Senate Bill 577: CCC Teacher Credentialing Partnership Pilot Program
Senator Bill Dodd introduced a bill in 2017 that would authorize community college districts to offer a teacher credentialing program, subject to accreditation by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing and approved by the California Community College Board of Governors. The bill was pulled in 2017 at the request of the author.
Chancellor Houston has continued to work diligently with the community college leadership and California State University leadership to repurpose the bill as a means of advancing CSU and CCC partnerships for teacher preparation and credentialing.
The current bill, as amended, would establish the California Community College Teacher Credentialing Partnership Pilot Program under with the commission, in coordination with the state chancellor, would award up to three grants, in the amount of $500,000 each, to collaborative, that would be comprised of at least one accredited degree-granting institution of higher education with a physical presence in this state and at least one community college or colleges. The bill would require these degree programs to be accredited by the commission’s Committee on Accreditation on the basis of standards of program quality and effectiveness.
Priority for the receipt of the grants would be given to a collaborative that is located in areas of the state with low rates of K-12 credentialed public school teachers, demonstrates that its degree program or programs meet the documented labor market demand of its target region, and identifies the resources necessary to offer its degree program or programs.
In late August, SB 577 was heard by the Senate Education Committee where it was passed and proceeded to the Senate floor passing 35-0. The bill is now headed to the Governor’s Office for his signature. Advocacy efforts in the form of support letters are being sent to the Governor’s office by the many supporters of this bill.
As advocacy for the passing of this bill continues, Chancellor Houston continues to work with CCC and CSU leadership to coordinate a Teacher Preparation Summit. The summit is scheduled for November 2018 and is hosted by Woodland Community College. The Summit is a convening of CSU Education Colleges, community colleges, county offices of education, and school district leaders from across the central and north state. More information will become available as the time draws near.
Read the entire bill here: SB 577: CCC Teacher Credentialing Partnership Pilot Program
Chancellor Oakley Announces
“Undocumented Student Week of Action”
The California Community College Chancellor’s Office recently announced that the Board of Governors is scheduled to vote on Board Resolution No. 2018-05 at a September meeting which will declare October 15-19, 2018, as “Undocumented Student Week of Action”. In partnership with the Student Senate, the Community College League of California and other organizations, the Chancellor’s Office will release a series of tools and resources for colleges and students to use during and after the Week of Action to enhance awareness and support for undocumented students.
In a recent email, Chancellor Oakley invited California Community College CEOs to take three specific actions to support the CCCCO’s planning efforts. Chancellor Oakley asked that college CEOs declare “Undocumented Student Week of Action” on their college campus and provide the Chancellor’s Office with a point person for planning purposes; complete the Chancellor’s Office survey regarding current services offered to undocumented students on their college campus; and encourage their college to participate in the Week of Action informational webinar scheduled for Wednesday, September 19. The webinar, co-hosted by the League and the Chancellor’s Office, will provide additional details regarding the activities planned during the Week of Action.
New Board of Governors Representatives
Governor Brown appointed two new California Community College Board of Governors in August, Amy Costa and Blas Villalobos.
Ms. Amy Costa, of Alameda, served as the Chief Deputy Director at the California Department of Finance for Governor Jerry Brown since 2016. In this role, Ms. Costa advised the Governor on state budget issues, served as the department’s lead contact with state Legislature and served as advisor to the Director of Finance on Higher Education since 2014. With an extensive history in governmental relations, Ms. Costa has held positions in governmental relations since 2001 including serving as associate director of advocacy and state relations at the California State University Chancellor’s Office, a policy director in the Office of California State Senator Dean Florez, policy consultant in the Office of California State Senate President pro Tempore Don Perata, and as a district director in the Office of California State Senator Don Perata.
Mr. Villalobos, of Lakewood, has been Director of Veteran Affairs at Chapman University since 2018. He served as manager in the Los Angeles Mayor’s Office of Veteran Affairs since 2015 and has worked extensively in Veterans Affairs since 2009. Mr. Villalobos served in several positions in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1999 to 2003, including as Private, Private First Class, Lance Corporal, Corporal and Sergeant. He earned a Master of Social Work degree in social work from the University of Southern California.
Chancellor Attends the Yuba-Sutter Veterans Stand Down
Chancellor Houston, in support of veterans in Yuba and Sutter Counties, attended a portion the 19th annual Yuba-Sutter Stand Down on Friday, August 24th at the Cotton Rosser Pavilion, Riverfront Park, in Marysville. The event was attended by more than 300 veterans and their families. President Javaheripour addressed the attendees during the open ceremony and announced that Yuba College recently selected a full-time Veterans Services Coordinator – Tammy Pack.
