The California Partnership
Help CalWORKs Families Get More Education - Support the Education WORKS Bill SB 1639
A coalition of groups across the state, including the California Partnership, are sponsoring state legislation to better the lives of low-income families. SB 1639 (Alarcon) promotes education within the CalWORKs program to ensure CalWORKs participants receive assessment and preparation that will better allow them to reach economic self-sufficiency. In order to get this passed, we will need an outpouring of community support. Your organization can help by writing a letter of support. The letter can be very brief. In fact, it can simply say "Our organization support SB 1639." We have provided more information if you choose to include it and to educate your constituency. Also, feel free to add information specific to your organization and the people with whom you work.
Please write and send this letter today. Remember to put it on your organization's letterhead. A copy should be sent to the Chair of the Health and Human Services Committee, and other members if you are in their districts or have special relationships with them. A list of committee members is below.
The address for the committee is:
Please send a copy to us as well so we can keep track of the support. You can email them to [email protected] or mail them to
Thank you so much for help and support.
Information on SB 1639
In the absence of quality education and training opportunities, parents are led into unskilled, low-paying jobs that offer little hope for advancement and little chance for economic stability. S.B. 1639 seeks to address these issues.
1. S.B. 1639 mandates CalWORKs participants be informed about training opportunities.
2. S.B. 1639 requires that counties assess all participants to guarantee that they are moving towards economic self-sufficiency.
3. S.B. 1639 asks Community Colleges to consider adding highly effective English Immersion programs, Functional Context English and Vocational ESL.
4. S.B. 1639 extends the clock for educational programs that require more than 18 months to complete.
5. S.B. 1639 makes college possible for CalWORKs parents by expanding financial aid for low-income parents.
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