New Laws Help California Students Get a Degree Faster

Monday, October 16, 2017

Esmeralda Fabián Romero - LA School Report

California community college students now have a faster route to a four-year degree, thanks to two new state laws.

On Friday, Gov. Jerry Brown signed AB 705, allowing more students access to college-level courses instead of remedial courses when they start community college, and AB 19, giving all first-time students in the state a free year of community college.

AB 19 expands to the entire state programs already in place in Los Angeles and Long Beach called College Promise. Its author, Assemblyman Miguel Santiago (D-Los Angeles), celebrated on Monday the governor’s signature at a ceremony at Roosevelt High School.