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Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Stand Up To Save the UC Educational System

School CUTS Destroying Los Angeles Educational System

Lecturer's Representative, Olga Lazin, CA

May 10, 2011 California Faculty Association

May 10, 2011

In this particular issue:

* Attend a National Campaign Webcast Party on May 17;

* Teachers declare a “State of Emergency,” Faculty urged to participate

* Cal State University students, faculty urge Legislators to “Stand Up for Californian Education!”

Attend a National Campaign Webcast Party on May 17

On the 57th anniversary of the landmark Supreme Court decision Brown vs. Board of Education (1954), faculty members from across the country will gather in Washington DC on Tuesday May 17 to launch a bold new initiative to fight back against inequities in and the rapid paring back of access to public higher education.

Out of State students are being admitted at UCLA, and the others have to go to the academic Siberia, that is UC Santa Cruz and Merced.

“On our current course, our nation is rapidly going back to a time when quality education was not available to all Americans," said Lillian Taiz, President of the California Faculty Association,one of the many faculty organizations participating in the new Campaign for the Future of Higher Education.

"Those of us who teach and guide students in public higher education have a duty to speak out about policies and funding decisions that in very short order will wreak havoc on our kids’ lives, on our nation’s economic viability and on our democracy.”

Taiz and other faculty leaders from the nation's public colleges and universities will appear at the National Press Club — and also on at least 30 campuses via live webcast — to announce the building of a campaign to promote broad access to public higher education, which is essential to getting our country back on track.

Faculty groups will hold "Watching Parties" on campus to watch the webcast of the news conference in DC.

Watch-Parties are being held at 10 am on May 17 at the following CSU campuses:

• Bakersfield, Stockdale Room
• East Bay, Library, Biella Room
• Fullerton, Academic Senate Chambers
• Humboldt State University, Nelson Hall 106 (brunch at 9:45 am)
• Long Beach, Anatol Center
• Northridge, Sierra Hall Room 108
• Sacramento State, University Union, Walnut Room
• San Bernardino, Pine Room, Lower Commons
• San Diego State, Faculty Staff Centre (door opens 9:30 am)
• San Francisco State University, HSS 306
• San Jose State University, Ohlone Room (brunch at 9:45 am)
• Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Building 14, Room 251
• San Marcos, Markstein Room 104
• Sonoma State, Schulz 1121
• Stanislaus, Faculty Development Center, Room 113

Watch parties will also be held in more than a dozen other states including: Massachusetts, Michigan, Montana, New Jersey, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Washington State and Wisconsin.

Most Watch parties will serve refreshments. Contact your campus chapter for more information.
Bargaining session focuses on workload

At last week’s bargaining session, CFA and CSU management focused on workload, an issue that many faculty have identified to CFA as the number one problem on their campuses.

On Thursday, the parties discussed their views on workload during which individual CFA bargaining team members gave testimony that illustrated the various forms workload problems take.

The CFA Bargaining Team pointed out that mushrooming class sizes not only impact individual workloads, but also have implications for the quality of education in the CSU.

On Friday, the Chancellor’s Office’s bargaining representatives asked, and received answers to, questions regarding CFA’s conceptual workload proposal, which can be viewed here.

CSU management has not yet made a workload proposal of its own.

CFA plans to present a follow-up proposal in the near future that will fine-tune the earlier conceptual proposal on class sizes and enrollment limits. The parties will next meet on May 19-20 in Sacramento and on June 16-17 in Long Beach.
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Teachers declare a “State of Emergency,” Faculty urged to participate

Scores of protests, rallies, teacher sit-ins and grade-ins, and town halls are part of a statewide “State of Emergency” campaign week led by a coalition of education supporters this week across California.

They want the Legislature to extend current taxes now to avoid the catastrophe of an all-cuts budget.

CFA members emphasized the importance of participating in the event to make a strong case for funding public higher education.

“We are living in a state of emergency,” said CFA President Lillian Taiz. “Educators from pre-school to PhD are fighting back against state budget cuts that are decimating our schools, colleges, public safety and health care services. To protect essential public services, the Legislature must finish the job of resolving the state budget crisis by extending current tax rates.”

Educators are fed up with endless cuts and will hold daily sit-ins at the Capitol building in Sacramento. In the past three years, K-12 and higher education have been cut by more than $20 billion.

To learn how to participate visit the campaign website which features events planned statewide, along with blogs, videos and news coverage about cuts and the growing coalition backing the mobilization.

As part of the week’s activities, faculty and students from Cal State Fullerton and Cal State Long Beach joined nearly 300 faculty, students, and parents from K-12 and community college at a rally Monday outside the Fullerton office of Assemblymember Chris Norby.

A delegation of faculty and students, including students hoping to transfer to the CSU, went inside Norby's office to directly deliver the message about the importance of public education to the students and families of North Orange County .
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Stay in touch this summer-update your contact information with CFA

With the spring term drawing to a close on CSU campuses, CFA urges faculty to update their contact information with the union to ensure that you receive critical updates on the state budget and contract bargaining.

Update your contact information via the member helpdesk on the CFA website.
CSU students, faculty urge Legislators to “Stand Up for California!”

Faculty members, staff and students at CSU Stanislaus, Fresno and San Bernardino held events last week demanding that Central Valley and Inland Empire legislators “Stand up for California” and for higher education.

After $1 billion in cuts made to the CSU and University of California systems earlier this year, Governor Brown’s budget plan calls for maintaining current revenues so California won’t have to make even deeper cuts to education that is so critical to our future.

These students and educators are among families, seniors, parents, business owners and others who have put aside their differences to support Governor Brown’s balanced approach to closing the state’s budget gap and move California’s economic recovery forward. The governor’s plan includes cuts he has already signed into law and a proposal to maintain existing revenues that has been held up by partisan gridlock.

For more information on how more budget cuts will hurt education and California’s future prosperity, visit
Links of the week:

'Dream Act' has been approved by California Assembly – "Undocumented immigrants could receive college financial aid under legislation approved Thursday by the Assembly and apparently destined for the desk of a new Democratic governor who supports the concept."

Nearly 300 rally in O.C. against school cuts – Nearly 300 Lecturers, educators, parents, students rallied on Monday outside the Orange County offices of state Assemblyman Chris Norby, R-Fullerton to support proposed tax extensions they said will prevent billions in cuts to public schools. – Orange County Register

It is already too late. Elites like Brown have already approved the cuts.
Lobbying is needed on the Hill, to get access to more money to save the UC system.
Anyone volunteering?

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