70% of children born into poverty will remain low-income as adults. Education has the potential to level the playing field for children, but we need to provide the supports to help low-income children attend and succeed in school.
AB 891 would close the school achievement gap and increase opportunity for California’s poorest youth through:
Free Transportation to Low-Income Students: Guarantees free transportation to school for students with incomes below 185% of the Federal Poverty Line and for all students attending very low income schools.
Increased Access to Afterschool Activities: Gives priority and free access to afterschool activities for homeless and poor youth.
Support Programs for Low-Income Youth: Establishes initiatives to improve the educational outcomes of CalWORKs youth, including a youth jobs program, high school graduation incentives, and free transportation to afterschool and summer programs.
Current status: AB 891 was held on the Assembly Appropriations suspense file.
April 28, 2015: AB 891 was voted out of the Assembly Human Services Committee.
April 8, 2015: AB 891 was voted out of the Assembly Education Committee with unanimous, bipartisan support. Youth from Youth Justice Coalition and a mother receiving CalWORKs shared powerful testimony in support.
February 26, 2015: Assemblymember Nora Campos introduced AB 891.
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The following organizations are working hard to pass AB 891
Western Center on Law & Poverty
Western Center on Law & Poverty, California’s oldest and largest legal services support center, was created in 1967 by a passionate group of attorneys and legal scholars from USC, UCLA and Loyola law schools. http://www.wclp.org/
9to5, National Association of Working Women
Today 9to5 is one of the largest, most respected national membership organizations of working women in the U.S., dedicated to putting working women’s issues on the public agenda. http://9to5.org/
Youth Justice Coalition
The YJC uses direct action organizing, advocacy, political education, transformative justice and activist arts to mobilize system-involved youth, families and our allies – both in the community and within lock-ups – to bring about change. http://www.youth4justice.org/