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Quality schools, higher education top Price agenda
By Katherine Williams Sentinel Contributing Writer
Published February 22, 2013

Sen. Curren Price, the leading candidate for Los Angeles City Council in the 9th District, has worked tirelessly to create new opportunities that allow more families to afford higher education. (Sentinel File Photo)

Working to secure more resources for South Los Angeles, leading L.A. City Council candidate puts students first.

It is no mystery why Sen. Curren Price has been honored multiple times as Legislator of the Year by the UC Student Association: the leading candidate for Los Angeles City Council is a longtime champion of education reforms that help make college a realistic goal for families in the 9th District.

“I was born and raised in the 9th District, and I believe every child growing up here today deserves the same opportunities that I had as a student,” said Price, who graduated from prestigious Stanford University, and earned a law degree from Santa Clara University. “As a member of the Los Angeles City Council, I will make education a top priority. l look forward to working with my city council colleagues, the Los Angeles Unified School District board, teachers and parents on ways we can band together to ensure that children in the Ninth District receive the education and training to prepare them for the jobs of the 21st century.”

Price has expressed strong support for state policies that “recognize the importance of returning the control of education to the local school boards and school districts. Nowhere is this … more relevant than in Los Angeles, where so many of our students come from low-income homes and where English is a second language. The educators and administrators in these schools know what their students need and we don’t need policies and education programs created from afar.” He also praised proposals that would “pay school districts a premium for disadvantaged students,” addressing “a persistent and growing inequality in our state.”

An experienced legislator who has always put education access at the top of his agenda, Price is no stranger to making laws that have a positive impact on the lives of young people.

In the State Senate, Price introduced the College Affordability Act of 2009, a measure intended to freeze the cost of attending UC and CSU campuses and limit future increases in tuition and fees. He earned his latest honors from the UC Student Association after sponsoring legislation to expand the Cal Grant program, which has helped thousands of students afford to attend California’s public university system.

For children in at-risk situations, Price won wide praise from child welfare advocates for moving to close the school-to-prison pipeline — by introducing a bill that would prohibit public schools from denying enrollment or readmission to students solely on the basis that he or she has had contact with the juvenile justice system.

Price has also sponsored free cash-for-college workshops in South L.A., giving parents and students better access to the financial tools they need to put higher education within reach. His consistent support for educators earned him the enthusiastic endorsement of United Teachers Los Angeles (UTLA).

“Every time a child steps onto a public school campus, we all take some measure of responsibility for his or her future — especially those entrusted by voters to safeguard their absolute civil right to a quality education and a safe environment in which to learn,” said Price. “It will always be my mission to uphold this trust, and I am excited about seizing the many opportunities that lay before us.”


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