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Thursday, October 3, 2019

AB 1505 Will Strengthen Accountability and Oversight of Charter Schools

Sacramento - Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell (D-Long Beach) issued the following statement in response to Governor Newsom signing Assembly Bill 1505:

“AB 1505 is a long overdue reform of the state’s charter school law.

Thursday, October 3, 2019

Gov. Gavin Newsom signed Thursday a comprehensive rewrite of the charter school law that will expand the authority of local school boards to reject new charter schools while requiring that they more clearly justify their reasons for doing so.

Newsom’s staff negotiated the revisions during weeks of tense discussions with organizations that for years have been battling over the growth of charter schools in California. But at the signing ceremony for Assembly Bill 1505, the leaders of the two main antagonists, the California Teachers Association and the California Charter Schools Association, stood side by side next to him, smiled appreciatively and thanked the governor for a compromise that contains elements they like.

Thursday, October 3, 2019
Asm. O'Donnell and Gov. speaking
Sharing a light moment with Gov.
Gov. signing AB 1505
Gov. speaking to press
Gov. thanking Asm. O'Donnell
Asm. O'Donnell speaking to press

Governor Newsom signed Assemblymember O'Donnell's AB 1505 into law in the presence of Assemblymember O'Donnell and other co-authors and stakeholders.

Wednesday, September 18, 2019
Thursday, September 12, 2019

Assembly Bill 48 Will Ensure Schools are Safe and Updated

(SACRAMENTO) – Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell (D – Long Beach) issued the following statement on Assembly Bill 48, which will place a $15 billion K-12 through higher education facilities bond on the March 2020 ballot.

Friday, September 6, 2019

By Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell

It’s back to school time. As a parent, teacher, and your representative in Sacramento, I am committed to ensuring that we invest in our children’s success, which results in a better California. I serve as the Chair of the Assembly Education Committee and am well positioned to ensure that Long Beach and surrounding areas have a voice in how state education policy is shaped while addressing the issues I hear from parents and employers in the Assembly District.

Friday, June 28, 2019

Chair of Assembly Education Committee lauds increased investments for schools and budget reserves

(Sacramento) – Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell (D-Long Beach) issued the following statement in response to Governor Newsom signing the 2019-2020 budget:

“Today’s budget represents a commitment to our student’s success and the future of our state’s economy. It provides more money for education while also paying down debt and living within our means.