Higher Education Bills Pass Legislature with Bipartisan Support

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SACRAMENTO—With the end of the legislative session, four higher education bills by Assemblymember Jose Medina (D-Riverside), AB 320, AB 927, AB 1113, and AB 1456, passed the Senate floor. Now, the bills head to Governor Newsom for his signature.

AB 320 would address California’s teacher shortage by streamlining the credentialing process for teachers. Individuals who earned a bachelor’s degree at a higher education institution that was in the process of gaining full regional accreditation will now be eligible to enter a teacher-training program and earn their credential.

AB 927, by Assemblymembers Medina and Choi, will make permanent the statewide baccalaureate degree pilot program and prepare students for California's diversifying workforce. Community college districts with degree programs with unmet workforce needs will be able to participate. Supported by numerous community college districts, this bill passed with full, bipartisan support.

AB 1113 will waive tuition fees for surviving children and spouses of deceased licensed physicians, and nurses whose deaths were caused by COVID-19. AB 1113 will help provide tuition fee waivers for surviving children and spouses and ease the effects of losing a loved one.

AB 1456, by Assemblymembers Medina, McCarty and Senator Leyva, is the most expansive bill to reform the state’s financial aid system, Cal Grant. Garnering unanimous support in the Legislature and championed by dozens of student groups, business leaders, and educators, AB 1456 will streamline, modernize, and expand access of financial aid to nearly 200,000 students.

“I am proud that so many of my bills passed through the legislature. This has been one of the most transformative years for higher education policy—from expansive budget investments, to increased student representation, and financial aid reform. I have worked on these issues for years and I am thrilled to see them on the Governor’s Desk.”

These bills now join Assemblymember Medina’s other bills, including AB 101, AB 275, AB 375, and AB 484, on the Governor’s Desk for a signature.

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CONTACT: Julianne Cravotto (916) 319-2061