New 2016 laws affecting students statewide

Posted at 6:38 AM, Jan 03, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-03 13:52:36-05

New year, new laws across the state of California, many affecting students of all ages.

Many of the new laws deal with sexual health and education, including laws that now state:

  • Students are now required to take sexual education classes inclusive of different sexual orientations, unless the parent objects to the classes
  • Community colleges can now suspend or expel students accused of sexual assault off campus
  • High schools that require health classes must provide lessons advocating against sexual violence

Other new laws include:

  • Concealed carry permit holders may no longer carry guns on college campuses
  • The suspension of California's high school exit exam
  • Schools must provide areas for students to breast feed or pump breast milk
  • The state will spend $40 million dollars to provide health coverage to students under the age of 19 in California not here legally, under the state's Medi-Cal program
  • Educational programs will be prohibited from charging fees to homeless youth taking equivalency tests