Assembly Bill 547 (Salas) – 21st Century High School After-School Safety & Enrichment for Teens (ASSET) Program
STATUS UPDATE: California State Assembly Bill 547 (Salas) passed the Assembly and Senate with broad bipartisan support and was signed by Governor Brown. Chapter 703, Statutes of 2013.
PCY cosponsored AB 547 by Assemblymember Rudy Salas. The bill sought to align funding requirements for the 21st Century High School After School Safety and Enrichment for Teens (ASSETs) Programs with the real needs of high school students by including college and career readiness activities – something many expanded learning programs already recognize as key to high-quality programming.
After school programs play a vital role in the education of California students, especially to expand learning opportunities for students in low-income communities. These expanded learning programs provide a wide variety of services, ranging from academic assistance to college preparation and enrichment activities. Research has shown that expanded learning programs can improve educational and well-being outcomes including increased school and civic engagement, the development of social-emotional skills, reduction in dropout rates, and improved academic achievement.
Other cosponsors of the bill included the State Superintendent of Public Instruction – Tom Torlakson and Children Now.
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