Stand Down concept is modeled after the Stand Down concept used during the Vietnam War to provide a safe retreat for units returning from combat operations. At secure base camp areas, troops were able to take care of personal hygiene, get clean uniforms, enjoy warm meals, receive medical and dental care, mail and receive letters, and enjoy the camaraderie of friends in a safe environment. Stand Down afforded battle-weary soldiers the opportunity to renew their spirit, health and overall sense of well-being.
The Yuba-Sutter Stand Down is an intervention that was conceived from the ground up specifically for veterans. It is an annual event designed to transform the despair and immobility of the homeless into the momentum necessary to get into recovery, to resolve legal issues, to seek employment, to access health and benefits, to reconnect with the community and to get off the streets. The Yuba-Sutter Stand Down, the second largest Stand Down event in the state only behind Los Angeles County, provides a hand up to veterans to address physical needs and services.
The District Newsletter is intended to share updates from various participatory District-wide decision-making groups, Board Policies and Administrative Procedures, updates from Cabinet, District Services, Fiscal Services, Information Technology, M&O, and Human Resources. The August 2018 District Newsletter is available here: District Newsletter – August 2018
Bills of Interest
AB 310 (Medina)
This bill would require each community college district to report total part-time faculty office hours paid, divided by the total part-time faculty office hours taught, and to post this information to its website. The bill passed the Senate and was concurred in Senate amendments in the Assembly. The bill will go to the Governor.
AB 1805 (Irwin)
This bill would require community colleges to inform their students of their rights to access transfer-level coursework and of the multiple measures placement policies adopted by the college. The bill would require a community college to annually report to the Office of the Chancellor of the California Community Colleges the community college’s placement policies and placement results and would require a community college to publicly post its placement results. The bill passed the Senate and will go to the Governor.
AB 1858 (Calderon)
This bill would add to the Donahoe Higher Education Act a provision that would require, by January 1, 2020, and permanently thereafter, each campus of the University of California, the California State University, and the California Community Colleges, and each independent institution of higher education to use the Financial Aid Shopping Sheet as developed by the United States Department of Education or a successor document identified by the Student Aid Commission to inform students or potential students about financial aid award packages. The bill passed the Senate and was concurred in Senate amendments in the Assembly. The bill will go to the Governor.
AB 1887 (Medina)
This bill was signed by the Governor. The bill authorizes a student who attends a public postsecondary educational institution or independent institution of higher education and who is exempt from paying non-resident tuition and authorizes a student who attends a public secondary school who is under the age of 18 years, to serve on any board or commission.
AB 2012 (Medina)
This bill passed the Senate and was concurred in Senate amendments in the Assembly. The bill would require, regardless of the type of differential pay system used by the school district or community college district, a person employed in a position requiring certification qualifications, a person employed in an academic position and a classified employee to receive no less than 50% of his or her regular salary for the remaining portion of the 12-workweek period of parental leave.
AB 2015 (Reyes)
The bill would require, commencing with the 2020-21 school year, the governing board of a school district and the governing body of a charter school, as appropriate, to ensure that each of its pupils receives information on how to properly complete and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or the California Dream Act Application, as appropriate, at least once before the pupil enters grade 12. The bill would provide that the manner in which information is provided pursuant to the bill would be at the discretion of the governing board of the school district or the governing body of the charter school. The bill was concurred in Senate amendments in the Assembly and will go to the Governor.
AB 2123 (Cervantes)
This bill passed the Senate and will go to the Governor. The bill would permit a political subdivision and a prospective plaintiff to enter into a written agreement to extend the time period during which a prospective plaintiff is prohibited from commencing an action for up to an additional 90 days in order to provide additional time to conduct public outreach, encourage public participation, and receive public input. The bill would require the written agreement to include a requirement that the district boundaries be established no later than 6 months before the political subdivision’s next general election. The bill would also require a political subdivision who entered into a written agreement to prepare, and make available on its Internet Web site, a tentative schedule of the public outreach events and the public hearings to be held.
AB 2210 (McCarty)
This bill would require the Chancellor’s Office of the California Community Colleges to notify qualifying individuals that they are exempt from paying nonresident tuition under the statute described above if they enroll at a campus of the California Community Colleges. The bill would authorize the chancellor’s office, in implementing the bill, to consult with the Refugee Programs Bureau of the State Department of Social Services and with private sector resettlement agencies, and, where appropriate, to utilize mass media and electronic modes of communication to reach as many qualified individuals as is feasible. The bill was concurred in Senate amendments in the Assembly and will go to the Governor.
AB 2385 (Cunningham)
The bill was signed by the Governor. The bill urges textbook publishers to post in a prominent location on the publishers’ Internet Web sites, where it is readily available to college faculty, students, and departments, a detailed description of how the newest textbook edition differs from the previous edition.
