Press Releases

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

SACRAMENTO— Assemblymember Jose Medina (D-Riverside), Chair of the Assembly Higher Education Committee, released the following statement on the announcement that Janet Napolitano plans to step down as President of the University of California on August 1, 2020.

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

SACRAMENTO— Today, Assemblymember Jose Medina (D-Riverside) recognized the Inland Empire Ostomy Association in honor of Ostomy Awareness Day.

An ostomy is a type of surgery that creates an opening (stoma) in the abdomen that allows for the removal of bodily waste when a person has lost the normal function of digestive or urinary systems due to birth defects, colorectal cancer, bladder cancer, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, and other medical conditions.

Monday, August 26, 2019

SACRAMENTO, CA— Assembly members Jose Medina (D-Riverside), Sabrina Cervantes (D-Corona), Eduardo Garcia (D-Coachella), Eloise Reyes (D-San Bernardino), Freddie Rodriguez (D-Pomona), and Senators Connie M. Leyva (D-Chino) and Richard D. Roth (D-Riverside)  released the following statement in response to the announcement that the General Services Administration (GSA) is looking to lease space in the Inland Empire to detain unaccompanied children.

Thursday, August 22, 2019

RIVERSIDE, CA— Assemblymember Jose Medina (D-Riverside) released the following statement on the status of the draft Ethnic Studies Model Curriculum and AB 331, which would make Ethnic Studies a graduation requirement.

Thursday, June 27, 2019

SACRAMENTO—Assemblymember Jose Medina (D-Riverside), Chair of the Assembly Higher Education Committee, presented Assembly Bill (AB) 331 to the Senate Education Committee led by Senator Connie Leyva. AB 331 mandates Ethnic Studies as a graduation requirement in all California high schools.

Commencing with the 2024-25 school year, AB 331 mandates a semester-long course in ethnic studies, to the list of statewide graduation requirements.

Thursday, June 13, 2019

SACRAMENTO— Today, the legislature voted on and passed the state budget, which awaits the Governor’s signature for full passage.

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

The following bills moved from the Assembly to the Senate:

  • AB 331 requires ethnic studies be a graduation requirement in all high schools. Studies show that GPAs go up and truancy goes down when ethnic studies courses are taught. AB 331 would ensure that high school curriculum reflects the diverse population of California.