closed because of hurricane damage.
It will also allow students to apply for a waiver of in-state
fees, to allow low-income students from the effected states to attend
college tuition free.
Thousands of students who were enrolled in higher education
institutions in those states were displaced by of Hurricane Katrina.
In New Orleans alone, eight public institutions and five private
institutions, which had 75,000 students enrolled, will not be able to
open this fall.
The bill would ease enrollment in local colleges and universities
that would normally charge high out-of-state tuition and fees.
"This bill will complement and strengthen local community efforts
to relocate students, provide them with food and housing and help
them with other college costs by removing the burden of expensive
out-of-state tuition," Liu said in a statement. "It will take months
and maybe years for many of these schools to rebuild. Allowing
affected students to attend California Community Colleges will help
them get on with their lives."
Foster care bill goes to governor
A bill to make foster care more appealing for families trying to
work with the system is making its way to the governor's desk after
it passed the Assembly.
The bill, written by State Sen. Jack Scott, will simplify
regulations for hiring baby-sitters to allow foster parents to use
their best judgment in who may baby-sit foster children for short
periods of time.
The legislation is aimed at helping normalize the lives of foster
families, while at the same time maintaining safeguards for the more
than 90,000 children in the foster care system.
"There are big problems in recruiting and keeping foster parents,"
Scott said in a statement. "Because of bureaucratic red tape, friends
and family members -- even police officers -- are not allowed to
baby-sit foster kids unless they've undergone a criminal background
check and health check.
Having a short-term baby-sitter without requiring him or her to
jump through a lot of bureaucratic red tape will improve the lives of
caregivers and their foster children."
Assembly passes adoption bill