Asian Americans Advancing Justice - LA

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Landmark Legislation Introduced to Expand Educational Access in California

Thursday, April 14th 2016

On Friday April 8th, Advancing Justice - LA's Executive Director Stewart Kwoh and staff members joined California State Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles), other members of the State Senate, and education advocates at San Gabriel High School to announce the introduction of SB 1050, a measure to boost college admissions for low-income students by incentivizing K-12 school districts and charter schools to provide access to more rigorous college-readiness coursework.

SB 1050, which is the result of an engagement process with higher education stakeholders and community-based organizations including Advancing Justice-LA, seeks to establish a stronger link between K-12 high schools in California--particularly those that enroll 75 percent or more low-income, English learner, and foster youth--and the University of California (UC).

San Gabriel High School students Trista Rios and Leo Liu join Advancing Justice-LA Executive Director Stewart Kwoh, Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León, and other elected officials and education advocates to introduce SB 1050. Watch a video of the entire event on YouTube.

Advancing Justice-LA strongly supports SB 1050. California’s future depends on reinvesting in public education and ensuring that every California student has equal opportunity to attend and graduate from the state’s world class public universities. A crisis of disinvestment and insufficient funding for public higher education has made it harder for California students to attend and afford UC, while out-of-state admissions have increased in recent years due to out-of-state students paying triple the tuition and fees.

SB 1050 takes the important step of “expanding the pie” of educational opportunity by expanding UC enrollment slots so that more California students of all backgrounds can attend the UC. SB 1050 creates a pipeline of educational opportunity and success from K-12 through graduation from the UC by: supporting the college readiness and eligibility of high school students throughout the state, adding new UC enrollment slots, giving qualified high need students of all backgrounds a fair shot at attending the UC, and providing resources and support to promote student success and graduation from college.

It is important to note that there is strong Asian American support for the key concepts in SB 1050. In a recent statewide poll of registered Asian American voters conducted by Advancing Justice-LA, 85% of registered Asian American voters support increasing the number of students allowed to enroll in UC and CSU campuses each year. Moreover, 80% of registered Asian American voters in California support giving students who are low income, English learners, or foster youth priority for some of those expanded slots.

There also is significant support in the Chinese American community. The Advancing Justice-LA poll found that 75% of Chinese American registered voters in California support giving students who are low income, English learners, or foster youth priority for some of the expanded slots.

Stewart Kwoh speaking at introduction of Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León’s college readiness bill SB 1050 at San Gabriel High School.

SB 1050 is landmark legislation that will positively impact all Californians. Advancing Justice-LA is proud to support Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León’s college readiness bill, SB 1050. Watch a video of the SB 1050 launch at San Gabriel High School on YouTube.

You can show your support for this bill on Facebook and Twitter using the hashtags #CollegeReady, #SB1050, and #College4All.

 

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