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Thursday, June 8, 2017

As excerpted from 89.3 KPCC.

California public schools are facing a shortage of teachers — specifically, a shortage of teachers qualified to teach math, science, bilingual or special education.

So state lawmakers are considering making an offer to prospective teachers: commit to teach in these high-need subjects and we'll take a bite out of your tuition costs.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

As excerpted from The 74. 

The California Assembly has approved two bills protecting undocumented immigrant students on school property.
 
Thursday, March 23, 2017

They are man’s best friend, the furry felines who make a house a home. Our animal companions are loved just as though they are members of our family. It’s been said that the unconditional love and loyalty of pets can lift depression, ease loneliness and even lower blood pressure. My own family recently grew in size with the adoption of two rescue dogs who bring joy, laughter and love to our lives every single day.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

As turmoil continues to spill out of the nation’s capitol, lawmakers in California are not slowing efforts to proactively combat policies pushed by President Donald Trump and his staff. Today, Assemblyman Patrick O’Donnell joined those ranks in introducing a bill that would safeguard school campuses from immigration detentions if adopted by the state legislature.

O’Donnell, who represents Long Beach and is head of the assembly’s education committee, co-authored Assembly Bill 699 with Assemblyman David Chiu of San Francisco.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell (D–Long Beach) on Feb. 6 introduced AB 312, which strengthens California’s support for students with disabilities by creating a state funding source for special-education preschool services and addressing long-standing special-education funding inequities.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell, whose district includes Long Beach, introduced AB 312 this week, which seeks to strengthen California’s support for students with disabilities, it was announced.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

The confirmation process of the new United States Department of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos yielded weeks of protests, contentious questioning from United States senators and plenty of despair and anxiety for parents and students across the country.