Lara Introduces Landmark Legislation Improving Educational Access, Equity and Affordability

February 25, 2012

Sacramento - Today Assembly Member Lara (D - Bell Gardens) introduced a package of landmark legislation improving educational access, affordability and equity for all Californians.

"In order for California to remain competitive in our world economy, it is imperative that we have a bright and educated workforce. Part of meeting this challenge remains in our ability to fulfill the promise of educational opportunity and access for all Californians," said Lara. "From our ability to guarantee a free public education at the K-12 level, to ensuring all high school students are college and career ready, to removing higher educational barriers for students with disabilities, to ensuring a diverse and committed faculty within our colleges and universities, my commitment to the success of our students is unwavering."

AB 1575 – Constitutional Free Public Education Guarantee
This bill protects a student's constitutional guarantee to a free public education and eliminates the state's "pay to learn" system by putting procedures into place that will help identify, eliminate and prevent charging student fees in violation of a student's constitutional right to a free public education.

AB 2116 – Common Core Implementation Study
Ensures every student has an equal opportunity to learn and to be educated by studying and assessing whether the state is ready to meet its goals of implementing the new Common Core State Standards Initiative, an initiative designed to ensure all students are college and career ready.

AB 2122 – LSAT Equity for Students with Disabilities
Ensures students with disabilities have equal access to perform the best of his or her ability on the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) by removing unfair and discriminatory barriers that currently stand in the way of their success.

AB 2132 – Tenure Policies Rewarding Public Service
This bill requires California's colleges and universities to develop and adopt uniform policies aimed at encouraging and rewarding public service as a critical factor in the evaluation of a candidate for tenure.

AB 2193 – Educational Opportunity for Long Term English Learners
AB 2193 makes the academic achievements of Long Term English Learners a priority for our schools by providing California school districts with a uniform definition of a Long Term English Learner (LTEL) that will help identify the specific language and academic needs of LTEL students. The bill will also ensure parents of Long Term English Learners are provided with information needed to monitor the impact of the school's services and programs on their children.