The bill would award 50,000 eligible students Cal Grants. The current allotment is 22,500. Matthew La Rocque with the Institute for College Access and Success says the supply of Cal Grants doesn’t begin to meet the demand from needy students.
“With just 23 percent of the lowest income students in this state receiving any Cal Grants, this bill would mark an important and long overdue step in the right direction,” says La Rocque.
The fiscal impact on the state hasn’t been determined. Backers of the bill say about 5,000 to 6,000 Cal Grant awards go unclaimed each year.
The bill would allow the number of awards each year to go over 50,000. The overages from one year would then be taken from the next year’s allotment.
The Sacramento City Teachers Association called off a strike planned to start Wednesday after reaching an agreement with the Sacramento City Unified School District on a new contract.
Sacramento State is among three CSU campuses getting a combined total of more than $8 million in federal grants to enhance teacher diversity. The goal is to recruit teachers in Latino, African American and other minority communities.
More California high school students are taking college-level Advanced Placement tests. AP exams are taken each May by high school students who've attended classes that are roughly equivalent to undergraduate college courses.
The California Community College System hopes changing the name of a free tuition program will get more eligible students to take advantage of it.
The Sacramento area unemployment rate increased last month. July's jobless rate was 5.2 percent, up from 4.8 percent in June. Analysts with the state Employment Development Department attribute the increase to seasonal cutbacks at schools.