Gonzalez’s Urgency Bill to Help Students Recover from Lost Learning Time Approved by Senate Committee

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SACRAMENTO – (Thursday, May 27, 2021) – The COVID-19 pandemic caused many California students to fall behind after a year of struggling to adapt to a remote learning environment. Today, the Senate Education Committee passed Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez’s (D-San Diego) Assembly Bill 104 on a 6 - 0 vote to ensure K-12 students would not be penalized for educational setbacks during the pandemic.
 
“As a mom, I’m relieved to have our kids back in the classroom receiving in-person instruction. But, we still have a long way to go before all students are caught up academically,” said Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez. “For any parent with a child who’s fallen behind in school during this past year, AB 104 will provide immediate options so they can decide how to best support their child’s educational progress.”
 
Under AB 104, school districts, county offices of education, and charter schools would be required to implement a temporary policy allowing students who are not passing at least half of their courses to retake a grade if the parent, student, and student’s teacher determine it would be in the student’s best interest. A consultation must take place within 30 days of a written request from a parent, and a final decision must be issued within 10 days of the consultation.
 
The bill would also provide high school students enrolled during the 2020-21 school year the ability to change letter grades to a “Pass" or “No Pass” grade on their transcript, so their GPA and ability to access state financial aid for higher education would not be negatively impacted.  
 
Finally, AB 104 would require schools to allow students who are enrolled in their 3rd or 4th year of high school during the COVID-19 pandemic to complete their high school graduation requirements, including an option to enroll in a 5th year of instruction if it allows them to graduate with a high school diploma.
 
For questions or to schedule an interview with Assemblywoman Gonzalez, contact Mike Blount: Mike.Blount@asm.ca.gov