The credits would be available to individuals earning less than $100 thousand per year and couples earning less than $200 thousand.
Assembly member Susan Bonilla authored the bill. She says students from all backgrounds should be able to afford a college education.
“This is a bill that, particularly for younger families, says we’re aware of the importance of college," says Bonilla. "But we’re also aware of the burden it’s going to cause and as a state we want to get behind you as you save.”
Bonilla says saving makes a difference because children with a college savings account attend college at a rate seven times higher than those without.
Bonilla says total student loan debt in California amounts to nearly $100 billion. Backers of the bill say that’s money that could be better spent boosting the state’s economy.
The bill will be heard in a policy committee in the coming weeks.
UPDATE, July 12, 4:27 p.m.: A bill that would have allowed California school districts to add another year of probation to teachers before extending tenure will not become law this year.
The California Community College system is out with an online video targeting Dream Act students. Those are students who have been in California for at least three years and graduated from a California High School.
For decades, California kids have been building replicas of historic Spanish missions as part of the fourth-grade curriculum. But Native American community activists say the missions exploited indigenous people...and they want the project banned.
California's high school graduation rates rose for the seventh consecutive year according to data released by the state Department of Education.
After Encina Prep was flagged as a failing school, teachers and administrators re-designed the entire school day around a model known as Advocacy. Five years later, teachers say they see a stronger school community. But test scores remain flat.