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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.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

It's high school graduation season, which means seniors are making big plans, like what their great Instagram hashtags will be and how they'll sneak in vape puffs during the commencement ceremony. Meanwhile, lawmakers in Sacramento are debating Assembly Bill 2772, which would mandate that all high schoolers complete at least one course in ethnic studies in order to graduate.

 

The bill was written by Riverside-area Democrat Jose Medina, who you will be unsurprised to learn is a former ethnic studies teacher. He's quoted in an Appropriations committee analysis as saying, "Studies have proven that attendance and the grade-point average of at-risk high school students have improved when culturally relevant pedagogy is added to the curriculum."

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

"This job is made harder when our children of color do not see themselves in their studies. When you don't see people like yourself, the message is you're invisible. As well, students who only learn about or see people who look like them will not be prepared to navigate an increasingly diverse society," she added.

 

Jimenez's comments come as California Assembly Bill 2772, introduced Feb. 16, moves through the Assembly Committee on Appropriations after having received approval from the Assembly Education Committee.

 
Tuesday, May 15, 2018
Cal State officials are hopeful. "We're encouraged by discussions that we've had with the Legislature," Executive Vice Chancellor and Chief Financial Officer Steve Relyea told trustees Tuesday. "This is the time, in these last few weeks, to continue ... telling the story of the California State University."
 
They're getting some political support. On Wednesday, Assemblyman Jose Medina (D-Riverside), chairman of the Assembly's higher education committee, is holding a Sacramento news conference with students and faculty to pressure Brown to "fully fund" both Cal State and UC.
Thursday, April 26, 2018

Recently, Assemblyman Jose Medina, speaking at a conference with several other lawmakers, said he wanted to “fully fund” UC to make sure all students, particularly the Latino young people who make up a growing portion of the state’s students, have access to higher education.

In the wake of student protests, the California State University system announced last Friday it will not increase tuition for the 2018-19 school year.

But UC faces a tough battle. After a blistering audit suggested the system had mismanaged its budget, Gov. Brown said UC should trim its spending rather than get more money beyond the three percent budget increase included in his January budget. UC President Janet Napolitano and others have countered that more students than ever are enrolling, placing heavier burdens on the system’s finances.