Whereas, The 90% cut in the California Work Opportunity and Responsibility for Kids (CalWORKs) budget proposed for 2002-2003 will severely diminish colleges' ability to provide services to welfare-to-work and Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) students in the areas of job placement, work study, coordination, curriculum development, and additional childcare beyond the minimum level provided by the remaining 10%; and
Whereas, Most CalWORKs students depend on special services, such as book grants, transportation, academic survival workshops, tutoring, and special counseling, and may have to drop out of school due to lack of financial resources;
Resolved, That the Academic Senate urge the faculty, students, administrators, staff, and college community to initiate letter-writing, fax, and telephone campaigns to inform legislators and the Governor of the importance of the California Work Opportunity and Responsibility for Kids (CalWORKs) programs in providing skilled workers to the economy of California;
Resolved, That Academic Senate develop talking points on CalWORKs to share with local academic senates, student senates, and comparable organizations serving college presidents, chief instructional officers, and chief student services officers to assist in the communication campaign to restore the CalWORKs cuts; and
Resolved, That the Academic Senate provide sample letters to the Governor and legislators and frequent news releases to the local media to ensure maximum publicity about the damaging effects of the 90%cut in CalWORKs to students and colleges.