SACRAMENTO – A bill addressing the protection of student athletes and a bill that would enhance education for children in juvenile court schools were unanimously approved by the Education Committee, according to an announcement by Assemblymember Steve Fox (D-Palmdale).
“The Education Committee was sympathetic to the need to protect all children from injury and to keep at-risk youth from falling further behind academically,” said Fox. “These measures are universal concerns and I am grateful for the committee’s bipartisan support.”
Assembly Bill (AB) 588 would expand current law protecting student athletes from concussions to include private and charter schools. The law now requires public school athletes and their guardians be provided with written information regarding concussions each year and that the athlete be removed from play until they have been cleared to return by a health care provider if he or she is suspected of sustaining a concussion. The bill would further require schools to provide concussion information in an electronic format available via email and/or on a school’s web site.
AB 631 would allow for additional educational support for children in juvenile court schools in the interest of improving student proficiency. Many children who come to juvenile court schools are found to be three or more years below grade level in math and English skills. The bill would permit enhanced instruction to these students to help them advance to grade level.
“These commonsense bills could save the life of a child or significantly help educate a child that might have fallen through the cracks,” continued Fox.
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(Information via press release from Assemblymember Steve Fox.)