Skip to main content

LATEST UPDATES: Tracking COVID-19 | Vaccines | Racial Injustice

New Laws Reach Into State’s Classrooms

About 750 new state laws impacting everything from child car seats to tanning salons go into effect January 1st.

— As Californians ring in 2012, nearly 750 new laws will also take effect, including some of this year’s most hotly debated education laws.

The set of laws called the California Dream Act will extend in-state tuition at public colleges and universities to undocumented students who attended California high schools for at least three years. They also allow those students to apply for state financial aid.

California’s youngest learners will also be impacted by new laws. Transitional kindergarten will start this year for kids who haven’t turned five by the first day of school.

When school is back in session next week teachers will also be required to include materials in their lessons that discuss the accomplishments of Pacific Islanders, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans and people with disabilities.

The curriculum for nonnative English speakers will also get an overhaul. The changes are one step toward preparing to adopt the Common Core State Standards. The standards are national, voluntary curriculum guidelines developed by state superintendents of education and governors and have been adopted in 45 states and the District of Columbia.


San Diego News Now podcast branding

San Diego news; when you want it, where you want it. Get local stories on politics, education, health, environment, the border and more. New episodes are ready weekday mornings. Hosted by Anica Colbert and produced by KPBS, San Diego and the Imperial County's NPR and PBS station.

  • Need help keeping up with the news that matters most? Get the day's top news — ranging from local to international — straight to your inbox each weekday morning.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

Curious San Diego banner

Want more KPBS news?
Find us on Twitter and Facebook, or sign up for our newsletters.

To view PDF documents, Download Acrobat Reader.