California K-12 Education Key Votes

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  4. The vote was passed or defeated by a very close margin
  5. Occasionally, if a specific bill is consistently inquired about on the Voter's Research Hotline, the vote will be added

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Date State Bill No. Title Outcome
Jan. 26, 2022 CA SB 70 Requires Kindergarten Bill Passed - Senate (32 - 5)
Sept. 8, 2021 CA AB 101 Requires High School Students to Complete Ethnic Studies Courses to Graduate Concurrence Vote Passed - House (59 - 12)
Sept. 8, 2021 CA AB 101 Requires High School Students to Complete Ethnic Studies Courses to Graduate Bill Passed - Senate (29 - 3)
June 2, 2021 CA AB 14 Authorizes Local Educational Agencies to Report Their Pupils' Needs for At-Home Learning Bill Passed - House (62 - 7)
Feb. 25, 2021 CA AB 132 Rescinds the Eliminating Age and Time-Out-of-High-School Requirements for the California Comeback Plan Bill Passed - House (56 - 18)
Jan. 15, 2021 CA AB 86 Appropriates Funding to Reopen Schools During the COVID-19 Pandemic Bill Passed - House (48 - 13)
Aug. 31, 2020 CA AB 331 Establishes One Credit of Ethnic and Racial Studies as a High School Graduation Requirement Concurrence Vote Passed - House (62 - 12)
Aug. 24, 2020 CA AB 901 Limits a School District's Ability to Refer Students to Probation Officers Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 7)
June 29, 2020 CA SB 98 Establishes Distance Education Guidance and Standards Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (29 - 10)
June 26, 2020 CA SB 98 Establishes Distance Education Guidance and Standards Bill Passed - House (57 - 17)
March 16, 2020 CA SB 117 Appropriates Funds to Public Schools Amid COVID-19 Emergency Shut-Down Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (32 - 0)
Sept. 14, 2019 CA SB 328 Requires Later Start Times for Middle and High Schools Bill Passed - House (44 - 20)
Sept. 9, 2019 CA AB 1505 Establishes Public Oversight for Charter Schools Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 11)
Sept. 5, 2019 CA AB 197 Requires Schools To Offer A Full-day Kindergarten Program Bill Passed - Senate (31 - 9)
Sept. 3, 2019 CA AB 624 Requires Listing a Sexual Assault Hotline and Reproductive Health Care Telephone Numbers on Student Identification Cards Bill Passed - Senate (29 - 11)
Aug. 30, 2019 CA SB 223 Authorizes Medical Cannabis on K-12 Campuses Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (28 - 7)
Aug. 26, 2019 CA SB 223 Authorizes Medical Cannabis on K-12 Campuses Bill Passed - House (43 - 22)
Aug. 12, 2019 CA AB 711 Authorizes High School Document Name Changes Regarding Gender Identity Bill Passed - Senate (30 - 0)
May 28, 2019 CA AB 493 Specifies Biennial LGBTQ Teacher Training be Encouraged Bill Passed - House (61 - 0)
May 29, 2018 CA AB 2160 Defines Playground Aides as Classified Employees Bill Passed - House (51 - 26)
Sept. 11, 2015 CA AB 329 Requires Age Appropriate Comprehensive Sex Education Bill Passed - House (51 - 26)
Sept. 10, 2015 CA AB 329 Requires Age Appropriate Comprehensive Sex Education Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 14)
Sept. 1, 2015 CA SB 707 Prohibits Concealed Firearms on School Grounds Bill Passed - House (54 - 24)
June 1, 2015 CA SB 707 Prohibits Concealed Firearms on School Grounds Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 12)
June 1, 2015 CA SB 172 Repeals Requirement for High School Seniors to Pass Exit Exam Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 14)
Aug. 26, 2014 CA SB 1174 Repeals Prohibition on Bilingual Education Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (25 - 10)
Aug. 25, 2014 CA SB 1174 Repeals Prohibition on Bilingual Education Bill Passed - House (53 - 26)
Aug. 21, 2014 CA AB 420 Prohibits Student Suspensions for Certain Actions and Misconduct Concurrence Vote Passed - House (62 - 16)
Aug. 19, 2014 CA AB 420 Prohibits Student Suspensions for Certain Actions and Misconduct Bill Passed - Senate (24 - 8)
