(Oakland, CA) – Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Los Angeles) knows kids do better in school when their parents are able to be part of their education. That’s why he wrote Assembly Bill 2405, the Paid Family–School Partnership Act. AB 2405 updates the Family–School Partnership Act, which currently allows parents to take up to 40 hours of unpaid, job-protected time off for school activities and school-related emergencies. AB 2405 will strengthen this law by requiring that 24 hours of those 40 be paid time-off for each calendar year. “Years of research suggest parental involvement leads to substantial improvements in a child’s academic performance,” Assemblyman Gatto told the media during a news conference at the Bananas Day Care in Oakland. “There is a clear correlation between higher student test scores, better grades for the school as a whole and parental engagement.” Here’s more in this Assembly Access video.