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April 2024 Legislative Update

This month concludes numerous policy discussions as we approach the deadline that requires policy committees to hear and report to fiscal committees’ bills introduced in their house. It also pauses the conversation on AB 2222 (Rubio) as the bill will not be moving forward this year. We are grateful to Assembly Speaker Robert Rivas and Assemblymember Muratsuchi for their willingness to include broader stakeholder engagement. As education advocates, we have a shared goal to address equity and literacy outcomes. We look forward to working on a literacy policy that embraces the full range of a research-based comprehensive approach that centrally addresses the developmental needs of culturally and linguistically diverse students. 

More bill updates:

  • EL Roadmap: AB  2071 (Juan Carrillo) Access and Equity for All English Learners and AB 2074( Muratsuchi and Alvarez) EL Roadmap – Guiding Practice Statewide are currently in the Assembly Appropriations committee where they will stay until mid May when all the bills that have a fiscal impact on the state will be dispensed with.
  • Dual Language Learners: AB 2268 (Muratsuchi) English Language Proficiency Assessment – Transitional Kindergarten passed the Assembly Floor with a unanimous vote of 73-0 and now heads to the Senate Education Committee. AB 1947 (Rivas) Professional Development for CSPP Educators passed the Assembly Appropriations Committee on consent and heads to the Assembly Floor where all the members will have the opportunity to vote on this measure. We are grateful to the assembly for their continued support for our dual language learners and to our partners at Early Edge for taking the lead on both of these measures.

As a reminder, April is National Bilingual/Multilingual Advocacy Awareness Month! One of the best ways you can support California’s 1.1 million multilingual learners is to become an advocate for them. You can sign up for our Action Network to stand with us as we continue to fight for these students in this legislative session and beyond.

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