The Community College Association

CCA's AB 1690 Heads to the Governor!
URGENT! AB 1690, the job security bill for part-time faculty by Assembly member José Medina (D-Riverside), has passed the state Senate and now heads to the governor. Please use CCA’s talking points to contact Gov. Brown urging passage of this important legislation. It will be critical to share local examples, particularly if your chapter has attempted to negotiate part-time faculty job security. Learn more about the bill.  Above, CCA Board Member Kristie Iwamoto is shown testifying before the Senate Ed committee.
California Supreme Court Rejects Review of Vergara Appeal
In a victory for students and educators, the Supreme Court of California announced it will not review the Vergara v. California lawsuit, letting the unanimous appellate court decision upholding five statutes governing professional and employment rights for educators stand as constitutional. This decision vindicates the arguments of educators, civil rights groups, legal scholars and education policy experts that the state statutes affirming educator rights do not harm students. Read more about the case and CTA President Eric C. Heins response. 
Surprise! Highly Unionized Districts Fire More Bad Teachers
You’ve heard critics say it’s impossible to fire a teacher with tenure. Well, a recent study shows that highly unionized districts actually fire more bad teachers. Read Valerie Strauss’s Washington Post column on the subject.
Learn More about the Benefits of Your CTA Membership
The new school year is a great time to refresh your knowledge of all the great Member Benefits CTA offers. Check out the new CTA Member Benefits video and learn more about the numerous Member Benefits and how they can benefit you, your family, and your career.
Keep Community Colleges Alive with Prop. 55
After a prolonged recession that resulted in deep program cuts to community colleges, a 24 percent decrease in course sections, and countless “invisible pink slips” given to part-time faculty, California’s community colleges are just beginning to come back. That’s why it’s important that voters approve Prop. 55, California Children’s Education and Health Care Protection Act (CEHCP) in November. Proposition 55 will maintain the current tax rates on the wealthiest Californians to prevent billions of dollars in funding cuts for public education and other vital services, like children’s health care.
Eloy Ortiz Oakley Named New Chancellor
California’s Community Colleges will have a new chancellor beginning mid-December. The California Community Colleges Board of Governors officially announced the selection of Long Beach Community College District Superintendent-President Eloy Ortiz Oakley, as the next chancellor to lead the largest and most diverse system of public higher education in the nation. Learn more about Oakley's appointment.
Saddleback VETS Program Receives Rice Award
Saddleback College Veterans Education & Transition Services (VETS) Program is a recipient of the 2016 Dr. John W. Rice Diversity & Equity Award from the California Community Colleges Board of Governors. Serving from 500-800 student veterans, the VETS Program aims to bridge the cultural divide between civilians and our military through inclusion; full integration of student veterans in campus life; and staff, faculty and administrative training and engagement. A CCA affiliate, Saddleback College was honored for setting the bar in terms of support services, innovation and honoring the differences of this subculture. Way to go!
Stand with Students and Educators to Support DACA
Educators will continue pursuing remedies to ensure immigrant students reach their full potential and remain with their families, despite a ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court that effectively blocks two programs by President Barack Obama.
“The Supreme Court decision will inflict further harm on the health and the educational opportunities of millions of children faced with fear and anxiety about separation from their parents and families,” said NEA President Lily Eskelsen García. Read more and then sign the Pledge to Stand with Students and Educators to Support DACA.
CCA's on Facebook

The CCA Board’s Communications Committee created the Community College Association Facebook page at its June meeting. Be part of the conversation and check it out now.

In the Event of Fire, CTA is There to Help
We hope our members don’t have to face the ravages of our state’s seasonal wildfires, but if you do, CTA is there to help you with its Disaster Relief Fund. The Disaster Relief Fund provides grants for damage to residences and to classrooms. You can also use the IPhone and Android Phone APPs to start the application for the grants. Learn more about the Fund and its grants. 
Chancellor's Office: SSSP Funds Are Not One-time Money
Student Success and Support Program (SSSP) funds are now considered part of the base funding for community colleges by both the Chancellor’s Office and state leaders, according to Deputy Chancellor Erik Skinner who told college CEOs in a letter that “you should allocate them with confidence that they will reoccur and use the funds to make permanent improvements in how your college improves student success.” Read Skinner’s letter to find out more.
Does Ethnicity Impact Student Learning?
California Community college faculty has a legal and professional obligation to be responsive to the needs of a diverse student body, which means the faculty workforce must itself become more diverse, says Thuy Thi Nguyen, vice chancellor for the Chancellor’s Office. Find out more in the Equity and Diversity section.
Build Union Solidarity with CCA's Book Club
CCA offers a Book Club at every Spring Council where members can discuss books about the Labor Movement and issues that threaten faculty. If you have a suggestion for this year’s book title, contact CCA President Lynette Nyaggah at president@cca4me.  To learn a little more, see the Communications section.
Spotlighting Our Members Around the State
Interested in knowing what your community college colleagues are doing across the state? Check out Spotlight on Our Members, a new section of the CCA website. If you have a member or program on your campus you think is worth spotlighting, contact Advocate Editor Cynthia Menzel at cmenzel@cta.org
Next Up: CCA's Fall Conference

Make plans now to attend CCA’s Fall Conference Oct. 7-9 at the Sheraton Grand Sacramento Hotel. This first of three CCA conferences for 2016-17 focuses on member engagement and will offer a variety of trainings on the best ways to reach your members. Come to the Fall Conference to meet with colleagues from around the state, exchange ideas and learn new strategies for strengthening your chapters. Take a peek at the Fall Conference program.  You won’t want to miss this! Online registration is now open.

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