We’ve come to the end of the road. AB 2235, the school bond bill, will be moved to the Senate inactive file. The Governor made it clear to the Speaker of the Assembly on Thursday that he does not want a school bond on the same ballot as the water bond and his Rainy Day Fund proposition. We have no commitment of his support for a future bond.
In our meetings with the Department of Finance, they stress that the Governor questions what role, if any, the State should play in funding school facilities. We know that the responsibility for educating our children is not written in city or county ordinances; it is written in the Constitution of the State of California. That is why I believe the State does have a role in funding school facilities.
(Sacramento, CA)— Today, Assemblymembers Joan Buchanan (D-Alamo) and Curt Hagman (R-Chino Hills) were joined by a bipartisan group of co-authors and a broad coalition of supporters from around the state to urge the Governor to sign Assembly Bill (AB) 2235 to place a school facilities bond on the November 4, 2014 ballot.
The current state building program was created in 1998 after years of districts failing to pass school bonds to modernize aging facilities and fighting developers in court to provide funding for new schools. The program has been one of the most successful in the history of our state. The state, local districts and developers share responsibility for our school facilities. Since the new program began, the state has provided $35 billion and local school districts and developer have provided over $75 billion. Statewide, we have built over 55,000 new classrooms to accommodate new students and alleviate overcrowding, and we have modernized over 136,000 aging classrooms.
(Sacramento, CA) - Assemblymember Joan Buchanan recognized U.S. Navy Supply Corps Chief Warrant Officer, Carl Marble of Lafayette, today as the 2014 Veteran of the Year for the 16th Assembly District today, at a ceremony in Sacramento.
Assemblymember Buchanan stated, "I am very honored to recognize Carl Marble as our 2014 Veteran of the Year. His long-standing service to our nation is to be commended. We thank him and all veterans for their service to our country and tremendous sacrifice and dedication. Without their courageous actions, we would not experience the freedoms we enjoy today.”
(Sacramento, CA)— Today, Assemblymember Joan Buchanan (D-Alamo) recognized Dublin Cyclery as the 2014 Small Business of the Year for the 16th Assembly District at the awards luncheon in Sacramento celebrating California Small Business Day 2014.
Dublin Cyclery exemplifies the many small businesses that contribute to our quality of life and help build strong local economies. I am proud to honor Chuck Tyler and Dublin Cyclery for their contributions.
(Sacramento, CA)—This week, the Legislature cast two important votes on AB 215, a bill to reform the dismissal appeal process for certificated employees authored by Assemblymember Joan Buchanan (D-San Ramon). On Monday, the Senate voted unanimously to pass AB 215. Principal co-author Senator Alex Padilla (D-Pacoima) presented the bill to his Senate colleagues, emphasizing the importance of ensuring student safety.
“All parents should have confidence that their child’s school is a safe and nurturing environment. AB 215 will create a streamlined and fair process for dismissing school personnel charged with egregious misconduct. It will protect our children while maintaining important due process rights for educators,” said Padilla.
(Sacramento, CA) – On Wednesday, the Assembly Floor passed AB 1444, a bill jointly authored by Assemblymember Joan Buchanan (D-Alamo) and Assemblymember Shirley Weber (D-San Diego), which would make kindergarten attendance mandatory before first grade. While most children currently attend kindergarten, it is optional in state law.
“The new Common Core State Standards have academic expectations for kindergarten students. If children do not attend kindergarten, they begin first grade behind and many finish high school behind,” indicated Buchanan.
(Sacramento, CA)— Assembly Bill 2235 by Assemblymembers Joan Buchanan (D- Alamo) and Curt Hagman (R-Chino Hills) to place a school facilities bond on the November 4, 2014 ballot was approved 75-0 on the Assembly Floor yesterday. The bill authorizes a $9 billion general obligation bond that, if approved by voters, will provide $6 billion for the construction and rehabilitation of K-12 schools and $3 billion for higher education facilities.
"The last bond passed in 2006. Funds for the construction and modernization of K-12 and higher education institutions have been depleted for several years, jeopardizing the completion of many local projects. Passing a state bond will ensure that students attend safe and adequate facilities, positively impacting student achievement," said Buchanan.
For many, Memorial Day is the unofficial beginning of summer, filled with festivities like picnics and barbecues, hot dogs and softball games.
Memorial Day also is a time when we remember and give thanks to all those who have served, both past and present, and fought to protect the freedom and democracy we cherish so dearly.
It is an opportunity to honor the family and friends who provide strong support systems and who have endured the hardships and sacrifices that accompany military service.
In our nation’s history, over 1,300,000 brave men and women have given their lives and an additional 1,500,000 million have endured injuries so we can know peace.
So on this Memorial Day, I ask that you remember those who have given the full measure of their devotion to protect our freedoms and democratic way of life, and I ask that you remember the thousands of American service men and women currently deployed abroad, and their families, and pray for their safe return.
Finally, I urge you to observe a national moment of silence at 3 p.m. on Monday to honor all our fallen heroes, past and present, and I invite you to join other members of our communities at one of the following Memorial Day events:
Today, I join with millions of Californians in celebrating Day of the Teacher. This follows the National Parent Teacher Association’s week of the teacher, May 5th – 9th.
Teachers are my heroes. They work hard to prepare our children to be the future workers, leaders, and innovators. No job is more important.
(Sacramento, CA)— Assemblymember Joan Buchanan (D-Alamo), Chair of the Assembly Education Committee, announced that AB 215, a bill to streamline the teacher discipline and dismissal appeal process, received unanimous bipartisan support from the Senate Education Committee yesterday. Chair of Senate Education Committee, Senator Carol Liu (D-La Canada/Flintridge), Senator Marty Block (D-San Diego), Senator Lou Correa (D-Santa Ana), Senator Bill Monning (D-Carmel), Senator Alex Padilla (D-Pacoima), and Assemblymember Kristin Olsen (R-Modesto) asked to be added as co-authors.