Monthly Archives: February 2014

January 15, 2014

 

San Mateo Community College Federation of Teachers, AFT 1493

Minutes of General Membership/Executive Committee Meeting

Wednesday, January 15, 2014, at Cañada College

EC Members PresentEric Brenner, Vicki Clinton, Salumeh Eslamieh, Nina Floro, Katharine Harer, Teeka James, Dan Kaplan (Exec. Secr.), Michelle Kern, Monica Malamud, Sandi Raeber-Dorsett, Anne Stafford, Elizabeth Terzakis.

 

AFT (non-EC) Members Present:  Doniella Maher (Cañada, English), Karen Olesen (Cañada, Counselor), Rob Williams (Skyline, English)

Guests:  Zev Kvitky (CFT Field Rep)

Meeting began at 2:45

Facilitator:  Sandi Raeber-Dorsett

 

1.     Welcome and Introductions:

Done.

2.     Statements from AFT (non EC) members on Non-Agenda Items:

None.

3.     Minutes of December 11, 2013 AFT meeting:

Approved with correction of a typo, with two abstentions.

4.     Spring AFT Social discussion:

In the focus groups with part-timers that were held in the fall, one of the issues that came up was the difficulty in getting part-time faculty interested in working on a parity campaign with the union.  So as a first step, it seems that the union should have some kind of social event for PT faculty.  It may be more effective to have an event at each campus.  The idea of having a baseball game with PT playing against FT was brought up, but this may be better saved for the future, and instead we could organize a simpler “meet and greet” with treats.  How would PT be motivated to attend?  According to Dan, the motivation should be that PT are not paid enough.  Doniella suggested framing this event as a “PT appreciation gathering”; this suggestion was very welcomed.  It was agreed that EC members on each campus will work on putting together this event early in the spring semester.

5.     Performance Evaluation Task Force: Spring semester timeline and new MOU

The PETF met on Monday.  The PETF has all the pieces of an evaluation for tenure-track, post-tenure and adjunct faculty.

Q: Why does our contract say we have tenure-track evaluations on year 1 and year 2, but then grants a two-year contract for years 3 and 4? 

A: This prompts an evaluation committee to be really rigorous in their evaluation early on; by the time a tenure-track faculty member has been through the first two years without major concerns, a two-year contract for the following two years sounds reasonable. 

Q: What about evaluation of school nurses?  School nurses are under Student Services, like counselors and librarians, but they also practice medicine… what about this aspect of their job? 

A: Regina S-S is a nurse and she will work on this.

Q: What about the release time for faculty on the PETF and the MOU? 

A: We could roll it over and extend it to include spring semester.

Motion:  Have Joaquin work on a roll over MOU to include spring semester?  Approved unanimously.

It is a good idea to have forums in the spring and again in the fall, just before the ratification vote, so that the PETF can explain the rationale for the changes in the evaluation forms and procedures.  The fall forum should happen during flex days.

6.     Professional Development: continuation of the discussion

At Skyline the Professional Development Committee changed the application forms and the committee chair created a rubric to evaluate proposals.  Additionally, there was a move to evaluate the applications online, without a face-to-face meeting or any kind of interaction among the members of the Professional Development Committee.  One aspect of the rubric was giving more weight to applicants who proposed some event to disseminate what they learned from the professional development activity with the broader campus community; this aspect would put certain faculty members at a disadvantage, if they were to use professional development funds for an activity that was very discipline-specific and had no appeal to the faculty at large.  These changes have been met with dissatisfaction among the faculty.

Another issue is the lack of coordination/cooperation among the Professional Development Committees on the three campuses.

A two-prong approach will be necessary:

–       An intervention at Skyline to deal with current concerns regarding evaluation of Professional Development applications

–       Set up a meeting of the three Professional Development Committees

 

 

6b. Quality Public Education Campaign: Spring semester activities – Katharine Harer

The CFT started a new campaign called Quality Public Education Campaign.  The CFT funded 4 grants in other districts (SJ/EV, Cabrillo, LA College Guild, Cerritos).   These grants help locals work on goals such as the following:

–       Internal goals:  membership drive, organizing students (starting student chapters, having student interns who work in the union)

–       External goals:  working with community organizations, elected officials, Board of Trustees

Katharine will write a grant proposal for our local so that we can work on similar goals.  One of the locals surveyed faculty members about their current involvement with community organizations; the intent was to leverage existing relationships between individual union members and community organizations when reaching out to these organizations in order to form partnerships to pursue union goals.

