Fox bills win Education Committee approval

Steve Fox

Steve Fox

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.)

  10 comments for “Fox bills win Education Committee approval

  1. SAC
    May 19, 2013 at 10:08 am

    The expansion of the information for athletes is a great idea, but I don’t see how the time-tested failed policy of “throw more money at it” is going to help bring about a change in the juvenile education program. The only education these criminals have shown themselves to be interested in is how to be a better criminal. That is why they are in the juvenile detention center to begin with. The reason that the system is failing throughout the CADOC is that jail is oftentimes a better option than their “free” life. Make jail a deterrent by making it a HORRIBLE place to be and then you will have a motivator to leading a productive law-abiding life.

  2. Michael Rives
    May 15, 2013 at 1:34 pm

    If you want the juvenile court schools to function, you must impose discipline and gear the program primarily toward the students who want to better themselves. Gearing the high school juvenile court students to a career helps. While helping them get a GED is nice, they need to be trained in a skill. Unfortunately, some juvenile court students are smart mouths and there is no hope for them. They should be isolated and supervised by ‘behavior aides’ until they are shipped back to Oakland or wherever they came from. Eventually, they will be incarcerated into the prison and they will be permanently isolated from society. So, Steve Fox, don’t expect your enhancement to help these folks.

  3. QHR
    May 13, 2013 at 2:04 pm

    This is great news, Mr. Fox! Now I hope we can move forward with the proposed Cal State AV campus in Lancaster.

  4. Lori
    May 13, 2013 at 11:07 am

    Mr. Fox, I would now like to see you write a bill that forces parents to go to parenting classes if they have children in juvenile facilities and/or children with extensive school discipline issues.

    • Yup
      May 13, 2013 at 11:48 am


    • Nancy P
      May 13, 2013 at 12:10 pm

      Great suggestion Lori. Perhaps something could be included in a bill to force unemployed parents to attend school with their child if their child has a truancy or behavior problem at school.

      • Lori
        May 13, 2013 at 8:51 pm

        Not a bad idea, especially if the schools implemented parenting classes during the day.

        • Nancy P
          May 15, 2013 at 7:58 pm

          I think the parents should have to sit next to their kid during class and shadow the kid everywhere at school. Girls with babies, should have to bring their babies to school with them. NO Daycare during the day except for a daycare at the school run by students with kids. Of course there would be instructors (parenting classes) and lots of hands on learning. Everyone with a baby in the school daycare would have “daycare” as one of their classes and they would help with all the other babies too. That would save a lot of money for the federal gov, not having to pay daycare fees. Also, keep moms in school to get their educations. It would teach the young mothers responsibility and work as a deterrent to other girls by seeing up close how hard it is to raise a baby.

    • ShaneFalco
      May 16, 2013 at 6:04 am

      I would like to see section 8,EBT, WIC and all forms of aid cut back if a recipients kids are in juvenile courts/facilities. If you aren’t working, you should’ have plenty of time to keep your kids out of trouble.

      If you only have one kid, you lose 50% of the aid two or more, you lose 30% for each one in trouble up to a 60% cap. Since other county/state resources will be spent on the kid in juvenile custody, why should taxpayers pay the parents (mom) for food/clothing that the prison system will provide?

      Start cutting into the bottom feeders money and maybe they will at least act like some type of parent.

    • SAC
      May 19, 2013 at 10:01 am

      Ahhhh, Lori, now you have cut to the chase!!!! Bad kids spring from BAD PARENTS!!!!

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