Press Release

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

The current state budget crisis may just do to Calbright College what past criticism from unions and legislators could not achieve so far: kill off the state’s new fully online community college.

Calbright College, established last year to deliver online education for under-employed adults, is now the focus of strengthened efforts to abolish it and redirect $137 million of its funding to other higher education needs, according to testimony Tuesday at a state Assembly subcommittee hearing. Key legislators and the state Legislative Analyst’s Office, which evaluates legislation and programs, portrayed the controversial school as duplicative of widespread online courses started in the pandemic and too expensive while other community colleges and state universities face troubling budget cuts.

Thursday, May 14, 2020

SACRAMENTO— Assemblymember Jose Medina (D-Riverside), Chair of the Assembly Higher Education Committee, released the following statement on Governor Gavin Newsom’s May Revision of the 2020-21 State Budget:

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

SACRAMENTO –Assemblymember Jose Medina (D-Riverside) released the following statement expressing support of University of California President Janet Napolitano’s proposal that would make the SAT and ACT optional for the first two years and eliminate the test for years three and four.

Monday, May 4, 2020

SACRAMENTO –Assemblymember Jose Medina (D-Riverside) released the following statement expressing opposition to Riverside County Board of Supervisors’ proposal to reverse certain COVID-19 public health orders mandated by Riverside County Public Health Officer, Dr. Cameron Kaiser:
“I am deeply concerned that the Riverside County Board of Supervisors is considering a proposal that would rollback current public health guidance put in place by Riverside County’s top health official, Dr. Cameron Kaiser.

Thursday, April 30, 2020
Tuesday, March 17, 2020

SACRAMENTO –Assemblymember Jose Medina (D-Riverside) released the following statement on Legislature’s decision to recess until April 13th to mitigate spread of novel coronavirus:

“The Legislature is following CDC recommendations and the Governor’s orders to socially distance and work remotely. The Assembly is leading by example to ensure that we each do our part to ‘flatten the curve’ and reduce the spread of COVID-19. Accordingly, my offices will be closed but my staff and I will remain accessible via phone and email to continue to serve the needs of our community.”

Thursday, February 27, 2020

State lawmakers voted unanimously Wednesday to audit Calbright College, California’s online-only community college, just five months into its existence.

The 14-0 vote by the Joint Committee on Legislative Audit signals that critics from the college’s faculty union have succeeded in raising doubts among lawmakers about whether the state needs a separate, online-only community college. The committee has the authority to approve state audits.

The audit will get underway after July 1 and could take about seven months to complete. Lawmakers want the audit to examine whether Calbright is serving the students it was created for, whether the college’s classes too closely resemble courses offered at other community colleges and whether it has complied with state law. It also will look into the college’s finances, salaries and expenses to see if it has appropriately used state money.

The audit is estimated to cost the state $375,180.