Assembly Education Chair O’Donnell Celebrates Unprecedented Investment in California Students in State Budget

The California State Assembly has passed a spending plan that contains record levels of funding for student success

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(SACRAMENTO) – Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell (D – Long Beach), Chair of the Assembly Education Committee, issued the following statement following tonight’s budget vote:

“This budget represents a historic commitment to our students and their success. This is a powerful statement of our values and it is critically needed right now as California begins to turn the page on a pandemic that brought devastating hardships to our schools and our state.

“The Legislature is doubling our investment in vocational / Career Technical Education to $300 million. We know vocational education programs work and benefit not only our students, but our workforce and communities.

“In addition, the state is increasing funding and access for higher education that will open more slots for California students. This budget also expands the Middle Class Scholarship to help more students realize the dream of obtaining a college degree without themselves or often their families going deeply into debt to get a diploma.

“I am proud to see this budget also tackle long-term commitments by paying down our obligations to the CalSTRS and CalPERS pension funds to ensure California’s dedicated public servants receive the retirement benefits they’ve been promised.”

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