SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Steve Fox (D-Palmdale) today announced that Senate amendments to Assembly Bill (AB) 631 were approved by the Assembly. This bill was passed unanimously by Senate and Assembly committees, as well as both legislative houses, and now will advance to the office of Governor Brown for his approval.
“The fact that all of my colleagues in both houses gave this bill unanimous consent throughout the legislative process speaks to the need for education for all of California’s youth,” Fox said. “Our most vulnerable children were protected by every member of these law-making bodies.”
AB 631 will allow for additional English and mathematics classes for children in juvenile court schools to improve student proficiency.
Test scores demonstrate many students in juvenile court schools are three or more years below grade level academically. Because these students are persistently behind scholastically, they continue to struggle as they move through the educational system or simply drop out.
The goals of AB 631 are to target academic weaknesses of students while they are in juvenile court schools and to prepare them for success so they do not return to juvenile camps.
“People who struggle with reading and math as children often suffer from unemployment as adults,” said Fox. “Education takes people from the margins to the mainstreams of society. I am gratified that my colleagues voted to give at-risk youth a meaningful chance for a successful future.”
This is the first bill in Assemblymember Fox’s freshman legislative package that will be on the Governor’s desk.
(Information via press release from Assemblymember Steve Fox .)
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