Advancement Project Closing the Opportunity Gap

Policy California Legislative Advocacy

Advancement Project’s Sacramento office interfaces with our statewide advocacy partners, state departments, the Legislature, and the Governor’s office in order to positively affect policy and funding for education and social justice issues. To learn more, contact Khydeeja Alam Javid, Director of Governmental Relations, by email or phone at (916) 441-3973.

Our Impact in California Through Legislative Advocacy in 2016:

We are in the second year of the 2015-16 California Legislative Session. In 2016, Advancement Project has been heavily involved in policy development and advocacy efforts for bills related to the following issues:

  • Expanding the teacher pipeline
  • Expanding family engagement
  • Providing more college readiness opportunities for students in high-need schools (LCFF-Plus)
  • Expanding health care coverage for undocumented adults (SB 10 – Lara, Chapter 22, Statutes of 2016)
  • Providing environmental justice for disadvantaged communities through city general plans
  • Establishing grant programs for the Safe Neighborhoods and Schools Act (Proposition 47) to reduce truancy and dropout rates

Along with our legislative efforts, our budget advocacy pertains to early care and education and services for foster children.

You can read all our 2016 legislative and budget successes here.

Read our blog post on our 2016 wins here.

Our Impact in California Through Legislative Advocacy in the Past Years:

During the 2015 California Legislative year, Advancement Project tracked 105 pieces of legislation (both policy and budget) out of a total 2,772 bills that were introduced. Of these, we took positions on 30 bills over the first year of the two-year session. Overall 1,084 bills were chaptered into law and 133 bills were vetoed by the Governor in 2015 alone.

2015 APCA Legislative Successes is a summary of the eight bills that Advancement Project supported during the first year of this session, which successfully made it through the legislative process and were signed into law by Governor Brown. These successes were the result of partnerships with other organizations on advocacy efforts.

In past years, Advancement Project’s government relations work has helped achieve the following:

  • Securing over a quarter of billion dollars for state-funded early care and education programs since the Great Recession.
  • Creating the Local Control Funding Formula, as well as the Local Control and Accountability Plans, that guarantees more funding for low-income students, English learners, and Foster Youth.
  • Establishing Transitional Kindergarten, which gives California a two-year public school kindergarten experience that will ensure that our youngest children will be prepared to succeed in school.
  • Establishing the California DREAM Act, which allows children who were brought into the US under the age of 16 without proper visas/immigration documentation meet in-state tuition and GPA requirements to have access to financial aid benefits at public universities and colleges.
  • Ensuring that Foster Youth get credit for school coursework they take in case they have to transfer between schools due to placement issues and also giving Foster Youth priority enrollment into college courses.
  • Providing $90 million in facility lease money reimbursement to charter schools serving low-income students and $400 million in facility eligibility to the state’s overcrowded classrooms.
  • Ensuring that the state streamline funding for early childhood education and care so that more resources can be spent on services to children.

Legislation and Advocacy

Locating your Legislator’s phone and address:  http://findyourrep.legislature.ca.gov/

Locating the Governor’s phone and address:  http://govnews.ca.gov/gov39mail/mail.php

How to write a letter to your Legislator or the Governor; forms of address:  http://www.formsofaddress.info/USO.html

 

For more information, contact Khydeeja Alam Javid, Director of Governmental Relations.