A controversial proposal from Democratic California Gov. Jerry Brown to slash grant funding for private school students was defeated on Wednesday, after students and faculty rallied at the capitol building in Sacramento.
An Assembly subcommittee voted 4-0 to reject the cuts to Cal Grants, an income-based financial aid program, after hearing testimony from students. Assemblywoman Susan Bonilla, a Democrat, said Brown would have to “find the cuts somewhere else. We’re drawing a line.”
Cal Grants go to students coming from families making less than $50,000 a year. According to the California Student Aid Commission, Cal Grant recipients tend to be minorities. For students getting Cal Grants at the University of Redlands, for example, 51 percent are students of color.
Many people are worried the proposal would force students to drop out…