7.     Status of 2.30 – Teeka James:

2.30 = Rules and Regs on Political Activities.  No update.

8.     Recent grievances and complaints – Dan Kaplan:

Tabled.

9.     41st Annual National Conference (April 6-8 in NYC)

Tabled.

10.  CCSF update – Dan Kaplan:

The judge in San Francisco granted the injunction requested by the SF City Attorney, but not the one filed by the CFT.  Judge’s decision was based on the fact that closure of CCSF would produce irreparable harm to the city of San Francisco.  Bob Bezemek will be working with the City Attorney’s office when the case toes to trial. 

11.  Report on Community College Council Committee meetings

Labor in the Schools – Michelle Kern

Committee is seeking funds from community groups to cover printing costs of Mandarin language materials.  Committee will be tabling at CFT and AFT Conventions.

Civil, Human and Women’s Rights – Nina Floro:

Committee worked on

i.      resolutions for the CFT Convention (request financial support for a couple of delegates to the Tri-national Coalition to Defend Public Education)

ii.     workshop on human-trafficking for the CFT Convention.

Educational Issues – Teeka James:

Committee worked on resolutions for the CFT Convention, dealing with

i.               providing support for teachers for the implemention of Common Core standards

ii.              support and local control for teachers regarding the use of technology

12.  AFT 1493 video interviews update – Dan Kaplan:

The person who was going to do the video did not do the job as promised.  We only have snippets of interviews and speeches, amounting to 30’, not all of which are useable.

EC members will look at the existing footage.  Discussion will continue at the next AFT meeting, regarding whether we want to produce a video, and what the content would be.

13.  March 2014 CFT Convention:

Tabled.

14.  Statements from EC members on Non-Agenda Items.

None.

 

 

December 11, 2013

 

San Mateo Community College Federation of Teachers, AFT 1493

Minutes of General Membership/Executive Committee Meeting

Wednesday, December 11, 2013, at CSM

EC Members Present:

Eric Brenner, Victoria Clinton, Salumeh Eslamieh, Katharine Harer, Teeka James, Dan Kaplan, Michelle Kern, Sandi Raeber Dorsett, Joaquin Rivera, Anne Stafford, Elizabeth Terzakis

Meeting started: 2:45

Facilitator: Katharine Harer

1. Welcome and Introductions

2. Statements from AFT (non EC) Members on Non-Agenda Items

None.

3. * Minutes of November 13, 2013 AFT Meeting

Approved unanimously.

4. Email Instruction

Because we are not allowed to store email messages on our AFT email server, we must regularly delete messages older than one year, or have our AFT email forwarded to another (personal, not SMCCD) account, in which case storing older messages is not a problem. If you have questions or need help, speak with Teeka.

5. Quality Public Education Campaign Update

Katharine intends to meet with people from CFT in the spring to begin work on AFT 1493’s proposal.

6. * Donation to the Tom Torlakson for Superintendent of Public Instruction Campaign?

Though AFT 1493 has traditionally contributed financially only to Board of Trustee candidates, the EC voted (9 “yes” and 1 “abstain”) to contribute $300 to Torlakson’s campaign.

7. Part-Time Parity Campaign: Focus Group Update

Vicki said there has been almost no response from Part-Time faculty to the invitation from the EC’s PT reps to form a small group to work on PT issues. Katharine suggested that all of the EC reps (full-time and part-time) work together to plan some kind of gathering for the spring as an opportunity to get more part-timers involved.

SMCCD is one of four community college districts within the Bay 10 that does not have a parity statement. Those that do, define parity as between 60% – 81%.

8. Recent Grievances and Complaints

Dan gave a brief summary of a range of current complaints and other contract issues.

