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CA SB 939

Title: Educational equity: schoolsite and community resources: neurodivergent pupils.
Author: Thomas J. Umberg

Summary
SB 939, as amended, Umberg. Educational equity: schoolsite and community resources: neurodivergent pupils. (1) Existing law, the Safe Place to Learn Act, requires the State Department of Education, as part of its regular monitoring and review of a local educational agency, to assess whether the local educational agency has, among other things, adopted a policy that prohibits discrimination, harassment, intimidation, and bullying, as specified, and has publicized that policy to pupils, parents, employees, agents of the governing board, and the general public. Existing law also requires the department to assess whether the local educational agency has provided to certificated schoolsite employees who serve pupils in any of grades 7 to 12, inclusive, information on existing schoolsite and community resources related to the support of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning pupils or pupils who may face bias or bullying on the basis of religious affiliation or perceived religious affiliation, as specified. This bill would require the department to additionally assess whether the local educational agency has provided information on existing schoolsite and community resources related to the support of neurodivergent pupils. To the extent the bill imposes additional duties on local educational agencies, the bill would create a state-mandated local program.(2) Existing law requires the Superintendent of Public Instruction to post, and annually update, on the department’s internet website and provide to each school district a list of statewide resources, including community-based organizations, that provide support to youth, and their families, who have been subjected to school-based discrimination, harassment, intimidation, or bullying, including school-based discrimination, harassment, intimidation, or bullying on the basis of religious affiliation, nationality, race, or ethnicity, or perceived religious affiliation, nationality, race, or ethnicity.This bill would require the Superintendent to additionally post, and annually update, on the department’s internet website and provide to each school district, county office of education, and charter school a list of resources that provide support for youth, and their families, who have been subjected to school-based discrimination, harassment, intimidation, or bullying on the basis of neurodiversity or perceived neurodiversity, including those developed by the University of California and California State University Collaborative for Neurodiversity and Learning.(3) Existing law requires, commencing with the 2020–21 academic year, each local educational agency, as defined, to ensure that specified information related to pupil safety is readily accessible in a prominent location on the local educational agency’s existing internet website in a manner that is easily accessible to parents or guardians and pupils.This bill would require, commencing with the 2025–26 academic year, each local educational agency to additionally ensure that the resources related to neurodiversity developed by the University of California and California State University Collaborative for Neurodiversity and Learning are readily accessible in a prominent location on the local educational agency’s internet website in a manner that is easily accessible to parents or guardians and pupils. To the extent the bill imposes additional duties on local educational agencies, the bill would create a state-mandated local program.(4) Existing law requires the department to develop and post on its internet website an online training module to assist all school staff, school administrators, parents, pupils, and community members in increasing their knowledge of the dynamics of bullying and cyberbullying.This bill would require the online training module to include information about how to support pupils who are bullied for being or being perceived as neurodivergent and include links to the resources related to neurodiver

Status
From committee: Do pass as amended and re-refer to Com. on HIGHER ED. with recommendation: To consent calendar. (Ayes 7. Noes 0.) (June 12).

Bill Documents
CA SB 939 - 04/23/24 - Amended Senate
04/23/24 - CA SB 939 (04/23/24 - Amended Senate)


CA SB 939 - 03/11/24 - Amended Senate
03/11/24 - CA SB 939 (03/11/24 - Amended Senate)

CA SB 939 - 01/17/24 - Introduced
01/17/24 - CA SB 939 (01/17/24 - Introduced)

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  • Tom Umberg - D
    Senator - State Senate - CA

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