LOS ANGELES (CBS) — Parents or guardians of LAUSD students convicted of gang-related crimes must now attend parenting classes and meet with families that have been victimized by gang violence.

The Parental Accountability Act, Assembly Bill 1291, was authored by Assemblyman Tony Mendoza, D-Norwalk.

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“The time has come to hold parents accountable and give them the resources they need to help their children,” Mendoza said Friday.

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“It’s clear parents and guardians have serious challenges addressing the disciplinary needs of their children,” Mendoza said. “Parents will be mandated to acknowledge the consequences of their children’s potential involvement with gangs, before it’s too late.”

The bill, which was introduced in 2007, went into effect in January.

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