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.
California lawmakers say the state is facing a truancy crisis among elementary school students. Now a package of legislation has been introduced that’s meant to combat the problem.
Higher education advocates are asking for a dedicated funding source for California’s Community Colleges. Busloads of students from around the state marched and rallied in Sacramento Monday and met with state lawmakers.
There have been several attempts over the years to reform California’s teacher dismissal process. All have been unsuccessful. But that’s not stopping one lawmaker from trying again.
New data show significant achievement gaps among students in Reno and administrators are trying to start a public conversation to solve the problem.
An independent audit recommends that California overhaul its school transportation funding system. The Legislative Analyst’s Office report says the school transportation funding rate is decades old.