L.A. Unified Board President Mónica García Statement on AB 2234 Gov. Jerry Brown Signs Bill Extending Protections to Student Witnesses in Employee Dismissal Proceedings

Oct. 1, 2018

Contact: Mindy Kordash-Shim
(213) 241-4548 (mindy.shim@lausd.net)

L.A. Unified School District Board President Mónica García on Monday expressed appreciation to Gov. Jerry Brown for signing Assembly Bill 2234, which provides protection to students, who testify as witnesses or victims in dismissal proceedings against public school employees.

Sponsored by L.A. Unified, the bill extends protections provided to child witnesses and victims in criminal and family court proceedings. These include testifying via closed-circuit television, providing a support person for the student witness and ensuring that witnesses are not subject to harassment, embarrassment or unnecessary repetitive questioning.

“This bill provides clear protections to student witnesses, the same as those provided to child witnesses, in the criminal and family courts,” said Board President García. “We applaud Assemblyman Reginald Jones-Sawyer for authoring the bill and Governor Brown for again showing his compassion and commitment to protecting our children.”