Previously Sponsored and Supported Bills

SB 1709: The College Opportunity Act of 2006


The College Opportunity Act of 2006 sought to renew the state’s commitment to the promise made in the 1960 Master Plan for Higher Education that California would provide a place in a community college or university for every eligible student who seeks it. Given the significant growth in California’s young adult population and the increasing demands for a highly educated workforce, the bill set out a broad vision for extending the promise of college opportunity to the next generation of Californians.


Senator Jack Scott (D-44)

Principal Coauthor:

Assembly Member Carol Liu (D-44)


Senator Jeff Denham, Assembly Members Lynn Daucher (R-72), Paul Koretz (D-42), and Gloria Negrete-Mcleod (D-61)


The Campaign for College Opportunity

Organizational Endorsers

Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges
ALL Student Loan
Asian Pacific American Legal Center (APALC)
California Business Roundtable
California Charter School Association
California State PTA
California State University, Channel Islands
California State University, Long Beach
California State University, Northridge
California State University, San Bernardino
California State University Chancellor’s Office
California Tomorrow
Central Valley Black Educators Association
Central Valley Higher Education Consortium
Chandler Farms
Coast Community College District
College Options
Compact for Success at San Diego State University
Community Action Partnership of Kern
East Los Angeles College, Learning Assistance Center
El Concilio – Council for the Spanish Speaking
Families in Schools
Fresno City Council
Girls Incorporated of Orange County
Grayson Neighborhood Council
Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU)
Hispanic Leadership Council of Stanislaus County
Humboldt State University
Joint Venture of Silicon Valley
Kern County Superintendent of Schools
League of Women Voters of California
Long Beach City College
Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce
Mexican American Community Services Agency, Inc.
Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF)
Merced Community College District
Modesto/Stanislaus Branch of the NAACP
National University
National University Virtual High School
Orange County Business Council
Parent Institute for Quality Education
Riverbank Unified School District
Sacramento Metro Chamber of Commerce
Salinas Valley Chamber of Commerce
San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools
San Bernardino Community College District and Inland Valleys’ Trustees and CEO
San Diego Community College District
Santa Ana Chamber of Commerce
Santa Rosa Junior College
Silicon Valley Leadership Group
South Orange County Community College District
Southern California Edison
Southwestern College
Stanislaus County Planning Commission
Teamsters Statewide Council
United Way of Greater Los Angeles
University of California Student Association