CTA, its Community College Association, and a coalition of pro-education groups continue to work together in opposition to SB 520 by Senate President pro Tempore Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento). This bill would allow private vendors to provide online courses that would earn students credit at California's public institutions.
The bill, now a two-year bill, will be discussed more in depth as the ideas we've put forth as a group are considered. Currently, SB 520 relies on funding for online education that the governor vetoed from the budget in order to press the higher education entities to provide more courses themselves. The bill could also increase costs for enrolled public college students, forcing them to pay a private vendor for coursework that should be available at the university.
Additionally, SB 520 does not provide promised protections against contracting-out public jobs, and it could undermine collective bargaining by allowing unqualified private vendors to offer courses that should be provided by the public higher education entities.