Assemblyman Gatto Introduces Legislation Giving Parents Paid Time-Off for School Activities

On March 10, 2016 Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Los Angeles) introduced legislation giving parents the ability to participate in their children’s education by requiring employers to provide three workdays of paid time-off for school-related activities every year.  Studies show that children with involved parents perform better in school and face fewer disciplinary incidents.

“Being involved in your child’s education shouldn’t be limited by your family’s income, and it shouldn’t come down to a choice between meeting with a teacher or volunteering in the classroom, versus paying the bills,” said Gatto.  “You shouldn’t have to be a cast member of the ‘Real Housewives of Beverly Hills’ to be involved in your child’s education.”

AB 2405 will update California’s “Family-School and Partnership Act” to boost parent participation in their children’s education.  The Act, passed in 1995, allows parents, grandparents, and guardians to take up to 40 hours of unpaid, job-protected time-off for school activities and school-related emergencies per calendar year.  The legislation will give teeth to this right, by requiring that 24 of those 40 hours be paid time-off.

According to EdSource, less than a quarter of parents with an annual income below $30,000 described themselves as “very involved” in their children’s education.  66% of those parents cited a lack of time and conflicting work schedules as the major obstacles to getting more involved.

“We must stop passively bemoaning the state of our schools, and do something to engage families in the educational process and the school community.  AB 2405 will allow parents to play an active role in their children’s success, without worrying about putting food on the table.”

Source: Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Los Angeles)  |  2016 © Copyright Payroll Masters

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