Whereas, AB 2558 (Williams, 2014) as of February 21, 2014, contains provisions that would implement two of the recommendations of the Chancellor’s Office Professional Development Committee, including changing the name of the Faculty and Staff Development Fund to the Professional Development Program and making the program inclusive of all college employees, but not does not provide the consistent and sustainable funding for professional development as recommended by the committee;
Whereas, AB 2558 (Williams, 2014) would repeal Education Code §87152, which allocates to districts at a minimum “an amount equivalent to one half of one percent of the fiscal year revenues . . . received by the district, for the 1987-88 fiscal year” for the Faculty and Staff Development Fund; and
Whereas, Ongoing consistent and sustainable funding is essential for the creation and maintenance of meaningful and vital professional development programs in the California community colleges;
Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges support the intent of AB 2558 (Williams, 2014) as of February 21, 2014, regarding its provisions for renaming and making the Professional Development Program inclusive of all college personnel;
Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges advocate that the allocation language in Education Code §87152 remain until such a time as a statute for ongoing and sustainable funding for the professional development program has been established; and
Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges work with the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office and other constituent groups to establish through statute ongoing consistent and sustainable funding for the Professional Development Program.
The legislative part is completed. The aspirational aspect of PD funding has not happened.