AB 573 provides legal assistance to former Corinthian students seeking to discharge their federal and private loans, and restores up to two years of Cal Grant and California National Guard Education Read More
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CARSON– Assemblymember Jose Medina (D-Riverside), Chair of the Assembly Higher Education Committee, Assemblymember Mike Gipson (D-Carson), Chair of the Joint Legislative Audit Committee (JLAC), and Assemblymember Shirley Weber (D-San Diego), Chair of the Assembly Select Committee on Campus Climate, co-hosted an oversight hearing on sexual harassment and violence occurrences at California universities. The hearing was held at California State University, Dominguez Hills.
“The Higher Education Committee has focused on campus sexual assault problems and during this time, notable progress has been made,” said Medina. “There have been clear improvements in the areas of mandatory orientation for new students and expansion and publication of resources for survivors. But, we have also heard concerns from students and advocates that campuses are focused on compliance, and not necessarily on taking the extra steps needed to protect students.”
SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Jose Medina (D-Riverside), Chair of the Select Committee on California-Mexico Bi-National Affairs will lead a delegation to Mexico City to discuss higher education and student exchanges, furthering tourism between California and Mexico, the arts and film industry, and climate change.
“I look forward to the productive and informative meetings the Committee will have with our counterparts in Mexico, which will help strengthen the cooperative relationships between our governments,” Medina said. “I appreciate Speaker Toni Atkins including this delegation as part of the Committee’s scope and we will build upon the issues we discuss and information we gain.”
SACRAMENTO—Legislation authored by Assemblymember Jose Medina (D-Riverside) and Assemblymember Kevin McCarty (D-Sacramento) passed out of both the Assembly and Senate today with bipartisan support. AB 573 provides much needed financial aid relief to California students who were harmed by the abrupt closure and questionable practices of Corinthian Colleges.
“Corinthian College students need help in addressing substantial student loan debt and completing their educational goals,” said Assemblymember Medina. “Through the reinstatement of California grants and assistance with federal loan forgiveness, AB 573 will ensure that the students harmed by Corinthian have a second chance at a college education.”
SACRAMENTO –Assemblymember Jose Medina (D-Riverside) announced AB 721, a bill aimed to increase student knowledge regarding higher education costs, passed through the Assembly with bipartisan support.
“As Chair of the Assembly Higher Education Committee and a former teacher, educating our students is always a top priority,” said Medina. “AB 721 increases transparency with college attendance costs and provides students with the tools to make informed financial decisions for college.”
SACRAMENTO—Today, Assemblymember Jose Medina (D-Riverside) Chair of the Assembly Higher Education Committee, co-chaired a joint oversight hearing with the Assembly Subcommittee No. 2 on Education Finance, chaired by Assemblymember Kevin McCarty (D-Sacramento) to examine the University of California (UC) undergraduate admissions and enrollment.
“The Legislature has concerns regarding access to California residents to the UC system and the UC’s practice of increasing non-resident students has been a hot button topic,” said Assemblymember Medina. “While many UC students are about to begin classes, it is important that we have these discussions and continue to understand ways to support student access to these institutions.”
An Inland lawmaker's bill to help thousands of students whose private colleges shut down earlier this year passed a Senate subcommittee June 29.
AB 573, authored by Assemblymen Jose Medina, D-Riverside, and Kevin McCarty, D-Sacramento, has passed the Assembly. It would provide legal and financial assistance to more than 13,000 California students left to fend for themselves after Corinthian Colleges of Santa Ana closed its Everest, Wyotech and Heald campuses earlier this year.
(Sacramento) – Assemblymember Jose Medina (D-Riverside) authored House Resolution 25, declaring June 2015 as Immigrant Heritage Month, to honor the millions of immigrants residing in California and to highlight their leadership and “countless contributions” that have enriched our nation. In House Resolution 25, Assemblymember Medina wrote, “We have frequently overlooked and undervalued the role of immigrants in building and enriching our nation, both throughout our history and in the present day.” Here’s more from Assemblymember Medina in this Assembly Access video.
SACRAMENTO– Assemblymember Jose Medina (D–Riverside) is pleased to announce Santa Ana Watershed Project Authority received $2,339,823 from the Department of Water Resources (DWR) Water-Energy Grant Program for its proposed project, Water‐Energy Community Action Network Program, to reduce water and energy use as well as greenhouse gases.
“In the midst of this severe drought, I am delighted that our community was able to secure this funding,” said Medina. “While we urge Californians to conserve water at home, it’s important we encourage and reward their efforts through these programs.”
SACRAMENTO—Legislation authored by Assemblymember Jose Medina (D-Riverside) and Assemblymember Kevin McCarty (D-Sacramento) passed through the Senate Business, Professions, and Economic Development Committee today. AB 573, which would provide aid to students harmed by Corinthian Colleges, is a bipartisan effort coauthored by Speaker Toni G. Atkins and Assembly Minority Leader Kristin Olsen.
“AB 573 represents the Assembly's bipartisan effort to provide relief and opportunity to the 13,000 California students harmed by the closure of Corinthian Colleges,” said Assemblymember Medina. “Current state and federal laws provide some relief to students affected, but this bill ensures all California students are fully protected.”
Witnessing the transformative power of education and the positive impact educational attainment has on the lives of individuals is a remarkable experience. As a former educator, I enjoy reconnecting with students who have achieved their academic, personal and career goals.
But in order for more California students to achieve their goals, we must strive to improve our world-class public higher-education system.