Bonta Bill Ending Student Discrimination Signed by Governor
Provides Protections for California Students in Admissions and Discipline While Attending Charter Schools
SACRAMENTO – Governor Jerry Brown has signed AB 1360 authored by Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D- Oakland) which will prohibit discriminatory admissions practices and allow due process in student discipline proceedings at charter schools.
“Every California student deserves access to a fair and just public educational system,” said Bonta. “AB 1360 ensures charter schools, as part of the statewide public school system, have nondiscriminatory admission, as well as suspension and expulsion policies that guarantee students appropriate due process.”
Bonta brought together stakeholders from both sides of the debate to protect all students-- regardless of academic performance, family circumstances, where they were born, or the language they speak-- from discrimination in any publicly-funded school.
These productive negotiations included AB 1360’s sponsors led by the California Teachers Association and the American Civil Liberties Union and also included the California Charter Schools Association, who as a result of the discussions, came to support AB 1360.
“We were able to reach an agreement on the best approach to make certain that charter school policies are clear, inclusive and provide a fair and just educational system for all students,” said Bonta.
“Educators applaud this major step toward ending discriminatory admissions practices and unfair suspension and expulsion policies in California’s charter schools,” said California Teachers Association President Eric C. Heins. “This legislation was truly a community effort, guided by Assemblymember Bonta, to protect students with disabilities, English learners, low-income children and students of color from being denied access to charters. By signing this bill into law, Governor Brown is also giving students due process rights when it comes to expulsions and suspensions, and protecting parents from mandatory volunteer work hours as criteria for enrollment. Equal access and fairness are principles that all charter stakeholders should believe in and support.”
“This bill was the result of all sides working together in good faith and with the best interests of our children in mind to create legislation that treats all students fairly. I want to thank our co-sponsors California Teachers Association, Alliance for Boys and Men of Color, ACLU, California Federation of Teachers, California School Employees Association, Public Advocates, and Public Counsel,” Bonta said.
“I also want to thank the Governor for signing this bill into law and sending a powerful message that inclusion and justice are core values in all publicly-funded schools,” Bonta concluded.
Assemblymember Rob Bonta represents the 18th Assembly District, which includes Oakland, Alameda, and San Leandro and is the Assistant Majority Leader and Chair of the Asian Pacific Islander (API) Legislative Caucus.