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Statement on Changes to California Senate Bill 1146

August 12, 2016
WASHINGTON – On August 10, California State Senator Ricardo Lara announced his intent to amend SB 1146, a proposed bill that would have threatened state funding to California’s religious colleges and universities, to focus instead on disclosure requirements for universities in their communications with students and in communicating student expulsions to the California Student Aid Commission. 

“We are grateful for Senator Ricardo Lara’s decision to protect state funding to low-income and minority students in California, including those who wish to attend a religious college or university,” said CCCU President Shirley V. Hoogstra. 

The bill would have severely affected low-income students who want to attend an academically rigorous religious college or university, which have proven records of helping low-income and first-generation students graduate on time. Of those who receive Cal Grants, 75 percent are racial and ethnic minorities.

“We know this will continue to be an ongoing and important conversation, as matters connected to student safety and educational access always are," Hoogstra said. "It is our hope that we in Christian higher education can work together with Sen. Lara and others in the California Assembly to address these areas of mutual concern and to do so in such a way that strengthens the pluralistic system of higher education and continues to enable religious students to have equal access to higher education.”

The CCCU has created a resource page compiling news articles, videos, interviews and letters connected to the bill. The page will continue to be updated with any new resources.

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