Assemblymember O’Donnell’s Bill to Help Foster Youth Achieve Academic Success Passes Assembly

(SACRAMENTO) – Legislation by Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell (D-Long Beach) ensuring foster youth can attain their educational and economic goals passed the Assembly today. AB 2656 waives the high school proficiency exam fee for students currently or formerly within the foster system.  The American Civil Liberties Union, the California Teachers Association and the National Center for Youth Law all stand in support of the bill.

“As a teacher with over 20 years of experience, I understand foster kids face obstacles that make graduating from high school incredibly challenging,” said Assemblymember O’Donnell, Chair of the Assembly Education Committee. “This new law would break down barriers for foster youth and allow them to pursue their passion.”

Assemblymember O’Donnell Legislation Supporting Arts Education Sails Through Assembly

(SACRAMENTO) – AB 2862, by Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell (D-Long Beach), promoting visual and performing arts education won Assembly approval today. The bill updates California’s academic standards to ensure students have access to modern curriculum and instructional materials in the arts.

“As a classroom teacher, I have seen firsthand how arts education can impact the lives of students,” said Assemblymember O’Donnell, Chair of the Assembly Education Committee. “Fostering creativity keeps kids engaged and has even been shown to raise tests scores, reduce absenteeism and lower dropout rates.”

Assemblymember O’Donnell Pushes to Take College Promise Statewide

Sees Long Beach College Promise as a Model to Ensure Student Success Statewide

(SACRAMENTO) – Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell (D – Long Beach) is working to bring the Long Beach College Promise Program across the state to ensure student success in higher education. The Assemblymember has secured $15 million in the proposed 2016-17 state budget that would fund incentive grants for The California College Promise. The focus of this program centers on incentivizing partnerships between local school districts and higher education institutions, similar to the joint commitment between the Long Beach Unified School District, Long Beach City College and Cal State Long Beach.

Assemblymember O’Donnell’s Bill to Keep Kids in School Wins Assembly Approval

(SACRAMENTO) – Legislation by Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell (D-Long Beach) to ensure students attend and stay in school passed the Assembly today. AB 2815 promotes a culture of attendance by giving district attendance supervisors new ways to address the root causes of chronic absenteeism.

“The first step to educating our children is getting them into the classroom,” said Assemblymember O’Donnell, Chair of the Assembly Education Committee and teacher with 20 years of experience. “AB 2815 broadens the role of attendance supervisors so they can take a proactive approach to keeping kids in school and on the path toward graduation.”

Assemblymember O’Donnell Continues to Press Frontier for Answers in Sacramento Hearing

(SACRAMENTO) – Today, Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell (D-Long Beach) questioned Frontier and California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) representatives in Sacramento about their strategy to prevent future service disruptions. Following Saturday’s town hall to resolve individual issues of customers impacted by the recent Verizon to Frontier transition, the Assemblymember sought to identify the root causes of the pervasive service outages reported by customers across the state at a hearing of the Assembly Utilities and Commerce Committee.

“Restoring individual services in the district was just the first step,” said Assemblymember O’Donnell. “Frontier now has an obligation to present a concrete plan to keep customers from again becoming digital orphans, with no access to essential business services or even 9-1-1 emergency systems.”

Frontier Communications Long Beach Town Hall Meeting

More than 200 people attended a town hall event Saturday organized by State Assemblyman Patrick O'Donnell to  hear and deal with complaints about Frontier Communications' takeover of Verizon land lines and television service. Frontier had nearly 30 customer reps there to help people with their complaints.

Assemblymember O’Donnell Responds to Governor’s May Revise: Says State Should Live Within Means and Invest in Education

(SACRAMENTO) – Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell (D-Long Beach) issued the following statement today in response to the Governor’s 2016-2017 May Revise budget proposal:

“The Governor’s proposal reflects our shared commitment to achieving long term economic stability as we continue to strategically invest in California’s future.  Despite a growing economy, the state’s revenues fell nearly $1 billion short of projections – underscoring the essential role fiscal responsibility plays in drafting a sustainable spending plan. As a teacher during the recession, I experienced firsthand the devastation poor financial foresight had on our classrooms. Avoiding the boom-and-bust of past budget cycles demands we maintain a healthy rainy day reserve even as we seek to improve essential services.