State of California Archives: on Education


Jerry Brown: Increase funding for schools and target tough students

With respect to education, the strong economic recovery and the passage of Proposition 30 has allowed us to increase spending on public schools and community colleges from a low of $47.3 billion in 2011, to $71.6 billion this budget year. That is a 51 percent increase in overall spending, with significant sums allocated under the Local Control Formula to provide for the unique challenges that face low-income students, English learners and those in foster care.
Source: 2016 State of the State speech to California legislature Jan 21, 2016

Jerry Brown: Reduce centralized control of local education

I am proud of how California has led the country in the way it is returning control to local school districts. For the last two decades, there has been a national movement to micromanage teachers from afar, through increasingly minute and prescriptive state and federal regulations. California successfully fought that movement and has now changed its overly intrusive, test-heavy state control to a true system of local accountability.
Source: 2016 State of the State speech to California legislature Jan 21, 2016

Rocky Chavez: Supports charter schools, and founded one in Oceanside

Chavez is a big supporter of charter schools, having founded a charter high school in Oceanside after retiring from the military. As a big supporter of education reform, he might also force Harris to take a clear position on education issues, which tend to divide the Democratic Party.
Source: LA Weekly on 2016 California Senate race Mar 5, 2015

Pete Aguilar: Improve public education at all levels

As a product of public schools and the father of two young boys, I know that quality education is vital to our future. In recent years, funding for early childhood education has been slashed, class sizes have ballooned and our teachers face greater challenges than ever. We must improve our public education system at all levels so that every child has the opportunity to succeed.

Federal Pell Grants enabled me to attend college without undue financial hardship to my family or me. I want to ensure that no student from the Inland Empire is denied the opportunity to attend college because of financial need, and will protect important programs like Pell Grants and low-interest loans.

I am also very pleased that California teachers support my campaign for Congress.

Source: 2014 California House campaign website, PeteAguilar.com Nov 7, 2014

Jerry Brown: Allow bilingual education in public schools

Excerpts from Legislative Counsel's Digest: Status:Concurrence vote passed Senate, 25-10-5; passed House 53-26-0; approved by Governor 9/28/14

OnTheIssues Explanation: In 1998, California voters passed Proposition 227, which banned bilingual education. This new law repeals Proposition 227, and hence re-institutes bilingual education. 80% of non-English-speaking in California public schools speak Spanish, but bilingual education could apply to other languages as well.

Source: California legislative voting records: AB 1174 Sep 28, 2014

Neel Kashkari: Side with poor kids, not union bosses

Kashkari talked about growing up as the son of immigrants from India: "I have lived the American Dream because I got a good education," Kashkari said.

The two candidates clashed perhaps the most strongly over their positions on a recent court ruling that declared the state's strong teacher-tenure laws unconstitutional. Gov. Brown last week appealed a California judge's decision invalidating the state's teacher-tenure laws. The ruling, in Vergara v. California, said the state's rules on tenure for teachers threatened "students' fundamental right to equality of education."

Kashkari assailed Brown's decision to appeal that ruling saying "the judge got it absolutely right. You had the choice between fighting for the civil rights of poor kids and fighting for the union bosses who funded your campaigns. You sided with the union bosses, you should be ashamed of yourself governor."

"No. That makes no sense at all," Brown responded, clearly frustrated with his opponent. "That is false."

Source: Wall Street Journal on 2014 California Gubernatorial debate Sep 5, 2014

Mark DeSaulnier: Allow bilingual education in public schools

Excerpts from Legislative Counsel's Digest: Status:Concurrence vote passed Senate, 25-10-5; passed House 53-26-0; approved by Governor 9/28/14

OnTheIssues Explanation: In 1998, California voters passed Proposition 227, which banned bilingual education. This new law repeals Proposition 227, and hence re-institutes bilingual education. 80% of non-English-speaking in California public schools speak Spanish, but bilingual education could apply to other languages as well. (Mark DeSaulnier voted YEA).

Source: California legislative voting records: AB 1174 Aug 26, 2014

Mimi Walters: Voted NO on bilingual education in public schools

Excerpts from Legislative Counsel's Digest: Status:Concurrence vote passed Senate, 25-10-5; passed House 53-26-0; approved by Governor 9/28/14

OnTheIssues Explanation: In 1998, California voters passed Proposition 227, which banned bilingual education. This new law repeals Proposition 227, and hence re-institutes bilingual education. 80% of non-English-speaking in California public schools speak Spanish, but bilingual education could apply to other languages as well. (Mimi Walters voted NAY).

