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Alex Padilla on Education

 

 


Expanded after school programs; reduced class sizes

Alex was elected to the Los Angeles City Council as a political outsider at the age of 26. As a councilman, he expanded after school programs to serve 16 schools in his district, worked to reduce class sizes and built state-of-art libraries and museums in a community that had none. He recruited and retained local jobs and brought more job training programs to the Valley.
Source: 2022 California Senate campaign website Alex-Padilla.com , Dec 23, 2020

End suspension of students for willful defiance of authority

Legislative Summary: AB420: This bill would eliminate the authority to suspend a pupil in kindergarten or grades 1 to 3, and the authority to recommend for expulsion a pupil in kindergarten or grades 1 to 12, for disrupting school activities or otherwise willfully defying the valid authority of those school personnel engaged in the performance of their duties.

Analysis by ACLU of Northern California, Oct 20, 2014: Gov. Brown signed AB 420 which will eliminate the most extreme uses of harsh discipline under the category of "willful defiance." Gov. Brown's signature on AB420 represents a huge step forward for students in California. The enactment of AB 420 places our state at the front of the pack: we are leading in making meaningful advancements in civil liberties as other states turn in the opposition direction.

Legislative Outcome: Passed Senate 24-8-8 on 8/19/14; State Sen. Padilla voted YES; Passed Assembly 62-16-1 on 8/21; Signed on Sep/27

Source: ACLU of Northern California: analysis of voting record AB420 , Aug 19, 2014

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; State Sen. Alex Padilla voted YES; approved by Governor, August 12, 2013.

Source: California legislative voting record for AB1266 , Jul 3, 2013

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