Press Releases

Friday, February 16, 2018

SACRAMENTO— Today, Assemblymember Jose Medina (D-Riverside) introduced Assembly Bill (AB) 2756 to tighten up existing laws on private school oversight and data collection.

“The horrific child abuse case in Perris, California raised questions about the lack of oversight of private schools. As homeschooling is included in the state’s definition of private school, we currently have very little information on the nature of private school entities across California. My bill, AB 2756, will tighten up existing law to be inclusive of all private school learning environments and collect more information to achieve a better understanding of the private school landscape in California. I believe it is important to have different education options, such as private schools, to meet each child’s individual needs. However, the state has a responsibility to ensure that each child is in a safe learning environment. AB 2756 will provide the oversight needed to protect students and their rights.”

Monday, February 5, 2018

SACRAMENTO— Tonight, Assemblymember Jose Medina (D-Riverside) will be awarded “Legislator of the Year” by the Western Association for College Admission Counseling (WACAC).  This award is given annually to a legislator WACAC believes has made an extraordinary contribution to improving and encouraging access to higher education in California.

“I am honored to receive this recognition from WACAC. As a former educator and community college trustee, improving access to higher education has always been my top priority. I will continue to fight to increase the access and success of California’s students at our esteemed institutions. I am grateful for WACAC’s work to support and advance counseling and enrollment professionals as they help all students realize their full potential.”

Thursday, January 25, 2018

SACRAMENTO— Assemblymember Jose Medina (D-Riverside) released the following statement on Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr.’s State of the State address:

“I want to thank Governor Brown for his service to California over the past eight years. He entered into his third term as governor at a tumultuous time and guided California out of a great recession. I applaud Governor Brown’s leadership in establishing a “rainy day” fund to ensure that California continues to prosper long-term.

However, at a time when California has reached a new height of economic prosperity, I believe we have a responsibility to do more to keep our institutions of higher education affordable for our students. Too many young people in this state struggle to pay for college and are stacked with insurmountable debt before entering the workforce creating systemic problems that have lasting impacts on our economy. Greater investment in higher education is essential to the growth and prominence of California. I look forward to working with my colleagues in the Legislature and the Governor in his final year to ensure that high quality education is accessible to all students.”

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

SACRAMENTO— Assemblymember Jose Medina (D-Riverside) released the following statement on the proposed tuition increases at CSU and UC: 

“I am opposed to tuition increases at the California State University and University of California. As a proud alumnus of the UC, I understand firsthand how critical it is to ensure that California’s public higher education institutions are affordable and accessible to all students. The state of California has a responsibility to keep the cost of college down for our students, while also providing adequate funding to ensure the long-term growth of our renowned public institutions. I urge Governor Brown to increase the CSU and UC budgets by 4 percent, instead of the currently proposed 3 percent. The state can and should do more to ensure all students have access to high quality education.”

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

SACRAMENTO— Assemblymember Jose Medina (D-Riverside) released the following statement in reaction to the finding of homeschooled children held captive by their parents in Assembly District 61:

“I was very disturbed to learn about the horrific violence that has taken place in our community, and am thankful that these children are now in safety.  I am extremely concerned about the lack of oversight the State of California currently has in monitoring private and home schools. I have been in conversation with the Riverside County Office of Education, which agrees that we need to do more to protect our students and validate that they are in safe learning environments. I am looking into introducing a bill this year that would provide a legislative solution and prevent a situation like this from occurring in the future.”

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

SACRAMENTO— Assemblymember Jose Medina (D-Riverside), Chair of the Assembly Higher Education Committee, released the following statement on Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr.’s proposed 2018-19 Budget:

“The Governor’s budget proposal emphasizes his continued efforts to build California’s ‘Rainy Day Fund’ and I commend his efforts to ensure California is always prepared for economic uncertainty. In addition to economic instability, we need to continue to prioritize college affordability to ensure students across the state have access to high quality education. I applaud the Governor for increasing accessibility to California Community Colleges through the creation of a new online community college, which will ensure a strong workforce pipeline. However, at a proposed investment of over $100 million, it will be critically important for the Legislature to see and assess the details of this proposal.

I am also concerned that the proposal leaves the California State University and the University of California underfunded, which may force another round of tuition increases. The state has a responsibility to ensure that an excellent higher education remains accessible and affordable to all students. I look forward to working with the Governor and my colleagues to ensure higher education remains a top priority.”

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

SACRAMENTO— Today, Assemblymember Jose Medina (D-Riverside), Chair of the Assembly Higher Education Committee, and Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell (D-Long Beach), Chair of the Assembly Education Committee are holding a Joint Legislative Oversight Hearing to discuss California’s growing eacher shortage.

“A strong teacher workforce is critical to the success of our students and to ensuring the long-term growth of California’s thriving economy. This joint hearing will be an opportunity for policymakers and leaders in higher education to better understand California’s shortage of credentialed teachers and the unique challenges facing rural communities. My hope is that this hearing will galvanize next steps to increasing the amount of well trained and qualified teachers throughout the state.”