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.

Thursday, September 1, 2016

SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Jose Medina (D-Riverside) announced that his legislative package focused on education passed the Legislature and awaits the Governor’s signature. 

“As Chair of Assembly Higher Education Committee and a former Community College trustee, it is a privilege to continue improving conditions for both educators and the students they teach.”
Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Last Thursday, the U.S. Department of Education suspended federal financial aid for prospective students at ITT Technical Institutes, a national, publicly traded, for-profit college. The next day, the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education prohibited California ITT locations from enrolling new students.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

SACRAMENTO—Assemblymember Jose Medina (D-Riverside) released the following statement today regarding the passing of Dr. Pamela Clute:

“I am saddened to hear of the passing of Dr. Pamela Clute, Assistant Vice Chancellor Emerita at UC Riverside and UCR Foundation Trustee. I was honored to have worked with her for many years as a teacher, school board member, and RCC Trustee. For over 40 years, Pamela dedicated herself to students, fostering their interest and helping them explore their potential in STEM fields. Her efforts won numerous awards, including my recognition of her work as one of this year’s Women of Distinction for the 61st Assembly District. I, along with countless others inspired by her work, will miss her energy and impact.”
Friday, July 29, 2016

Free college education was one of the issues spotlighted at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia this week.

True, it was dwarfed by the historic nomination of the first woman to represent a major political party as a presidential nominee, but it was in the mix. And as fall terms approach, it becomes an even more important issue to students pursuing degrees while worrying about their finances.

Monday, July 11, 2016

RIVERSIDE – Assemblymember Jose Medina (D-Riverside) and Senator Richard Roth (D-Riverside) alongside Secretary of Natural Resources John Laird and former Riverside Mayor Ron Loveridge honored the partnership between California Citrus State Historic Park and Friends of California Citrus Park. A signing ceremony was held today to commemorate the creation of this public-private partnership. Such partnerships were encouraged by Governor Brown as a way to enhance State resources.

“It was truly an honor to join Secretary John Laird, Assemblyman Jose Medina, former Riverside Mayor Ron Loveridge and a bipartisan coalition of regional leaders in recognizing the historic partnership forged today between the California Citrus State Historic Park and Friends of California Citrus Park,” said Senator Roth.  “This partnership will preserve and protect our region’s unique heritage and future, and shows what we can achieve when we come together under a common purpose to deliver for all Inland Southern Californians.”

Thursday, July 7, 2016

(Sacramento) – California State Assemblymember Jose Medina (D-Riverside) spoke before the Senate Education Committee regarding Assembly Bill 1721, which would expand financial aid for California’s college students.  AB 1721 aims to increase the number of competitive Cal Grant awards from 25,700 to 34,000.  The legislation also proposes reserving 19,000 competitive Cal Grants for California Community College students among other enhancements.  AB 1721 passed by a unanimous vote of the committee and now heads to the State Senate Floor for consideration.  Watch this Assembly Access Video to see a portion of Assemblymember Medina’s presentation before the committee.