9. 2014-15 Academic Calendar Update

No update at this time; the proposed calendar has not gone to the Board of Trustees yet.

10. * Performance Evaluation Task Force: Update

Elizabeth reported that the Task Force has not finished its work, and that all members will continue through the next semester. Though the existing MOU expires in December 2013, Harry Joel has assured the faculty members of the Task Force that continuing their release time through the spring 2014 semester will not be a problem. We will, however, have to negotiate a new MOU, including language about continuing compensation.

Because the Task Force wants to wait until all of the materials are completed before releasing them to the EC, and because the materials will likely not be ready until February or March, we will have to wait until Fall 2014 to hold the ratification vote.

AFT will send an eNews to all faculty in January, correcting the information published in the December 2013 Advocate (which stated that the ratification vote would be held in spring 2014 and that if the Task Force was unable to complete its work by the end of 2013, “a subcommittee of AFT 1493 and the District Academic Senate will take up the work.”)

11. Professional Development: Continuation of the Discussion

Tabled.

12. AFT 1493 Video Interviews

Dan announced that as we did not get enough video interviews at the AFT 1493 anniversary party in November, we will conduct more later.

13. DSGC Report (and 2.30)

Nothing to report at this time.

14. Statements from EC Members on Non-Agenda Items

CFT subcommittees are working on drafting resolutions for the spring convention. Teeka will be working on a resolution regarding online education and is looking for contributions to craft a better resolution that the draft currently in existence.

Meeting adjourned: 4:25

*Action Item

 

 

November 13, 2013

 

San Mateo Community College Federation of Teachers, AFT 1493

Minutes of General Membership/Executive Committee Meeting

Wednesday, November 13, 2013, at Skyline College

EC Members Present:
Lin Bowie, Salumeh Eslamieh, Eric Brenner, Anne Stafford, Teeka James, Nina Floro, Joaquin Rivera, Katharine Harer, Sandi Raeber-Dorsett, Vicki Clinton, Paul Reukhaus, Dan Kaplan

Guests:
Zev Kvitky, Tom Broxholm

NON-AGENDA ITEMS FROM NON-EC MEMBERS

Tom from Skyline automotive: He has questions about whether meetings are mandatory or not.

Professional development: Tom has concerns about the professional development process at Skyline. Skyline has a rubric that includes points for sharing with colleagues and students. But you get more points for sharing what you learn with colleagues than with students. Seems backwards to Tom. He understands that the committee is trying to make things fair, but he still has concerns.

Tom talked with the PD chair, Rick Hough, but Rick decided to go forward with the form.

He thinks folks need to get approval in advance, even for conditional funding. It’s hard to plan to attend conferences that are early in the fall because we don’t know if we’ll get funding or not. You are supposed to apply 21 days ahead, but some folks are applying closer than 21 days ahead and even some are applying after they’ve gone to the conference and they’re still getting funded. It is frustrating to have people who do not follow the rules still get money; it seems like there should be some system of priorities.

What is the rubric? It’s new to the Skyline PD committee. It is a couple additional questions to help them figure out whom to fund. Salumeh says she’s on the PD committee at Canada, and they don’t use any kind of rubric. The Skyline committee does everything through email. Nina has heard from a committee member who doesn’t feel like her views are heard in the committee deliberations. The intentions are good, but there seem to be glitches. Katharine heard about the rubric, and can see why it would be helpful. But she’s wondering how the decision to use a rubric was made. Not all of the committee even votes, since it’s through email.

It seems like AFT needs to step in. We might look at how the three committees are discharging their duties. Dan used to contact the PD chairs to check in. Maybe we need to resume doing this. Perhaps ask for yearly reports. Perhaps have face-to-face meeting with the PD chairs and set up a best practices list.

We need to stick to the language of the contract. Canada takes late applications on a case by case practice. Teeka and Dan will contact the chairs and meet with them.

MINUTES

Approved with one change; 8 yes, 3 abstain

ANNIVERSARY PARTY

Dan is concerned about attendance. We currently have about 30 who have said they are coming. We’ve planned on 100, so we’ll just see what happens. Set up is at 3:00. We are prepared, thanks to Dan’s heroic efforts at organizing this shindig.

