2016 has been a successful legislative and budget year for Advancement Project California. We took positions on 26 bills on a broad range of issues, including but not limited to: funding for early care and education, funding for K-12 and higher education; and the expansion of healthcare and healthy communities. All of these successes are the result of a tremendous amount of leadership in the legislature and collaboration between many partnering organizations.
- We thank Senator Holly Mitchell for her leadership on getting the CalWORKs Maximum Family Grant (MFG) repealed. This will make it possible for our most vulnerable children to receive basic needs.
- We were able to save Transitional Kindergarten, ensuring 125,000+ students continue to have access to quality public education.
- We won a total of $527 million in new investments for early care and education for the next four years; $146.7 million of the funding is to be disbursed in 2016-17 alone. For all their efforts, we’d like to thank:
o The Legislative Women’s Caucus
o Assemblymember Cristina Garcia
o Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson
o Assemblymember Kevin McCarty
o Speaker Anthony Rendon
o Pro Tem Kevin de León
- We established the College Readiness Block Grant, in order to create a stronger pipeline between high schools (particularly those that enroll 75% or more low-income students, English learners and foster youth) and the University of California and other postsecondary educational institutions. We could not have accomplished this without the leadership of Pro Tem Kevin de León.
- We were able to allocate $20 million for the California Classified School Employee Teacher Credentialing Program, which recruits and trains classified public school employees to become teachers. Thank you to Assemblymember Kevin McCarty for his leadership.
- SB 10: California hopes to expand healthcare coverage to undocumented adults by seeking a waiver from the federal government. We thank Senator Ricardo Lara for his leadership.
- SB 1000: This win requires cities and counties to address environmental justice issues in their general planning. Thank you to Senator Connie Leyva for prioritizing this issue.
We hope to continue building strong relationships with the legislature and our partners in Sacramento in 2017, and to keep fighting for economic and racial justice in California!
Tags: 2016 State Budget, Anthony Rendon, Cristina Garcia, ECE, Hannah-Beth Jackson, Holly Mitchell, Kevin de Leon, Legislative Women's Caucus, Transitional Kindergarten