Riverside’s Chavez Center to get $25 million overhaul

The Riverside Arts Academy on the city’s Eastside will enjoy a renovated arts center for its young talent.

California’s 2022-23 budget includes $25 million to renovate the César Chávez Community Center inside Bobby Bonds Park, Inland Empire legislators and community leaders announced Friday, July 1.

UC Riverside has big Latino enrollment, but is beset by funding inequities. Will it change?

Jordan Guillory, a UC Riverside junior, is never sure where his math class will meet. Sometimes, it’s outdoors. Other times, it’s an empty lecture hall. The class never received an assigned classroom as the Inland Empire campus grappled with a 4,450-seat shortfall in instructional space, the second-highest deficit in the University of California system.

Debt-free college: California’s on the verge of spending over a half-billion dollars to help 360,000 students

California is on track to remove any reason for its public university students to take out student loans.

Known as Middle Class Scholarship 2.0, the “debt-free” program is slated to receive its first infusion of money this summer: a cool $632 million that lawmakers and Gov. Gavin Newsom promised in last year’s state budget that they said they’d fund this year. 

Bills to aid community college adjuncts advance in California Assembly

Assemblymember Jose Medina, D-Riverside, author of a bill to increase community college adjunct professors' teach loads, speaking on the Assembly floor in 2017.

Two bills designed to improve the working conditions of part-time community college professors were easily approved by the state Assembly Higher Education Committee on Tuesday, but questions remain as to whether they will become law.

California's Assembly Higher Education Committee chairman reflects on last term

Assemblyman Jose Medina, who chairs the Assembly’s Committee on Higher Education, recently announced he would not seek re-election in 2022.

Medina, a Riverside Democrat, was first elected in 2012 to represent the 61st district. Before entering the Legislature, he worked as a Spanish and Chicano studies teacher at Riverside’s Poly High School and taught history at San Bernardino Valley Community College.

Medina sat down with EdSource for an interview about his legislative career and what his priorities are for higher education funding in the year ahead.