CFA Lobby Days @State Capitol to advance key bills, make the case for better CSU funding, April 4-5

Delegations of CSU faculty are preparing to head from campuses to the State Capitol next week to urge state legislators to back a higher budget allocation for the CSU, and ask them to support CFA’s sponsored legislative package.

That package includes bills that mandate the CSU increase the ratio of tenured and tenure-track faculty to 75%, freeze student tuition/fees, and provide greater protection for undocumented individuals who study and work on our campuses.

At an evening program, CFA will honor elected officials who are themselves graduates of the California State University.

Learn more about state funding for the CSU in a brief CFA analysis of the governor’s proposed 2017-18 budget, which he released in January.

The bills the delegations will address include:

AB 393: The Student Protection Act. Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk-Silva introduced it with CFA. It would freeze tuition and fees for our students in the CSU and Community Colleges, and urge the UC Regents to adopt a similar policy to freeze tuition and fees, through the end of June 2020. At www.StopTheFees.org, you can send a message to your legislator to #StopTheFees on our students. There, you can also tweet a message to your legislators, and use the “Call” button to get a script and phone number to make a quick call to you legislators.

AB 21: Access to Higher Education for Every Student. Introduced by Assemblymember Ash Kalra, it would direct public colleges and universities to enact a broad range of protections for undocumented students. These include refraining from releasing student information, restricting ICE access to campus without advance notice, and assistance to students who are affected by federal immigration policies, including help to access legal advice. The bill passed out of the Assembly Higher Education Committee on Tuesday this week and now heads for the Assembly Judiciary Committee.

AB 1464: The need to increase tenure density in the CSU is the topic of this bill authored by former San Diego State faculty member and now State Assemblymember Dr. Shirley Weber. It would place in statute a plan to increase the make-up of the CSU faculty to 75 percent tenured and tenure-track faculty by 2025. It follows up a 2001 Assembly Resolution calling on the CSU to change its hiring practices to do just that.

AB 1038: A “Blue Ribbon Commission” would be formed by this bill authored by Assemblymember Rob Bonta to create a plan to sustain and augment our public California universities, especially in light of the changing demographics of the state and of CSU students. The Commission would be responsible to develop by 2019 a comprehensive plan for California to be implemented by the legislature and governor that will advance California’s system of public higher education.