CFA participates in legislative hearings & district visits on key bills, CSU funding

During late April and May, the California State Legislature holds hearings galore on key bills that could affect the future of the CSU, as well as on state funding for our public university. And CFA is on top of it!

Already, CFA leaders and spokespersons provided testimony and sent a letter with commentary to members of the Assembly Budget Subcommittee on Higher Education last week about the CSU budget.

Representatives also spoke at hearings today (May 3) on two CFA-sponsored bills. Tomorrow, the Senate Budget Committee will take up the CSU budget and CFA again will provide testimony.

AB 1464: Tenure Density in the CSU, a bill CFA initiated, came before the Assembly Appropriations Committee today (May 3), would increase the percentage of tenure-line faculty in the CSU to 75% by the year 2025.

CFA Political Action & Legislation Chair Lillian Taiz said of the bill, “We continue to fight for good quality, public higher education. One of the ways we do that is with a bill like AB 1464, which will help to stabilize the CSU’s teaching force. It will require the CSU administration to hire more tenure-track faculty and to give lecturers who work on short-term appointments a possible pathway to the tenure track.”


Meanwhile, CFA members are busy around the state reaching out to elected members of the legislature. Cal State Los Angeles CFA leaders Nichelle Henderson and Molly Talcott (in photo left to right) chatted up Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon at the annual Pat Brown Institute Dinner last week.

Members of the San Francisco CFA Chapter visited Assemblymember David Chiu in his home district office to review the CFA-sponsored bills and explain the urgent need to step up state funding for the CSU.

The San Bernardino CFA Chapter met last week with aides to local Assemblymember Jose Medina, who chairs the Assembly Higher Education Committee, and to local state Senator Connie Leyva. The CFA Chapter Political Action Chair Chris Naticchia noted that both representatives are concerned about the need for more state funding for the CSU and the issues that underlie CFA’s sponsored bills.

Learn more about the 2017 CFA Legislative Agenda