New planning idea for California higher ed moves in Assembly
‘We have to figure out a better way’

Last week, CFA added to its agenda of sponsored bills AB 1038 to form a “Blue Ribbon Commission” that would develop a comprehensive plan to sustain and augment California’s system of public higher education.

The Assembly Higher Education Committee heard testimony on the idea this week and voted to advance the bill to the Appropriations Committee.

Assemblymember Rob Bonta, the bill author, envisions a plan in place by 2019 that could guide California back to the extremely successful, quality, accessible, affordable public higher education system derived from the 1960 California Master Plan for Public Higher Education.

CFA Vice President Kim Geron, faculty at CSU East Bay, told the committee about findings in the CFA research report Equity Interrupted that “California is spending less per student today when three of four students are of color, than was spent in 1980 when students were mostly white. This is systematic and it will take deliberate action” to correct, he said.

Geron added, “It is hard to overstate the daily challenges we face and to our students, just to get to class, to afford books, to cope with the cost of living. We have to figure out a better way to do this.”