May 27, 2014 CA SB 1174 Repeals Prohibition on Bilingual Education Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 8)
May 15, 2014 CA AB 2127 Limits Full-Contact Practices for Certain Sports Bill Passed - House (50 - 22)
Sept. 12, 2013 CA AB 375 Amends Teacher Dismissal Requirements Concurrence Vote Passed - House (52 - 22)
Sept. 12, 2013 CA AB 375 Amends Teacher Dismissal Requirements Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 13)
Sept. 11, 2013 CA AB 484 Amends State School Testing Programs Concurrence Vote Passed - House (54 - 22)
Sept. 10, 2013 CA AB 484 Amends State School Testing Programs Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 7)
July 3, 2013 CA AB 1266 Amends Sex-Segregated School Programs and Activities Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 9)
May 29, 2013 CA AB 375 Amends Teacher Dismissal Requirements Bill Passed - House (64 - 11)
May 16, 2013 CA SB 552 Authorizes a Violence Awareness Component of School Curriculum Bill Passed - Senate (29 - 7)
May 9, 2013 CA AB 1266 Amends Sex-Segregated School Programs and Activities Bill Passed - House (46 - 25)
Feb. 2, 2012 CA SB 81 Funding For School Transportation Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (26 - 8)
Sept. 6, 2011 CA AB 165 Prohibits Public Schools from Charging Fees for Educational Activities Concurrence Vote Passed - House (51 - 24)
Sept. 1, 2011 CA AB 165 Prohibits Public Schools from Charging Fees for Educational Activities Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 15)
Aug. 30, 2011 CA SB 161 Administration of Epilepsy Medication in Schools Bill Passed - House (46 - 21)
July 5, 2011 CA SB 48 Requires Teaching Gay History Bill Passed - House (50 - 26)
April 14, 2011 CA SB 48 Requires Teaching Gay History Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 14)
Aug. 31, 2010 CA SB 1317 Parental Crime for Chronic Truancy Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (23 - 13)
Aug. 31, 2010 CA SB 1381 Increasing Age Requirements for Kindergarten and First Grade Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (21 - 15)
Aug. 31, 2010 CA SB 1381 Increasing Age Requirements for Kindergarten and First Grade Bill Passed - House (51 - 18)
Aug. 30, 2010 CA SB 1317 Parental Crime for Chronic Truancy Bill Passed - House (58 - 17)
Aug. 27, 2010 CA SB 1413 Requiring Free Drinking Water in Public School Cafeterias Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (22 - 9)
Aug. 26, 2010 CA SB 1413 Requiring Free Drinking Water in Public School Cafeterias Bill Passed - House (52 - 22)
Date No. Title Outcome
1/26 SB 70 Requires Kindergarten Bill Passed - Senate (32 - 5)
9/08 AB 101 Requires High School Students to Complete Ethnic Studies Courses to Graduate Concurrence Vote Passed - House (59 - 12)
9/08 AB 101 Requires High School Students to Complete Ethnic Studies Courses to Graduate Bill Passed - Senate (29 - 3)
6/02 AB 14 Authorizes Local Educational Agencies to Report Their Pupils' Needs for At-Home Learning Bill Passed - House (62 - 7)
2/25 AB 132 Rescinds the Eliminating Age and Time-Out-of-High-School Requirements for the California Comeback Plan Bill Passed - House (56 - 18)
1/15 AB 86 Appropriates Funding to Reopen Schools During the COVID-19 Pandemic Bill Passed - House (48 - 13)
8/31 AB 331 Establishes One Credit of Ethnic and Racial Studies as a High School Graduation Requirement Concurrence Vote Passed - House (62 - 12)
8/24 AB 901 Limits a School District's Ability to Refer Students to Probation Officers Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 7)
6/29 SB 98 Establishes Distance Education Guidance and Standards Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (29 - 10)
6/26 SB 98 Establishes Distance Education Guidance and Standards Bill Passed - House (57 - 17)
3/16 SB 117 Appropriates Funds to Public Schools Amid COVID-19 Emergency Shut-Down Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (32 - 0)
9/14 SB 328 Requires Later Start Times for Middle and High Schools Bill Passed - House (44 - 20)
9/09 AB 1505 Establishes Public Oversight for Charter Schools Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 11)
