Sen. Block: flag dropped on race to balanced budget

January 09, 2015

State Sen. Marty Block (D-39) today issued the following statement following release of Gov. Jerry Brown’s 2015-16 budget proposal:

“Today, the flag was dropped on the race to complete a balanced budget by the end of June. As legislators and the public weigh in, we will iron out differences and work to ensure the budget is balanced and reflects the values and diverse needs of our state.

Sen. Block named to chair Senate Banking Committee and Education Budget Subcommittee

January 07, 2015

SACRAMENTO – The Senate Rules Committee today formally appointed Senator Marty Block (D-39) to serve on a combination of familiar and new state Senate policy committees.

Block will chair the Banking and Financial Institutions Committee and the Budget and Fiscal Review Subcommittee on Education Financing. Block served on the Banking and Financial Institutions Committee in 2014 and has chaired the Budget Education Finance Subcommittee for the past two years.

Major progress on landmark 2014 community college legislation

December 30, 2014

On Jan. 20 community colleges will be selected to pioneer a historic change to the state’s higher education system. California’s Community College Board of Governors will make their selection of the pilot campuses at their first 2015 meeting. For the first time in the state’s history, community colleges will offer four-year degrees. The change is the result of legislation – SB 850 – authored by Senator Marty Block which takes effect Jan. 1.

Legislative Jewish Caucus chair Marty Block: Hanukkah, celebrating freedom, is still relevant

December 17, 2014

State Senator Marty Block (D-San Diego) issued the following statement about the contemporary meaning of Hanukkah as chair of the California Legislative Jewish Caucus from Washington, D.C., where he is attending the White House Hanukkah reception on Tuesday, Dec. 17.

“Hanukkah, the ancient Hebrew Festival of Lights, takes on new meaning today as the dark forces of oppression and intolerance continue to threaten peace around the world.

Senate Democrats Unveil Plan for Higher Education In California SB 15 Proposals Will Help Students Access, Afford, and Finish College

December 02, 2014

SACRAMENTO - Today, Senate Democrats announced a comprehensive plan to improve access to a higher education in California and help students afford college and finish their degrees.  
Senate Bill 15 boosts funding for University of California and California State University to support enrollment growth, provide more course offerings, and increase student support services.

California Community College Districts Show Overwhelming Interest in Developing Four-Year Degree Programs

November 19, 2014

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The California Community Colleges today announced that thirty-six districts- half of all districts in the system- submitted letters of intent to the state Chancellor’s Office indicating their desire to host a baccalaureate degree program, signaling strong support for legislation signed by the governor this fall authorizing the system to award bachelor’s degrees as part of a limited pilot program.

Landmark Legislation Changes Face of California Higher Education Community College Four-Year Degrees Good News for Students, Businesses and Taxpayers

September 29, 2014

Yesterday, Gov. Jerry Brown signed a measure – SB 850 – by Senator Marty Block (D-San Diego) allowing community colleges for the first time ever to offer four-year degrees; it was the third time Block had proposed similar legislation.


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