Source: California legislative voting records: AB 1174 Aug 26, 2014

Norma Torres: Allow bilingual education in public schools

Excerpts from Legislative Counsel's Digest: Status:Concurrence vote passed Senate, 25-10-5; passed House 53-26-0; approved by Governor 9/28/14

OnTheIssues Explanation: In 1998, California voters passed Proposition 227, which banned bilingual education. This new law repeals Proposition 227, and hence re-institutes bilingual education. 80% of non-English-speaking in California public schools speak Spanish, but bilingual education could apply to other languages as well. (Norma Torres voted YEA).

Source: California legislative voting records: AB 1174 Aug 26, 2014

Steve Knight: Voted NO on bilingual education in public schools

Excerpts from Legislative Counsel's Digest: Status:Concurrence vote passed Senate, 25-10-5; passed House 53-26-0; approved by Governor 9/28/14

OnTheIssues Explanation: In 1998, California voters passed Proposition 227, which banned bilingual education. This new law repeals Proposition 227, and hence re-institutes bilingual education. 80% of non-English-speaking in California public schools speak Spanish, but bilingual education could apply to other languages as well. (Steve Knight voted NAY).

Source: California legislative voting records: AB 1174 Aug 26, 2014

Ted Lieu: Allow bilingual education in public schools

Excerpts from Legislative Counsel's Digest: Status:Concurrence vote passed Senate, 25-10-5; passed House 53-26-0; approved by Governor 9/28/14

OnTheIssues Explanation: In 1998, California voters passed Proposition 227, which banned bilingual education. This new law repeals Proposition 227, and hence re-institutes bilingual education. 80% of non-English-speaking in California public schools speak Spanish, but bilingual education could apply to other languages as well. (Ted Lieu voted YEA).

Source: California legislative voting records: AB 1174 Aug 26, 2014

Rocky Chavez: Voted NO on bilingual education in public schools

Excerpts from Legislative Counsel's Digest: Status:Concurrence vote passed Senate, 25-10-5; passed House 53-26-0; approved by Governor 9/28/14

OnTheIssues Explanation: In 1998, California voters passed Proposition 227, which banned bilingual education. This new law repeals Proposition 227, and hence re-institutes bilingual education. 80% of non-English-speaking in California public schools speak Spanish, but bilingual education could apply to other languages as well. (Rocky Chavez voted NAY).

Source: California legislative voting records: AB 1174 Aug 25, 2014

Jerry Brown: No government-imposed standards for public schools

Brown blasted the notion of government-imposed standards for public schools, saying he opposed efforts from Washington and Sacramento to dictate education policy. Using "data on a national or state level I think misses the point--that learning is very individual, very personal," Brown said. "It comes back to the teacher and the principal. The leader of the school is by far the most important factor."

When asked if he supported national education standards, Brown said, "No. That's just a form of national control." Brown reprised a story he tells frequently about an exam he had in high school when a teacher asked students to write their impressions of a green leaf. "Still, as I walk by trees, I keep saying, 'Can I feel anything? Am I dead inside?' So, this was a very powerful question that has haunted me for 50 years." The point, Brown said, is that "you can't put that on a standardized test. There are important educational encounters that can't be captured by tests."

Source: Los Angeles Times on 2014 California Governor race Dec 16, 2013

Jerry Brown: Replace school achievement testing with progress testing

Excerpts from Legislative Counsel's Digest:Status: Concurrence vote passed House, 54-22-2; passed Senate 26-7-6; approved by Governor 10/2/13.

OnTheIssues Explanation: MAPP meets the new federal Common Core standards, while STAR met the previous federal No-Child-Left-Behind standards. Voting for the MAPP standards implies support of Common Core.

Source: California legislative voting records: AB 484 Oct 2, 2013

Rocky Chavez: Replace school achievement testing with progress testing

Excerpts from Legislative Counsel's Digest:Status: Concurrence vote passed House, 54-22-2; passed Senate 26-7-6; approved by Governor 10/2/13.

OnTheIssues Explanation: MAPP meets the new federal Common Core standards, while STAR met the previous federal No-Child-Left-Behind standards. Voting for the MAPP standards implies support of Common Core. (Rocky Chavez voted YEA).

