Governor Jerry brown signed Sen. Fran Pavley's Senate Bill 236 Thursday, which authorizes a four-day school week for Moorpark Unified School District students enrolled in college classes.
The bill, which is sponsored by the Moorpark Unified School District, provides a more flexible schedule for high school students enrolled in classes at Moorpark College through the Middle College program. These students attend classes on a college schedule, which is not compatible with the traditional five-day high school schedule.
SB 236 will give students flexibility to work on projects, study and work in career-related internships on Fridays when Moorpark College offers fewer classes.
“As a former Moorpark Unified teacher, I am pleased to help give students flexibility to pursue college-level courses while maintaining accountability and academic rigor,” Pavley said.
The bill applies only to the Middle College program, and it contains academic and financial accountability requirements that are consistent with other California school districts with four-day weeks.
“Moorpark Unified School District is very pleased with the passage of SB 236,” said Teresa Williams, superintendent for the Moorpark Unified School District. "This bill will afford our eleventh and twelfth grade students at the high Sschool at Moorpark College the opportunity to pursue their studies within a schedule that allows them to integrate their high school courses with those at the community college level. In addition, students will be able to fulfill their community service/career experience by participating as volunteers and interns within the Moorpark community. We thank Senator Pavley and her staff for their ongoing support of this unique program for our high school students.”