2016 State and Federal Legislative Priorities

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FACCC’s numerous legislative and budgetary priorities for 2016 included:

  • Expanding the provision of mental health services. FACCC-cosponsored AB 2017 (McCarty) would have established the College Mental Health Services Trust Account to match local funds on a grant-awarded basis for the purpose of increasing student access to mental health. Vetoed
  • Increasing the provision of paid office hours to part-time faculty. FACCC-sponsored AB 2069 (Medina) would have drawn attention to part-time faculty office hours by requiring its inclusion on the districts’ websites. Vetoed
  • Granting paid parental leave to community college faculty. FACCC-cosponsored AB 2393 (Campos) provides up to 12 weeks for community college faculty and classified staff. Signed
  • Increasing support for Career Technical Education in the Budget Act and passage of FACCC-supported SB 66 (Leyva). Signed
  • Implementing seniority and due process rights for part-time faculty. FACCC support for CFT/CTA-cosponsored AB 1690 (Medina) and SB 1379 (Mendoza) helped see those bills to the Governor’s desk. Signed
  • Supporting student services through legislative and budgetary advocacy. FACCC-supported SB 906 (Beall) lifts the sunset on priority registration for EOPS, DSPS, and foster youth. FACCC also supports full restoration of CalWORKs in the Budget Act along with a COLA for student service programs. Signed
  • Increasing the percent of credit instruction taught by full-time faculty and funding for part-time faculty equity, office hours, and health benefits in the Budget Act.
  • Increasing the base allocation for community colleges in the Budget Act.
  • Transitioning the California Community Colleges away from the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges to an accreditor with a demonstrated preference for improving educational processes over sanctioning institutions. FACCC’s continuing support for the recommendations of the Chancellor’s Office Task Force on Accreditation offers an important faculty voice to this matter.
  • FACCC’s extensive list of federal priorities include accreditation, reauthorization of the Higher Education Act, funding for Perkins, campus safety, elimination of the so-called “Cadillac Tax” on health premiums, and eliminating the Social Security offsets, WEP and GPO.

Last year, FACCC successfully sponsored AB 404 (Chiu) which provides the faculty and other community college stakeholders an opportunity to comment on the federal compliance of our system’s accreditor through an anonymous statewide survey conducted by the Chancellor’s Office. The survey data will be transmitted to the federal government for use in its recognition process of accrediting agencies. AB 404 was signed into law on October 8, 2015.