Press Releases

Thursday, November 7, 2019

ASSEMBLYWOMAN QUIRK-SILVA AND SELECT COMMITTEE ADDRESSES OC CHRONIC HOMELESSNESS

Chronic Homelessness Hearing Select Committee gather at the dais to discussion solutions

ORANGE COUNTY, CA – Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk-Silva (Fullerton) hosted the first hearing of the Assembly Select Committee on Orange County Chronic Homelessness at the Buena Park City Council Chambers. Approximately 125 people attended the hearing to discuss the growing concerns about chronic homelessness in Orange County, including representatives of county agencies; city governments and law enforcement; homeless advocates; members of nonprofit organizations; and other constituents.

“I sought to create the Select Committee with my colleagues to identify opportunities to strengthen on going working relationships between advocates, non-profits, the private sector, as well as local and state government, to combat Orange County’s chronic homeless population,” said Assemblywoman Quirk-Silva. “The goal of this hearing is to focus on the progress that the region has made over the last year, what we need to continue to work on, and the role each of us play.”

Thursday, November 7, 2019

Assemblywoman Quirk-Silva’s Request for State Audit on Education Supplemental Funding Released

Assemblywoman spoke in favor of the project

Orange County, CA - Assemblywoman Quirk-Silva’s (Fullerton) request to the California State Auditor’s Office to complete an audit on Local Education Agencies and the use of supplemental funding has concluded.  As a teacher for more than 30 years, Assemblywoman Quirk-Silva initiated the request last year, as it was necessary to ensure that the sub funds get to specified groups.  As a champion and leader in the achievement gap conference over ten years ago, Assemblywoman Quirk-Silva understands it is more crucial than ever that we provide a high quality education for students and provide students with resources in order to support a well prepared workforce, safer communities, and a thriving economy.

There are close to six-million students in California’s public schools from grades K - 12.  Educational funding is complex, with funding from the Federal government and state allocations.  A large portion of California’s billion dollar state budget is allocated for Kindergarten through 12 education.  In the 2013-14 budget, California began funding K -12 education, in part through the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF).  This was to provide more local control over the spending of funds and to improve educational outcomes and close the education gap among certain groups.  

“As an educator, I believe we must ensure that the intended student groups benefit from the supplemental funds that have been given to the school agencies,” said Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk-Silva.  “The Legislature should address the concerns of requiring local educational agencies to identify those unspent funds by annually reporting on estimated and actual spending.”

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Assemblywoman Quirk-Silva 2019 End of the Year Legislative Highlights

SACRAMENTO, CA: Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk-Silva (D- Orange County) – As the deadline for Governor Newsom to sign or veto legislation concluded, marking the end of the 2019 legislative session, the Assemblywoman reflects on her legislative and budget accomplishments and priorities.

“Housing and Homelessness were a central focus for legislation and budget matters in the 2019 legislative year as California struggles with unattainable home ownership, high rents, keeping up with the demand of new housing development, and the increasing rise in homelessness,” said Assemblywoman Quirk-Silva.  “Issues important to the district and the state including our work on education, transparency, higher education, and veteran’s affairs as well as securing state funds for Orange County were also undertaken this legislative year.”

Monday, October 7, 2019

ASSEMBLYWOMAN QUIRK-SILVA ADDRESSES CALIFORNIA COLLEGE CHALLENGES

SACRAMENTO, CA – Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk-Silva’s (Orange County) legislation, addressing the growing concerns and issues affecting California Higher Education have been signed the Governor.  

Assembly Bill (AB) 136 prevents anyone found guilty in the college admissions scandal from taking tax deductions for donations made to the charities involved.  The intention of the bill is to prevent scandals of this magnitude from being replicated.  In March 2019, more than fifty people, many from California, were indicted by federal prosecutors with charges ranging from alleged bribes paid to college coaches, standardized college testing administrators paid for illegal activity, and parents who paid contributions used for bribes so that their children can secure admissions to the best universities that the United States has to offer.

A former Educator, Quirk-Silva went on to add “It is essential that we bring back integrity to our college admissions, and the Governor signing our bill into law makes this reality. The criminal actions have victimized hard working and low-income students who were denied admissions because of the actions of those involved – and they were able to do so at the expense of the California taxpayers. These actions will not be tolerated and my bill intends to hold those accountable,” said Quirk-Silva.

Friday, September 27, 2019

ASSEMBLYWOMAN QUIRK-SILVA’S HOUSING BILLS BECOMES LAW

SACRAMENTO, CA – Assembly Bills (AB) 139 and 143 authored by Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk-Silva (Orange County), focused on California’s housing and homelessness crisis, has been signed into law by Governor Gavin Newsom.

Thursday, September 12, 2019

ASSEMBLYWOMAN QUIRK-SILVA’S VETERAN’S CEMETERY LEGISLATION GETS GOVERNOR’S NOD

SACRAMENTO, CA – Assembly Bill (AB) 368 authored by Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk-Silva (D-Fullerton), establishing a Veteran’s Cemetery in Southern California, has been signed into law.

“I am proud this legislation was signed into law to provide a new veteran’s cemetery for California’s Veteran’s and their families,” said Assemblywoman Quirk-Silva.  “Throughout my terms in service, many individuals and Veteran’s groups have passionately advocated for a cemetery in our region."

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Assemblywoman Quirk-Silva’s Legislation to Help Visually Impaired Students Heads to Governor

SACRAMENTO, CAAssembly Bill (AB) 947 authored by Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk-Silva (D-Orange County), promotes education that will maximize the full potential of students who are visually impaired, passed and is headed to the Governor’s Desk.

“As a former teacher, I recognize the need for there to be no uncertain terms when students require additional resources and consideration to succeed,” said Quirk-Silva. “The fact that visual impairments fall into this category is obvious.  What is not always obvious is the full scope of redressing educational needs and attainment.”

The Expanded Core Curriculum (ECC) is a set of knowledge and skills in which instruction or services, or both, may be beneficial to a pupil who is blind, has low vision, or is visually impaired.  The ECC includes skills in areas such as the use of braille or large print media, assistive technology, orientation and mobility, socialization, independent living, and sensory efficiency.