O’Donnell Championed “Center to Close Achievement Gap” Will Open at CSU Long Beach

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Funding for Center was Included in 2019-2020 Budget

(SACRAMENTO) – Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell (D – Long Beach) praised the California State University’s (CSU) decision to open the CSU Center to Close Achievement Gap (CCAG) at CSU Long Beach. Funding for the CCAG was included in last year’s budget and originated from Assembly Bill 1173 authored by Assemblymember O’Donnell.

“We must ensure educators have the tools to tackle the gaps in educational achievement among students,” said Assemblymember O’Donnell, Chair of the Assembly Education Committee. “The CSU Center to Close Achievement Gap will allow educators to address these gaps through collaboration and innovation. I am proud that my alma mater has been selected as the host site.”

The CCAG will focus on identifying successful strategies to eliminate the educational achievement gap, while sharing best practices with educators and educational agencies across the state. Funding for the Center was made possible through a one-time state allocation of $3 million. The CSU Chancellor’s Office selected CSU Long Beach this week after a competitive review of potential sites.


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