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UC puts off vote on possible tuition hike

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.

No tuition hikes — UC and CSU systems deliver welcome news to students

Now there appears to be a growing enthusiasm among state lawmakers for allocating more money to the universities as the Legislature hashes out the state budget for the 2018-19 fiscal year beginning July 1.

“I am happy with their decision,” Assemblyman Jose Medina, D-Riverside, said Thursday of the universities’ announcements. Medina, who chairs the Assembly’s Higher Education Committee, said he hopes lawmakers will not simply buy out the tuition increases, but “fully fund” the UC and CSU.

Lawmakers question Gov. Brown’s plan to overhaul funding for California’s community colleges

Brown’s community college funding proposal would target more than $6 billion in annual community college “general-purpose” funding so that a quarter of that money is tied to the academic success of students. Another 25 percent of the funding under Brown’s plan would be based on how many students receive federal Pell grants and state tuition waivers. The remaining 50 percent would be tied to student enrollment. All of this would go into effect in 2018-19, which starts July 1 of this year.

Speakers urge school board to require ethnic studies class

This matter arose a month after Assemblyman Jose Medina, D-Riverside, introduced Assembly Bill 2772, which would require public high school and charter students to take an ethnic studies course in order to graduate. If legislators and the governor approve the bill, then the requirement would begin during the 2023-24 school year.

“Without knowledge of other cultural experiences and the history of these ethnic and cultural groups, I don’t think you can call yourself an educated person,” Medina told Time magazine last month.

Gov. Brown’s plan to change community college funding to promote student success faces scrutiny

Assemblyman Jose Medina, D-Riverside, chair of the Assembly Higher Education Committee, said he plans to hold a committee hearing about the proposal “so that we can look at it with more detail.” He said the proposal is worrying some community college leaders because of the uncertain impact it would have on the funding they receive. “This is a big change,” Medina said.

Why one California lawmaker wants to mandate ethnic studies in high schools

The historical contributions of minorities are often left out of textbooks. But California Assemblyman Jose Medina (D-Riverside) hopes to change that. 

He has proposed a bill that would make ethnic studies mandatory for high school students. In order to graduate, the students would need to take a class focused on minorities' perspectives. 

California Bill Would Make Ethnic Studies Classes Mandatory

California Assemblymember Jose Medina says that he would have introduced his latest bill regardless of who is in the White House, but the fact that Donald Trump is President “adds to the impetus” for doing it now.

The measure, known as AB 2772, would mandate that the roughly 1.7 million high school students throughout the state complete an ethnic studies course in order to graduate, just as they are required to study biology, geography and physical education. If the bill becomes law, the requirement will begin in the 2023-2024 school year.

“Without knowledge of other cultural experiences and the history of those ethnic and cultural groups,” says Medina, a Democrat from the Riverside area who previously worked as a teacher, “I don’t think you can call yourself an educated person.”