State and Legislative Issues

Education Code Protections

Whereas there are external calls to sunset the portions of the Education Code dealing with California community colleges, and

Whereas the Chancellor has established a Consultation Task Force to review and suggest revisions of the Education Code and is working toward a consensus position on these matters, and

Whereas there is a commitment to simplify the Education Code and move sections from the Education Code into Title 5, which has the force of law but can be changed by a vote of the Board of Governors,

Resolution to Support Proposition 1A

Whereas Proposition 1A provides money for school districts to buy land and construct buildings, and

Whereas Proposition 1A provides $2.5 billion for facilities for higher education, including community colleges,

Resolved that the Academic Senate support Proposition1A.

Opposition to Proposition 9 - The Electric Utility Proposition

Whereas the Legislative Analyst Office and Department of Finance have concluded that the net impact of Proposition 9 on state government revenues would be annual reductions in the range of $100 million per year from 1998-99 through 2001-02, meaning that under Proposition 98 the minimum funding guarantee for K-14 education could decline by about one-half of the amount of annual revenue reductions, and

Support Proposition 5 - Indian Gaming

Whereas the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges has always been committed to student access and success, and

Whereas Indian Tribal Councils in southern California, such as the Morongo, Soboda, and Pechanga, use funds from gaming to support California community college student access and success, and

Whereas Indian Reservations have legally and historically been under federal jurisdiction and independent of state jurisdiction, and

State Board of Barbering and Cosmetology

Whereas the State Board of Barbering and Cosmetology exists for the purpose of regulating the industry in such areas as public protection, safety standards, and professional ethics, and

Whereas the State Board oversees the licensing of instructors and technicians and establishments for the purpose of quality education and service, and

Whereas Barbering and Cosmetology programs are an important part of vocational education at many community colleges, and

Part-Time Faculty Office Hours

Whereas the Academic Senate has consistently recognized the importance of student access to their instructors, and

Whereas 40% to 60% of all California community college instruction is by part-time instructors who are not compensated for office hours, and

Whereas students of such part-time faculty are not guaranteed access to their instructors outside of the classroom,

Faculty Hiring: 75:25 Ratio

Whereas AB 1725 intended that each California community college district achieve a full-time/part-time faculty ratio of 75:25, and

Whereas after 10 years many districts have not yet achieved this ratio, with some districts still very far from this goal, and

Whereas the 75:25 ratio is in the best interest of students, faculty and the quality of education, and

Support of Legislation to Professionalize Part-Time Faculty

Whereas, The principles fobs 955 (Burton) and AB 654 (Goldberg) respond to the current economic crisis in the state with broad statements of legislative intent to continue to address the full range of problems caused by the improper use of temporary faculty assignments;

Support for Campus Child Care

Whereas, The instructional and student service functions of early childhood programs are at risk due to proposed cuts in categorical funds in the Governor's 2003-2004 budget; and

Whereas, These proposed cuts will hurt the most at-risk students, specifically low-income student-parents who rely on child care to attend classes;

Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges work with the Chancellor's Office to oppose funding cuts that impact campus child care and early childhood education laboratories.

Advocacy for Preserving Teacher and Reading Development Partnership (TRDP) Programs

Whereas, Thirty-three districts/colleges throughout the system have established Teacher and Reading Development Partnership (TRDP) programs to provide clearly articulated transfer-track teacher-preparation programs for students from diverse backgrounds;

Whereas, The original 5-year promise of $10 million per year beginning 2000-01 was reduced in 2002-03 to $5 million by the Governor, and further cuts proposed for 2003-04 will severely and disproportionately reduce funding to the TRDP programs statewide, resulting in their discontinuance in most cases;


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