CFA-sponsored legislation progressing as faculty continue to meet with lawmakers

Legislation to help improve the CSU is continuing to make its way through the legislative process this week, and faculty are meeting with lawmakers to urge their support.

AB 393, authored by Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk-Silva, was scheduled to be heard by the Assembly Appropriations Committee today (May 10).

The bill would freeze tuition and mandatory system-wide fees in the CSU and California Community Colleges through the 2019-20 academic year.

The Assembly Higher Education Committee unanimously approved the bill last month.

Without AB 393 in place and/or the CSU receiving the full $325 million budget augmentation, tuition in the CSU would rise by 5%—or $270—for each student next academic year. Please take a moment to encourage your legislator to support AB 393.

Faculty also are continuing to meet with lawmakers in their home districts to advocate for legislation to protect the People’s University.

San Diego State faculty met with Assemblymember Shirley Weber last week, where they discussed Weber’s bill, AB 1464. The bill would place in statute an eight-year strategy to increase the number of tenure track faculty in the CSU, with a target of 75% of faculty being tenure track by 2026. 

CFA activists also met with Senator Toni Atkins, who said she welcomes the union’s input and appreciates the points made in CFA’s report “Equity, Interrupted: How California Is Cheating Its Future.”

Click here to view CFA’s 2017 legislative agenda.

Photo: Students protested the 5% tuition increase at the CSU Board of Trustees meeting in March.