Source: California legislative voting records: AB 484 Sep 11, 2013

Mark DeSaulnier: Replace school achievement testing with progress testing

Excerpts from Legislative Counsel's Digest:Status: Concurrence vote passed House, 54-22-2; passed Senate 26-7-6; approved by Governor 10/2/13.

OnTheIssues Explanation: MAPP meets the new federal Common Core standards, while STAR met the previous federal No-Child-Left-Behind standards. Voting for the MAPP standards implies support of Common Core. (Mark DeSaulnier voted YES).

Source: California legislative voting records: AB 484 Sep 10, 2013

Norma Torres: Replace school achievement testing with progress testing

Excerpts from Legislative Counsel's Digest:Status: Concurrence vote passed House, 54-22-2; passed Senate 26-7-6; approved by Governor 10/2/13.

OnTheIssues Explanation: MAPP meets the new federal Common Core standards, while STAR met the previous federal No-Child-Left-Behind standards. Voting for the MAPP standards implies support of Common Core. (Norma Torres voted YES).

Source: California legislative voting records: AB 484 Sep 10, 2013

Ted Lieu: Replace school achievement testing with progress testing

Excerpts from Legislative Counsel's Digest:Status: Concurrence vote passed House, 54-22-2; passed Senate 26-7-6; approved by Governor 10/2/13.

OnTheIssues Explanation: MAPP meets the new federal Common Core standards, while STAR met the previous federal No-Child-Left-Behind standards. Voting for the MAPP standards implies support of Common Core. (Ted Lieu voted YES).

Source: California legislative voting records: AB 484 Sep 10, 2013

Mimi Walters: NO on replacing achievement testing with progress testing

Excerpts from Legislative Counsel's Digest:Status: Concurrence vote passed House, 54-22-2; passed Senate 26-7-6; approved by Governor 10/2/13.

OnTheIssues Explanation: MAPP meets the new federal Common Core standards, while STAR met the previous federal No-Child-Left-Behind standards. Voting for the MAPP standards implies support of Common Core. (Mimi Walters voted NAY).

Source: California legislative voting records: AB 484 Aug 30, 2013

Jerry Brown: Allow student sports choice based on gender identity

Excerpts from Legislative Counsel's Digest: Existing law prohibits public schools from discriminating on the basis of specified characteristics, including gender, gender identity, and gender expression, and specifies various statements of legislative intent and the policies of the state in that regard. Existing law requires that participation in a particular physical education activity or sport, if required of pupils of one sex, be available to pupils of each sex.

This bill would require that a pupil be permitted to participate in sex-segregated school programs and activities, including athletic teams and competitions, and use facilities consistent with his or her gender identity, irrespective of the gender listed on the pupil's records.

Status:Bill passed House, 46-25-8; passed Senate, 21-9-8; approved by Governor, August˙12,˙2013.

Source: California legislative voting records: AB 1266 Aug 12, 2013

Mark DeSaulnier: Allow student sports choice based on gender identity

Excerpts from Legislative Counsel's Digest: Existing law prohibits public schools from discriminating on the basis of specified characteristics, including gender, gender identity, and gender expression, and specifies various statements of legislative intent and the policies of the state in that regard. Existing law requires that participation in a particular physical education activity or sport, if required of pupils of one sex, be available to pupils of each sex.

This bill would require that a pupil be permitted to participate in sex-segregated school programs and activities, including athletic teams and competitions, and use facilities consistent with his or her gender identity, irrespective of the gender listed on the pupil's records.

Status:Bill passed House, 46-25-8; passed Senate, 21-9-8; approved by Governor, August˙12,˙2013. (Mark DeSaulnier voted YEA).

Source: California legislative voting records: AB 1266 Jul 3, 2013

Mimi Walters: Voted NO on student sports choice based on gender identity

Excerpts from Legislative Counsel's Digest: Existing law prohibits public schools from discriminating on the basis of specified characteristics, including gender, gender identity, and gender expression, and specifies various statements of legislative intent and the policies of the state in that regard. Existing law requires that participation in a particular physical education activity or sport, if required of pupils of one sex, be available to pupils of each sex.

This bill would require that a pupil be permitted to participate in sex-segregated school programs and activities, including athletic teams and competitions, and use facilities consistent with his or her gender identity, irrespective of the gender listed on the pupil's records.

