Resolution Opposing Senate Bill 1646


WHEREAS Senate Bill 1646 (Alpert), which is attached, would mandate that all CSU campuses offer an undergraduate degree program in elementary education; and

WHEREAS SB 1646 provides direction for the content and administration of those programs; and

WHEREAS determination of the curriculum and determination of administrative structures for the curriculum are properly academic matters rather than legislative matters; and

 WHEREAS compliance with the provisions of SB 1646 is likely to divert education faculty from compliance with SB 2042 and with the training of teachers to meet the serious need facing the state;

WHEREAS passage of SB 1646 may have the adverse effect of denying Pell Grant support to the large numbers of students who seek to complete credential requirements after completing a baccalaureate degree program other than elementary education, and thereby reduce the number of teachers being trained; and

WHEREAS blended teacher preparation programs have been established on CSU campuses through collaboration and cooperation between education and subject matter faculty to accomplish the purpose of SB 1646; and

WHEREAS to the extent that students choose the proposed education major, campuses are likely to find enrollment decreasing in their "blended" degree programs, thus wasting the enormous investment of time and money that was directed at establishing these programs; and

WHEREAS further development of alternative routes to teacher credentials should build upon existing programs and collaborations rather than divert the attention of education faculty members from those programs and collaborations;

WHEREAS it is estimated that implementation of SB 1646 would cost the CSU as much as $850,000 to implement and would cost approximately $10 million if a federal Pell Grant waiver is rescinded because of the implementation of SB 1646; now therefore be it

RESOLVED that the Executive Committee of the Academic Senate of San Francisco State University oppose SB 1646 so long as it mandates curriculum rather than authorizing curriculum; and be it further

RESOLVED that the Executive Committee of the Academic Senate of San Francisco State University urge Governor Gray Davis to veto SB 1646 with the recommendation that it be revised to authorize the offering of undergraduate degrees in elementary education rather than mandating the offering of undergraduate degrees in elementary education; and be it further

RESOLVED that the Executive Committee of the Academic Senate of San Francisco State University direct that copies of this resolution be sent to Governor Gray Davis, Senators Dede Alpert and John Vasconcellos, Speaker of the Assembly Herb Wesson, the members of the assembly and senate from the counties of San Francisco, San Mateo, Marin, and Alameda, the California Association of Suburban School Districts (the sponsor of the bill), and to the following supporters of the bill:  California Language Teachers Association, California School Boards Association, Fallbrook Unified Elementary School District, Glendale Unified School District, Long Beach Unified School District, Los Angeles Unified School District, San Diego Unified School District, and Tustin Unified School District.


---Unanimously adopted by the Executive Committee of the Academic Senate, San Francisco State University, Tuesday, August 27, 2002--