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CFA Calls on State Legislature to Reinvest in Higher Education

SACRAMENTO — The California Faculty Association (CFA) released a statement today after Governor Gavin Newsom presented his 2021-22 budget proposal:

 

Encouraged.

It is as simple as that. We are encouraged by Governor Gavin Newsom’s 2021-22 budget proposal and welcome his long-term investment in higher education and in the California State University system (CSU).

The Governor’s initial proposal calls for a $144.5 million increase in ongoing general fund spending, $225 million in one-time monies, and a tuition freeze. Some additional highlights:

  • $15 million is designated for technological access, like high-speed internet, for all students, along with an increase to student mental health services. Both are sorely needed.
  • An increase of $30 million one-time dollars to support emergency financial assistance grants for full-time, low-income students, and other students who were previously working full-time, or the equivalent of full-time.

While this brings some much-needed good news for our faculty and our students, we believe that California’s elected leadership must understand the realities of educating during this pandemic. CSU leadership has announced a return to campus for Fall 2021. In order for this to happen safely, the CSU should be provided with the necessary resources, i.e. proper investment and funds. This includes: safe, healthy, and clean facilities; additional hiring of mental health counselors for our students; proper vaccination protocols; protecting the jobs and sports for our coaches and student athletes; access and equity across the board; and no militarization of police and no racial profiling of our faculty and our students on campuses. CFA outlined these important steps in Our Way Forward, a long-term plan to defend quality higher education.

This proposal is the opening move in the budget process that includes a May revise and final approval in June. CFA looks forward to working with the California State Legislature and Governor Newsom over the next several months to secure necessary funding to enable us to best serve CSU students.

Our members also look forward to working with CSU Chancellor Joseph I. Castro to usher in a fresh approach to advocacy on behalf of our students, our faculty, and our universities in his new role within the CSU system.

ABOUT THE CALIFORNIA FACULTY ASSOCIATION: CFA represents more than 29,000 tenure-line instructional faculty, lecturers, librarians, counselors and coaches on the 23 campuses of the California State University system, from Humboldt State in the north, to San Diego State in the south. Learn more about CFA at calfac.org and visit our Facebook and Twitter pages.

 

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