CFA GOVERNMENTAL RELATIONS OFFICE
WEEKLY REPORT

"CFA SPONSORED LEGISLATION
- SB 1450 (ROMERO) - STALLED"

2002 EDITION - Issue No. 10
May 8, 2002

CONTENTS:


CFA SPONSORED LEGISLATION - SB 1450 (Romero) -- STALLED

CFA-sponsored SB 1450 (Romero) was heard by the Senate Education
Committee on Wednesday, May 1. As amended (due to problems
securing votes on the bill as introduced), SB 1450 would have
frozen administrative expenditures at 2001-02 spending levels,
and reduced them by 5% for the next three years.

CFA officer Patricia Evridge Hill testified in support of the
bill, arguing that CFA was concerned about CSU trends that
de-emphasize instruction while administrative costs continue to
rise. Hill testified that between 1997-2001, administrative costs
at the CSU ballooned by over 35 percent - comprising over 27
percent of the entire CSU budget -- but during this same period,
instruction increased by only 14 percent and student services
increased by less than 2 percent.

Although many of the Senators were sympathetic to the negative
trends that are occurring within the CSU, there wasn't enough
support to pass the bill.  The legislation is being held over by
CFA and other labor advocates until discussions can occur with
legislative leadership and the bill's author to consider
alternative approaches to address burgeoning administrative
costs.

Committee members were primarily concerned that, without a clear
definition of "administrative costs," SB 1450 might adversely
affect programs such as student outreach, student services and
fundraising. Although CFA believes the bill's definition exempted
such categories, it is unlikely that another definition could be
developed that would address both CFA and the committee's
concerns while also ensuring all of the CSU's administrative
costs are included in the bill's spending cap.  Adding to this
difficulty is the fact that the CSU does not have clear
definitions of administrative categories (or each of the category
components) which allows the administration to move money from
one fund to another and avoid accountability or oversight.



CFA BILL TO PROVIDE LECTURER RETIREMENT BENEFITS APPROVED

Last week, AB 2549 (Nation) was approved by the Assembly Public
Employees, Retirement and Social Security Committee by a vote of
6-0. Testifying on behalf of the bill was CFA officer and
lecturer representative Elizabeth Hoffman.

AB 2549 would allow lecturers teaching at least 6 weighted
teaching units to be eligible for negotiated CalPERS retirement
benefits.  The bill next goes to the Assembly Appropriations
Committee for consideration.


FIRST DRAFT OF THE MASTER PLAN FOR EDUCATION RELEASED TO THE PUBLIC

The Joint Committee to Develop a Master Plan for Education,
chaired by Senator Dede Alpert (D-San Diego), released the first
draft of the Master Plan for Education on May 7th for public
review and comment.  The Joint Committee was convened in 1999 to
review the state's 40-year-old Master Plan for Higher Education
and craft a new master plan to encompass the full span of
education as a cohesive system.

The Joint Committee states the main objective of the new Master
Plan for Education is to "shift the focus from the operation of
institutions to the success of students served by education
institutions." According to the Committee, "the 2002 Master Plan
for Education will serve as a long-term framework to guide the
Legislature, Governor and various agencies as they make future
policy and budget decisions. The Master Plan for Education will
lay out a series of steps for the systematic improvement of
education over a 15 to 20 year period."

Public meetings will be held throughout the state through July to
get public feedback on the plan before the Committee adopts the
final draft in August.  To view the plan, to provide comment, or
to find out where and when public meetings will be held, visit
the Master Plan website at www.sen.ca.gov/masterplan or contact
Committee staff at (916) 324-4983.