Friday, August 17, 2018

A bill that would make ethnic studies a graduation requirement in California is among a series of education-related bills from Assemblyman Jose Medina, D-Riverside, that are moving to the Senate floor.

The bill would require high schools students in California to take a semester of ethnic studies in order to graduate, beginning in the 2023-24 school year. Medina said the course would “help ensure that all students learn about the diverse histories of the people that make up America.”

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

This week the Legislature—which had been considering a bill to make California the first state to require ethnic studies for high school graduation—backed away from creating such a statewide mandate, citing costs estimated to top $400 million. Sponsors settled on a pilot program instead.

The pilot would cover 10 to 15 school districts across the state that will opt in to have ethnic studies as a graduation requirement. Schools would begin applying next year and the program would create the requirement for some students as early as 2022, with schools reporting their findings in 2024.

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday signed a $139 billion general fund budget that includes $9.7 million to support the development of the Cheech Marin Center for Chicano Art, Culture and Industry of the Riverside Art Museum, also known as “The Cheech.”

The Cheech will reside in the city of Riverside and be a permanent home for Cheech Marin’s more than 700 works of Chicano art, including paintings, sculptures, and photography, making up what organizers say is the most prominent collection of its kind in the U.S.

The funding from the state legislature — championed by Assemblymember Jose Medina (D-Riverside) — pushes the fundraising effort known as “Reach for the Cheech” close to $13 million, which will be used to transform Riverside’s existing Main Library into an arts facility.

Friday, June 15, 2018

Assemblyman Jose Medina, D-Riverside, who chairs the Assembly Higher Education Committee, was pleased with the funding levels for the UC and Cal State systems.

“The budget originally proposed by the governor significantly underfunded these institutions, which would have been detrimental to our universities and our students,” he said. “The final budget agreement not only fully funds these institutions, but also allocates an additional $5 million to the UC, and an additional $120 million to the CSU for enrollment growth.

“At a time when more and more of California’s students graduate from high school college-ready, it is critical to invest in these institutions to ensure all students have access to quality higher education.”

Monday, June 11, 2018

Metrolink is investigating a private security guard’s alleged remark that a Riverside train with many Hispanics was bound for Tijuana and a conductor’s apparent dismissal of a woman’s complaint about the comment.

The family of Riverside resident Felisha Carrasco and Assemblyman Jose Medina termed the remark a “racist” comment, while a Metrolink statement called it an “alleged racially insensitive remark.”

Thursday, June 7, 2018

A Riverside legislator’s bill seeks to make ethnic studies a high school graduation requirement in California

The bill introduced by Assemblyman Jose Medina, D-Riverside, a former ethnic studies teacher, has passed the Assembly floor and moved to the state Senate.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

"Since January, thousands of University of California students have called upon the Assembly to reinvest in our education. Today, we won," she said. "We are incredibly heartened."

Kieffer said Assemblyman Jose Medina (D-Riverside), who heads the Assembly Higher Education Committee, played a key role.