(Garden Grove, CA) After months of advocacy and hard work, Senator Janet Nguyen is proud to announce that Senate Bill 895 (SB 895) has been approved by the California State Legislature and is now headed to Governor Jerry Brown’s desk for his consideration. Governor Brown has until September 30, 2018 to approve or veto the bill.
“Seeing SB 895 evolve from an idea to a bill that is now sitting on the Governor’s desk has been an incredible journey both as the bill’s author and as a member of the Vietnamese-American community,” said Senator Janet Nguyen. “Now that SB 895 is sitting on the Governor’s desk, I ask the community to join me for one final push to get SB 895 past the finish line.”
As the deadline for Governor Brown to sign SB 895 looms, Senator Nguyen is calling on residents to sign the online petition which will be available at http://baovecongdong.com through September 10, 2018. To date, more than 16,000 thousand signatures have been gathered in support of SB 895. To show Governor Brown the great interest in SB 895, it is the intent of the office of State Senator Janet Nguyen to submit at least 20,000 signatures to his office.
Introduced in January of 2018, SB 895 requires the Instructional Quality Commission (IQC) to develop and recommend to the State Board of Education the adoption of model curriculum relative to the refugee experience, specifically it will include the stories of Vietnamese-American refugees, among them the accounts of Vietnamese boat people and the members of the Republic of Vietnam Armed Forces.
Given the great interest from the legislature on this subject matter and at the request of the Senate and Assembly Appropriations Committees, SB 895 was modified to include a wider collection of refugee stories that intertwine with California’s rich immigrant history. SB 895 will include the Cambodian genocide and Hmong history and cultural studies.