Portantino's Armenian Law Student Scholarships, Genocide Education Funding Proposals Adopted in State Budget

Published : Wednesday, June 20, 2018 | 10:05 AM

Two important education proposals which Pasadena-area State Senator Anthony J. Portantino submitted on behalf of Armenian-Americans have been adopted into the state’s budget.

One of the proposals is for six full-tuition scholarships at Hastings College of Law for graduates of the American University of Armenia, and the other about a $500,000 state grant to create study guides for California schools to properly teach the Armenian Genocide.

Portantino, Chair of the Senate Education Budget Subcommittee, on Tuesday said he is pleased to report “the successful inclusion of these important education proposals.”

“I had the honor to work with a representative of AUA and Hastings to create the scholarships and with the Genocide Education Project on the implementation of the study guide proposal,” Portantino said. “I am grateful to my colleagues and Governor Brown for embracing the idea of helping all Californians properly learn about the Genocide and to provide a career path that cements California’s positive relationship with AUA.”

The six scholarships at Hastings are valued at an estimated $190,000 each. To be eligible, students must be California residents who graduate from AUA and meet Hastings’ admission requirements.

On the other hand, the $500,000 grant for study guides follows last year’s successful effort to budget $10 million for the implementation of the updated Social Science curriculum in the state. The guides are intended to advance the proper teaching of the history of the Armenian Genocide.

“We are very grateful to Senator Anthony Portantino for his ongoing efforts to secure substantial funding for this purpose, and we look forward to continuing to work with him and the State Legislature toward ensuring that the history and lessons learned from the Armenian Genocide are appropriately taught to California students,” said Nora Hovsepian, Chair of the Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA) Western Region.

In addition to chairing the Education Budget Sub-committee, Portantino also chairs the California Armenia and Artsakh Select Committee.

The adopted budget is now headed to Governor Jerry Brown for his signature.

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