ACCREDITATION PETITION

Teeka and Dan went to CFT Area Council meeting last week. Sandra Weiss brought up the idea of doing a petition of sorts in support of Ron Galatolo’s courageous stand against ACCJC. Apparently there are 12 other “CEOs” who are in support of Ron’s views, but they are not willing to stand up and be counted. Zev clarifies that the petition would really be focused on the CCSF fight against ACCJC, but Ron and his actions might be a part of that.

ACADEMIC CALENDAR

The calendar discussion. We looked at two proposed calendars. We voted to approve #3, but we are not completely happy about the flex day being moved to the day before Thanksgiving.

PETF: NEXT STEPS

Harry is on vacation, and PETF’s clerical support has evaporated. Elizabeth and Nina are ready to be working on the layout and “professional” look of our contract, as ours looks pretty janky[1] in comparison to what other schools use. Harry is working on several pieces that the other PETF members do not have access to, so they’re not sure what to do. Perhaps we can ask Ron Galotolo for help on the clerical piece.

Teeka will call Ron to ask about the clerical help.

With all the accreditation fuss, Lezlee and Elizabeth met with the accreditation site visit team at Cañada, and they had a love fest around the SLOs.

QUALITY PUBLIC EDUCATION CAMPAIGN UPDATE

Katharine, Zev, Teeka and Dan had a meeting to brainstorm the project for our CFT grant. We want to build our capacity for activism and build our leadership. We also talked about the threats to education and how to link a response to those threats into our proposal. Start a political action network SMCCPAN. We focus on local issues, try to connect with our students. In the spring, Katharine will be working on writing the grant with Zev. She’ll have some time for this paid by AFT 1493.

ASSOCIATED STUDENTS PULL BP 2.30 (POLITICAL ACTIVITY) FROM BOARD CONSIDERATION

We’ll see what will happen. Maybe Teeka should contact Barbara and Ginny about it. There was a quid pro quo on this.

BOT’s DISCUSSION ON THE ACCJC RESOLUTION

Mandelkern didn’t like linking our problems w/ ACCJC with the CCSF issues. Mandelkern wanted to do two resolutions, separating CCSF and ACCJC. They don’t want to pass the resolution until we hear about our accreditation reports. So, they’re going to wait 60 days. Holober said that the board is 100% behind Ron.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Joaquin will represent AFT on the hiring committee for the new head of HR. At our last three meetings, we’ve had very low attendance. We decide to cancel our December 4th meeting, because so many folks will not be able to attend.

Meeting adjourned at 4:55.

Minutes by Teeka James

[1] Janky, we learned from Elizabeth, means haphazard and unprofessional.

 

 

In the News – Archives

News articles related to community college faculty issues and SMCCCD, selected from around the county, state and nation and updated regularly. To receive these articles by email, send a request to be added to the AFT 1493 email list to Dan Kaplan at: kaplan@aft1493.org


July 31, 2013— U.S. Higher-Education System Perpetuates White Privilege, Report Says
 (Chronicle of Higher Education)

July 21, 2013— More community colleges facing accreditation problems (Los Angeles Times)

July 12, 2013— City College of San Francisco has a year to prove it can govern itself (San Francisco Chronicle)

July 11, 2013— Editorial: College monitors gone wild (Los Angeles Times)

July 10, 2013— City College supporters protest state takeover and the agenda behind it (San Francisco Bay Guardian)

July 9, 2013— Who killed City College? (San Francisco Bay Guardian)

July 9, 2013— AAUP Issues Statement on the Accreditation of City College of San Francisco (AAUP)

July 9, 2013— City College of San Francisco special trustee given broader powers in bid to keep accreditation (EdSource)

July 9, 2013— City College of S.F. trustees lose power (San Francisco Chronicle)

July 8, 2013— Appeal or Bust (Inside HigerEd)

July 7, 2013— Stunned by Accreditor, City College of San Francisco Suddenly Faces Hard Choices (Chronicle of Higher Education)

July 5, 2013— Commission Votes to End CCSF Accreditation (KQED Forum – radio discussion)

