Sacramento-Last week, Assemblyman Curt Hagman (R-Chino Hills) initiated the process to override a line item veto in an effort to reinstate funding for the effective education program AVID-Advancement via Individual Determination. Unfortunately, the attempt was stalled on Friday when the majority party made the bill inactive and unable to take up for proper consideration. As the Democrats were thwarting the attempt, Assemblyman Hagman proclaimed, “If you vote against us, you vote to defund AVID.”
On June 27th, Governor Brown vetoed a provision within one of this year’s main budget bills taking away the state’s $8.1 million appropriation to AVID. Overriding a veto requires a two-thirds vote by both houses, an opportunity that was taken away in the Assembly. The last successful veto override was during Brown’s first term as governor in 1979 relating to state employees and insurance.
For more than 30 years, AVID has proven to be one of the most effective ways to increase the likelihood that a young person from a low-income family will graduate from high school and go on to enroll in and graduate from college. The statistics of success for AVID students far exceed national comparisons, with AVID graduates meeting college standards 90% of the time compared to 39% of non-graduates. Advanced placement (AP) test scores rise considerably for AVID students as well.
With an outpouring of support from AVID centers throughout the state, emails and calls reached out to both teachers and Members asking for their assistance in Assemblyman Hagman’s efforts. Despite such widespread support outside of the Legislature, just 27 Members ended up voting in favor of AVID, including only two Democrats-Assemblymembers Solorio and Swanson-who were willing to join the fight for the successful program against the Governor.
“At a time when the Legislature and Governor can approve $6 billion to a hopeless high speed rail project, their denial of $8 million to such a beneficial program speaks volumes to their actual consideration of our children’s education” said Assemblyman Curt Hagman. “I am very disappointed in the majority of my colleagues, but thank all of those who were supportive of this effort, this program, and our children’s future.”