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Friday, February 17, 2017

SACRAMENTO—Assemblymember Jose Medina (D-Riverside), a former teacher and school board member at Jurupa Unified School District, responds to the series of social media posts made by Rubidoux High School educators.

“As a former teacher, I value a positive and welcoming environment for all students.  Therefore, I am highly disappointed to learn of the comments made by several Rubidoux High School educators. The inappropriate rhetoric used to describe students is hurtful and divisive.

Friday, February 17, 2017

SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Jose Medina (D-Riverside) announced his legislative package focused on cultural identity, college equity, vacant judgeships, and the environment.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Jose Medina (D-Riverside), Chair of the Assembly Higher Education Committee, released the following statement after the University of California Board of Regents voted to increase student tuition:

“I understand that the world class education at the University of California requires resources and funding. However, the fee increases will only add to the already worrisome financial burden on our students. I have worked in the past to expand financial aid programs like the Cal Grants, and will continue to do so. Before increasing fees for students, I believe we should explore all alternatives from both the legislative and institutional standpoint. I look forward to working with my colleagues in the Legislature to address the affordability and promise of higher education for our students.”

Assemblymember Medina proudly represents California’s 61st Assembly District, which consists of Riverside, Moreno Valley, and Perris.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Jose Medina (D-Riverside), Chair of the Assembly Higher Education Committee, released the following statement on Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr.’s State of the State:

“The Governor delivered his state of the state today. I applaud his comments on our commitment to upholding California’s values and defending its people in the face of uncertainty. I also support his efforts to build a solid rainy day fund and provide moderate funding increases to all segments of California’s Higher Education system despite a projected budget deficit.

Friday, January 20, 2017

SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Jose Medina (D-Riverside), Chair of the Assembly Higher Education Committee, was appointed to several influential Assembly Committees by Speaker Anthony Rendon (D-Paramount). Medina will serve on the Transportation Committee, Budget Committee, and Budget Subcommittee on Education Finance. His additional Committee assignments include Accountability and Administrative Review as well as Arts, Entertainment, Sports, Tourism, and Internet Media.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Jose Medina (D-Riverside), Chair of the Assembly Higher Education Committee, obtained top scores on legislative scorecards recently released by the California Labor Federation (CLF) and by the California Small Business Association (CSBA).

The CLF awarded Medina 100% for his voting record on legislation protecting workers and their families. Likewise, the CSBA granted Medina a Summa Cum Laude for his support of their priority legislation and for providing district resources for small businesses.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Jose Medina (D-Riverside), Chair of the Assembly Higher Education Committee, released the following statement on Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr.’s proposed 2017-18 Budget:

“The Governor's budget proposal includes a modest increase to California’s institutions of higher education and a commitment to student success programs. However, more needs to be done to ensure student preparedness. We need to help students pay for their higher education. With the planned phase-out of the Middle Class Scholarship Program and the possible tuition increases at UC and CSU, many future students will lack access to the financial resources they need.

Friday, September 30, 2016

SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Jose Medina (D-Riverside) and Senator Tony Mendoza (D-Artesia) announced that their legislative package of AB 1690 and SB 1379, focused on part-time faculty at California Community Colleges, was signed by the Governor.  

Part-time faculty throughout the state are plagued by inconsistent employment practices across community college districts and an inability to negotiate fair reemployment rights. Together, AB 1690 and SB 1379 provide landmark provisions to improve workplace stability for part-time faculty at California Community Colleges. Under the new law, representatives for both faculty and the community college district must discuss and set standards for employment practices for that particular district, thus providing much-needed employment stability for faculty while allowing districts the flexibility to accommodate local needs.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

The Inland Empire lags behind the state in college-going and graduation rates

A Thursday morning hearing on boosting college readiness and college graduation rates drew about 100 people to UC Riverside where they heard ideas ranging from a centralized student data system to supplemental programs for high school students.

Assemblyman Jose Medina, D-Riverside, who heads the Assembly Higher Education Committee, said the meeting focused on issues in the Inland Empire. The meeting drew education leaders from across the region as well as several other Assembly members, including Cheryl Brown, D-San Bernardino.