Assemblymember O’Donnell Introduces Bill to Increase Access to College

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Chair of Assembly Education Committee Reintroduces the Pathways to College Act

(SACRAMENTO) – Today, Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell (D – Long Beach), reintroduced the Pathways to College Act (Assembly Bill 751), which passed through the State Legislature last year with no “no” votes. The bill works to open doors to higher education for students by allowing school districts to offer college admissions tests such as the SAT or ACT during the school day at no cost to students.

“AB 751 provides school districts the option of giving 11th grade students a college entrance exam during the school day instead of the state-required assessment.  This will expand access to college and bridge an equity gap for students to take these exams,” Assemblymember O’Donnell said. “As a teacher and as Chair of the Assembly Education Committee, providing the SAT or ACT at school for free ensures that all students, especially low-income students, are able to meet an important step required for college admission.”

AB 751 is a reintroduction of last year’s AB 1951, which moved through the State Legislature with no “no” votes and with strong support from school districts, school boards, and students throughout the state.  It was supported by approximately 150 school district superintendents.

The bill awaits referral to its first policy committee.


Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell represents the 70th Assembly District, which includes Long Beach, Signal Hill, San Pedro and Catalina Island.

CONTACT: Sophia Kwong Kim, (916) 319-2070