Assembly Approves AB 876, Bringing Advanced Technology to the Classroom

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

(SACRAMENTO, CA) – The California State Assembly passed Assemblymember Rob Bonta’s (D-Oakland) AB 876 with strong bipartisan support this week (75-0). AB 876 updates the California Teleconnect Fund, which supports access to advanced communication services in schools and libraries. Bonta made the following statement after the measure passed:

“I am grateful for the unanimous, bipartisan support for AB 876, which promotes advanced technologies in our schools and expands eligibility to preschool and transitional kindergarten programs. These changes will improve access to technology in classrooms and libraries and for educators supporting students of all ages.

“Additionally, AB 876 requires the California Public Utilities Commission to explore establishing a database of services supported by California Teleconnect Fund discounts, allowing schools to compare prices, collaborate with one another, and make the most efficient use of public funds.

“Ultimately, AB 876 will allow for smarter, more efficient spending on technology as schools update their networks to meet the changing needs of the 21st century and the increasing demands of Common Core standards. Additionally, the bill is very timely in that the California Teleconnect Fund is expected to grow 16% in the coming fiscal year, on top of the 19% growth in the last fiscal year,” concluded Bonta.

AB 876 now heads to the State Senate for policy committee assignment.

Assemblymember Rob Bonta represents the 18th Assembly District, which includes Oakland, Alameda and San Leandro. He is the Chair of the Assembly Public Employees, Retirement, and Social Security Committee, and a member of the Assembly Health, Transportation, Banking & Finance, and Elections & Redistricting Committees.

CONTACT: Amy Alley (916) 319-2018 - amy.alley@asm.ca.gov