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Mark DeSaulnier on Education

 

 


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

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

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

Make two years of community college free.

DeSaulnier signed making two years of community college free

Excerpts from press release from Tammy Baldwin, Senate sponsor: The America's College Promise Act makes two years of community college free by:

Community, technical, and tribal colleges enroll 40% of all college students today. Community colleges are uniquely positioned to partner with employers to create tailored training programs to meet economic needs within their communities such as nursing and advanced manufacturing.

Opposing argument: (Cato Institute, "College Courtesy of the Taxpayer? No Thanks," Jan. 9, 2015): One look at either community college outcomes or labor market outlooks reveals free college to be educational folly. Community college completion rates are atrocious: a mere 19.5% of community college students complete their programs. Meanwhile, the for-profit sector has an almost 63% completion rate. And [about 70%] of the new job categories in coming years will require a high school diploma or less.

Opposing argument: (Heritage Foundation, "Free Community College Is a Bad Deal", July 15, 2016): Free college proposals would subject community colleges to the same types of subsidies-induced inflation endemic at four-year institutions. And low-income students already have access to federal Pell Grants, which can cover the bulk of community college tuition. By contrast, a more open market of alternative schooling models, such as online or vocational education programs, could better tailor degrees at a lower cost.

Source: S.1716 & H.R.2962 15-H2962 on Jul 8, 2015

Recruit women & minorities for STEM teaching.

DeSaulnier co-sponsored HR4803 & S2710