Councilwoman Inez Barron convened a press conference on the steps of City Hall on Wednesday to announce that the NYC Council unanimously adopted a bill that will establish a committee that will make recommendations on how CUNY can return to being a tuition free institution again.
Chairperson Onyejiukwa, who along had previously testified in support of the bill at a NYC Council Committee on Higher Education hearing, joined the press conference and commended Chairwoman Barron for her leadership and support.
Read the bill here: http://on.nyc.gov/1ShaHWs
"This bill would establish a temporary task force to examine ways to increase affordability and admission to the City University of New York (CUNY), including the feasibility of eliminating tuition at CUNY and, to the extent appropriate, develop recommendations for addressing such matters. The task force would be composed of 13 members including the Public Advocate or their designee, the Speaker of the City Council or their designee, 7 members to be appointed by the mayor, and 4 members to be appointed by the Speaker of the City Council. Members would be appointed within 90 days of enactment of this local law. Members would meet at least three times. The task force would be required to issue a report to the Mayor and the Speaker no later than October 15, 2017. The report would take into account the State’s role in substantially funding CUNY and would include, but not be limited to, an analysis of obstacles affecting the affordability of, admission to, and timely graduation from CUNY. The report would also address the feasibility of eliminating tuition at CUNY. After the report’s submission, the task force would cease to exist."