Arizona lawmakers amended SB1172 with a punitive measure that would silence
school employees' voices advocating on behalf of their students. The bill has been amended to fine an employee of a school district
or charter school $5,000 for distributing written or electronic
materials to influence the outcome of an election or to advocate support
for or opposition to pending or proposed legislation. If this bill passes, all educators could face a fine for forwarding this message in an email or
contacting legislators about a bill next session. This bill is
expected to go for a final vote in the Arizona House the week of 03/30/15.
The bill is written so broadly that, even beyond advocacy, it prohibits distribution of factual information about
topics that affect education. "This bill is basically putting a gag order on school officials when it
comes to providing any kind of information that is factual to
stakeholders. ... The provision would prevent school officials from
speaking about issues even when they directly affect school funding,"
[school board representative] Vega said. "We wouldn't be able to provide
information on what programs would be cut."
Take Action Now
to contact your legislators and tell them to vote NO on this anti-free speech legislation.
The House goes to the floor today at 1:30, and they have
HB2442 community college expenditure limits; recalculation (Rep. Olson)
on the schedule for committee of the whole (COW= floor debate). Once
it gets through COW, it is eligible for a floor vote of every House
member (known as “Third Read” vote). That
may occur as early as tomorrow (Tuesday).
If you want to watch floor today starting at 1:30, go to
www.azleg.gov and view “live proceedings” (House floor).
In addition, for your information
HB2610 community college collegiate special plates (Rep. Olson)
will be voted on by the full House in Third Read vote today. This bill
allows the Maricopa Community College District to develop a license
plate where proceed go to student scholarships
(the bill applies only to community colleges with over 50,000
students). Click here to read the bill summary:
The Arizona Senate and House have passed a budget after working all day and through the entire night. The budget finally cleared the House at around 8:30 this morning.
In the end 12 of our Democratic friends in the Senate, all 24 of our Democratic friends in the House, and six courageous Republicans stuck to their values and opposed this budget. A big thanks to the Democrats as well as Republican Senators Jeff Dial and Steve Pierce and Republican Representatives Chris Ackerley, Kate Brophy McGee, Heather Carter and Bob Robson for sticking up for public education and opposing this budget package.
Of biggest disappointment is the fact that the Senate was only able to pass the budget to cut K-12 education and higher education with the last vote needed coming from Democrat Carlyle Begay (LD7). Senator Begay is one of two Democrats who sit on the Senate Education Committee, so he knows the effect this budget will have on our schools. The reductions to education would not have been possible if Senator Begay had not betrayed education and his party and voted for this budget. He gave Senate President Biggs the last needed 16th Senate vote to pass the budget.
[03/05/2015] The House and Senate Appropriations Committees met into the late hours last night approving a budget that has been negotiated between Governor Ducey, Senate President Andy Biggs, and House Speaker David Gowan.
The details for this budget can be found on AEA’s website
. The budget was approved on a party-line vote (Republicans supported and Democrats opposed).
The House and Senate Rules Committees meet at 10am. The House then goes to the floor at 11:30 and Senate at 12:30. The budget bills are calendared for Committee of the Whole (COW = floor debate, where amendments are added). Both chambers are expected to vote on this budget today.
At this point, the votes are holding to defeat this budget proposal on the floors of both the House and Senate. A coalition of Republicans and Democrats are standing together to force this budget back to the negotiations table. AEA urgently requests that you
your state legislators today and through the weekend to ensure our pro-public education friends stand strong against this budget.
- From Arizona Education Association "Action Alert"
What can you do?
- Call Ducey today: 602.542.4331 and press 2 to leave your message.
- Sign the petition.
- Find and contact your legislators directly to tell them to stop cuts to education.
- Spread the word.
Update: 03/16/15: Good news - HB 2442 is Dead!
