Media Statement: FACCC Applauds California’s Support for DACA Recipients

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Faculty Association of California Community Colleges (FACCC) has issued the following statement on the additional resources approved by the Legislature in support of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) program and California Dream Act recipients:

“FACCC applauds Governor Brown, Assembly Speaker Rendon, and Senate President pro Tem Kevin de León for their leadership and decisive action in support of our DACA students. 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. The Trump Administration’s recent decision to rescind the DACA program is both cruel and short-sighted and we urge Congress to follow California’s lead and immediately act to protect the status of these young men and women. Today’s actions send a clear message that California’s Dreamers remain welcome in our state and at our community colleges.”

The respective Assembly and Senate Budget Committees passed budget trailer bills containing $20,000,000 in additional funds for immigration services for DACA recipients and increased financial aid for the California DREAM Program by $10,000,000, with the largest portion, $7,000,000, dedicated for California Community College students.

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.