Media Statement: FACCC Statement on Trump Administration’s Decision to Rescind DACA Program

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Faculty Association of California Community Colleges (FACCC) has issued the following statement on the Trump Administration’s decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program:

“FACCC stands in solidarity with our DACA students and urges Congress to immediately fashion a solution to protect their status in the United States. The California Community Colleges have benefitted for over a decade from the presence of students who qualify for AB 540 status, and more recently under the California Dream Act and DACA. Forcibly removing them from this country, where they work and study hard to make a permanent and meaningful contribution, is both senseless and cruel. It is time to demonstrate compassion for our Dreamers and remind them that they remain welcome at our community colleges.”

PRESS RELEASE: FACCC Statement on 2017 Budget Act

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Faculty Association of California Community Colleges has issued the following statement on Governor Brown’s signing of the 2017-18 Budget:

“FACCC is grateful to both the Legislature and Governor for their continued commitment to strengthening the California Community Colleges. An additional $183.6 million in base funding will help districts still struggling with the lingering effects of the recession meet their goals of improved student success. Moreover, $5 million in part-time faculty office hours is a critical investment to expand the opportunities for students to have after-class access to their instructors. Finally, increased funding for an array of support services—including hunger programs, mental health, and veterans resource centers—will significantly help our students succeed in college. FACCC is now advocating on the federal level to ensure that proposed cuts to education in the President’s budget do not undermine advancements at the state level.”

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Founded in 1953, the Faculty Association of California Community Colleges was named “Best Political Voice for Community College Faculty in the State” by Sacramento News & Review. Representing over 11,000 members, it serves as the professional membership association for California Community College faculty across the state’s 72 districts and 113 colleges.

FACCC Statement on Governor’s Revised 2017-18 Budget

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Faculty Association of California Community Colleges has issued the following statement on Governor Brown’s revised budget proposal today:

“FACCC is very appreciative of the Governor’s continued commitment to strengthening the California Community Colleges,” said FACCC Executive Director Jonathan Lightman. “FACCC is especially grateful to the Administration for its consideration of $160 million ongoing increase to base funding. This is extremely important to cover operational costs as our institutions continue to make progress in student success.”

In the next month, FACCC will be working with legislative leaders and Administration officials to improve upon today’s proposal. FACCC continues to advocate dedicated funding to increase the ratio of full- to part-time faculty, support for part-time faculty with office hours, health benefits, and compensation equity, and statewide student service programs as these are all fundamental to our educational mission.

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Founded in 1953, the Faculty Association of California Community Colleges was named “Best Political Voice for Community College Faculty in the State” by Sacramento News & Review. Representing over 11,000 members, it serves as the professional membership association for California Community College faculty across the state’s 72 districts and 113 colleges.

FACCC Statement on the Governor’s Proposed 2017-18 Budget

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Faculty Association of California Community Colleges issued the following statement on Governor Jerry Brown’s proposed 2017-18 budget:

“FACCC is grateful to Governor Brown for his continued support of the California Community College system but is disappointed in the lack of funding for such priorities as full-time faculty hiring and support for part-time faculty. Academic infrastructure must be the top priority to achieve student success. We look forward to working with the Governor and Legislature throughout the budget process to maximize opportunities for our students.”

FACCC/CFT Joint Press Release: Charter School Association Uses Photos, Quotes Without Permission

For Immediate Release: November 3, 2016

Contact: Fred Glass, 510-579-3343, fglass@cft.org

Austin Webster, 916-899-2985, awebster@faccc.org


Charter Schools Association uses photos, quotes without permission

Misleading independent expenditure mailer draws “cease and desist” letters

 

Los Angeles—A political mailer that arrived in voters’ homes last week contained photos and quotes attributed to Joanne Waddell, president of the faculty union in the Los Angeles Community College District, and Jonathan Lightman, executive director of the Faculty Association of California Community Colleges. Neither authorized their use by a California Charter Schools Association (CCSA) political action committee.  The individuals’ attorneys have issued cease and desist letters [Waddell letter, Lightman letter] demanding an apology from the CCSA and that it contact the households that received the mailer to correct the false impression that the individuals were in any way linked to the independent expenditure campaign funded by the Association.

 

The mailers were sent by the “Parent Teacher Alliance”, sponsored by the California Charter Schools Association Advocates Independent Expenditure Committee, to households in the 43rd Assembly District in support of Laura Friedman, who is running against Ardy Kassakhian.  (Friedman’s campaign had no knowledge of the mailer, which as part of an independent expenditure is required to operate without coordination with the candidate’s own campaign.)

 

“Last Friday, a friend who lives in Glendale sent me an email of a political mailer she received,” said Joanne Waddell.  “Her email message was “Did you know that your picture and a quote attributed to you is on a mailer paid for by the California Charter Schools Association?”  I didn’t know, and I was shocked.  The mailer went out without my consent or approval. While this dishonest and misleading action may be consistent with the values of the CCSA, it is not consistent with either election law or common decency.”

