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AB-1175 The Every Kid Counts (EKC) Act: state-funded investment accounts.(2017-2018)



As Amends the Law Today


SECTION 1.

 Title 19 (commencing with Section 99100) is added to the Government Code, to read:

TITLE 19. The Every Kid Counts (EKC) Act

99100.
 This act shall be known, and may be cited, as the Every Kid Counts (EKC) Act.
99101.
 The Legislature finds and declares all of the following:
(a) Children who have even small savings accounts for college are seven times more likely to attend and graduate from college.
(b) College enrollment among low-income students has risen but significantly lags behind the enrollment of middle- and high-income students. In 2012, about 51 percent of recent low-income high school graduates and equivalency holders were enrolled in college, while enrollment among middle- and high-income students had risen to nearly 65 percent and 81 percent, respectively.
(c) Recent pilot programs in California and throughout the nation have proven that low-income people can save if they have incentives and mechanisms encouraging them to do so.
(d) In San Francisco, the Kindergarten to College Program (K2C) is a college savings program by the City and County of San Francisco in partnership with the San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD). A college savings account is automatically opened for each SFUSD student entering kindergarten with $50 and families have the opportunity to earn additional incentives by contributing their own money into the account. K2C is the most successful program of its kind with more than 27,000 kids in the SFUSD with accounts. Families have saved over $2.25 million of their own money and 50 percent of these families have children who qualify for free and reduced lunch.
99102.
 (a) There is hereby established, as part of the Golden State Scholarshare Trust Act established in Article 19 (commencing with Section 69980) of Chapter 2 of Part 42 of Division 5 of Title 3 of the Education Code, the Every Kid Counts (EKC) college savings program.
(b) Upon appropriation by the Legislature, the state shall deposit an amount of one hundred dollars ($100) into each account opened under the Golden State Scholarshare Trust Act established in Article 19 (commencing with Section 69980) of Chapter 2 of Part 42 of Division 5 of Title 3 of the Education Code.
99103.
 Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the funds deposited into an account pursuant to Section 99102 shall not be taken into account for purposes of determining the eligibility of an individual for a state program intended to provide assistance to low-income people.