Assembly Higher Education Committee Hearing

On April 22, 2021 California Competes Executive Director Dr. Su Jin Gatlin Jez provided witness testimony in support of Assembly Bill 99 before the Assembly Higher Education Committee. Proposed by Assemblymember Jacqui Irwin, AB 99 would establish the California Cradle-to-Career Data System.

The bill solidifies the recommendations of the Cradle-to-Career Workgroup, which engaged in a long, participatory process in developing its plan, which allows for:

  • Open access to user-friendly dashboards, and it provides
  • Teachers and students operational tools that support things like college and career planning.

Moreover, it allows policymakers better pinpoint where Californians fall through the cracks, how that varies by race, gender, region, and income, why it happens and most importantly, what we can do about it.