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.
A few school police departments in California have acquired military armored vehicles, rifles and grenade launchers. That's spawned a new bill in the state Legislature. The bill faces its first committee vote Wednesday.
California schools can start administering the state’s new standardized tests to students. The new math and English language tests use computers and open-ended critical thinking questions – rather than the old “Scantron” bubble multiple-choice tests.
Thousands of juvenile salmon are now swimming down the Sacramento River. They're twice as big as other salmon hatched at the same time after spending the last month hanging out in a Yolo County rice field.
A shortage of teachers in Washoe County has forced the school district to fill vacant positions with more substitute teachers. That is reducing the pool of available substitutes for short-term assignments.
University of California students are getting at least a temporary reprieve from tuition increases scheduled to take effect in the coming academic year.