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Two Years of Free Community College Funded in Governor’s Budget

By Sentinel News Service

Governor Gavin Newsom released his 2019-20 Budget Plan that proposes to fully fund two years of free community college in California at a cost of $40 million.

Assembly Bill 2, jointly authored by Assemblymembers Miguel Santiago, David Chiu, Kevin McCarty, Rob Bonta, Sharon Quirk-Silva, Laura Friedman, Lorena Gonzalez, and Sabrina Cervantes was introduced to strengthen the California College Promise policy. This budget proposal takes an important step towards guaranteeing a completely free community college experience for California students.

“Community college changed my life,” said Assemblymember Miguel Santiago (D-Los Angeles). “It gave me choices and opportunities and it opened doors. I know that free community college will change the lives of all Californians. To educate a community is to empower a community. I applaud the Governor’s budget proposal to fund two years of free community college. He has consistently shown leadership on this issue and I look forward to partnering with him in our efforts to strengthen the California College Promise with AB 2.”