(Sacramento, CA)— Assemblymember Joan Buchanan, Chair of the Assembly Education Committee, today announced agreement among key education policy leaders and the Governor’s office on a bill to streamline the teacher discipline and dismissal appeal process. The bill responds to the Governor’s veto message last year on AB 375 and culminates three years of work in the legislature.
“As a former school board member, I’ve seen firsthand the problems with the current system. It is broken and doesn’t work for anyone. Too often appeals take years and cost over $100,000.” Buchanan said. “I want to thank the education community for its willingness to continue to work on this critical issue. We share a common goal of keeping our children safe and providing a fair and efficient process.”
(Sacramento, CA)— Today Assemblymember Joan Buchanan announced that she has introduced legislation sponsored by Attorney General Kamala Harris to address chronic truancy in our schools.
Forty years ago Student Attendance Review Boards (SARBs) were created by the legislature to provide local interventions for truant students rather than referral to the juvenile justice system. However, creation of SARBs currently is voluntary.
(Sacramento, CA) – Assemblymember Joan Buchanan (D-Alamo) today joined with her colleagues to honor Dale Eldridge Kaye as the "Woman of the Year" for the 16th Assembly District during a ceremony at the State Capitol.
"It is an honor to recognize Dale Kaye as Assembly District 16's Woman of the Year. Dale has made tremendous contributions to the Livermore Valley as well as the greater Tri-Valley. She is a true visionary who works effectively with local elected officials, businesses and community leaders in building a strong regional economy and enriching our lives culturally."
SACRAMENTO – Assemblymembers Kristin Olsen, R-Modesto, and Joan Buchanan, D-Alamo, have introduced a bill that would encourage districts to expand computer science courses in high schools.
Computer Science drives innovation and economic growth in California and across the country. By the end of the decade, over half of all jobs in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields in the United States will require highly technical computer knowledge and experience.
“Computer science skills prepare students for careers in a variety of sectors beyond information technology, such as manufacturing, healthcare, agriculture and defense,” Assemblymember Olsen said. “Anything we can do to encourage students to take courses in computer science will strengthen our economy and better prepare our children for almost any career path they choose.”
SACRAMENTO – In this week’s Democratic radio address, Assemblymember Joan Buchanan (D-Alamo) encourages women to reduce their risk of heart disease through early detection and action. Assembly Concurrent Resolution 86 recognizes the month of February as American Heart Month and February 7th as Wear Red Day, a campaign by the American Heart Association to raise awareness about women’s heart health issues.
This week’s radio address is 2:47.
Friday, February 7, 2014 marks the close of the 10th year of the American Heart Association's Go Red For Women movement and the 11th annual National Wear Red Day, a day dedicated to raising awareness that heart disease is the #1 killer of women and promoting women's heart health. I was proud to introduce ACR 86 on the Assembly Floor yesterday, which recognizes the month of February 2014 as American Heart Month in California and February 7, 2014 as Wear Red Day in California. Will you join me in showing your support by wearing red on Friday, February 7?
We've made significant progress, but we have far to go. Here's why:
Here's how you can join in:
Go Red. Show your support on National Wear Red Day and encourage others to do the same. Collective action can be the difference between life and death.
Speak Red. Inspire others and be inspired. Tell your story, offer your wisdom and learn from other women at GoRedForWomen.org.
Take care of your heart. To make a habit of healthier food choices, visit GoRedForWomen.org.
Demand change. Speak up for public policies that advance heart health for women. Become a voice within your community and other women's voices will join in.
Help us make America Go Red and save women's lives! If you have any questions regarding National Wear Red Day or for more information, please visit GoRedforWomen.org/WearRedDay.
Assemblymember Joan Buchanan
(Sacramento, CA)—I praise the Governor’s efforts to establish a meaningful rainy day fund to minimize the tremendous volatility in the budget that we have seen in recent decades. The huge swings in revenue have made it extremely difficult to sustain critical programs and services.
I was very pleased to hear the Governor’s top priorities for dealing with the severe drought facing California are conservation and water storage. Conservation will have an immediate impact. Increased storage will provide more certainty over the long term and promote regional planning for water sustainability. Recharging our aquifers should be the first priority for storage as it is the easiest way to expand capacity.
(Sacramento, CA)—The Governor’s budget confirms that California’s economy is on the path to recovery with revenues increasing and our unemployment rate decreasing. His budget recognizes that to ensure our state’s fiscal health over time, we must manage our money wisely, pay down our wall of debt and prioritize programs and services that build a strong economy and safe communities.
As Chair of the Assembly Education Committee, I am pleased to see the Governor’s continuing commitment to increase funding for both K-12 and higher education. The budget retires the remaining $6.4 billion in deferred payments, enabling school districts and community colleges to avoid short term borrowing costs and to plan for the future. It also increases Proposition 98 spending by $6.1 billion. While this does not fully restore funding to pre-recession levels, it will have a significant impact on the ability of schools to fund and restore critical services.
(Sacramento, CA) – Today Governor Brown signed Assemblymember Buchanan’s AB 620, a bill to protect vulnerable members of our communities. This bill requires certain care facilities serving adults with developmental disabilities and the elderly to develop plans to notify family members and law enforcement when an individual under their care goes missing.
According to Assemblymember Buchanan, “This bill was a high priority for me. It was brought to me by a constituent, Denise Lester, after her developmentally disabled daughter was missing for over seven hours from a care facility, and subsequently required three days hospitalization. Another case in our county had a tragic ending when an Alzheimer’s patient was found dead after wandering from her care facility. We were surprised to learn that current law has no requirement for a facility to notify family or law enforcement.”
Pleasant Hill – Assemblymember Buchanan honored senior volunteers at Culture to Culture’s 6th Annual Senior Volunteer Awards. The Culture to Culture Foundation is a nonprofit, community-based organization dedicated to promoting mental health and emotional wellness in the Bay Area’s Asian-American community.