CFA GOVERNMENTAL RELATIONS OFFICE WEEKLY REPORT
"PHONE CALLS URGENTLY NEEDED TO SENATE EDUCATION COMMITTEE!!"
2002 EDITION - Issue No. 8
April 12, 2002
- PHONE CALLS URGENTLY NEEDED TO SENATE EDUCATION COMMITTEE!!!
- CFA LOBBY DAY - STANDING UP FOR THE CSU: PROTECTING OUR MISSION
- CAL STATE'S FACULTY UNION LAUDS LEGISLATIVE DECISION TO AUDIT COSTLY NEW COMPUTER SYSTEM
PHONE CALLS URGENTLY NEEDED TO SENATE EDUCATION COMMITTEE!!!
CFA-sponsored SB 1450 (Romero) will be heard in the Senate Education
Committee on Wednesday morning, April 17th. SB 1450 would ensure that at
least 50 percent of the CSU's budget is spent on instruction.
PHONE CALLS IN SUPPORT OF SB 1450 ARE URGENTLY NEEDED to committee members
(see below). Some Senators will not be attending the Committee hearing
because of the Legislature's yearly Washington, D.C. lobby trip. If your
Senator is one of these individuals, phone calls are still needed to secure
their vote in the future.
California enacted legislation in 1961 for K-12 schools and community
colleges to reduce class sizes and prevent a growth in administrative
positions, while maximizing opportunities for student-faculty interactions.
Dubbed the "50 Percent Law," this law requires that half of a K-14
district's funds be spent for instructional salaries and benefits, and has
enhanced the teaching/learning experience for K-12 and community colleges.
Unfortunately there is no state requirement to protect the instruction
program at the California State University. This lack of legislative
oversight has caused CSU instructional expenditures to decline from 54.5% of
total CSU general-purpose funds in 1990-91 to 42.7% in 2000-01. When
adjusted for inflation, instructional spending per student has dropped by
more than 18%, from $5,556 in 1990-91 to $4,542 in 2000-01.
SB 1450 seeks to correct the ongoing decline in the CSU's instructional
expenditures by requiring that 50 percent of the CSU's "current expense of
education" be devoted to "instructional costs," defined as the costs of
instructional faculty, teaching assistants and instructional support staff.
SB 1450 uses a more expansive definition of instructional costs than used in
the K-14 law, which requires 50 percent of a district's funds be expended
exclusively on instructional faculty compensation.
IF YOUR CAMPUS IS REPRESENTED ON THE SENATE EDUCATION COMMITTEE, THEN PHONE
YOUR SENATOR'S CAPITOL OFFICE IMMEDIATELY! Encourage your colleagues and
students to do the same. Simply leave a message urging the Senator to:
"SUPPORT SB 1450 TO REVERSE THE DETERIORATION OF THE CSU'S EDUCATIONAL AND
Senate Education Committee Members and phone number (all area code '916')
John Vasconcellos, Chair (San Jose) 445-9740
Bruce McPherson, Vice-Chair (Monterey Bay) 445-5843
Richard Alarcon (Northridge) 445-7928
Dede Alpert (San Diego) 445-3952
Wesley Chesbro (Humboldt) 445-3375
Ray Haynes (San Marcos) 445-9781
Betty Karnette (Long Beach) 445-6447
Pete Knight (Bakersfield) 445-6637
Dick Monteith (Stanislaus) 445-1392
Jack O'Connell (San Luis Obispo) 445-5405
Deborah Ortiz (Sacramento) 445-7807
Jack Scott (Los Angeles) 445-5976
Byron Sher (San Jose) 445-6747
Ed Vincent (Dominguez Hills) 445-2104
Contact CFA Legislative Director David Hawkins if you have any questions at
CFA LOBBY DAY - STANDING UP FOR THE CSU: PROTECTING OUR MISSION
CFA Lobby Days II are here. Next week at least CSU 125 faculty and students
will visit their legislators to advocate CFA's legislative and budget
proposals, which are designed to provide important relief during the state's
fiscal crises by increasing accountability, eliminating wasteful spending
and protecting our instructional mission.
