Senator Rosilicie Ochoa Bogh Announces Innovative Education Bill Package Focused on Math Excellence

Senator Rosilicie Ochoa Bogh (R-Yucaipa), who serves as the Vice Chair of the Senate Education Committee today announced a comprehensive education bill package focused on math reform. This pivotal legislation aims to fortify math curriculum standards, bridge the gap between K-12 and higher education, and uphold the integrity of curriculum development processes.

“Math is the gateway to innovative career paths and is fundamental for fostering a highly skilled and competitive workforce,” said Senator Ochoa Bogh. “When we shortchange our students by diluting math education, we compromise their futures and the future of our nation. It is our duty to uphold the highest educational standards and prepare our children for the challenges and opportunities of tomorrow.”

The centerpiece of the package Senate Bill 1410, the Math Curriculum Bill, mandates the inclusion of Algebra I or Mathematics I course offerings for all 8th-grade students in the forthcoming mathematics framework revision. 

Last year, the California State Board of Education adopted a revised mathematics curriculum framework that suggested Algebra I and Mathematics I be taught in 9th grade as opposed to 8th grade statewide. This guidance put students at risk of never reaching a high-level mathematics course, such as calculus, or pursuing a STEM/Mathematics-intensive major in college.

SB 1410 is designed to lay a solid foundation for higher-level math skills, critical thinking, and problem-solving abilities essential for success in STEM fields.

Complementing this is Senate Bill 1411, the Instructional Quality Commission Bill, which facilitates the participation of higher education subject matter experts in K-12 curriculum development discussions. This bill ensures that K-12 education aligns seamlessly with college requirements, providing students with a clear and direct pathway to higher education and beyond.

Senate Bill 1412, The Conflict of Interest Bill, would codify the Title V California Code of Regulations Section 9514 related to prohibited communications, bringing curriculum development conflict of interest regulations for grades 9 through 12 curriculum development into parity with the regulations that are imposed for grades K-8.

Senator Ochoa Bogh's education bill package is a comprehensive approach to improving math education across the board, reflecting a deep commitment to educational excellence and the well-being of future generations. Senator Ochoa Bogh has prioritized education legislation since her election in 2020.

SB 1411 and SB 1412 unanimously passed the Senate Education Committee and are headed to the Senate Appropriations Committee. SB 1410 will be heard in the Senate Education Committee at a later date.