(SACRAMENTO) – Legislation by Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell (D-Long Beach) ensuring foster youth can attain their educational and economic goals passed the Assembly today. AB 2656 waives the high school proficiency exam fee for students currently or formerly within the foster system. The American Civil Liberties Union, the California Teachers Association and the National Center for Youth Law all stand in support of the bill.
“As a teacher with over 20 years of experience, I understand foster kids face obstacles that make graduating from high school incredibly challenging,” said Assemblymember O’Donnell, Chair of the Assembly Education Committee. “This new law would break down barriers for foster youth and allow them to pursue their passion.”