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Raise our Faculty Voice at the State Capitol on April 4 to say ‘Governor—Fund the CSU!’

CFA, Students for Quality Education, and other CSU advocates scored a victory last week when the CSU Chancellor and Trustees delayed a vote on a proposed tuition hike. Now, faculty and students are shifting focus. Up next: Telling Gov. Jerry Brown to fund the CSU adequately.

On April 4, CFA will host an action in Sacramento urging the governor, lawmakers, and the state to ensure that qualified California students can get into the CSU, afford to stay, get the classes they need, and help to advance California’s society and economy.

The state needs to do better to fund the CSU — at least enough to avoid higher tuition and to admit more qualified students who were promised a seat in the university.

“We have pressed hard on the CSU Trustees and Chancellor that they must step up their game to get the resources from the state that the CSU needs,” said CFA Political Action & Legislation Chair Lillian Taiz. Taiz and other CFA and SQE speakers at the Trustees meeting last week challenged them to do more.

Taiz added, “We hope that they intend to join us in putting pressure on the governor as well as members of the legislature. The time is now.”

Details about April 4 will be announced in coming weeks. Faculty also are encouraged to join CFA leaders at the March 20-21 meeting of the CSU Board of Trustees in Long Beach. The Trustees will issue their agenda for that meeting 10 days in advance.

CFA also is asking faculty, students and other CSU advocates to attend legislative hearings on state funding between now and June, when the state budget must be adopted. The first hearing will be before the Assembly Budget Sub 2 Committee on Feb. 20 at 3 pm at the State Capitol in Sacramento. Watch CFA Headlines for more details and other upcoming dates and times.

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