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California Lawmakers Pass Education and Drug Bills, Strike Prop. 187

The bill, SB 850, would allow 15 community college districts to temporarily offer one baccalaureate degree program each, as soon as next year and ending in 2023. Block said he thinks the community colleges can provide a four-year degree for $10,000 per student, much less than the cost at UC and Cal State schools.

 On the other end of the academic spectrum, lawmakers want to limit suspensions for students who “willfully defy” teachers and administrators. Supporters of the measure say schools too often suspend or expel students for “willful defiance,” a catch-all term that includes refusal to complete assignments or disruption of school activities.