July 5, 2013— How to save City College (Tim’s San Francisco)

July 3, 2013— Commission votes to revoke City College of San Francisco accreditation (EdSource)

June 26, 2013— Union complaint in California has accreditors in the hot seat (AFT On Campus)

June 20, 2013— The community college payoff: New site reveals earnings of California graduates by program (San Jose Mercury News)

June 18, 2013— Candidate search hits a standstill: SMCCCD to hold special meetings this week for previously excused applicants (San Mateo Daily Journal)

June 10, 2013— ‘Hidden’ economy in Silicon Valley built without advanced degrees (San Jose Mercury News)

June 9, 2013— City College overseers bar most speakers from meeting (San Francisco Bay Guardian)

June 8, 2013— College accreditors bar many from meeting (San Francisco Chronicle)

June 6, 2013— CFT Seeks Federal Intervention in Battle With Accreditor (Chronicle of Higher Education)

June 3, 2013— Online college course experiment reveals hidden costs (San Jose Mercury News)

May 30, 2013— Twelve apply to join the San Mateo County Community College District Board (San Mateo Daily Journal)

May 28, 2013— Consequences of racial and economic stratification in community colleges (Inside Higher Ed)

May 28, 2013— Outsourced Lectures Raise Concerns About Academic Freedom (Chronicle of Higher Education)

May 22, 2013— 2-Year Colleges Are at Risk of ‘Separate and Unequal’ Future, Report Says (Chronicle of Higher Education)

May 21, 2013— An Open Letter to a Founder of Coursera (Chronicle of Higher Education)

May 20, 2013— Laptop U: Has the future of college moved online? (The New Yorker)

May 20, 2013— California oil tax push would direct new funds to schools (Sacramento Bee)

May 17, 2013— College Is Going Online, Whether We Like It Or Not (The Atlantic)

May 16, 2013— KCSM-TV deal means end of public television station (San Mateo County Times)

May 14, 2013— For California colleges, governor calls for tuition freezes and drops proposal for unit caps (San Jose Mercury News)

May 13, 2013— MOOCs and Community Colleges (Inside HigerEd)

May 10, 2013— OP-ED: Reject two-tier community college system (San Mateo Daily Journal) 

May 7, 2013— High Schools Set Up Community-College Students to Fail, Report Says (Chronicle of Higher Education)

May 2, 2013— Why Professors at San Jose State Won’t Use a Harvard Professor’s MOOC (Chronicle of Higher Education)

May 1, 2013— Faculty vs. Accreditor (Inside HigerEd)

May 1, 2013— CCSF faculty unions files complaint (San Francisco Chronicle)

April 15, 2013— Lifetime limit on community college units rejected by California Legislature (Sacramento Bee)

April 9, 2013— Community colleges to offer Web data on their performance (Los Angeles Times)

April 6, 2013— Few finishing community college courses on time (Contra Costa Times)

April 5, 2013— California community college chancellor opposes differential tuition (Inside HigerEd)

April 4, 2013— New Test for Computers: Grading Essays at College Level (New York Times)

March 26, 2013— San Francisco City College fuels college accreditation controversy (EdSource)

March 26, 2013— San Mateo County Community College District elections vote on hold (San Mateo Daily Journal)

March 26, 2013— Budget cuts create unprecedented stress on community colleges (EdSource)

March, 2013— The Impact of Budget Cuts on California Community Colleges (Public Policy Institute of California)

March 25, 2013— Beware of the High Cost of ‘Free’ Online Courses (New York Times)

March 19, 2013— Corporate Education Reform Hits San Francisco Community College (Truthout)

March 19, 2013— Who Owns a MOOC? (Inside HigherEd)

March 19, 2013— San Mateo County Community College District Board moving toward district elections (San Mateo Daily Journal)

March 18, 2013— State’s community colleges spend millions on duplicative administrators (California Watch)

March 16, 2013— Better Colleges Failing to Lure Talented Poor (New York Times)

March 16, 2013— College, university faculty concerned over online plan (San Diego Union-Tribune)