AB 2554 (Bonta)
This bill was signed by the Governor. The bill extends an existing exemption from mandatory tuition and fees at the University of California, the Hastings College of Law, the California State University, and the California Community Colleges, for surviving spouse or child of a California firefighter killed in the performance of duties to include survivors of a federally employed firefighter whose regular duty assignment was in California.
AB 2785 (Rubio)
This bill was concurred in Senate amendments in the Assembly and will go to the Governor. The bill would require the California Community Colleges and the California State University to provide reasonable accommodations to a lactating student on its respective campuses to express breast milk, breast-feed an infant child, or address other needs related to breast-feeding.
AB 2894 (Gloria)
This bill passed the Senate and will go to the Governor. The bill would provide that, when a student is called to active military duty during an academic term, the student may: choose to withdraw from the institution, retroactive to the beginning of the academic term; if at least 75% of the term has been completed, choose to request that the faculty member assign a grade for the course based on the work the student has completed; or, if the faculty member assigns a grade of incomplete for the student’s coursework, the student has a minimum of 2 weeks after returning to the institution to complete the course requirements.
AB 3101 (Carrillo)
The bill passed the Senate and was concurred in Senate amendments in the Assembly. The bill will go to the Governor. It would require the State Chancellor’s Office to update CCCApply and would ensure that noncredit students are exempted from filling out unnecessary residency questions.
AB 3186 (Medina)
The bill passed the Senate and will go to the Governor. The bill would delete the sunset date on the authority of the University of California and local community colleges to utilize best value procurement.
SB 577 (Dodd)
This bill passed the Assembly and was concurred in Assembly amendments in the Senate. The bill will go to the Governor. The bill will go to the Assembly floor. It would establish the California Community College Teacher Credentialing Partnership Pilot Program which would award up to three grants to community college districts partnering with institutions that grant teacher credentials to expand access to credentialing programs.
SB 972 (Portantino)
This bill was concurred in Assembly amendments in the Senate and will go to the Governor. The bill would require a public or private institutions of higher education that issues student identification cards to have printed on the back of the student identification cards the telephone numbers for a suicide prevention hotline or the Crisis Text line, or both telephone numbers.
SB 968 (Pan)
This bill passed Assembly Appropriations as amended to remove community colleges from the provisions of the bill. It will go to the Assembly floor. The bill would require SCU and UC to hire one full-time equivalent mental health counselor per 1,500 students at each campus.
SB 1071 (Roth)
This bill passed the Assembly and was concurred in Assembly amendments in the Senate. The bill will go to the Governor. It would require, by September 1, 2019, the office of the chancellor, in collaboration with the Academic Senate for the California Community Colleges, develop a consistent policy, a uniform policy to award military personnel and veterans who have an official Joint Services transcript course credit for California Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum, California State University General Education Breadth, or local community college general education requirements. The bill would require, by December 31, 2020, each community college district to have a policy consistent with the policy developed by the chancellor. The bill would require each community college campus to post on its Internet Web site the most recent policy adopted pursuant to this bill.
SB 1348 (Pan)
This bill passed the Assembly and was concurred in Assembly amendments in the Senate. The bill will go to the Governor. It would require, beginning in 2019 and in each year thereafter, the chancellor to report, for each community college program that offers a certificate or degree related to allied health professionals, specified information relating to the number of students participating in the clinical training, delineated by program and occupation, with multiyear implementation for the reporting.
SB 1406 (Hill)
This bill would extend the California Community College Baccalaureate Degree Pilot Program by three years and would move up by one year the date of the final LAO report. The bill passed the Assembly and was concurred in Assembly amendments in the Senate. The bill will go to the Governor.
10 – District Management Council Meeting (professional development for all managers)
11 – Chancellor’s Cabinet
11 – Labor Council Meeting
12 – Meeting with College Presidents
13 – Governing Board Work session (4:00 PM)
13 – Meeting of the Governing Board
14 – YC Student Veterans Association tour of the Museum of the Forgotten Warrior
17 – Meeting with Trustee Pasquale
17 – ACCCA Board Meeting
18 – Day Long Chancellor’s Cabinet planning retreat
19 – Meeting with WCC President
20 – Meeting with Trustee Sandy
20 – District, Colleges, Academic Senate (DCAS) leadership meeting
20 – Meeting with Trustee-elect Dr. Jesse Ortiz
24 – North/Far-North Coordinating Council Call
25 – Chancellor’s Cabinet
25 – ACCCA-CFLA Monthly Call
25 – Meeting with Academic Senate Presidents
26 – Meeting with YC President