9/05 AB 197 Requires Schools To Offer A Full-day Kindergarten Program Bill Passed - Senate (31 - 9)
9/03 AB 624 Requires Listing a Sexual Assault Hotline and Reproductive Health Care Telephone Numbers on Student Identification Cards Bill Passed - Senate (29 - 11)
8/30 SB 223 Authorizes Medical Cannabis on K-12 Campuses Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (28 - 7)
8/26 SB 223 Authorizes Medical Cannabis on K-12 Campuses Bill Passed - House (43 - 22)
8/12 AB 711 Authorizes High School Document Name Changes Regarding Gender Identity Bill Passed - Senate (30 - 0)
5/28 AB 493 Specifies Biennial LGBTQ Teacher Training be Encouraged Bill Passed - House (61 - 0)
5/29 AB 2160 Defines Playground Aides as Classified Employees Bill Passed - House (51 - 26)
9/11 AB 329 Requires Age Appropriate Comprehensive Sex Education Bill Passed - House (51 - 26)
9/10 AB 329 Requires Age Appropriate Comprehensive Sex Education Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 14)
9/01 SB 707 Prohibits Concealed Firearms on School Grounds Bill Passed - House (54 - 24)
6/01 SB 707 Prohibits Concealed Firearms on School Grounds Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 12)
6/01 SB 172 Repeals Requirement for High School Seniors to Pass Exit Exam Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 14)
8/26 SB 1174 Repeals Prohibition on Bilingual Education Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (25 - 10)
8/25 SB 1174 Repeals Prohibition on Bilingual Education Bill Passed - House (53 - 26)
8/21 AB 420 Prohibits Student Suspensions for Certain Actions and Misconduct Concurrence Vote Passed - House (62 - 16)
8/19 AB 420 Prohibits Student Suspensions for Certain Actions and Misconduct Bill Passed - Senate (24 - 8)
5/27 SB 1174 Repeals Prohibition on Bilingual Education Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 8)
5/15 AB 2127 Limits Full-Contact Practices for Certain Sports Bill Passed - House (50 - 22)
9/12 AB 375 Amends Teacher Dismissal Requirements Concurrence Vote Passed - House (52 - 22)
9/12 AB 375 Amends Teacher Dismissal Requirements Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 13)
9/11 AB 484 Amends State School Testing Programs Concurrence Vote Passed - House (54 - 22)
9/10 AB 484 Amends State School Testing Programs Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 7)
7/03 AB 1266 Amends Sex-Segregated School Programs and Activities Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 9)
5/29 AB 375 Amends Teacher Dismissal Requirements Bill Passed - House (64 - 11)
5/16 SB 552 Authorizes a Violence Awareness Component of School Curriculum Bill Passed - Senate (29 - 7)
5/09 AB 1266 Amends Sex-Segregated School Programs and Activities Bill Passed - House (46 - 25)
2/02 SB 81 Funding For School Transportation Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (26 - 8)
9/06 AB 165 Prohibits Public Schools from Charging Fees for Educational Activities Concurrence Vote Passed - House (51 - 24)
9/01 AB 165 Prohibits Public Schools from Charging Fees for Educational Activities Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 15)
8/30 SB 161 Administration of Epilepsy Medication in Schools Bill Passed - House (46 - 21)
7/05 SB 48 Requires Teaching Gay History Bill Passed - House (50 - 26)
4/14 SB 48 Requires Teaching Gay History Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 14)
8/31 SB 1317 Parental Crime for Chronic Truancy Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (23 - 13)
8/31 SB 1381 Increasing Age Requirements for Kindergarten and First Grade Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (21 - 15)
8/31 SB 1381 Increasing Age Requirements for Kindergarten and First Grade Bill Passed - House (51 - 18)
8/30 SB 1317 Parental Crime for Chronic Truancy Bill Passed - House (58 - 17)
8/27 SB 1413 Requiring Free Drinking Water in Public School Cafeterias Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (22 - 9)
8/26 SB 1413 Requiring Free Drinking Water in Public School Cafeterias Bill Passed - House (52 - 22)

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