Dear OPA Families:
This week signaled the deadline for Governor Jerry Brown to act on (either sign or veto) the more than 1,200 bills passed by the California Legislature. Ultimately, Brown signed 1,016 bills, a handful of which were related to education, including the operation of charter schools. I have highlighted three below that have been the subject of quite a bit of attention and debate.
- AB 1747, authored by Assemblymember Freddy Rodriguez, is – at least in part – a response to the violence we’ve seen recently in schools nationwide. This bill requires new, updated school safety plans including annual active shooter drills and requires the California Department of Education to monitor and assist in these plans. You can find more information here.
- AB 1871, authored by Assemblymember Rob Bonta and supported by the California Charter Schools Association requires California’s charter public schools to provide at least one meal a day to free or reduced-price meal eligible students. The significant majority of charter schools already understand the importance of healthy food to students’ success and ability to focus in the classroom. More information can be found here.
- AB 2601, authored by Assemblymember Shirley Weber, extends California’s sexual health education law to charter schools. Under AB 2601, while charter schools now must follow the standards set in the California education code for sexual health education, each school still has flexibility when it comes to deciding what curriculum to adopt, what grades will undergo the instruction and other curricular elements. Follow this link for more information. Parents retain rights to opt out.
With the upcoming elections likely to bring a significant shift, one way or the other, in terms of charter school legislation, it is important that OPA parents stay informed about the potential for changes once a new governor is sworn in and legislative session begins. I will continue to forward information about where you can get involved and find out more.
A final reminder that OPA schools are in session on Monday. I hope you have a wonderful weekend!