State and Legislative Issues

Student Equity

Whereas achieving the highest possible rate of success for all population groups is among one of the highest priorities of California community colleges, and

Whereas achieving the best outcomes requires planning that includes research, goals, budgets, and implementation activities, and

Whereas the state should require that districts submit such plans on a regular basis,

AB 420 (Wildman)

Whereas AB 420 (Wildman) seeks to address many part-time faculty issues supported by previous Academic Senate resolutions, and

Whereas AB 420 is supported by faculty organizations statewide, and

Whereas SB 921 (Vasconcellos) seeks to establish a $40 million fund for hiring additional full-time faculty,

Resolved that the Academic Senate support AB 420 (Wildman) as of April 17, 1999,and

Resolved that the Academic Senate support SB 921 (Vasconcellos) as of April 17,1999.

Support Majority-passed Bond Measures

Resolved that the Academic Senate recommend that local senates support the concepts in the March 2000 proposition that would change the regulations for passing local school bond measures from a 2/3 vote to a majority vote.

Corresponding with the Legislature

Resolved that the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges urge the Chancellor to dissuade administrators from corresponding with legislators on district or college stationery unless the correspondence is approved by the local board of trustees and reflects the official position of the district or college.

Community Service

Resolved that the Academic Senate affirm the importance of the principles of service to the community and the cultivation of altruism in service to society in general, and

Resolved that the Academic Senate work to support and extend sound programs and offerings that promote a service ethic among students, and

Resolved that the Academic Senate support voluntary efforts rather than a system wide community college graduation requirement for community service.

Alternative Governance Structures for California Community Colleges

Whereas currently the majority of all funding for higher education comes from the State, and

Whereas a statewide system for community colleges at one time seemed inappropriate when primary funding was received from local property taxes imposed by locally elected boards, and

Whereas the CSUs underwent changes in their systemwide structure from "normal schools" to state colleges to state universities, thus it is not unusual for a system to undergo far-reaching changes, and

Statewide Governance

Whereas the California Legislature, through the Donohue Act, originally intended that California have three clearly defined partners of higher education, and

Whereas subsequent legislation has redefined that partnership, giving the other two segments of higher education a governance structure that recognizes them as statewide systems, and

Overcrowded Facilities

Whereas the facilities for many of California community colleges were built in the early 1970s, and

Whereas the number of classes offered is often limited by both the deteriorating conditions and the lack of buildings at community colleges,

Resolved that the Academic Senate urge the Governor and the Legislature to provide bond elections for the building of classrooms for California community colleges.

Use of Public Funds for Private Contracts

Whereas the mission of the California Community Colleges now includes economic development that has led to an expansion of contract education statewide and a renewed emphasis on public/private partnerships, and the commitment to contract education is intended to contribute to the state's economic vitality but is not intended to divert funds from public education, and

Opposition to Proposition 8

Whereas Proposition 8 would divert much needed funds from the K-12 schools for non-instructional purposes and create a new state bureaucracy, and

Whereas Proposition 8 would create local parent school site councils empowered to determine separate curricula at each site, and

Whereas Proposition 8 ignores current state efforts to establish standards and assessments for K-12 education, and


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