Leaves Community Colleges Hoping to Transfer to UC System High and Dry
SANTA ANA, CA â€“ Last week, CA Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed Senate Bill 1440, the Student Transfer Achievement Reform Act (STAR Act), into law. The STAR Act has been hailed by education advocates for providing a clear path for community college students seeking admission to the California State University system. The Governor also signed Assembly Bill 2302, the Postsecondary Education Student Transfer Act â€“ a complementary measure that encourages the University of California to institute similar guidelines.
So where was Assemblyman Van Tran when his colleagues in the California legislature were voting to allow California community colleges and the University of California system to serve more students? Who knows â€“ because Van Tran voted as â€œabsent, abstaining or not votingâ€ on Assembly Bill 2302.
â€œThe Postsecondary Student Transfer Act is going to make a real difference for community college students in the 47th Congressional District,â€ said Caroline Hogan, the press secretary for Rep. Sanchezâ€™s campaign. â€œUnfortunately, when called on to vote on this landmark legislation, Van Tran left tens of thousands of community college students high and dry. This is just another example of Tran failing to stand up for local students.â€
Unfortunately, this is not the first time Van Tran has voted against students and their families:
Â· In 2008, Tran voted in favor of a budget plan that cut education funding by $500 millions â€“ cuts that the California Teacherâ€™s Associated described as â€œdevastating.â€
Â· In 2008, Tran voted against taxing oil companies and wealthy oil executives to help fund K-12 education.
Â· In 2009, Tran voted to cut $4.3 billion to secondary education and community colleges.
Â· In 2009, Tran voted to cut $3 billion to higher education â€“ the stepping stone to greater financial stability and job security and a cornerstone of Americaâ€™s 21st century economy.
â€œVan Tranâ€™s record on education speaks for itself,â€ continued Hogan. â€œOrange County families need a leader who respects the importance of education and invests in our childrenâ€™s future. Instead, Van Tran has repeatedly raided education funding because the state legislature canâ€™t balance its budget. The Assemblyman should seriously reconsider his priorities.â€