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Assembly looks to approve K-12 bills including reading assessments, race & gender stereotypes, new mandates on posting learning materials

by | Sep 22, 2021 | Legislative Update Blog, State Issue | 0 comments

The proposed calendar for the Sept. 28 Assembly floor calendar includes a number of K-12 bills including a bevy of new unfunded state mandates (some of which are very proscriptive) relating to early literacy assessments, posting of curriculum/learning materials, cursive writing instruction, and reporting information relating to credit recovery courses. 

There are also bills on providing school financial information in a more user-friendly format, civics instruction and directing federal stimulus dollars to mental health efforts (click on the bill number for more information).

AB-378 Making school district and school financial information available to the public.

AB-411 Anti-racism and anti-sexism pupil instruction and anti-racism and anti-sexism training for employees of school districts and independent charter schools.

AB-435 Incorporating cursive writing into the state model English language arts standards and requiring cursive writing in elementary grades.

AB-446 Reading readiness assessments and granting rule-making authority.

AB-488 Requiring school boards to make information about learning materials and educational activities used for pupil instruction available to the public.

AB-561 Requiring school boards to report information regarding credit recovery courses.

AB-563 Required instruction in civic education in the elementary and high school grades; high school graduation requirements; and requiring the exercise of rule-making authority.

AB-564 Reports concerning state agency expenditure of federal coronavirus relief funds and allocating federal American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 funding for grants to school districts, independent charter schools, and private schools for mental health programs.

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