Press Releases

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Sacramento – On Wednesday, March 7th, Assemblymember Tony Thurmond (D-Richmond), Chair of the Assembly Select Committee on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Education held a hearing at the State Capitol to discuss how the legislature can take leadership in supporting the collaboration of STEM resources between schools, community and business organizations statewide, otherwise known as the STEM education ecosystem.

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Sacramento, CA – Assemblymember Tony Thurmond (D-Richmond) announces a bill that will create a $200 million grant fund for STEM education programs.  This bill will help build up STEM programming throughout the state while addressing the chronic teacher shortage.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Sacramento - Assemblymember Thurmond (D-Richmond) introduced legislation that will provide schools with resources for in-school physical, social, and emotional services for students. The bill will help all students to have an equal opportunity for success at school.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Sacramento – 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. 

Monday, February 12, 2018

Sacramento - Assemblymember Thurmond (D-Richmond) congratulates the California Youth Connection (CYC) for 30 years of advocacy efforts that have positively impacted the lives of children in the foster care system.

CYC is a youth-led organization that was founded in 1988 for children in foster care. CYC uses the legislative process as a tool to advocate for the needs of kids in foster care.

Thurmond’s 20-plus-year career as a social worker, and his experience as a youth in kinship care, has forever shaped his professional approach towards helping children.  

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Sacramento – Assemblymember Tony Thurmond (D-Richmond) is introducing legislation that will provide financial assistance to school districts seeking to develop housing for school employees. 

“Districts throughout California struggle recruiting and retaining teachers. This has come to affect the classroom as the turnover of teachers feeds into the achievement gap,” said Thurmond. “This bill will go a long way to help recruit and retain high quality teachers in California. It allows school employees to live and work in the same community leading to better outcomes for students.”

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Sacramento - AB 1488, authored by Assemblymember Tony Thurmond (D-Richmond), establishes juvenile transition centers that would provide reentry services and optional transitional housing for youth who were previously in a juvenile correctional facilities. This bill gives each county the flexibility to establish a center that provides temporary housing and other support for teens exiting juvenile facilities such as assisting with education, work training, health and mental health services, family and social health services, and legal services.