prohibit districts from charging new teachers fees for training.
    • Held under submission.
  • AB 1220 (Assemblymember Shirley Weber, D-San Diego) would give teachers more time to earn tenure.
    • Held at the request of author.



Tuesday, April 6, 2021 - 06:59

The school advocacy group, Great Public Schools Now, released a report last week detailing the pandemic’s impact on students in the state’s largest school district, LA Unified.