Assemblywoman Smith Education Reform Bill Receives Governor’s Signature

Thursday, October 3, 2019

SACRAMENTO, CA — Assemblywoman Christy Smith (D-Santa Clarita) is pleased to announce her Assembly Bill (AB) 1507, which updates the California Charter Schools Act, received Governor Gavin Newsom’s signature Thursday. AB 1507 closes a loophole in current law that allows a charter school to operate outside its authorizing district.

The news comes on the heels of a signing ceremony for Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell (D-Long Beach)’s AB 1505, which empowers communities to evaluate the fiscal impact of new charter schools on existing schools in their own neighborhoods. Assemblywoman Smith served as a critical partner on the passage and signing of this measure, having introduced the legislation along with Assemblymembers O’Donnell, Rob Bonta (D-Alameda) and Kevin McCarty (D-Sacramento) in February. Both ABs 1505 and 1507 are rooted in improving local school board oversight and increasing accountability and transparency in education, while allowing high-quality charter schools to continue to thrive.

Assemblymembers Rob Bonta, Patrick O’Donnell, Christy Smith and Kevin McCarty

(Left to right: Assemblymembers Rob Bonta, Patrick O’Donnell, Christy Smith and Kevin McCarty hold up Governor Gavin Newsom’s signature on AB 1505.)

“We now have the framework for charter and traditional schools to work together collaboratively in service of their communities and neighborhoods,” Governor Newsom said, regarding the signing of the bill.

Legislators, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond, officials from California Teachers Association, California Federation of Teachers and California Charter Schools Association

(Legislators, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond, officials from California Teachers Association, California Federation of Teachers and California Charter Schools Association applaud the Governor’s signing of education reform bill.)

“AB 1507 is the result of collaboration with charter and traditional stakeholders across the state to ensure greater transparency and accountability in charter authorization and empower local school boards to make jurisdictional decisions that directly impact the community they serve,” Assemblywoman Smith said. “Governor Newsom’s signature on ABs 1505 and 1507 speak to the very heart of prioritizing students across California, and moving all of us onto the same page in improving learning for all.” 

AB 1507 will take effect on January 1, 2020.

Assemblywoman Christy Smith represents California’s 38th Assembly District, which includes the communities of Santa Clarita, Simi Valley, Agua Dulce, Castaic, Santa Susana Knolls and North San Fernando Valley.

CONTACT: Danni.Wang@asm.ca.gov, (661) 286-1565