Governor Brown Takes a Stand for California's Students
Do you remember the 7-year-old California student who was investigated by the Orinda Union School District to determine whether she met the requirements to attend school in the district? After a flawed inquiry involving a private investigator who lied to family members and neighbors in the course of his work, the district incorrectly determined that the student lived outside the attendance area. That decision led to her being removed from classes until newspaper coverage -- and a community uproar -- forced the district to reverse its decision and apologize for its actions.
As a result of that investigation, Assemblywoman Susan Bonilla authored a bill that would protect kids by creating more transparency, disclosure, and due process for such investigations. Today, Governor Brown signed that bill (AB 1101) into law.
The law strikes an appropriate balance between schools having the tools they need to investigate student residency issues and ensuring that safeguards are in place to protect student safety and privacy during such inquiries. We commend the governor for taking a stand for California students!
This is a definite victory for the rights of kids in California, but there's still much more work to be done across the country. If you want to make sure our kids' voices are heard in politics, sign up to be a Common Sense Kids Action advocate today.
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