As Governor Newsom took final action on bills this past week, we are proud to share that five student-centered policies championed by the Campaign were signed by the Governor. These bills expand support and protections to vulnerable student populations, including undocumented students, as they work to achieve their college dreams.
We congratulate Governor Newsom and legislative leaders on a successful year of policy accomplishments and thank them for supporting legislation to increase college opportunity and student success.
The Campaign’s 2019 Legislative Agenda advanced many recommendations outlined in our
Blueprint for Higher Education
a roadmap for
meeting future worked demands and closing persistent racial equity gaps. One of the policies the Campaign has long championed was reflected in
Assembly Bill 130, which would have established the Higher Education Performance, Accountability, and Coordination Commission
to provide state-level leadership responsible for postsecondary planning, oversight and coordination. While we recognize the Governor’s commitment to strengthening higher education in California, we are disappointed by his decision to veto AB 130. We firmly believe an independent, higher education coordinating body is essential for California to produce the educated workforce our economy demands while closing persistent racial equity gaps.
However, we remain encouraged by the Governor’s stated commitment to establishing statewide goals to increase access, affordability, and student success. We also look forward to successful implementation of the statewide longitudinal data system ushered into law through the 2019-20 state budget and to anchoring future conversations on establishing attainment goals and increasing cross-system coordination.
We thank you for your continued partnership in our efforts to make college dreams a reality for millions of California students. We could not do this critical work without you!