The state Department of Education will check to make sure school districts have policies and procedures in place to address reports of bias-related discrimination and harassment - something many California districts do not have.
Several advocacy groups - the Asian Law Caucus, American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California and the Council on American-Islamic Relations among them - held a news conference Tuesday to announce Gov. Arnold Schwarzeneggers Oct. 12 signing of Assembly Bill 394.
Sponsored by Lloyd Levine, D-Van Nuys, AB394 notes the 2004-06 California Healthy Kids Survey shows between 27 and 30 percent of middle and high school students have reported being harassed because of their race, ethnicity, gender, religion, sexual orientation or disability. . .
Mahrukh Hasan, civil rights coordinator for the Bay Area Chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, said there has been a growing number of incidents against Muslims in general, now at their highest level since the surge right after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks. (READ MORE)