Hadley Bill to Improve Military Family Public School Options Signed Into Law
SACRAMENTO - Assemblyman David Hadley, R-Torrance, announced that his bill to improve the public school options available to the children of our military service families was signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown over the weekend.
"I'm excited to announce that our bill to help ensure that active-duty military personnel in California can enroll their children in the right public school for them has been signed into law," said Assemblyman Hadley. "I had significant help shepherding this bill through the Legislature - in particular I would like to thank my South Bay colleagues Assemblywoman Autumn Burke and State Senator Ben Allen. I am also grateful for the extensive collaboration in the South Bay that led to this becoming law. Our military families and schools will benefit for years to come."
"As current chairman and a long-time leader of the South Bay Association of Chambers of Commerce, I have been working for over 20 years to support the Los Angeles Air Force Base and ensure that this critical installation remains in the South Bay," said Michael Jackson, Chairman of the South Bay Association of Chambers of Commerce. "AB 306 will significantly improve the lives of many of the military personnel assigned to LAAFB. I thank Governor Brown for signing the bill and I applaud Assemblyman Hadley for his leadership in supporting the base."
Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District superintendent Don Austin added, "On behalf of PVPUSD and our Board of Education, I welcome the opportunity to provide a great education to some of the school-age children of military personnel who live in neighboring Fort MacArthur. We want to do our part to support our military heroes while we also enrich our student bodies with these military kids. I thank Assemblyman Hadley and his staff for being responsive to our ideas for how best to structure AB 306 to meet the goals we all share and look forward to the next steps."
AB 306 removes the authority of California school districts of residency to deny or veto inter-district transfer requests in the cases of children of active-duty military personnel. This allows military families to concentrate their efforts on securing positions in school districts that are right for their children, without worrying about waivers or vetoes from their home school districts. AB 306 passed the Assembly with no opposition before being signed into law by the Governor.
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