Senator Hancock has devoted much of her career to developing public policies that support and improve public schools in the East Bay and throughout California.
As head of the Western Regional Office of the U.S. Department of Education during the Clinton Administration, Hancock launched after-school, early reading preparation, college preparedness, and other initiatives. She helped schools in California receive millions of dollars in federal education funding.
As a member of the Assembly and Senate Committees on Education, Senator Hancock fought against tuition increases, elimination of outreach programs, and deep cuts to community college, CSU and UC budgets.
Senator Hancock has authored legislation that greatly expands school-to-career education for California's high school students. She strongly believes in career academies because they keep young people in school, and better prepares them for college and for real jobs in the new economy. Senator Hancock currently chairs the Select Committee on Workforce Development, School Environment, and Student Wellness.