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AB-233 Pupils: right to wear religious, ceremonial, or cultural adornments at school graduation ceremonies.(2017-2018)

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Date Published: 04/03/2017 09:00 PM
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Amended  IN  Assembly  April 03, 2017
Amended  IN  Assembly  March 23, 2017
Amended  IN  Assembly  March 08, 2017

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2017–2018 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill No. 233


Introduced by Assembly Member Gloria

January 26, 2017


An act to add Section 35183.1 to the Education Code, relating to pupils.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 233, as amended, Gloria. Pupils: right to wear religious, ceremonial, or cultural adornments at school graduation ceremonies.
Existing law authorizes the governing board of any school district to adopt or rescind a reasonable dress code policy that requires pupils to wear a schoolwide uniform or prohibits pupils from wearing gang-related apparel. Existing law authorizes these actions if the governing board of the school district approves a plan, which may be initiated by an individual school’s principal, staff, or parents, and determines that the policy is necessary for the health and safety of the school environment. Existing law also authorizes individual schools to include the reasonable dress code policy as part of their school safety plans. Existing law prohibits a dress code policy adopted pursuant to this provision from precluding pupils who participate in a nationally recognized youth organization from wearing organization uniforms on days that the organization has a scheduled meeting.
This bill would declare that, notwithstanding any other law, a pupil has the right to wear religious, ceremonial, or cultural adornments adornments, as defined, at school graduation ceremonies. The bill would also declare that nothing in its provisions shall be construed to limit a school district’s authority to prohibit an item that is likely to cause a substantial disruption of, or interference with, the ceremony or to expand or diminish any pupil rights established under specified provisions related to school dress codes and pupil freedom of speech.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: NO   Local Program: NO  

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:


SECTION 1.

 Section 35183.1 is added to the Education Code, to read:

35183.1.
 (a) Notwithstanding any other law, a pupil has the right to wear religious, ceremonial, or cultural adornments at school graduation ceremonies. Nothing in this section shall be construed to limit a school district’s authority to prohibit an item that is likely to cause a substantial disruption of, or interference with, the ceremony or to expand or diminish any pupil rights established under Section 35183 or 48950.
(b) For purposes of this section, the following terms have the following meanings:
(1) “Adornment” means something attached to, or worn with, but not replacing, the cap and gown customarily worn at school graduation ceremonies.
(2) “Cultural” means relating to the habits, practices, beliefs, and traditions of a certain group of people.