Ion Puschila sent this 2019 report: the Education Committee worked closely with PUSD, Latina/o Round Table, Gente Organizada, and others on a number of issues. Of primary importance is community schools, which have existed for three years, but have not been implemented with fidelity. There is now a new district coordinator, the grant that funds these schools has been submitted to the state for renewal, and there is a push to make community schools the campuses they ought to be. We have Connie Leyva’s support, and the district has agreed to make up the difference in funding because the grant is no longer as generous as it was. Furthermore, there has been a push for more computer programs and for courses that are dual enrollment. There are now courses in the works to expand coding and to make more dual enrollment classes available next year in conjunction with Mount San Antonio College. We are trying to also enlist Cal Poly Pomona in effort to enlist their support and help in our community, though that has proven difficult. We are also pushing for the district to mandate Ethnic Studies courses, but we are also waiting for guidance from the state as they consider AB 331 and make it more inclusive.

Education Committee Chair Report from October 17, 2019: Ion Puschila reported that PUSD hasn’t had a contract in 1.5 years. Statewide there is AB2 college promise program. 1278 addresses food and housing insecurity—funded. Expanded eligibility for Dreamers. 136 183 promises more serious punishment for college admin scandal. There are also some bills to deal with college scams. Ask Ion for report. School schedule bill. State wants to pass a bond for school construction / updating. Funding will go to most needy, but will include matching funds.

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