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AB-2388 Public postsecondary education: basic needs of students.(2019-2020)

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Date Published: 02/18/2020 09:00 PM
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CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2019–2020 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill
No. 2388


Introduced by Assembly Member Berman

February 18, 2020


An act relating to public postsecondary education.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 2388, as introduced, Berman. Public postsecondary education: basic needs of students.
Existing law establishes the California Community Colleges, under the administration of the Board of Governors of the California Community Colleges, as one of the 3 segments of public postsecondary education in this state. Existing law establishes community college districts throughout the state, and authorizes them to provide instruction to students at community college campuses.
Existing law requests campuses of the California Community Colleges to give priority for certain student housing to current and former homeless youth, as specified, and requests those campuses to develop a plan to ensure that current and former homeless youth can access housing resources during and between academic terms, including during academic and campus breaks. Existing law defines homeless youth for these purposes.
This bill would make legislative finding, about student housing insecurity and student food insecurity, and would express the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation to address the basic needs of community college students.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: NO   Local Program: NO  

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:


SECTION 1.

 (a) The Legislature finds and declares both of the following:
(1) California students are struggling to meet their basic needs and are facing housing insecurity, including homelessness, and food insecurity at alarming rates.
(2) A report released in March 2019 by the Office of the Chancellor of the California Community Colleges and the Hope Center for College, Community, and Justice found that 19 percent of the survey’s respondents experienced homelessness in the previous year, 60 percent of respondents were housing insecure in the previous year, and 50 percent of respondents were food insecure in the prior 30 days.
(b) It is the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation to address the basic needs of community college students.