March 12, 2013— California Bill Seeks Campus Credit for Online Study (New York Times)

March 5, 2013— CCSF regulators – sensible or ‘gone wild’? (San Francisco Chronicle)

March 5, 2013— The Professors’ Big Stage (New York Times)

March 2, 2013— Will online learning save us? (Oakland Tribune)

March 2, 2013— Community college shopping simplified (San Francisco Chronicle)

February 28, 2013— CCSF cuts protested as deadline nears (San Francisco Chronicle)

February 27, 2013— Study looks at K12 to community college transition in California (Inside HigherEd)

February 23, 2013— Digital learning has arrived for Bay Area students, teachers (Oakland Tribune)

February 22, 2013— Protesters Occupy City College of San Francisco (KQED News)

February 21, 2013— Online Courses Could Widen Achievement Gaps Among Students (Chronicle of Higher Education)

February 19, 2013— Online instruction destined to increase in California colleges (Sacramento Bee)

February 18, 2013— The Trouble With Online College (New York Times)

February 17, 2013— CCSF – looking for a villain (San Francisco Chronicle)

February 13, 2013— Scholars reject idea that college costs can’t be controlled (Inside HigherEd)

February 10, 2013— 
Should community colleges be paid only for students who complete courses? (Ventura County Star)

February 6, 2013— S.F. City College turnaround plan contested (San Francisco Chronicle)

February 5, 2013— Is City College’s main critic out of control? (San Francisco Bay Guardian)

January 29, 2013— Community colleges reject charge of excessive faculty power (EdSource)

January 27, 2013— Editorial: Pushing community college reform too far (Los Angeles Times)

January 24, 2013— CFT President’s statement in response to Governor Brown’s 2013 State of the State address (California Federation of Teachers)

January 20, 2013— Brown seeks to reshape California’s community colleges (Los Angeles Times)

January 15, 2013— California to Give Web Courses a Big Trial (New York Times)

January 14, 2013— Accountability, accreditation test community colleges (EdSource)

January 10, 2013— CFT leaders on Governor’s budget proposal (California Federation of Teachers)

January 10, 2013— Higher education and the California budget: Brown’s plan offers more money for colleges and universities (San Jose Mercury News)

January 8, 2013— CCSF to miss key deadline, overseer says (San Francisco Chronicle)

January 8, 2013— Judge sides with Hillsborough residents in College of San Mateo tree fight (San Mateo County Times)

December 27, 2012— CCSF making big changes to stay afloat (San Francisco Chronicle)

 

December 26, 2012— Reduce community college student loan debt using private sector funds (San Jose Mercury News)

December 18, 2012— Reeling CCSF announces layoffs, pay cuts (San Francisco Chronicle)

December 13, 2012— Academic senate influence challenged at community colleges (EdSource)

December 8, 2012— Sign Of The Times: Labor Strikes May Make Comeback (National Public Radio)

December 2, 2012— Accrediting agency under federal pressure to be tougher on community colleges (EdSource)

November 27, 2012— Wield the power of the supermajority (San Francisco Chronicle)

November 25, 2012— New California community colleges head is taking things slow (Los Angeles Times)

November 21, 2012— Solano College to recruit higher-paying international students (California Watch)

November 15, 2012— Financial Stress Affects Academics for College Students, Survey Finds (National Survey of Student Engagement)

November 12, 2012— Public invited to question Cañada College presidential candidates (The Almanac Online)

November 11, 2012— Young voters turned the tide for Brown’s Prop 30 (San Jose Mercury News)

November 3, 2012— Community colleges’ promise meets bitter reality (Los Angeles Times)

November 2, 2012— Labor mounts massive effort to get out vote and defeat Prop. 32 (Los Angeles Times)

October 26, 2012— City College dismantles faculty leadership (San Francisco Chronicle)

October 26, 2012— College district rejects television station bids (San Mateo Daily Journal)

October 19, 2012— California community colleges need Prop. 30 (San Francisco Chronicle)

October 16, 2012— More community college students commuting to multiple campuses (Los Angeles Times)

October 13, 2012— Prop. 30 inspires voter registration drives aimed at students (Los Angeles Times)

