Improving Education

Worked across party lines to help keep the middle class from being squeezed out of our public universities by cutting tuition at UC and CSUs by 40% for California families making under $100,000 a year and 10% for families making less than $150,000.


Principal co-author of SB 148 to restore the State’s commitment to Career Technical Education (CTE) by appropriating $600 million to a CTE incentive grant program for local school districts and regional occupational centers.


Authored SB 279 to require the California Teachers Commission to produce a teacher evaluation plan.


Lead author for the Open Enrollment Act (SBX5 4), inspired by President Obama’s Race to the Top competitive grant program. His groundbreaking legislation included the nationally recognized “Parent Trigger Act,” which empowers parents to organize and force major governance changes at local schools.  Signed into law.

Authored SB 597 to extend the 22 year running School District of Choice program, which fosters public school choice by allowing parents to transfer their children to participating school districts without a transfer agreement. Signed into law in 2015.