Thurmond’s Student Absenteeism Law Moves $35 Million from Prisons to Schools

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Over $35 million in funding was awarded to schools through a law authored by Assemblymember Tony Thurmond (D-Richmond)/ AB 1014 was signed into law last year the Early Intervention Attendance Grant Program provides grants to schools seeking to resolve attendance problems for pupils in grades K-3.

“I am thrilled to see that our schools are taking advantage of the funding that has been made available to keep our most vulnerable students in school,” said Thurmond. “AB1014 will have a significant impact on our young learners, and assist school districts in their work towards getting all children to school every day.”

The California Learning Communities for School Success Program (LCSSP) provides funds to the Local Education Agency to support programs aimed at improving student outcomes by reducing truancy and supporting students who are at-risk of dropping out of school or are victims of crime.

The program is the result Proposition 47, approved by voters in 2014, which reduced the penalties for certain non-serious and non-violent offenses and allocates 25 percent of the resulting statewide savings for LEA grants.