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CFA’s 2018 Legislative Agenda
Protecting the People's University

Protecting the CSU students and faculty, and maintaining the high quality of public higher education in the state is a focal point of CFA’s work. 

One of the ways we do that is by working with lawmakers on legislation that could further improve and protect the People’s University.

Here’s an overview of the legislation CFA is working on this year.

CFA 2018 Bill/Budget Package

LEGISLATION

SB 968 (Pan) Mental Health Counselor- Student Ratio

This bill would require each CSU campus to hire one mental health counselor per 1,000 students.

See a Fact Sheet about SB 968

SB 1421 (Skinner) Right to Know

This bill would modify the special secrecy for police officers to make records available to the public in cases involving sexual assault or dishonesty in criminal investigations, where accusations were sustained after due process. The bill would also make available records related to police shootings and other serious or deadly uses of force incidents, after 180 days, or after an investigation has been concluded (whichever comes first).

View a Community Fact Sheet about SB 1421

AB 2351 (Eggman) and ACA 13 (Eggman) Free Higher Education

AB 2351: This bill would define what is meant by free higher education and would establish a funding source.

ACA 13: This bill would exempt AB 2351’s funding source from proposition 98 and the Gann rule.

See Fact Sheets about AB 2351 and about ACA 13

AB 2408 (Weber) CSU Ethnic Studies

This bill would require CSU students to take a 3 unit ethnic studies course as a general education requirement in order to graduate.

See a Fact Sheet about AB 2408

AB 2505 (Santiago) CSU Report and Audit

This bill would establish regular reports and an audit by the California State Auditor of the CSU. The report and audit would include quarterly budget checks, reporting on “off books” funds, and include a review how staffing decisions are made.

See a Fact Sheet about AB 2505

THE STATE BUDGET

Line-Item Budget

This is a line-item budget ask to re-direct $50 million in current CSU funding to hire tenure-track faculty. The language will establish a baseline of faculty and specifies that the $50 million would be spent above maintenance of effort. The bill also includes reporting on specific outcomes that reflect how the funds spent accomplish intent of the funding and makes the case for Lecturer conversions.

Funding of the CSU

The Governor’s January budget would provide $92 million more in 2018-19. This amount is much less than half of the $263 million the CSU Chancellor and Trustees requested of him. We find both numbers inadequate to serve California’s students. We recommend a 5% increase in student enrollment this year which necessitates a$422.6 million investment in the CSU that would allow the CSU to increase admissions by more than 18,000 FTE students.

Go to the State Legislature’s bills information page for the full text and status of any bill.

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