Status:Bill passed House, 46-25-8; passed Senate, 21-9-8; approved by Governor, August˙12,˙2013. (Mimi Walters voted NAY).

Source: California legislative voting records: AB 1266 Jul 3, 2013

Steve Knight: Voted NO on student sports choice based on gender identity

Excerpts from Legislative Counsel's Digest: Existing law prohibits public schools from discriminating on the basis of specified characteristics, including gender, gender identity, and gender expression, and specifies various statements of legislative intent and the policies of the state in that regard. Existing law requires that participation in a particular physical education activity or sport, if required of pupils of one sex, be available to pupils of each sex.

This bill would require that a pupil be permitted to participate in sex-segregated school programs and activities, including athletic teams and competitions, and use facilities consistent with his or her gender identity, irrespective of the gender listed on the pupil's records.

Status:Bill passed House, 46-25-8; passed Senate, 21-9-8; approved by Governor, August˙12,˙2013. (Steve Knight voted NAY).

Source: California legislative voting records: AB 1266 Jul 3, 2013

Antonio Villaraigosa: Mayoral control of 22 poorly performing schools

Villaraigosa said he tried to take over the schools, winning passage of a state law that was later overturned by the courts. Villaraigosa changed his tactics from trying to take control to helping seat a new Los Angeles Unified Board of Education that agreed with his views on educational reform. He also took direct control of 22 poorly performing schools, which he said have turned around.

Also, his added focus on graduating students helped the district reverse its drop out rate, he said. "In 2005, there were only 48 percent of kids graduating," Villaraigosa said. "Last year, it was 64 percent. Almost two-thirds of the students."

Source: Huffington Post on 2014 California Governor race Jun 23, 2013

Rocky Chavez: Voted NO on student sports choice based on gender identity

Excerpts from Legislative Counsel's Digest: Existing law prohibits public schools from discriminating on the basis of specified characteristics, including gender, gender identity, and gender expression, and specifies various statements of legislative intent and the policies of the state in that regard. Existing law requires that participation in a particular physical education activity or sport, if required of pupils of one sex, be available to pupils of each sex.

This bill would require that a pupil be permitted to participate in sex-segregated school programs and activities, including athletic teams and competitions, and use facilities consistent with his or her gender identity, irrespective of the gender listed on the pupil's records.

Status:Bill passed House, 46-25-8; passed Senate, 21-9-8; approved by Governor, August˙12,˙2013. (Rocky Chavez voted NAY).

Source: California legislative voting records: AB 1266 May 9, 2013

Jerry Brown: Consider subsidiarity: central authority only if local fails

California's public schools are subject to tens of thousands of laws and regulations: [from the] school superintendent [to the] State Board of Education, then Congress which passes laws like "No Child Left Behind," and finally the Federal Department of Education.

This year, as you consider new education laws, I ask you to consider the principle of Subsidiarity. Subsidiarity is the idea that a central authority should only perform those tasks which cannot be performed at a more immediate or local level. In other words, higher or more remote levels of government, like the state, should render assistance to local school districts, but always respect their primary jurisdiction and the dignity and freedom of teachers and students.

Subsidiarity is offended when distant authorities prescribe in minute detail what is taught, how it is taught and how it is to be measured. I would prefer to trust our teachers who are in the classroom each day, doing the real work--lighting fires in young minds.

Source: 2013 State of the State address to California Legislature Jan 24, 2013

Antonio Villaraigosa: Police in the schools, every day, but not all day

Q: What about this idea of police in schools? What is your feeling with that?

VILLARAIGOSA: Well, in L.A., we are patrolling every school. We have officers coming to every school in our city.

Q: Every day?

VILLARAIGOSA: Every day. Not all day, but at various parts of the day while school is open, they are visiting the campuses to make sure things are going well. I don't agree with the NRA that we should be arming our teachers. But we should have discussions in our classrooms about bullying and violence and resolving conflict without violence. And we've got to do a lot more around mental health, and we do need sensible gun safety laws in the United States of America. You know, the Republicans in the House and Senate have blocked the approval of director of the ATF for the last seven or eight years. We've got to beef up and really move away from the kinds of things we've done in the past.

Source: Face the Nation 2013 on 2014 California gubernatorial race Jan 13, 2013

Jerry Brown: Vetoed considering demographics in college admissions

Gov. Brown vetoed a controversial, affirmative action-like bill that would have allowed public colleges and universities in California to consider demographic factors in admissions processes.

