State Capitol Closes for Foreseeable Future After Passing $1. 1 Billion in Coronavirus Funds

Monday night, state lawmakers approved more than one billion dollars in emergency funds as the coronavirus pandemic expands throughout California and the US.

Lawmakers have adjourned until at least April 13. Before leaving, lawmakers made $500 million available immediately, according to CalMatters, and “allowed Newsom to spend up to $1 billion total” at any time for any purpose related to his March 4 emergency proclamation. According to EdSource, legislators “approved an initial $100 million for K-12 districts and child care centers to cover school cleaning expenses…”

AB 1460 Ethnic Studies Requirement

With the capitol closed until the middle of April, what does this mean for our bill on requiring CSU to have an ethnic studies requirement for graduation? It means it is on hold, for now.

CFA’s government relations team is still hard at work to ensure AB 1460’s passage and signing from the Governor and our anti-racism and social justice work continues.  In the meantime, check out this op-ed on the benefits of Ethnic Studies penned by University of Maryland professor Janelle Wong, who was born, raised, and educated in California.