Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara) says the measure she’s co-sponsoring, with Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles), is an attempt to empower student sexual assault victims. She says only about 5 percent of campus sex crimes are ever reported.
“College age victims often feel powerless and they feel restricted by lack of proof, by fear of reprisal by the assailant,” says Jackson. “Or it’s a fear of simply not being taken seriously by the police or school officials.”
Bill supporters say the overwhelming majority of campus sex crimes involve cases where the perpetrator is known to the victim.
They’re calling on campus officials to fully prosecute perpetrators of date rape, or people who take advantage of intoxicated students. They’re also calling for stepped up campus support networks for victims.
A few school police departments in California have acquired military armored vehicles, rifles and grenade launchers. That's spawned a new bill in the state Legislature. The bill faces its first committee vote Wednesday.
California schools can start administering the state’s new standardized tests to students. The new math and English language tests use computers and open-ended critical thinking questions – rather than the old “Scantron” bubble multiple-choice tests.
Thousands of juvenile salmon are now swimming down the Sacramento River. They're twice as big as other salmon hatched at the same time after spending the last month hanging out in a Yolo County rice field.
A shortage of teachers in Washoe County has forced the school district to fill vacant positions with more substitute teachers. That is reducing the pool of available substitutes for short-term assignments.
University of California students are getting at least a temporary reprieve from tuition increases scheduled to take effect in the coming academic year.