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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SACRAMENTO – Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins has appointed long-time San Diego educator and Crawford High School Vice Principal Debra Maxie to the California Student Aid Commission.
“Today is an exciting day for me,” Maxi said. “My experience over the last four decades has proven that there are many students who are only kept from achieving their educational dreams not by desire or ability, but because of their finances. I feel I will be in a better position now to influence decisions about those who best need the financial assistance.”
SACRAMENTO - The California Legislature sent a police reform bill to the Governor today aimed at providing a quantified understanding of the issue of racial profiling. AB 953, introduced by Assemblymember Shirley N. Weber (D-San Diego), would require law enforcement to collect certain information about encounters about police stops, including race of the person stopped, the reason for the encounter and the outcome.
SAN DIEGO – Assemblymember Shirley N. Weber (D-San Diego) will host a celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Voting Rights Act 6-7 PM on Wednesday August 5th at the Bayview Baptist Church (6134 Benson Avenue, San Diego). This event is free and open to the public.
The celebration will feature guest speakers, music and a dramatic re-enactment of the signing of the historical legislation that ensured and expanded voting rights to all American citizens.
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.”