CALL TO ORDER: The meeting was called to order at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 9, 1998, by Chair Gene Dinielli.
APPROVAL OF AGENDA: The agenda was approved.
AS-2431-98/FGA SUPPORT FOR PROPOSITION 1A, THE "CLASS FIRST READING/ SIZE REDUCTION KINDERGARTEN-UNIVERSITY WAIVER PUBLIC EDUCATION FACILITIES BOND ACT OF 1998"
RESOLVED: That the Academic Senate of the California State University endorse Proposition 1A which would provide, out of a 9.2 billion dollar bond issue, 2.5 billion dollars to be invested in higher education; and be it further
RESOLVED: That the Academic Senate CSU encourage campus senates to support Proposition 1A and to serve as an information resource on this topic to their faculty, staff, students, and area constituents.
RATIONALE: Proposition 1A will provide $9.2 billion over four years for desperately needed new construction and repairs of our public elementary schools, high schools, community colleges, and universities. $6.7 billion will be targeted for K-12 schools and $2.5 billion targeted for higher education. The needs throughout the state at all levels, K-University, are substantial and include seismic repair and retrofitting, new classrooms to accommodate the class-size reduction program, infrastructure maintenance and development (including technology related projects), and new construction to accommodate growth in student enrollment. The three major needs of the CSU identified by the trustees that the bond would fund are: upgrades to correct structural, health and safety code deficiencies; renovations to make new and remodeled facilities operable, including technology upgrades; and new facilities to accommodate more students.
On behalf of the Fiscal and Governmental Affairs Committee, Chair Bethany Shifflett moved (Kersten seconded) the resolution.
Senator Charnofsky moved (Shifflett seconded) to waive the rules to take action on the resolution at the present meeting. Motion carried.
Senator Shifflett requested consent to make the following change: in the second Resolved clause to add "an information" before "resource." There were no objections.
AS-2431-98/FGA motion approved unanimously.
AS-2432-98/TEKR RESOLUTION ON PROPOSITION 8
RESOLVED: That the Academic Senate of the California State University oppose the November 3, 1998, California Ballot Proposition 8 entitled, "Public Schools: Permanent Class Size Reduction. Parent-Teacher Councils. Teacher Credentialing. Pupil Suspension for Drug Possession. Chief Inspectors Office. Initiative Statute"; and be it further
RESOLVED: That the Academic Senate CSU urge campus senates, faculty, staff, administrators, and students to help inform voters of the importance of opposing the November 3, 1998, California Ballot Proposition 8.
RATIONALE: This proposition is bad public policy. Here are some possible consequences if this measure passes:
Ballot Proposition 8 would diminish local control of K-12 education and would take curriculum out of the hands of educators.
It would create an unnecessary State Office of the Chief Inspector of Public Schools with no ongoing accountability. The individual filling this office would be appointed by the governor for a ten-year term.
It would confuse the responsibilities of school site councils and principals.
It would increase the already rigorous qualifications that must be met by teachers in California.
It would remove flexibility in dealing with student disciplinary problems.
Costs could be in the millions of dollars for the State of California; it is estimated that the Office of the Chief Inspector alone could cost from $15 million to $20 million annually; the Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) could incur costs in the millions of dollars to provide subject-matter tests to all new K-12 teachers, and possibly an additional $20 million if the state interpreted the initiative to require testing of current teachers; reviewing lesson plans could result in costs for school districts in the range of several millions of dollars annually.
On behalf of the Committee on Teacher Education and K-12 Relations, Chair Moore moved (Kellner seconded) the resolution.
Senator Spear moved (Aaron seconded) to waive the rules to take action on the resolution at the present meeting. Motion carried.
Senator Marshall moved (Stanley seconded) to direct the Executive Committee to perfect the resolution if passed. Motion carried.
AS-2432-98/TEKR motion approved unanimously.
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The Chair declared the meeting adjourned at 1:45 p.m. on Friday, October 9, 1998.
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Approved (or corrected)
Gene L. Dinielli, Chair
Hal Charnofsky, Secretary
Margaret Price, Recording Secretary