State and Legislative Issues

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

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


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