 

Waddell was not the only individual or organization surprised at the contents of the mailer. “The Faculty Association of California Community Colleges is distressed by the unethical approach of the charter school advocates,” said FACCC executive director Jonathan Lightman, whose likeness and quote were also on the mailer. “Our endorsements of the candidates in this race does not extend to supporting the agenda of outside groups.”

 

The Charter Schools Association is spending heavily in legislative campaigns around the state to elect candidates supported by the CCSA and its billionaire backers.  “The hope of the CCSA is that they can buy an unlimited expansion of the number of charter schools, and prevent passage of legislation requiring greater transparency and fairness in the operations of these schools,” said CFT president Joshua Pechthalt.

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The California Federation of Teachers represents 120,000 faculty and school employees in public and private schools and colleges, from early childhood through higher education. More info: www.cft.org. Founded in 1953, the Faculty Association of California Community Colleges was named “Best Political Voice for Community College Faculty in the State” by Sacramento News & Review. Representing over 11,000 members, it serves as the professional membership association for California Community College faculty across the state’s 72 districts and 113 colleges.

 

FACCC Statement on Misleading Charter Schools Mailer

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Faculty Association of California Community Colleges has issued the following statement in response to a misleading political mail piece received by voters in Assembly District 43:

The Parent Teacher Alliance and California Charter School Association Advocates did not have permission to use FACCC’s likeness in their recent independent expenditure mailer on behalf of Laura Friedman for Assembly. FACCC does not support the promotion of charter schools and was not aware of the production of this piece.

FACCC’s Political Action Committee issued a dual endorsement for both Laura Friedman and Ardy Kassakhian in the Assembly District 43 race. A full list of FACCC PAC endorsements can be found at www.faccc.org.

FACCC Statement on Governor’s Proposed 2016-17 Budget Revise

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Faculty Association of California Community Colleges has issued the following statement on Governor Brown’s proposed budget today:

“FACCC is appreciative of the Governor’s continued commitment to strengthening the California Community Colleges,” said FACCC Executive Director Jonathan Lightman. “FACCC is especially grateful to the Administration for their consideration on the needed increase in base funding for the community college system. Still, there are a number of substantial issues facing our colleges that must be addressed and FACCC looks forward to working with the Governor and Legislature in these areas as the budget process concludes.”

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Founded in 1953, the Faculty Association of California Community Colleges was named “Best Political Voice for Community College Faculty in the State” by Sacramento News & Review. Representing over 11,000 members, it serves as the professional membership association for California Community College faculty across the state’s 72 districts and 113 colleges.

FACCC Statement on the Governor’s Proposed Budget for 2016-17

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Faculty Association of California Community Colleges issued the following statement on Governor Jerry Brown’s proposed 2016-17 budget:

“FACCC is grateful to Governor Brown for his continued support of the California Community College system but disappointed in the lack of funding for such priorities as full-time faculty hiring and support for part-time faculty categoricals. The academic infrastructure must be the top priority in these budget discussions to achieve student success. We look forward to working with the Governor and Legislature throughout the budget process to maximize opportunities for our students.”

MEDIA ADVISORY: FACCC Available for Comment on Federal Accreditation Hearing

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Leaders of the Faculty Association of California Community Colleges, a principal voice on community college issues, will be available for comment following the U.S. Department of Education’s National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity (NACIQI) hearing on December 16.

NACIQI will be reviewing the federal recognition status of the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges, the California Community College system’s current accrediting body. FACCC Executive Director Jonathan Lightman is listed to testify at the hearing.

Please contact Austin Webster for comment or to arrange time with Mr. Lightman after the hearing.

PRESS RELEASE: FACCC Recognizes Lynn Shaw With Outstanding Faculty Award

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Faculty Association of California Community Colleges is pleased to announce the unanimous selection of Lynn Shaw as co-recipient of the John Vasconcellos Advocate of the Year award for 2016. The award is presented to an outstanding full-time California Community College faculty member who demonstrates exemplary work in statewide advocacy.

An instructor of Electrical Technology at Long Beach City College, Shaw was appointed as co-chair of the statewide Chancellor’s Office Task Force on Workforce, Job Creation, and a Strong Economy. The recommendations of the Task Force were unanimously approved this November by the California Community Colleges Board of Governors and are expected to significantly improve the funding and delivery of Career Technical Education (CTE) in the community colleges. In addition to her role on the Workforce Task Force, Shaw has been a long-time union leader, and active member of the Long Beach City College Academic Senate.

“Lynn has long been a strong advocate for the faculty voice in leadership roles with both the union and the academic senate at Long Beach City College,” said David Morse, President of the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges and faculty member at Long Beach City College. “She has always stood strong in calling attention to the needs of CTE programs and students.  With the Workforce Task Force she had the opportunity to bring her passion and strength to the discussion of CTE at the state level, and the entire system has benefitted from her contributions to the task force.”

The award will be presented to Shaw at FACCC’s upcoming Advocacy & Policy Conference, February 28-29, in Sacramento. Joining Shaw as the second co-recipient is Sharon Hendricks of Los Angeles City College and the CalSTRS Teachers Retirement Board. Both Shaw and Hendricks were nominated by faculty colleagues and selected for the award after consideration of worthy faculty candidates from across the state.