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Monday, July 9, 2018

The California State Assembly passed Assembly Joint Resolution No. 41, or AJR 41, on June 25, requesting that Congress and the president repeal the Government Pension Offset and the Windfall Elimination Provision from the Social Security Act.

The resolution was authored by District 15 Assemblymember Tony Thurmond, D-Richmond, to ensure that California public employees — including teachers, firefighters and police officers — receive all of their Social Security benefits.

“If AJR-41 passes and the recommendation is adopted by the federal government without any further action, it appears likely that our employees would benefit from eligibility for increased Social Security benefits,” said Berkeley Unified School District, or BUSD, public information officer Charles Burress in an email.

 

Friday, April 20, 2018

As students and educators throughout the country marked the National Day of Action Against Gun Violence in Schools on Friday, those gathered in Richmond, Calif. also expressed concerns about gun violence in the community. “For us – this is a life and death situation,” said Demetrio Gonzalez, president of United Teachers of Richmond, which represents about 1,500 teachers in West Contra Costa Unified. “Enough is enough.”  The district includes a number of communities in the San Francisco Bay Area, including Richmond.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Assemblymember Tony Thurmond (D-Richmond) invites you to participate in a teacher and school employee housing roundtable. We will discuss California’s program to help school employees, including teachers, purchase a home or keep the home they own. We will also discuss multifamily rental housing for teachers and school employees and learn about the challenges associated with these projects and potential solutions.

If you have any questions you would like addressed at the roundtable, please email them to Andres.ramos@asm.ca.gov by 5:00 pm on March 19.

Also, if you have ideas as to how the state can help support the development of teacher and school employee rental housing, please contact abel.pineda@asm.ca.gov. 

If you cannot join us in person, we invite you to call in to (712) 770-4010, access code: 267256

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Assemblymember Tony Thurmond (D-Richmond), introduced a bill that implements a tax on private prisons that operate in California. The tax revenue generated by the bill will fund preschool and after-school programs. Among other benefits to participants, these programs are known to lower the likelihood of incarceration.

“Every child deserves an opportunity at a high-quality education,” said Thurmond. “Students who have access to early education and after-school programs show higher test scores and increased engagement in school. This bill will invest in programs that promote educational equity.”

Current active contracts between private prisons and the Department of Correction and Rehabilitation total over $200 million. The proposed corrections budget this year alone totals $12 billion. In comparison, the state spends relatively little on programs known to prevent incarceration.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Assembly Bill 1488, introduced earlier this year by Thurmond, would require each county in the state to form a teen transition center. A “one-stop shop,” with temporary housing, counseling services and job help, said Thurmond. Teens could opt-in for the services; as opposed to having it be required by their probation officers. It’s expected to be heard in committees in the legislative cycle beginning in January.

Sunday, July 9, 2017

After a string of recent deaths, NBC News’ Kate Snow explores the risks associated with sedation in dental offices. A growing chorus of advocates including pediatricians and lawmakers are calling for change.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Over $35 million in funding was awarded to schools through a law authored by Assemblymember Tony Thurmond (D-Richmond)/ AB 1014 was signed into law last year the Early Intervention Attendance Grant Program provides grants to schools seeking to resolve attendance problems for pupils in grades K-3.

“I am thrilled to see that our schools are taking advantage of the funding that has been made available to keep our most vulnerable students in school,” said Thurmond. “AB1014 will have a significant impact on our young learners, and assist school districts in their work towards getting all children to school every day.”

The California Learning Communities for School Success Program (LCSSP) provides funds to the Local Education Agency to support programs aimed at improving student outcomes by reducing truancy and supporting students who are at-risk of dropping out of school or are victims of crime.