State Senate Passes “College Ready” Legislation

Bill Provides Support to K-12 System to Better Prepare Students for College

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

SACRAMENTO - The California State Senate today passed legislation to better prepare California public school students from poor and working families for admission to state colleges and universities. SB 1050 passed overwhelmingly with bipartisan vote of 32-6 and now moves to the Assembly for further consideration.

“California must strengthen the pipeline for underserved communities to our public institutions of higher learning to give all students – regardless of their economic status – a chance to succeed, SB 1050 is designed to do just that.” Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles) said.

The measure, SB 1050, incentivizes school districts and charter schools to provide access to more rigorous coursework, provide K-12 teacher development in college-readiness subjects and grant money to help low-income students qualify for postsecondary institutions. It also requires the University of California to provide more enrollment slots for all students while at the same time admitting more students from high schools that enroll 75 percent or more low-income, English learners, and foster youth or see its enrollment funding frozen in the 2016 budget year.

Placing a greater emphasis on college readiness is critical to better serving California’s low-income students who represent nearly 60 percent of the 6 million enrolled in K-12 public schools. A college degree increases financially stability, earning power, less reliance on government aid, and a decrease in poverty and incarceration.

"SB 1050 is going to make a huge difference for children throughout California because educational opportunities shouldn't depend on what zip code a student lives in," said Senator Ed Hernandez, O.D. (D-West Covina). "This bill helps level the playing field for all California students by expanding access to the coursework and resources they need to prepare for college and become valued members of California's workforce."

“Foster youth, in particular, have so many obstacles to overcome,” said Senator Bob Huff (R-San Dimas).  “They lack parental guidance and encouragement to finish high school, let alone get into college.  I believe we should be their advocates and do all we can to help them earn a slot in a California university.”

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Senator De Leon on SB 1050

Stewart Kwoh, Executive Director, Asian-Americans for Advancing Justice, on SB 1050

Michelle King, Superintendent for Los Angeles Unified School District, on SB 1050: