Governor Brown Signs Assemblywoman Bonilla’s Bill to Increase Student Safety

July 10, 2014 18:00 pm · 17 comments

Assemblywoman Susan Bonilla’s AB 2560, which sailed through the legislature with strong support from both the Senate and Assembly, was signed into law today by Governor Brown. Assembly Bill 2560 ensures that applicants, who submit an initial or renewal credential application, clearly understand their responsibilities as mandated reporters.

This measure was created to address the growing number of cases across the state involving child abuse in schools. The delay in response time has allowed for incidences of physical and sexual student abuse to go unaddressed.

“Student safety is an important priority in our schools,” said Assemblywoman Susan A. Bonilla (D-Concord). “It is imperative that all school employees clearly understand that once abuse is suspected, the appropriate intervention occurs immediately. AB 2560 reinforces the actions that must be taken to protect our students and maintain a trusting school environment.”

AB 2560 addresses the issue and improves student safety in our schools by requiring that all applicants attest by signature that he or she understands the obligation to report directly to law enforcement officials, and not to school administrators of higher authority. This bill also requires that a written report of the suspected child abuse or neglect must be submitted within 36 hours of becoming aware of the incident.

{ 17 comments }

1 Anon July 10, 2014 at 6:18 PM

What a shock, a worthless dem supports another worthless dem.

2 . July 10, 2014 at 6:29 PM

How many false reports by frightened public employees covering their butts, … just in case?
Will this reignite the what amounted to Salem style child abuse witch hunts of the 1980s?

3 Consequences July 10, 2014 at 7:23 PM

Does the bill require existing school employees to sign this agreement? Does it apply to anyone employed at the school district. What are the penalties if the signatory does not comply?
Inquiring minds want to know.

4 Antler July 10, 2014 at 8:20 PM

Sound law.

Now onward to expanding the accountability standard so that it is a crime for one adult in a household to know that a child is being sexually abused by a family member…but not to report that atrocity directly to law enforcement authorities.

5 Chuckie's Wife July 10, 2014 at 8:47 PM

Consequences – you could have googled it and found it easily. Here’s the link: http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/13-14/bill/asm/ab_2551-2600/ab_2560_bill_20140221_introduced.html

Happy reading!

6 .... July 10, 2014 at 8:51 PM

Teachers have been mandatory reporters for years!

7 Ratzinger July 10, 2014 at 9:16 PM

Now if we could just get something like this for The Church, many thousands of children might go unmolested.

8 Still anon July 10, 2014 at 9:48 PM

Thank you joe Martin

9 Anonymous July 10, 2014 at 10:10 PM

How’s her caboose doing?

10 Nice to see Bonilla July 10, 2014 at 10:12 PM

So concerned about rules. I recall watching a news station capturing her running around and voting electronically for other folks. That’s against the rules ,too.

Not as bad

11 Antler July 10, 2014 at 11:32 PM

#6….. But previously teachers and other staff members only had to report the incidents (or suspicions of same) to their superior up the educational “chain of command”. Now they still have to do that much, but ALSO they are to report DIRECTLY to law enforcement.

I think it is a law with teeth in it.

Meanwhile, if a female Marine is raped, she MUST report the attack ONLY to her immediate superior. Even if that immediate superior was part of the group which attacked her, the female Marine STILL MAY NOT report the attack directly to base police nor to military law enforcement personnel. That was the heinous ruling rendered very recently…..my apologies for not having primary source links for you.

12 Come on Antler July 11, 2014 at 12:09 AM

You don’t really believe a female Marine can only report a rape to her immediate superior? They have 24 hr phone lines to report rapes. Are you saying if a Marine Sgt rapes a Corporal she can only tell him and no one else she was raped?She can’t tell her CO, military police, a physician , a nurse criminal investigators or her friends?

If that were so it would be to only prohibition on crime reporting by a victim in the entire United States..

Does that make any sense at all to you?

13 You're all idiots July 11, 2014 at 12:30 AM

You people are all idiots. Don’t you think if anyone suspects a child is being abused or molested, they should report to the authorities? Who cares what your job is at the school.
You have a duty as a human being to report.

14 Good July 11, 2014 at 12:38 AM

I have worked with kids in the system. Most therapists and counselors believe they only have to report to CPS, who often neglect to follow through or contact police. I think it’s a good thing that mandated reporters are required to contact police, along with their chain of command. Too many abusers and predators ‘slip through the cracks’, due to misinformation, and not enough manpower to follow up.

15 WC July 11, 2014 at 7:08 AM

Typical politico bill. They will sign something that states they understand their responsibilities. Where is the paragraph stating if they do not adhere to the responsibilities they will be terminated immediately and bear all legal costs related to the case. Ops, if she wrote something like that she could lose support of the teachers union. See, it’s really not all about the kids…

16 Anonomous. July 11, 2014 at 8:12 AM

I’m sure the NEA and AFT unions will come in favour of the molesting teachers.

17 Subterfuge July 11, 2014 at 10:27 PM

I suppose all of the pedophiles out there will be up in arms over this measure.

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