Oct. 11, 2017: Gov. Brown signs bill supporting single-gender academies in Los Angeles

October 11, 2017

Sen. Holly J. Mitchell’s support key to passage   

SACRAMENTO – Gov. Brown today signed into law a plan to allow the Los Angeles Unified School District to move forward with a pair of single-gender schools to promote leadership and interest in technology-related fields among its diverse students.

The action affects the district’s Girls Academic Leadership Academy, which opened its doors last year, and the Boys Academic Leadership Academy, which welcomed its first class of students at the start of this semester.

GALA, which is in Sen. Holly J. Mitchell’s 30th Senate District, is already proving to be an impactful leadership-development option for students districtwide.

Assembly Bill 23 aligns California law with federal requirements and will examine the success of the schools for possible future expansion of public, single-gender schools.

“As the chair of the Select Committee on Women and Inequality, I’ve heard countless testimonies and read numerous reports as to the negative effects of implicit bias against women, particularly in science, technology, engineering and mathematics related fields, bill coauthor Mitchell said. “Women and women of color aren’t targeted, steered, or directed to technical internships, jobs, or opportunities.

“These academies provide a space where students have the resources and opportunities they need to thrive, particularly in fields where they can blaze a path for the future.”

Mitchell has been an active supporter of the academies since their inception.

Photo and graphic by Ray Sotero.

For more information, visit Sen. Mitchell’s Web site HERE or at the address below.

Sen. Mitchell is chair of the Senate Budget Committee. A member of the Legislature for more than six years,  she represents nearly 1 million residents of Senate District 30, which includes Culver City and much of Los Angeles. See a map of Mitchell’s district that includes a demographic breakdown of its residents and more HERE. Learn more at www.senate.ca.gov/Mitchell




Communications Director

Sen. Holly Mitchell, Senate District 30

Capitol Building, Room 5080

Sacramento, Calif. 95814

(916) 651-4030 office; 916 717-0513 cell