"HB2442 (the community college expenditure limit
bill) was held last week and not moved again to House Committee of the
Whole (COW). This
means that it is “dead” at this point. This week is the last week to
hear bills in committees, and so far there are no strike-everything
amendments relating to this bill subject or the study committee for
community college funding." J. Loredo (AEA Lobbyist)
Update: 03/10/15 -
HB2442 community college expenditure limits; recalculation (Rep. Olson) was
held yesterday in House Committee of the Whole (COW). This means it
was retained on the floor calendar and not moved forward which is good news in our efforts to defeat HB2442. Here is a
summary of the bill:
02/21/2015 - If
passed as written, Bill HB 2442 revisions include a paragraph* that would require
community colleges to recalculate their yearly expenditure limit on
December 1 according to fall FTSE enrollment. So for example, if a
college suffered a 10% decline in enrollment in a year, said college
would have to reduce its expenditure limit by 10% and cut the funding
does not specify where funding would have to be cut, but realistically,
such a drastic cut in the middle of the year would almost certainly
result in layoffs.
bill was introduced by Rep. Justin Olson
who, before being elected to the legislature, was the President of the
Arizona Tax Research Association (ATRA). It has been assigned to two
committees in the house. The best chance to kill it
or defang HB 2442 is in the Senate**. It is unknown whether Governor Ducey would sign the bill if it makes it to his desk.
*The new paragraph (a.k.a. 'section 5') is in blue when you read the full bill (blue is used for additions and red for deletions from the old language)
What: Informational meeting
Date: Tuesday, June 18th, 2013
Time: 9:00 – 11:00 am
Where: Downtown Campus, Amethyst Room
Administrator Evaluations – a summary of faculty responses
Incoming Chancellor Lambert – a report on our meeting
Working with S.A.L.C.* – community efforts to help the College
Call to Action – letter writing campaign
PCCEA will be calling for action here. Since this may involve political activity (such as working for the resignation or removal of some Board members), we cannot use College resources to discuss this and implore faculty to also refrain from using College resources when discussing or working on any political activity.
Current Action Items:
- Board Communications. Take a moment to Find your "Pima Comm College District and if you are in Districts 1 (Brenda Even), 2 (David Longoria), 4 (Scott Stewart) or 5 (Marty Cortez):
make a Public Comment
at the next Regular Board Meeting
, speaking directly to your representative as a member of his/her district, inviting him/her to please resign for the good of the College. Note: You must arrive early and fill out a Public Comment card to be eligible to speak at a Board Meeting.
write a personal letter
to your representative, as a member of his/her district, inviting him/her to please resign for the good of the College. Postal and email addresses can be found on our PCC Board of Governors
Weekly PCCEA Meetings
(location: La Fuente Restaurante (1749 N Oracle
) near Downtown Campus) on Fridays from 3:30 - 4:30 PM to mobilize and discuss action items and next steps. All PCCEA members are welcomed to attend. If you are not a member but wish to join, we will have membership forms available at these meetings so that you can join and participate.
- Board Replacements. Identifying and Creating Packets of information on viable replacements for the following Board members: Scott Stewart, Marty Cortez, Brenda Even, David Longoria. If you are interested in working on this, please contact Ana Jimenez at firstname.lastname@example.org or one of the organizers listed below (do not use College email or resources).
- District 1 (Brenda Even): Ken Sternstein - Packet organizer: Denise Meeks
- District 2 (David Longoria): - Packet organizers: Eric Morrison & Suzanne Desjardin
- District 4 (Scott Stewart): -
- District 5 (Marty Cortez): Richard Fridena - Packet Organizer: Rita Flattley
- Students. Facilitating education and mobilization of students in the Board's response to the HLC Report.
- Healing Forums. A group consisting of representatives from ACES, AFSCME, PCCEA, Faculty Senate, Staff Counsel and Administration have had a couple of meetings with facilitator Catherine Tornbom from the Center for Community Dialogue(CCD). At our first working we shared the perspectives from our constituents and found there was a lot of common ground regarding a desire for respect, inclusivity, accountability and transparency. We also identified some obstacles to attaining those goals. We will be meeting again on May 14th to formulate a framework for actions to reach our goals. One possible action may be holding campus forums moderated by CCD where employee groups can meet and share their stories. Another action may be a more anonymous, written process for folks to share their stories. PCCEA invites you to share any ideas you have to ensure all employees have an opportunity to be heard and heal from the difficult environment they have had to work under.
