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AB-28 High school diplomas: State Seal of STEM.(2019-2020)

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Bill Status
AB-28
Obernolte (A)
Chang (S)
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High school diplomas: State Seal of STEM.
01/03/19
An act to add and repeal Article 8 (commencing with Section 51480) of Chapter 3 of Part 28 of Division 4 of Title 2 of the Education Code, relating to high school diplomas.
Assembly
09/13/19
06/26/19

Type of Measure
Active Bill - In Desk Process
Majority Vote Required
Non-Appropriation
Fiscal Committee
Non-State-Mandated Local Program
Non-Urgency
Non-Tax levy
Last 5 History Actions
Date Action
01/21/20 Stricken from file.
10/12/19 Vetoed by Governor.
09/18/19 Enrolled and presented to the Governor at 3:30 p.m.
09/10/19 Senate amendments concurred in. To Engrossing and Enrolling. (Ayes 79. Noes 0. Page 3290.).
09/10/19 Assembly Rule 77 suspended. (Page 3252.)
Governor's Veto Message
To the Members of the California State Assembly:

I am returning Assembly Bill 28 without my signature.

This bill would establish the State Seal of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) to be voluntarily affixed to the diploma or transcript of a high school graduate who has attained proficiency in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

I applaud the author's goals of this bill. We must encourage California students to become proficient in STEM fields and have the necessary skills to enter the workforce. That is why I supported funding the Golden State Teacher Grant Program with an $89 million appropriation in the 2019-20 Budget Act. Under this program, grants will be made available to students enrolled in a teacher credential program who agrees to teach in a high-need field, including STEM, at a priority school for four years.

For now, schools can already offer students a seal of recognition based on their own standards, and the Golden State Seal Merit Diploma already recognizes high school graduates who have mastered a variety of subjects, including mathematics and science.

Since many students lack access to high quality STEM coursework and there is a shortage of qualified instructors, I cannot support the creation of a state seal of STEM at this time.

Sincerely,





Gavin Newsom