(Sacramento)- AB 927 by Assemblymember Marc Levine (D-Marin County) passed out of Assembly Judiciary Committee with bipartisan support. This bill provides funding to enhance security at schools so students and their parents can feel safe and focus on learning.
Since the election, the United States has seen a spike in hate crimes directed towards Jews and Muslims. There have been over 160 bomb threats made to Jewish Community Centers and schools since January. Two mosques in California had their windows shattered and were vandalized with hateful graffiti.
AB 927 establishes a $10 million grant to provide additional security to protect students at schools targeted for hate crimes. Pennsylvania, New York, and New Jersey have implemented similar programs to protect children from hate crimes.
“Children and their parents should focus on learning rather than fear of attack at school. California can stand up to protect all children from hate crimes,” said Assemblymember Marc Levine.
Michael Buchman, a father of three children and co-chair of the nonpublic school advocacy organization Teach California, commented, "Ensuring a safe and secure environment for all our children so they can learn and thrive at school is critical and must be a priority for our state."
AB 927 will next be heard in Assembly Appropriations Committee.