Senator Leyva Applauds Approval of $547 Million in College Access Funding in State Budget

Thursday, July 8, 2021

SACRAMENTO – Senator Connie M. Leyva (D-Chino) released the following statement after the California State Senate approved the education omnibus budget trailer bill, a companion bill to the Budget Act:

“As Chair of the Senate Education Committee and a passionate advocate for equity in education, I am thrilled that we secured $547 million through the budget process to implement the substance of SB 309 (College Access for All Act).  I fundamentally believe that all high school students should have the opportunity to take the coursework required to attend our state’s outstanding public universities.  It is unacceptable that only half of graduating high school students in California meet the coursework requirements to attend a UC or CSU—and even fewer socioeconomically disadvantaged, homeless, English Learner and foster students meet those prerequisites.  These grants will increase access to A-G courses across the state, enable more comprehensive advising plans, provide professional development opportunities for teachers and counselors, fund targeted tutoring programs, and offer a pathway for students affected by the pandemic to retake A-G courses.  Together, these efforts will help level the playing field and ensure more equitable access to higher education.”