By SDCN Staff
Sacramento, CA–Governor Gavin Newsom Friday signed legislation empowering students to be more active in their education and community.
The governor also signed legislation increasing services and advancing equity throughout California’s public schools.
Newsom signed SB 997, SB 955, and SB 291 that would provide students a seat at the table in local accountability plan processes, allow an excused absence from school to engage in civic opportunities in their communities, and add two pupils with exceptional needs to the Advisory Commission on Special Education.
“California is putting our values into action by providing meaningful avenues for students to participate in local decision-making,” said Governor Newsom. “Thanks to these new laws, students across California will now be more empowered to actively participate in decisions that impact their educational outcomes and communities.”
Newsom also signed AB 2806 by Assemblymember Blanca Rubio (D-Baldwin Park) ensuring equitable treatment of children in state preschool and child care programs by prohibiting suspensions and expulsions except as a last resort. When a child is suspended or expelled, they do not receive the benefits that early learning and education providers, and this disproportionately impacts toddlers and preschoolers of color. AB 2806 aims to change this and support California’s youngest learners.
Additionally, the governor signed SB 1047 by Senator Monique Limόn (D-Santa Barbara) increasing access and stability for families to get the care and learning opportunities their kids need and are critical for young children to succeed.