• Petitioned Das Williams

This petition was delivered to:

Das Williams
Long Beach City College President
Lori Gaskin, Ph.D.
California Governor
California State Senate
California State House
State Sen. Lois Wolk
State Sen. Mark Leno
State Rep. Kristin Olsen
State Rep. Albert Muratsuchi
State Sen. Ted Gaines
State Sen. Noreen Evans
State Sen. Ellen Corbett
State Sen. Kevin de Leon
State Sen. Mark DeSaulnier
State Sen. Cathleen Galgiani
State Sen. Loni Hancock
State Sen. Jim Nielsen
State Rep. Das Williams
State Sen. Leland Yee
State Sen. Darrell Steinberg
State Sen. Ronald Calderon

Das Williams: Stop AB 955 and the privatization of education

    1. Natalia Toscano
    2. Petition by

      Natalia Toscano

      Van Nuys, CA

We the people of California call on all students and community to take action against AB955 which seeks to privatize summer and fall intersessions on community colleges statewide and would create a Two-Tier System.

Das Williams, Assembly Member of Santa Barbara (District 37), introduced AB955 on the day of the deadline, decreasing the media’s ability to make the public aware of the bill. AB955 continues to move forward without dialogue from students who it directly impacts. AB 955 was passed by the Assembly of Higher Education Committee.

It is an extension program that will be implemented for summer and winter sessions at community colleges statewide in California, that will be open to the public to enroll into classes offered at full tuition. The full tuition is “$295 per unit ($46 State Enrollment Fee = $230 for Non-Resident Tuition + $19 Capital Outlay Fee)” not including cost of necessary material. If you qualify for financial aid, it would not be covered but it would slightly lower the cost to $200 per unit, not including the cost of necessary materials.

1. It will give veterans enrollment priority
REBUTTAL: This argument is misleading and unnecessary as Veterans already have priority enrollment under the Student Success Act(SB1456).

2. It would open up more classes for the fall semesters. Williams argued that students will drop classes from their Fall schedule to take classes in the summer.
REBUTTAL: Williams does not provide any evidence that this plan would motivate students to drop their Fall courses(in which they can get financial aid for those that qualify) to take courses during the summer and pay for course at a cost per unit.

3. It would allow students to take classes necessary to transfer out sooner.
REBUTTAL: Assembly Member Williams claims that this plan would allow students to transfer out sooner but this too is misleading and could even be detrimental to students ability to transfer out if they were to skip a Fall/Spring semester because the student decided to take the necessary class during the summer/winter. Universities don’t consider summer and winter intersessions and having a gap between semesters is not recommended for students looking to transfer out.

Community Colleges are a bridge to a 4-year college for marginalized students, students who struggled during K-12, immigrant students, and enrichment for community members who want to continue their education. We recognize AB955 as another austerity attack on education and therefore the public who needs it most and we reject these plans that would further expand the gap between the have and the have-nots. We reject any attempts to put education on the market. Stop the attacks on our education.

Das Williams
Lori Gaskin, Ph.D., Long Beach City College President
California Governor
California State Senate
California State House
State Sen. Lois Wolk, California-003
State Sen. Mark Leno, California-011
State Rep. Kristin Olsen, California-012
State Rep. Albert Muratsuchi, California-066
State Sen. Ted Gaines, California-001
State Sen. Noreen Evans, California-002
State Sen. Ellen Corbett, California-010
State Sen. Kevin de Leon, California-022
State Sen. Mark DeSaulnier, California-007
State Sen. Cathleen Galgiani, California-005
State Sen. Loni Hancock, California-009
State Sen. Jim Nielsen, California-004
State Rep. Das Williams, California-037
State Sen. Leland Yee, California-008
State Sen. Darrell Steinberg, California-006
State Sen. Ronald Calderon, California-030
Stop AB 955 and the privatization of education. Make Education accessible to all!

[Your name]

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 500 signatures
    2. AB 955 headed to the senate

      Natalia Toscano
      Petition Organizer

      Hey everyone, we need to continue to spread the word about AB 955. It has passed the assembly and is headed to the senate. We need to create a mass mobilization of students and community members to stop this bill!

    3. Reached 100 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Raven Mina AZUSA, CA
      • 11 months ago

      I am a student currently enrolled at a community college, and I would like my college fees to stay the same. Thank you.

    • Rachel Collier SAN JOSE, CA
      • 11 months ago

      Abraham Lincoln believed everyone, rich or poor, should be educated. Community College is the only option for some and must remain affordable. Don't increase the gap between the rich and poor even more.

    • Michaelle Yamaoka HOLLISTER, CA
      • 11 months ago

      Education is so important to keep our country competitive with the rest of the world. Affordability opens education to all Americans.

    • Vernell Davis OXNARD, CA
      • 12 months ago

      What it cost to me to finish my transfer courses and the length of time it could add to the process.

    • Ashley Anaya HAWTHORNE, CA
      • 12 months ago

      We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.


    Develop your own tools to win.

    Use the Change.org API to develop your own organizing tools. Find out how to get started.