October 5, 2012— Hangover from bond orgy hits California (Sacramento Bee)

October 4, 2012— Higher learning slows to a crawl (Los Angeles Times)

September 27, 2012— California community colleges’ new chief (San Francisco Chronicle)

September 27, 2012— City College of San Francisco to unveil blueprint for survival (Los Angeles Times)

September 22, 2012— California’s community colleges staggering during hard times (Los Angeles Times)

September 20, 2012— City College near bankruptcy, audit says (San Francisco Chronicle)

September 19, 2012— Faculty voice key to CCSF’s future (San Francisco Chronicle)

September 16, 2012— “Wake up!” says retiring Community College Chancellor (EdSource)

September 12, 2012— CCSF risks bankruptcy, chancellor warns (San Francisco Chronicle)

September 11, 2012— Community colleges: No room for lingerers (San Francisco Chronicle)

September 10, 2012— Standing up to Rahm (Salon.com)

September 6, 2012— Can Do for Community Colleges (Inside Higher Ed)

September 4, 2012— California community colleges feeling the pinch of state budgets cuts (Examiner.com)

September 1, 2012— California Legislature sends ‘sweeping’ pension reform to governor (San Jose Mercury News)

September 1, 2012— S.F. City College retiree pension error (San Francisco Chronicle)

August 31, 2012— Deceptive Prop. 32 would worsen campaign finance mess (San Jose Mercury News)

August 30, 2012— Budget cuts hit community colleges hard (San Francisco Chronicle)

August 28, 2012— Survey offers dire picture of California’s two-year colleges (Los Angeles Times)

August 27, 2012— Gov. Jerry Brown lines up unusual allies on his tax hike initiative (Los Angeles Times)

August 16, 2012—Newspaper falls victim to numbers (San Mateo Daily Journal)

August 15, 2012—Community colleges across California face accreditation sanctions (Sacramento Bee)

August 14, 2012—California’s Prop. 32 would be Citizens United on steroids (The Hill)

August 7, 2012—City College cuts seen as inevitable (San Francisco Chronicle)

August 2, 2012—Report questions efficacy and fairness of college placement tests (EdSource)

July 31, 2012— The City College mission(SF Bay Guardian)

July 30, 2012— False Promises at For-Profit Colleges(New York Times)

July 19, 2012—Three Strikes in California (Inside Higher Ed)

July 17, 2012—Here’s How Students of Color Fit Into Higher Ed’s Shifting Ecosystem (ColorLines)

July 13, 2012—The Test-Score Myth (The Huffington Post)

July 12, 2012—Colleges sharpen focus on students seeking degrees (San Mateo Daily Journal)

July 9, 2012—State’s community colleges rethink enrollment priorities (California Watch)

July 7, 2012—City College vows to resist closure, takeover (San Francisco Chronicle)

July 6, 2012— City College of San Francisco in Jeopardy? (Forum – KQED Radio) (audio)

July 4, 2012— City College of San Francisco on brink of closure (San Francisco Chronicle)

July 4, 2012— Cañada College Named State’s Top 25 Community Colleges (Redwood City Patch)

July 3, 2012— Community College: An Economic Engine (Huffington Post)

June 27, 2012— UC president seeks to increase community college transfers (Los Angeles Times)

June 13, 2012— State’s college tuition rising fastest in nation (San Francisco Chronicle)

June 12, 2012— University of California now caters to the rich and foreign (San Jose Mercury News)

June 12, 2012— Worry grows over possible adult school cuts (San Mateo Daily Journal)

June 12, 2012— Expanding the role of community colleges in adult school programs (EdSource Extra)

June 7, 2012— More college graduates needed to boost California economy, report finds (Los Angeles Times)

June 1, 2012— S.F. City College can’t afford all its campuses (San Francisco Chronicle)

May 31, 2012— U.S. College Students Should Take to Streets Over Debts (California Progress Report)

May 31, 2012— Senate Bill 1550 proposes pilot program that charges higher fees to help offset community college cuts (UCLA Daily Bruin)

