Board Update: Sacramento College Promise Resolution Approved at Special Joint Meeting with Sacramento City Council

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The Sacramento City Council and Sacramento City Unified School District Board of Education held a historic joint meeting on Tuesday, August 28, at Luther Burbank High School.

At the meeting, members of the two bodies approved a joint resolution that would create a Sacramento College Promise program to make sure all area students get the training and education needed to be ready for the jobs of the future.

Additional K-12 and community college districts have been invited to join in signing the resolution, along with California State University and the University of California.

Mayor Darrell Steinberg said the goal of the program is to nurture Sacramento’s children “from cradle to career.” The Mayor said, “Breaking down barriers for young people is critical to our success as a city as we try to address generational poverty and historical inequality.”

Sacramento City Unified Board of Education President Jessie Ryan said the meeting was a critical step in strengthening collaboration between the district, the City and other entities such as community colleges. She noted that a new state law adopted in 2017 guarantees a free year of community college to students in community college districts that have partnered with K-12 districts.

“Partnering to create a gold standard regional College Promise has the potential to leverage more funding opportunities and programs so that all students can reach their full potential,” said President Ryan. “I am excited that our district and the city have made a commitment to collaborate more strategically on issues that impact the city’s youth and families.”

Board President Ryan also mentioned that the two entities plan to hold more future joint meetings. Watch the joint Board Meeting here