We fought hard in Sacramento to win the Summer Bridge Fund. Now, as the program begins to roll-out, we've continued to work with the state and we’ve won important updates that expand and improve the summer bridge fund. Updates include a $62,400/year income threshold for eligibility. Any work you do outside of the school district does not affect your eligibility.
Participating school districts have begun to notify members who applied of their eligibility in the Summer Bridge program, also called the CA School Employee Summer Assistance Program. Through this state program, that Local 99 members helped pass, eligible members will be able to set aside funds for the summer starting next school year (2019-20) and receive matching contributions from the state starting in the summer of 2020.
After years of hard work—including hundreds of members going to Sacramento year-after-year to talk to legislators, and electing politicians who support classified employees—the Summer Bridge Fund is finally a reality. To be able to participate in the program, you must apply before March 1, 2019. Here’s what you need to do and what happens after you submit your application.
Our Summer Bridge Fund is now a reality! Governor Brown has signed a new California budget that includes $50 million dollars for a state matched fund for school workers.
“I tell everyone I get paid to play. I love my work because of the kids. Sometimes, I work past my paid hours or dip into my own my pocket to help the children buy lunch because I care so much for my students.” Kirsten is a dedicated education worker who has given [...]