A bill aimed at helping teachers see signs of child abuse and report such instances moved forward in Sacramento on Wednesday.
The California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act cleared the state Assembly Education Committee Thursday and now heads to the Assembly Public Safety Committee.
Bill author Assemblyman Mike Gatto says the legislation would require teachers and other school employees to be trained on how to properly identify and report child abuse and neglect.
Assembly Bill 1432 would change California state law from "strongly encouraging" training to "requiring annual training," including proof of the education on a yearly basis.
Numerous groups are in favor of the bill including a child abuse prevention agency, the state superintendent's office and the California Teachers Association.
The Department of Education would be responsible for creating the training standards and individual districts could decide how to conduct training -- through their own district or an outside agency.
It is not known at this time what the punishment for school workers would be if they failed to report abuse.