Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Sacto Hearings On CA Higher Ed April 2015

SJ Merc:CA Senate Plan To Eliminate UC Tuition Hike Passes Committee
The measure's biggest hurdle may be the opposition of Assembly Democrats to how it's financed.

To help pay for the $342 million plan, the Senate has proposed abolishing the Middle Class Scholarship Program, which the Legislature approved in 2013 to help middle-income students hit hard by steep tuition increases during the Great Recession.

De Leon has said the program should be scrapped in favor of "graduation incentive grants" because it isn't working as designed.

Earlier this year, the California Student Aid Commission reported to the Legislature that nearly one in 10 students who received Middle Class Scholarship grants had assets in excess of $250,000 -- and more than 1,000 students had more than $1 million in the bank. That's because students who apply for aid must meet an income test, but not an asset test.

"The commission suggests that the Legislature may wish to reconsider this feature of the program," Hal Geiogue, the commission's chairman, wrote in a letter to de Leon last month.

Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins, D-San Diego, has said she's open to tweaking the program but will not support a bill that eliminates it.




CA Senate Ed Committee Includes:
SB-15 Postsecondary education: financial aid: Graduation Incentive Grant program. Block
SB-705 Charter school facilities: preliminary proposal: public hearing. Hill
SB-425 Career technical education. Hernandez
SB-791 Student financial aid: Golden State Scholarshare Trust Act. Hertzberg
SB-429 Instructional programs: Title IX instructional videos. Jackson
SB-618 Educational apprenticeships: grant program. Pavley Senate - Education
SB-645 After school programs: grant amounts. Hancock
SB-334 Pupil nutrition: drinking water. Leyva
SB-750 English language education: English learners: State Seal of Biliteracy. Mendoza
SB-618 Educational apprenticeships: grant program. Pavley
SB-705 Charter school facilities: preliminary proposal: public hearing. Hill
SB-750 English language education: English learners: State Seal of Biliteracy. Mendoza
SB-791 Student financial aid: Golden State Scholarshare Trust Act. Hertzberg
SB-373 California Community Colleges: full-time faculty percentage. Pan




AB-38 California State University: Legislative Analyst’s Office: initial analysis to assess need for new campus. Eggman

AB-176 Data collection. Bonta
AB-206 Student financial aid: California DREAM Work-Study Program. Mark Stone
AB-288 Public schools: College and Career Access Pathways partnerships. Holden
AB-393 Veteran Resource Centers Grant Program. Roger Hernández Assembly - Higher Education
AB-404 Community colleges: accreditation. Chiu
AB-421 Community colleges: veterans counselor. Calderon
AB-458 Postsecondary education: instructional strategies. O'Donnell
AB-542 Community colleges: early and middle college high schools. Wilk
AB-636 Postsecondary education: student safety. Medina
AB-653 Postsecondary education: intersegmental coordination in governance. Levine
AB-716 California State University: special sessions. Low
AB-721 Student financial aid: private student loans. Medina
AB-767 Community colleges: emergency preparedness standards. Santiago
AB-831 Student financial aid: Cal Grant Program. Bonilla
AB-837 University of California: employee salaries and other information. Roger Hernández
AB-889 Concurrent enrollment in secondary school and community college. Chang
AB-913 Student safety. Santiago
AB-968 Postsecondary education: transcripts. Williams
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SeeDaily Cal: State Senate Sexual Assault Counselor Bill Postponed Indefinitely


A California State Senate bill, which would change the definition of a sexual assault counselor in the state and affect the UC system’s sexual assault counseling procedures, was postponed indefinitely Tuesday.

SB 668 was introduced by state Senator Connie Leyva, D-Chino, in February. The bill proposes amendments to make the definition of a sexual assault counselor essentially “a person who is employed by … a rape crisis center,” thereby disallowing California universities to employ their own confidential advocates.

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