New State Laws You Should Know About

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A number of new state laws affecting K-12 students and schools took effect on January 1, 2018. Here are some of the new laws you and your student(s) should be aware of:

  • Public schools must test yearly for lead in their water supplies.
  • Students in grades 7-12 must be taught about sexual abuse and human trafficking prevention.
  • Schools will be prohibited from “lunch shaming,” or publicly denying lunch to students or providing a snack instead because their parents haven’t paid meal fees.
  • Public schools serving low-income students in grades 6 to 12 must provide free tampons and menstrual products in half of restrooms.
  • For students graduating this year, the first year of community college may be free for full-time, in-state students under a law that waives the $46 per unit fee for one academic year for first-time students.

These are just some of the new laws you should be aware of. The California School Boards Association has prepared a 37-page summary of “What’s New for 2018.” View a comprehensive list of new laws affecting K-12 education by clicking here.