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April 13, 2015 [email protected]
Bonilla Bills Modernizing Education and Expanding Opportunity for All Students Pass with Bipartisan Support
SACRAMENTO – Assemblywoman Susan A. Bonilla (D-Concord) had two prominent bills approved by their respective policy committees last week.
AB 631, which establishes the Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards Implementation Fund, calls for the allocation of $1 billion from the State General Fund for educational resources, teacher support and the integration of technology into the classroom, was approved by the Assembly Education Committee on Wednesday with unanimous support.
“As the economy continues improving, we must continue our efforts to enhance our students’ educational environment to ensure their success and the success of our state,” said Assemblywoman Bonilla. “I am grateful that my colleagues share the vision of investing in our students and teachers to provide greater opportunity for all Californians.”
AB 831, the College Opportunity Act, was approved last Tuesday by the Assembly Higher Education Committee without a single “no” vote. This bill reverses proposed cuts to the Cal Grant and links Cal Grant award amounts for students attending private, nonprofit institutions to the average cost of educating a Cal Grant recipient attending a University of California or California State University.
“Restoring the Cal Grant program has been one of my highest legislative priorities,” Bonilla continued. “I am grateful for the support from students, parents and faculty to secure equal opportunity for everyone pursuing higher education. I thank my colleagues for joining me to restore one of the most vital programs offered by the State of California.”
Both AB 631 and AB 831 will be heard next in Assembly Appropriations Committee.
Assemblywoman Susan A. Bonilla (D-Concord) was elected in November 2010 and represents California’s 14th Assembly District, which includes Contra Costa County and Solano County.
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