CFA Lobby Days to advocate for CSU funding & for students

Some 100 faculty, staff and students will be at the State Capitol April 1-2 to advocate for the funding the CSU needs and for two bills that would protect students in our public university. The days will start with a program with five current Assemblymembers, all former California State University faculty members—Shirley Weber and Marty Block who taught at San Diego State, Raul Bocanegra at CSU Northridge, Anthony Rendon at CSU Fullerton, and Susan Eggman at Sacramento State.

The “citizen-lobbyists” will meet with legislators and their staff about why the CSU needs a substantial increase in funding, above the amount in the governor’s proposed 2014/15 state budget.

They also will educate legislators on two bills to address problems that could profoundly affect our students.

AB 2153 (Gray) would stop the process of moving classes necessary to complete college degrees out of the regular state-funded side of our university and into the high-fee continuing education side, effectively privatizing those classes. The bill would stop this practice known as “supplanting.”

SB 1325 (Yee) would define and limit how information about students collected when they take a class online is collected and used. This is a growing challenge as explained in a recent New York Times article about current and potential abuses of this personal information.