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SACRAMENTO – Assemblywoman Susan A. Bonilla (D-Concord) has introduced legislation to provide families fairness and predictability as they plan for college. AB 831, the College Opportunity Act, reverses proposed cuts to the Cal Grant, which is the state’s largest financial aid program. The bill also links Cal Grant award amounts for students attending private, nonprofit institutions to the average cost of educating a Cal Grant student at a four-yearpublic institution.
“Cal Grants give academically deserving students the opportunity to go to college, who otherwise would not be able to attend,” said Assemblywoman Bonilla. “It is imperative that we support our students in order to ensure the success of our state.”
SACRAMENTO – Assemblywoman Susan A. Bonilla (D-Concord) released a statement in response to the University of California President, Janet Napolitano’s claim that she would impose a cap on in-state admissions if the Governor’s plan of increasing state funding does not exceed 4 percent.
“Our students’ higher education should never be held hostage in budget negotiations,” said Assemblywoman Bonilla. “The UC President’s plan is a clear threat to future students who wish to attend our public University system. Students in our state should always be the UC’s number one priority and should not be replaced by out-of-state students like the president’s plan suggests.”
“I continue to support additional funding for both the UC and CSU systems with accountability measures, however reject the high stakes brinkmanship of President Napolitano.”
SACRAMENTO – Assemblywoman Susan A. Bonilla (D-Concord) recently introduced legislation that will increase science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education throughout the state. Assembly Bill 706 establishes the California STEM AmeriCorps (CalSTEM) program, which is designed to improve the academic performance of K-12 students in STEM subject areas, increase the number of college graduates in STEM disciplines, and forge pathways for students to pursue careers in STEM fields.
SACRAMENTO – Assemblywoman Susan A. Bonilla (D-Concord) recently introduced legislation that will help equip schools and teachers with the necessary resources to prepare California students for higher education and the shifting, technology-based economy. Assembly Bill 631 establishes the Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards Implementation Fund, calling for the allocation of $2 billion from the State General Fund. The Legislative Analyst’s Office (LAO) projects a budget surplus from increased tax revenues, which will free up approximately $2 billion that is required to be used for educational purposes.
“AB 631 takes advantage of this prime opportunity to increase much needed investment in professional development for teachers, technology-based instruction for students, and instructional materials aligned with the new Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards,” said Assemblywoman Bonilla. “Ongoing state investment is critical if we wish to build upon the progress that has already been made.”
SACRAMENTO – Assemblywoman Susan A. Bonilla (D-Concord) introduced legislation today, which will allocate a percentage of cap and trade funds to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions through the production of biogas. Once amended, Assembly Bill 577, will ensure that a specified amount of cap and trade revenue will be used towards the development of infrastructure and purification technology for biogas.
“California pays billions of dollars annually to import natural gas when there are large quantities of renewable energy here in our own state,” said Assemblywoman Bonilla. “AB 577 will not only help reduce the amount of greenhouse gas emissions, but most importantly it increases investments in biogas development, which will diversify our state’s gas production and decrease our reliance on natural gas.”
SACRAMENTO – Assemblywoman Susan A. Bonilla (D-Concord) has been appointed by Speaker Toni G. Atkins to the State Allocation Board (SAB).
“I am honored to be appointed to the State Allocation Board,” said Assemblywoman Bonilla. “This board, comprised of leaders in education finance, will help craft policies and regulation to ensure the fair and efficient implementation of our state’s funding for school facility construction.”
SACRAMENTO – Assemblywoman Susan A. Bonilla (D-Concord) recently introduced legislation to ensure beginning teachers have access to teacher induction programs and do not have to pay out of their own pockets to participate. Induction programs are designed to provide a strong support structure for new teachers and help them transition to becoming high-quality, career educators.
SELECT COMMITTEE ON INCREASING THE INTEGRATION OF STEM EDUCATION
Bay Area Regional STEM Education Summit:
Advancing STEM through Public-Private Partnerships
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WINDOW OF OPPORTUNITY
There is a real interest in STEM across all sectors right now. It is imperative to take advantage of the present opportunities to integrate STEM provided by the new Common Core State Standards (CCSS), Smarter Balanced Assessments, and Local Control Funding Formula.
SACRAMENTO - Assemblywoman Susan A. Bonilla (D-Concord) and State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson released the following statement today on Governor Jerry Brown’s budget proposal for the 2015-2016 fiscal year:
“Today the Governor’s budget proposal included $100 million in one-time funding for further investment in broadband infrastructure upgrades at California public schools.