April 8, 2016
Jane Velez-Mitchell, Katie Cleary, Simone Reyes, Judie Mancuso and author Assemblymember Matt Dababneh
The next stop for Social Compassion in Legislation (SCIL) sponsored HR 28 (Dababneh) is the Assembly Floor. We want to thank Assemblymember Matt Dababneh for carrying HR 28 for us and for always being a sound, compassionate voice for the animals.
House Resolutions have a different path than a Bill, and are usually done as a symbolic gesture to show moral support for an issue. The reason a House Resolution was appropriate in this case is that Humane Education is already in current state law, but simply ignored.
California is on record with two separate laws. First, in 1976 with Education Code 60042: When adopting instructional materials governing boards shall require such materials to include...the humane treatment of animals and people. And again in 1998 with Education Code 233.5: Each teacher shall impress upon the minds of the pupils...kindness toward domestic pets and the humane treatment of living creatures.
We cannot wait another 40 years to implement the will of the State. HR 28 reiterates to the State Legislature, State Department of Education, and the Superintendent of Public Instruction, that these principles are in California's moral fabric. Humane Education can be included without requiring additional funding by utilizing the plethora of humane education courses currently used throughout the United States.
SCIL is forming a stakeholders group to create a detailed plan on how the Department of Education can implement Humane Education. If you are a California credentialed teacher or a humane educator and would like to join our working group to create a comprehensive plan, please email Matthew Duncan
. Matthew is a retired teacher from ABC Unified School District who is SCIL's education advisor. Our meeting will be held in Southern California sometime in late May or early June.
Hundreds of emails of support were received for HR 28 and we thank all of you who took the time to write. Your participation makes all the difference in getting critical legislation signed into law.
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