Educators Tell Lawmakers That Funding Shortfalls are Causing Shortages of Classes
(Photo above) CTA, its Higher Education partners, and labor organizations gathered at an early morning strategy meeting on Tuesday in the state capital as part of efforts to amend or defeat SB 520. That CTA-opposed bill by Sen. Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento) would mandate that colleges and universities contract out to private companies faculty responsibilities related to online courses. The coalition is battling the privatization efforts and urging lawmakers to address the real problem: providing adequate funding to the state’s colleges and universities.
(Photo at left) CTA Board Member Theresa Mantaño (at right) reviews some of the materials that she and other higher education representatives will be discussing with legislators and their staff members. Coalition packets included informational handouts to be left with members of the Senate Education Committee. That committee is set to hear SB 520 on Wednesday morning.
Later Tuesday morning, CTA Board Member Mantaño was part of a team that met with Sen. Marty Block (D-San Diego). The team urged the pro-education lawmaker to vote no on SB 520 (Steinberg) and to advocate for more funding so that the state’s colleges and universities can meet the needs of their students.