Faculty to testify on need for additional state funding for CSU during upcoming budget hearing

CFA leaders will make the case for additional state funding for the California State University to lawmakers during a budget hearing in Sacramento next week.

The Assembly Budget Subcommittee No. 2 on Education Finance, chaired by Assemblymember Kevin McCarty, will look over Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposed 2018-19 budget, as well as discuss implications for the CSU, UC, and Community College systems.

CFA activists plan to testify on the need to increase funding for the CSU to improve enrollment growth. More resources for the CSU also could help stave off another potential tuition increase.

The governor’s budget includes just $92.1 million in additional funding for the 2018-19 fiscal year. CFA is calling for an additional $422.6 million in state funding for the CSU, which would increase access to the CSU for an additional 18,205 students. Last academic year, more than 31,000 qualified students were turned away from the CSU.

“It is getting harder for our students to get into the CSU and to be able to afford to stay,” said Jennifer Eagan, CFA President. “This state has drifted too far away from the mission of public higher education, which is to provide access to affordable, high-quality education to all Californians. Right now, though the state economy needs more college graduates to prosper, we are increasingly shifting costs onto individual students. Our elected leaders have a duty to stop the trend.”

Faculty and students are encouraged to attend the 3 pm hearing, which will be held in Room 447 of the State Capitol. You also can listen to the hearing here (scroll down to Tuesday, February 20).

On April 4, CFA will hold an action at the Capitol to tell Gov. Brown that it’s time to #FreeTheCSU and fund the People’s University. Together, we’ll fight to end the systemic underfunding that’s plagued the CSU for more than 30 years.

Faculty, students, and community allies: Click here to RSVP to our April 4 action!