California State Sen. Kevin Murray, D-Culver City, has introduced a bill requiring public schools to keep restrooms clean, functioning and stocked with toilet paper and soap. Schools could lose state funding if the bathrooms are a mess.
“We have requirements for bathrooms for prisoners, for farm workers, for restaurants,” he says. “The amazing thing is we do not have any state requirements for bathrooms in schools.”
At my gigantic high school, most restrooms were locked to prevent students from smoking — and to lessen teachers’ bathroom monitor duties. I learned self-control.