SB 185 would have made it legal for UC and CSU schools to consider factors such as race, gender, ethnicity and national origin in student admissions. The bill had faced scrutiny by those who questioned its legality. Opponents of the bill said that it contradicted Proposition 209. Approved by voters in 1996, the proposition made it illegal for students to receive preferential treatment on the basis of race, gender or ethnicity.

Though Brown said that he agrees with the purpose of the bill, he believes the courts should determine the limits of the proposition, according to a veto message he sent to the State Senate. "Signing this bill is unlikely to impact how Prop. 209 is ultimately interpreted by the courts; it will just encourage the 209 advocates to file more costly and confusing lawsuits," he wrote.

Source: Daily Californian on 2014 California governor's race Oct 8, 2011

Jerry Brown: Let people vote to avoid cutting schools & colleges

If you are a Democrat who doesn't want budget reductions in programs you fought for & deeply believe in, I understand that. If you are a Republican who has taken a stand against taxes, I understand where you are coming from. But things are different this time. In fact, the people are telling us--in their own way--that they sense that something is profoundly wrong.

At this moment of extreme difficulty, it behooves us to turn to the people and get a clear mandate on how we should proceed: either to exten the taxes as I fervently believe or cut deeply into the programs from which--under federal law--we can still extract the sums required. Unfortunately, these would most probably include: elementary, middle and high schools, the California State University system, prisons, and vital health programs.

My plan to rebuild California requires a vote of the people, and frankly I believe it would be irresponsible for us to exclude the people from this process. They have a right to vote on this plan.

Source: 2011 California State of the State Address Jan 31, 2011

Gloria La Riva: Guaranteed free education from pre-K through college

Q: Do you support federal education standards and testing requirements for K-12 students?

No.

Q: Do you support federal funding for universal pre-K programs?

Yes.

Q: Do you support federal funding for charter schools?

No.

Q: Do you support federal funding for K-12 school vouchers?

No.

Q: Do you support the federal government providing college students with financial aid?

Yes.

La Riva adds, "Students should be guaranteed a free education from pre-K through college."

Source: California Congressional 2010 Political Courage Test Nov 1, 2010

Julia Brownley: Supports charter schools

Q: Do you support national education standards?

A: Yes.

Q: Do you support requiring public schools to administer high school exit exams?

A: No.

Q: Do you support using a merit pay system for teachers?

A: No.

Q: Do you support state funding for charter schools?

A: Yes; I support charter schools with accountability and standards of innovation.

Q: Do you support the state government providing college students with financial aid?

A: Yes.

Source: California Congressional 2010 Political Courage Test Oct 30, 2010

Arnold Schwarzenegger: Until now, children were trapped in low-performing schools

And there are two accomplishments in particular I want to recognize here today. Just last night the Assembly passed major educational reform, reform that once seemed impossible but now will become law as soon as it hits my desk.

For too many years, too many children were trapped in low-performing schools. The exit doors may as well have been chained. Now, for the first time, parents--without the principal's permission--have the right to free their children from these destructive schools. That is great freedom.

Also in the past, parents had no power to bring about change in their children's schools but that will now change too. Parents will now have the means to get rid of incompetent principals and take other necessary steps to improve their children's education.

And to increase accountability, we finally broke down that firewall so that teachers' performance can be linked to students' performance.

Source: California 2010 State of the State Address Jan 6, 2010

Dan Quayle: “Students’ rights” wrongly undermines school discipline

School discipline has fallen victim to the agenda of our legal elites. [In the past], schools had rules, and we’d face consequences if we broke them. Today, children can recite page after page of “students’ rights” but are clueless about their responsibilities. There would be a lawsuit before corporal punishment was ever enforced. Litigation - and the fear of litigation - has undermined even the most reasonable attempts to impose basic discipline in the public schools.
Source: Speech to the Commonwealth Club of California May 19, 1999

Dan Quayle: Mentioning God in classrooms should not be illegal

All students need a moral education. But since the outlawing school prayer 40 years ago, we’ve had a stream of litigation over moments of silence, and what constitutes a “voluntary” prayer. Certainly, religious instruction is the job of religious institutions. But now we have the extreme situation where there is a bias against mentioning religion and God. We open the Senate with daily prayers, but to do so in the schools is unthinkable and considered illegal.
Source: Speech to the Commonwealth Club of California May 19, 1999

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