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Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Sacramento Bee

This fall, nearly 40 percent of incoming freshmen at California State University were placed in developmental math or English courses. In the state’s sprawling community college system, three-quarters of any given incoming group is deemed unprepared for college-level work when they arrive.

It will be semesters or even years – and thousands of dollars in additional tuition costs – until these students can begin the general education classes that advance them toward a degree. Frustrated or discouraged, many will drop out before they ever reach that point.

 
Saturday, September 30, 2017

The California Legislature recently passed a bill that would prompt changes in the way students are placed into remedial courses at community colleges throughout California.

The bill, called the Community College Placement Bill, was created by Assemblywoman Jacqui Irwin. The bill has moved to Gov. Jerry Brown's desk, where Irwin, D-Thousand Oaks, believes it will be signed.

Monday, September 18, 2017

 A bill by a legislator from Ventura County intended to help academically struggling community college students is now on the governor’s desk, awaiting his action.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Four out of five California community college students must take a remedial math or English class at some point in their college career. For some, that’s largely repeating what they already learned in high school.

But under a proposed bill headed to the governor’s desk that passed unanimously Thursday in the state Legislature, many more students may soon avoid that path.

As published in EdSource.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

At its annual Solar and Storage Worker Day, the California Solar Energy Industries Association honored Assemblywoman Jacqui Irwin, D-Thousand Oaks, for her work to promote the growth of local solar and energy storage.

As published in the Ventura County Star.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Earlier this summer, students across California accomplished their dream of a college degree. But for every person who graduates, there are thousands who don’t.

Students of color are particularly likely to drop out, in part because they are disproportionately placed into remedial classes. This can add years to their course load and reduces their chances of completing college.

As transcribed in the Sacramento Bee.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Why drive to Vegas?

For $143—$98 for the marriage license and $45 for the actual ceremony—a couple can get hitched quickly and inexpensively during the week at the Ventura County clerk’s office.

And now, as a result of Assemblymember Jacqui Irwin’s (D-Camarillo) new bill, Saturday ceremonies will likely make a comeback.

As published in the Camarillo Acorn.