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.
Superintendent Jorge Aguilar called the vaccine requirement “a path forward to keeping our schools open.” The mandate takes effect Nov. 30, seven months before the state requirement begins.
The state superintendent, other officials look at challenges, solutions to creating equity for all students and families.
Roughly 1,600 students at Sacramento City Unified schools have chosen to continue learning at home through the pandemic. But most of the kids remain without teacher assignments, and parents say the district has left many questions unanswered.
California will require that all teachers and school staff be vaccinated or tested weekly for COVID-19, becoming the first state to impose such measures ahead of the new school year.
A Sacramento City school teacher was recorded using racial slurs in the classroom. But one question from organizers still lingers: In a district that has mandatory anti-bias training for teachers, how could this incident happen?
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