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.
The California Community College System hopes changing the name of a free tuition program will get more eligible students to take advantage of it.
The Sacramento area unemployment rate increased last month. July's jobless rate was 5.2 percent, up from 4.8 percent in June. Analysts with the state Employment Development Department attribute the increase to seasonal cutbacks at schools.
Some Folsom High School students are planning to launch a high-altitude, helium-filled balloon into the path of the solar eclipse next Monday. The balloon will have four cameras on it.
A new state law that kicked in last summer requires shots for public school children. Some families are still adjusting to the law.
UPDATE, July 12, 4:27 p.m.: A bill that would have allowed California school districts to add another year of probation to teachers before extending tenure will not become law this year.