In the News

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:

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 (

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

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

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)