A great bill is currently in legislation in California. San Jose Assemblyman Jim Beall has crafted a legislation that helps foster care children who have aged out of the system be first in line at California’s community colleges and universities.
Currenlty only 2 percet of California’s 75,000 foster care children make it to college, but Beall wants to change that with his new bill AB 194. This bill gives foster children priority when they resigster for class at California’s community colleges and universities. The legislation calls for them to receive the same privileges California already gives to those who have disabilities or have served in the armed forces.
This new bill doesn’t even cost California taxpayers a dime, which is one of the many reasaons why it is winning approval throughout the state.
Beall believes, according to this Press-Telegram article, California has a moral and fiscal obligation to do better. He’s right. Not only does California have a moral and fiscal obligaion to do better, but so do other states throughout the US.
This legislation could mean more foster children in California stive to get a higher education, hopefully, breaking the cycle of poverty and homelessness many of them end up in.
Hopefully, California won’t be the only state who takes strives to help children who have aged out of the system receive a higher education.