AB 1495 aims to ensure that teachers who are struggling in the classroom get needed support to improve professional skills while also ensuring that student achievement is factored into job evaluations of both teachers and school administrators Read More
Chronic absences – missing 10 percent or more of school - especially in the lower grades, impair a child’s critical reading and math skills. Read More
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Assemblymember Shirley Weber with her Veteran of the Year, Captain Gene Pellerin, USN Retired at an luncheon honoring veterans in Sacramento.
SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Shirley N. Weber (D-San Diego) honored Captain Alfred (Gene) E. Pellerin, III USN Retired as her Veteran of the Year for 2015. He was honored along with other veteran honorees from around the state at the annual Veteran of the Year luncheon last week in Sacramento.
“Choosing a Veteran of the Year among so many qualified candidates is always a difficult decision,” Weber said. “But I was especially impressed by Captain Pellerin’s 30-year distinguished career as a pilot and naval officer and his continued energetic service to veterans in my district.”
SAN DIEGO – Assemblymember Shirley N. Weber (D-San Diego) issued the following statement in response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling today on same-sex marriage:
“It’s been a good week at the Supreme Court. As in the Civil Rights movement, if we had been satisfied with an incremental approach, depending on the goodwill of hostile lawmakers, efforts toward equality would have been protracted indefinitely or stalled completely. The Supreme Court’s ruling on marriage equality today is an historic reaffirmation that Constitutional protections belong to every American. This should shut down any debate on whether bigotry or political opportunism should have standing to keep people from enjoying what is their birthright.”
SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Shirley N. Weber (D-San Diego) issued the following statement in response to Assemblymember Lorena Gonzalez’s request that San Diego Unified School District renamean elementaryschool currently named after Confederate General Robert E. Lee:
“Lee led the military of rebellious states that wanted to perpetuate the enslavement of blacks. Those who commit acts of war against the United States, and commit them to preserve inhumane institutions, should not be heralded as heroes and should not have their actions sanctioned by having schools named after them.
“We should remember that enslaved children in Lee’s Confederate South were prohibited by law from learning to read or write. The naming of a school ought to be a reflection of the best of our history – not the worst.
“Let’s correct this and name the school after someone our children can look up to.”
Includes Earned Income Tax Credit, investment in early education, funds reserves
SACRAMENTO – Both houses of the California State Legislature voted today to send a budget to Governor Edmund G. Brown that includes a new Earned Income Tax Credit for working families, funding for the University of California contingent on increased enrollment of in-state students, and total reserves of $5.7 billion.
“We have a balanced budget, we are funding reserves and paying down debt, and we are making investments to improve the lives of millions of Californians,” Assembly Budget Chair Shirley N. Weber said. “This is how a state budget is supposed to function.”
California is on its way to making a full economic recovery. Yet many working families are still not reaping the financial benefits. In fact, many families are falling behind. Recent reports indicate that our state has one of the highest poverty rates in the country and the highest rate of child poverty.
One proven way to help struggling working families in California is through a state Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). Currently, 25 states have implemented their own earned-income credit to supplement the federal EITC. States like Rhode Island and Maryland have had a state EITC in place for more than 25 years, and they are working.
SACRAMENTO – The California State Assembly has passed legislation authored by Assemblymember Shirley N. Weber (D-San Diego) which aims to offer greater access to early care services for military families. AB 427 would automatically exclude the Military Housing Allowance (MHA) from being factored in when determining eligibility for state preschool and other childcare services.
“Early education is a priority for the Assembly this year. It is extremely important that we make sure those who are in need have adequate access to these services,” Weber said. “The constant relocation experienced by military families presents a number of challenges to their academic success. We must do everything we can to ensure that the resources and structure are made available to these children at an early age, especially for those of lower income, to mitigate for these special circumstances.”
AB 1328 strengthens accountability for prosecutors who intentionally conceal evidence
SACRAMENTO – Today, the California State Assembly passed a bill that authorizes courts to instruct a jury when a prosecutor has intentionally concealed evidence of innocence. Assembly Bill No. 1328, authored by Assemblymember Shirley N. Weber (D-San Diego), now moves onto the Senate for consideration.
“Brady violations have become an epidemic in our justice system, where rogue prosecutors prioritize a conviction over the truth or the integrity of the courts ,” said Assemblymember Shirley Weber. “The ‘convict at all costs’ mentality of some prosecutors undermines our system of justice and robs Californians of their due process rights.”
SACRAMENTO - The Assembly Committee on Education will consider AB 1495 Wednesday, legislation authored by Assemblymember Shirley N. Weber (D-San Diego) that aims to ensure that teachers who are struggling in the classroom get needed support to improve professional skills while also ensuring that student achievement is factored into job evaluations of both teachers and school administrators.
AB 1495 requires that pupil achievement and outcome goals be used in the evaluation and assessment of teacher and principal job performance. It would also prioritize staff development funding for teachers whose evaluations show need for improvement in terms of student outcomes.
Oakland Police Chief Sean Whent (Left) testifying in support of AB 66, legislation authored by San Diego Assemblymember Shirley Weber (Right), which would provide statewide guidelines for the use of body cameras by law enforcement
Also moves her bill to require juries to be notified if evidence is intentionally withheld
SACRAMENTO – The Assembly Committee on Public Safety passed two bills Tuesday authored by Assemblymember Shirley N. Weber (D-San Diego), including AB 66 which would establish statewide guidelines for the use of body-worn cameras by law enforcement; and AB 1328, which would provide judges with the ability to instruct juries when a prosecutor intentionally withholds evidence from the defense.
Assembly Bill (AB) 66 would provide guidelines about when the cameras are to be operated, require notification of those being recorded, and prohibit law-enforcement officers involved in serious use-of-force incidents that result in serious bodily injury or death from viewing the video until they have filed an initial report.