Gov. Jerry Brown has signed two bills introduced in response to an affluent East San Francisco Bay Area school district's decision to expel a second-grader whose mother was a domestic worker at a home in the district, his office said Tuesday.
The Orinda Union School District made news after it hired a private investigator to look into a second-grader's residency. She was living in the district where her mother worked five days a week.
The Democratic governor signed without comment SB 200 by Democratic Sen. Ricardo Lara, which permits the children of live-in workers such as nannies and maids to attend school in the districts where their parents work at least three days per week.
"Now, some parents won't be put in the unfair position of having to choose between spending quality time with their kids during the work week or spending that time away at work," Lara said in a statement.
The Orinda district later changed course and determined the 7-year-old could continue to attend school there.
Brown also signed a companion bill, AB1101 by Assemblywoman Susan Bonilla, D-Concord. The new law requires that schools have a set policy for investigating students' residency before hiring a private investigator to look into residency. It also prohibits students from being photographed or recorded by investigators and mandates an appeals process.
Both bills received unanimous support in the Senate and the Assembly.