The purpose was to provide assistance to States and local communities primarily through teacher training in reading instruction. In turn, they hoped to improve the reading and literacy skills of children and families. In addition, ensuring that children can read well and independently not later than third grade.
The California Student Safety and Violence Prevention Act
January 1, 2000
The purpose of this law is to prohibit discrimination based on actual or perceived sexual orientation and gender in educational institutions statewide. In addition, this law protects students and employees who are or are perceived to be gay, lesbian, and bisexual. Including students and employees who are transgender, and those whose appearance or behavior doesn’t conform to gender stereotypes.
The purpose was to significantly increase the federal role in holding schools responsible for the academic progress of all students. This means they needed to put special focus on ensuring that states and schools advance the performance of certain groups of students, such as English-language learners, students in special education, and poor and minority children.
U.S. Directs Public Schools to Allow Transgender Access to Restrooms
May 13, 2016
As a condition for federal funds, the Obama administration called on public school districts nationwide to allow transgender students to use the bathroom that matches their gender identity, including locker rooms.
In addition, the school does not need to require a medical diagnosis, nor can they demand documentation reflecting the student's gender identity before protecting transgender student's rights.
This act will give California public schools more control over dual language acquisition programs. In addition under the new law, students can learn English through multiple programs outside of English immersion classes. This law does not require parents to sign waivers to enroll their children in bilingual or dual immersion programs.
This law prohibits the suspension of kids enrolled in kindergarten or any of grades 1 to 3, and the recommended expulsion of children enrolled in kindergarten or any of grades 1 to 12 for disrupting school activities or otherwise willfully defying the valid authority of those school personnel. Advocates for this bill justify that suspension and expulsion as too
subjective and one that is disproportionately imposed on black students and or LGBTQ youth.
Assembly Bill No. 493 (LGBTQ Training for California Teachers)
October 12, 2019
The bill was proposed due to the fact that LGBTQ students experience higher rates of bullying, harassment, and discipline that can lead to negative academic outcomes. Under this bill schools will be encouraged to use resources developed by the State Department of Education to provide training at least once every 2 years to teachers and other certificated employees at that school that they serve in grades 7 to 12.
This bill would require the school day for middle schools and high schools, including those operated as charter schools, to begin no earlier than 8:00 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. This bill is designed to improve educational outcomes by giving students more sleep. The argument is that research shows starting school later reduces rates of depression, suicide, obesity, and sleep deprivation.