- Administrator Evaluations. This year's annual Faculty Review of Administration gives faculty an opportunity to rate the effectiveness of their Supervising Dean, Vice President, Campus President, our new Provost (Jerry Migler), and Suzanne Miles as our outgoing (gone) Interim Chancellor. This year, in a departure from previous years, we are asking faculty to express Confidence/No Confidence in each of the current Board of Governors. Faculty Senate has passed a resolution expressing no confidence in the 4 Board of Governors from the Flores era and has called for their resignations. The PCCEA Executive Board has also called for the Flores 4 to resign. We are uneasy taking such a stand without hard data from the Faculty supporting such a position. This is the Faculty's opportunity to tell us if we are in alignment with your thinking or not. Lastly, we have taken a few hesitant steps toward giving Faculty Members, who feel informed enough to do so, the opportunity to evaluate some administrators who are based at District Office.
- College-wide Evaluations. Creating a proposal for 360-degree evaluations for all college employees to be used in a constructive, proactive, positive manner.
This announcement will be updated as new action items are added, so please check back regularly.
Here are some recent articles about the current situation at our beloved Pima Community College. (We will update regularly.)
- 05/24: New PCC chief: Accountability will put college back on track - Tucson Sentinel
- 05/21: Guest Column: Lambert supported, but PCC board needs to resign to restore integrity - Arizona Daily Star
- 05/18: PCC will pay chancellor $344,000 - Arizona Daily Star
- 05/13: OPINION: Board members must reform or resign - Aztec Press
- 05/11: Pima Community College: Making Whole the Survivors of the Art of War - Tucson Citizen
- 05/11: PCC picks top contender for chancellor - Arizona Daily Star
- 05/10: PCC Provost outlines probation response plan - Explorer News
- 05/10: About 100 Pima College students rally, call for board resignations - Arizona Daily Star
- 05/09: Deadlines looming as PCC works to come off probation - Tucson Sentinel
- 05/04: New chancellor can repair, restore PCC, finalists say - Arizona Daily Star
- 05/03: PCC gets probation advice - Tucson News Now
- 05/03: Pima College posts videos of chancellor forums - Tucson Sentinel
- 04/27: School of 1 finalist for Pima College presidency is on tight leash - Arizona Daily Star
- 04/24: Business group to push ouster of 4 on PCC board - Arizona Daily Star
- 04/20: After first search fizzles, Pima Community College names new list of finalists for chancellor - Arizona Daily Star
- 04/17: Tucson's Pima Community College placed on probation - Arizona Daily Star
- 04/14: Pima College board has been unfairly criticized over harassment issue, its leader says - Arizona Daily Star
- 04/11: Calls grow for 4 on Pima Community College board to resign - Arizona Daily Star
- 04/10: PCC faculty requests lesser sanction - Tucson News Now
- 04/10: PCC interim chief to be paid $26k/mo. - Tucson Sentinel
- 04/05: C-FAIRR to PCC Board: 'We are Gravely Concerned by Your Failure to Grasp the Existential Threat the College Faces" - The Tucson Weekly
- 04/04: Education on the Rocks - The Tucson Weekly
- 04/02: Pima picks community college vet as interim replacement CEO - Tucson Sentinel
- 03/30: Pima College's problems are fixable, school tells accreditor - Arizona Daily Star
- 03/30: 2 largest employee groups want 4 Pima College board members to resign -Arizona Daily Star
- 03/29: Pima Community College Faculty Demands New Leadership - KVOA
- 03/29: PCC Faculty Senate Resolution - KOLD Tucson News Now
- 03/29: Pima issues 'mea culpa' after HLC report; faculty call for resignations - Tucson Sentinel
- 03/28: Faculty group demands some PCC Board Members to resign - KOLD Tucson News Now
- 03/28: PCC Faculty Call for Board to Resign - Tucson Sentinel
- 03/28: Daily Fitz Cartoon PCC SOS - Arizona Daily Star
- 03/28: Closing Doors No More -Inside Higher Ed
- 03/24: For the good of Pima Community College, 4 veteran board members need to step down -Arizona Daily Star
- 03/22: Miles: Step back on admission standards - Tucson Sentinel
- 03/16: Pima College faces probation, possible loss of accreditation -Tucson News Now
Article VII of the PCCEA Constitution requires proposed amendments to the Constitution to be posted for viewing and comment.
