Faculty union members protest at Cal State Dominguez Hills. California State University trustees plan to revisit one of their most contentious issues this week: how much to pay campus presidents.
At their meeting in Long Beach on Tuesday and Wednesday, California State University trustees are revisiting one of their most contentious issues: How much to pay campus presidents.
Criticism rained on Cal State trustees last year when they approved a $400,000 a year salary for San Diego State’s new president. That would be $100,000 more than his predecessor.
Three months ago, Cal State trustees approved a 10 percent cap on increases to new presidents’ salaries. The university’s faculty union and a state legislator have since said that was too much.
The proposal would pay a new campus president the same as the outgoing president but would allow supplemental salary from university foundations funds. That money is separate from state funding.
The California Faculty Association said trustees are obsessed with paying campus presidents high salaries. Foundation funds, the union said, should go to scholarships instead.
California Community Colleges Chancellor Jack Scott, told lawmakers that budget cuts to the community colleges, have increased class size and made it more difficult for students to get into classes while appearing before a joint Legislative hearing at the Capitol in Sacramento, Calif., Monday, Dec. 7, 2009.
The California Community Colleges governing board will examine a new system-wide policy change Monday that would limit students from being able to repeat certain courses, primarily in arts and physical education, after their successful completion, as part of an effort to better allocate already meager state funds.
"Some students enroll in community colleges and take PE class or tennis, three times in a row," said Paul Feist, a spokesman for the California Community Colleges' Chancellor's Office. "In this age of budget cuts, where we've been forced to ration education, it just seems like there's a better use of state funding for courses that are more lined up with students' needs for certificates, degrees and transfers."
Under the new policy, colleges would be allowed to claim the portion of state funds for these courses only once for each student. The change in policy would affect roughly 2.6 million students at 112 campuses statewide in what is the world's largest system of higher education.
Miramonte Elementary School teachers speak about their removal from their classrooms after two teachers were arrested on charges of misconduct with students. (May 2, 2012)
As the crowd dissipated today after an emotional march and press conference, one Miramonte Elementary School teacher stood along 60th Street in South L.A. and spoke nervously about what it was like to not only be removed from the classroom but to receive a preliminary pink slip during that time.
The teacher, who instructed a fifth grade intervention class, has taught at L.A. Unified for eight years. The last time she was in the classroom with her students was in December, when the track went off for their break. When the students returned in February, they found an entirely new staff.
"It hurts, it's awful," she said. "...What hurts the most [is] this special class of students needed consistency, routine, someone they can trust. They took that away from them and that's the hardest part."
As Miramonte Elementary School staff members rallied today in front of the unopened South L.A. campus where they have been placed for the last few months, parents and their kids came out to support their teachers Thursday.
Maria Guzman, a mother of second and fourth grade girls at Miramonte School, stood along 60th Street. She and her daughters all sported white t-shirts to symbolize the innocence of the staff. Guzman's t-shirt had writing in black marker that said, "We are here to support the innocent teachers and staff from Miramonte Elementary."
On the back it read, "They're not prisoners they're workers."
"It's not right what they did with them," Guzman said today after she heard the teachers give their first public statements in three months. "Just because two teachers did something bad, the rest of them shouldn't have to pay for it."
Miramonte Elementary School teachers made their first public comments today during a march and press conference in front of a South L.A. high school where they have been placed for the last three months as officials conducted an investigation into two teachers arrested on charges of misconduct with students.
The staff members, fearful that giving their personal accounts would jeopardize their ability to return to their classrooms, collectively voted on three statements written among them to present anonymously.
One teacher related feeling "shocked and numb" at having to leave the school in early February during two pupil free days they had to relocate. "I was expected to pack up 10 years in two days," the teacher said. "I was overwhelmed with so many emotions, sadness, anger...anxiety, fear."