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.
Number Of 'Significantly Disengaged' Kids At Sacramento Public Schools Has Skyrocketed During The PandemicFebruary 15, 2021
Before the pandemic closed schools, only a few dozen kids at Sacramento City Unified schools missed three days a week of school or more. Now, that number is almost a thousand.
Schools would only qualify in counties with lower infection rates. Kindergarten through sixth grade is prioritized in the governor’s $2-billion plan, which would need the Legislature’s approval.
The Folsom Cordova Unified School Board voted for its students to return to classrooms part time. It comes in anticipation of schools in the county getting the greenlight to reopen after moving into the red tier of California’s reopening guidelines.
Without clear guidance from the state, coronavirus testing remains a contentious and costly issue as more school districts inch toward reopening.
A closely watched report commissioned by Gov. Gavin Newsom calls for more local discretion and tighter regulation of charter schools.
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