May 30, 2012— The Washington Post, PBS and the Koch-Funded American Enterprise Institute Attack Community Colleges (Truthout)

May 28, 2012—Jerry Brown’s Terrorizing Tactic (CounterPunch)

May 28, 2012—College summer school in California largely a thing of the past (Los Angeles Times)

May 26, 2012—California’s numbed community colleges prepare for still more budget cuts (Sacramento Bee)

May 18, 2012—College Students Prepare to Unionize (Santa Monica Patch)

May 16, 2012—Lawsuit takes aim at California’s legal protections for teachers (Los Angeles Times)

May 15, 2012—Research Brief: Education Budget: May Revision 2012-13 (California Federation of Teachers)

May 15, 2012—Gov. Jerry Brown says voters face ‘day of reckoning’ to avoid budget pain (San Jose Mercury News)

May 14, 2012— Scrutinize Wasteful Corporate Tax Breaks Before Cutting Vital Services (California Labor Federation)

May 11, 2012— Jerry Brown submits tax-hike petitions (San Francisco Chronicle)

May 7, 2012— Funding California’s Future: ‘Millionaire’s Tax’ Nostalgia, Jerry Brown and the Compromise (OB Rag)

May 7, 2012— California community colleges look to save money by banning repeat classes (Sacramento Bee)

May 2, 2012— California’s truly loopy tax loophole (Los Angeles Times)

April 19, 2012— The Future of California’s Community Colleges (KQED Radio – Forum) (audio)

April 18, 2012— KCSM-TV Yet to Be Sold (San Mateo Patch)

April 18, 2012— Santa Monica College 2-tier course pricing illegal (San Jose Mercury News)

April 18, 2012— CSU Faculty Return to Negotiations, Ready to Strike (New America Media)

April 10, 2012— No love for Gov’s comm. college plans: Performance- based funding knocked at hearing (Thoughts on Public Education)

April 10, 2012— California teachers pension faces $65-billion shortfall (Los Angeles Times)

April 7, 2012— Students hoping for CSU transfer now seek plan B (San Mateo Daily Journal)

April 5, 2012— The Tuition Controversy Behind Santa Monica’s Pepper Spraying (Time)

April 2, 2012— New faculty group takes on workforce focus at community colleges (Inside Higher Ed)

March 28, 2012— Colleges eye district elections (San Mateo Daily Journal)

March 27, 2012— Tax Initiative Compromise A Victory for Grassroots and California’s Future (California Progress Report)

March 25, 2012— Community colleges chief decries budget cuts’ toll on students (Los Angeles Times)

March 21, 2012— Community colleges hurt by CSU freeze (Thoughts on Public Education)

March 16, 2012— Santa Monica College’s two-tier trap (Los Angeles Times)

March 14, 2012— Gov. Brown, millionaires-tax backers join forces (San Francisco Chronicle)

March 12, 2012— The war on teachers: Why the public is watching it happen (Washington Post)

February 22, 2012— Community colleges may get new budget cut (San Francisco Chronicle)

February 21, 2012— A very rough road for community college students (Los Angeles Times)

February 15, 2012— Boost sought for students of color (San Francisco Chronicle)

February 12, 2012— Brown’s Bond Bookkeeping Plan Would Cut Billions From California Schools (Bloomberg)

February 9, 2012— Legislative analyst cites flaws in education plan (San Francisco Chronicle)

February 6, 2012— Dan Walters: Community colleges face change in California (Sacramento Bee)

February 6, 2012— Making the first moves to bring California back (Capitol Weekly)

February 1, 2012— Occupiers Jolt Cañada Students to Action (Redwood City Patch)

January 31, 2012— AFSCME, Others Endorse Millionaire’s Tax (Beyond Chron)

January 29, 2012— California community colleges prepare to ration their offerings (Sacramento Bee)

January 25, 2012— Editorial: Avoiding appearance of wrongdoing (The Almanac)

January 24, 2012— State-of-the-art rec center controversial amongst San Mateo College students and staff (Video) (Peninsula Press)

January 11, 2012— California Teachers Take On Jerry Brown: The Working Class Begins to Fight Back (Counterpunch)