On May 1, the California Promise Neighborhoods Initiative (AB 1178) passed the Assembly Education Committee with a 4-2 vote. Authored by Assemblymember Raul Bocanegra and sponsored by YPI, the bill establishes state support for Promise Neighborhoods development and cradle-to-college-and-career services.
"AB 1178 would extend the reach of the federal Promise Neighborhoods program throughout the State of California to end the generational cycle of poverty," said YPI Executive Director Dixon Slingerland, who testified in support of the bill. "California has a marvelous opportunity to be the first state in the nation to adopt the Promise Neighborhoods model," he said.
The Promise Neighborhoods Institute at PolicyLink, California School Boards Association, Children's Defense Fund, Los Angeles Unified School District, and other federally-funded Promise Neighborhoods grantees in California joined in supporting the bill last week. AB 1178 now moves to the Assembly Appropriations Committee.