The cornerstone of our legislative package is SB 1450 (Romero), which
requires that 50% of the CSU budget be devoted to instruction. The timing
of our lobbying effort is critical to the bill, as its first legislative
hearing will take place in the Senate Education Committee on Wednesday,
CFA advocates will also be pressing for the adoption of five budget
proposals. By focusing on use of existing dollars (rather than new monies)
to accomplish our objectives, we believe these proposals are responsible and
realistic given California's fiscal challenges.
Other items high on CFA's legislative agenda include:
PLEASE NOTE that security measures now require picture identification to
enter the State Capitol building. Chapter delegates should be sure to
mention this to their student representatives attending Lobby Day
activities. If you need additional information, please call (916) 441-4848.
LOBBY DAY SCHEDULE
MONDAY, APRIL 15, 2002
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm Legislative Reception
State Capitol - Capitol Rotunda Basement
(Transportation between the Capitol Plaza Holiday Inn and
the State Capitol will be available from 5:30-8:30 pm.)
TUESDAY, APRIL 16, 2002
7:30 am - 8: 30 am Buffet Breakfast
Workshop #1 - Question & Answer Session
Workshop #2 - "Advocacy Tips" Session
Capitol Plaza Holiday Inn
(Enter through the California Room for all sessions and breakfast)
8:30 am - 9:00 am Call to Order/ Issues Orientation
9:00 am - 9:30 am Guest Speaker
9:30 am - 10:00 am Questions & Answers
10:00 am - 3:00 pm Member Lobbying (State Capitol)
***A buffet lunch will be served between 11:30 am - 1:30 pm at the
Sacramento Convention Center, Room 204. Transportation between
the State Capitol and Convention Center will be provided.
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm Lobby Team Reports (State Capitol)
CAL STATE'S FACULTY UNION LAUDS LEGISLATIVE DECISION TO AUDIT COSTLY NEW
COMPUTER SYSTEM (Press release prepared by Alice Sunshine)
The California Faculty Association today praised a decision by the Joint
Legislative Audit Committee (JLAC) to investigate the expenditure of an
estimated $400 million over seven years by the California State University's
administration on a management computer system.
State Senator Richard Alarcon and State Assemblymember Manny Diaz requested
an audit of the Common Management System (CMS) on the recommendation of CFA.
They noted in a letter to JLAC, "The CMS project has been controversial from
the outset in the CSU."
California Faculty Association President Susan Meisenhelder said, "We are
concerned because the dollars used to fund CMS come from the same base CSU
budget that funds instruction. The portion of the CSU budget spent on
instruction has already fallen below 50 percent which is unconscionable for
a teaching university. Now, with our state budget in crisis, we must invest
our limited resources in the classroom."
In asking JLAC to direct the State Auditor to examine CMS, Alarcon and Diaz
cited controversy over the attempt to standardize software at all 23 CSU
campuses, as well as over contracting out the project to the PeopleSoft
Corporation, the cost, the source of funding, and the management of the
CSU faculty members from across California will gather in Sacramento next
Monday and Tuesday, April 15-16, to discuss with legislators the California
Faculty AssociationŐs legislative objectives, including curbs on wasteful
spending in the CSU, such as the CMS. Since last year, CFA has called for
cost controls and reporting requirements on CMS.
CFA also will visit legislators to advocate passage of SB 1450 (Romero)
which would require at least half of the CSU budget be spent on the
university's primary mission - instruction of students. Similar laws already
apply to spending in kindergarten through grade 12 and in community
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- AB 2549 (Nation) - Allowing half-time lecturers to become eligible
for CalPERS retirement benefits.
- SB 277 (Chesbro) - Providing modest subsidies to CSU employees who
do not have access to HMO service.