Kennedy Juniors Help Pathways to College Act Pass Assembly Education Committee

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On Wednesday, March 27, 2019, Kennedy High Juniors Amare Sabillo and Billie Dee Scott testified in support of AB 751–The Pathways to College Act and contributed to the effort to get the bill passed by the Assembly Education Committee by a unanimous vote!

They were both vital student voices in the Assembly hearing, ensuring that the bill passed out of committee unopposed (5-0). Prior to the Assembly hearing, they both participated in a press conference in support of the bill, sharing their personal stories and participating in interviews with members of the media.

AB 571 The College Pathways Bill would enable school districts to locally control which assessments are administered to 11th grade students. This means that a school district could opt to use state funds to pay for either the SBAC or the SAT or the ACT. In 11th grade, students spend the spring semester taking the following assessments and tests: SBAC (interrupting 4 days of class time), AP Exams, PSAT/NMSQT and SAT.  This is burdensome both financially and mentally for students as they continue to maintain their GPA and extra-curricular experiences. In Sac City Unified, the passage of this bill would reduce by 1, the number of spring tests students confront. It would also free-up money from the state to cover the cost of the SAT School Day.

As the bill moves into the Senate Education Committee, we will continue to keep our community updated. Read the full text of the legislation by clicking here.