Teachers and Students to Gain from Legislation Authored by Assemblymember O’Donnell and Signed by Governor

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

(SACRAMENTO) – Governor Jerry Brown signed two education bills by Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell (D—Long Beach) Monday, in support of media arts education standards and aspiring teachers pursuing elementary teaching positions.

“As a parent and a teacher, my priority is to support teachers and students across the state,” said Assemblymember O’Donnell, Chair of the Assembly Education Committee. “These bills are both positive steps toward further developing our approach to a twenty-first-century education and continuing to strengthen the classroom experience for our students.”

AB 170 authorizes elementary school teachers to earn baccalaureate degrees in education. This allows future teachers to spend more time gaining critical knowledge and skills about how to instruct students, while ensuring that they meet state requirements for subject matter knowledge.

AB 37 establishes California’s first set of stand-alone media arts standards as the fifth discipline within current visual and performing arts standards, supporting teachers and school districts that choose to teach media arts as a separate discipline in pre-K through 12th grade classes. These standards will offer students opportunities to explore artistic projects such as video production, sound design, and game design, among others.

These bills take effect January 1, 2018.