Please review the following proposed changes. To add comments and/or join in the discussion, click here
Proposal #1: Modify Election Calendar.
Rationale: The following date changes are being proposed to ensure that elected terms end on April 30th, the same date Meet and Confer is required to end by policy. The PCC Board of Governors is requesting proposals earlier, so we need to also allow the Chief Spokesperson have sufficient time to assemble the Meet and Confer Team.
[Bylaws] ARTICLE VIII – Elections
Section 1 – Elections Committee - The President of the Association shall appoint an Election Coordinator no later than
September March 1. The Election Coordinator shall form a committee by appointing no less than two other Association members. This Elections Committee will be responsible for carrying out the nomination and election of officers in a confidential and democratic manner.
Section 2 – Nominations - The Elections Committee shall organize the nomination of officers. The nomination period will last no less than 7 days and shall end by
September March 30. Only active members may submit nominations.
Section 3- Public Discussion Period – The Elections Committee, with assistance from the Web-Master, shall post on-line a sample ballot, no later than
October April 10. Actual balloting shall begin no sooner than seven days after this posting.
Section 4 - Balloting - The Elections Committee, with assistance from the Membership Coordinator and Web-Master, as necessary, shall conduct the election. Members shall vote for candidates by secret ballot in accordance with procedures developed by the elections committee and approved by the Executive Board. Balloting and counting will be completed and results posted to the Association website, no later than
October 31 April 30.
Section 5 – The term of office begins
November September 1 and runs for one year.
Section 6 – If after elections there remain vacant positions these shall be filled by the new Executive Board after
November May 1 as delineated in Article V, Section 3 of the constitution.
Proposal #2: Modification of Representative to PCCEA Member Ratio.
Rationale: The change from fifteen to eleven is in response to the workload of current campus representatives.
[Bylaws] ARTICLE V - Campus Representatives
Section 2 - Each campus shall elect a minimum of one (1) Campus Representative and additional Campus Representatives based on the ratio of one (1) Representative for each
fifteen eleven ( 15 11) Association members, or major fraction thereof, at that campus. Association members assigned at more than one campus shall be counted as a part of the campus Association membership where they are assigned a majority of their work time. Nominations and elections for Campus Representatives shall take place simultaneously with elections of officers. The Membership Coordinator shall inform the Elections Committee Chair of the number of Campus Representatives to which each campus is entitled.
Proposal #3: Modification of Executive Board Composition.
Rationale: The following changes ensure that appointed PCCEA leadership are included in Executive Board discussions; however, only elected officials will hold a voting position.
[Constitution] ARTICLE V - Executive Board
Section 1 - The Executive Board shall consist of the Officers of the Association, the immediate past President,
and the Campus Representatives, the Election Coordinator, the Webmaster, the members of the Negotiating Committee, and the Data Analyst. The Election Coordinator, Webmaster, Data Analyst and members of the Negotiating Committee shall be non-voting members of the Board. The Executive Board shall be the executive authority of the Association, and it shall be the legislative and policy-forming body of the Association. A member occupying more than one voting position shall have only one vote.
PCCEA encourages all citizens to attend any and all PCC Board Candidate Forums.
PCC Governing Board Candidates Forum
Saturday, July 21, 2012
Las Cazuelitas Restaurant West
Macario Saldate and his Community Advisory Committee
Event: District 5 Candidate Forum on the Steve Leal radio show
When: Thursday, August 2, 2012
Where: AM Radio station KWFM 1330
Time: 12:00 noon - 1:00 PM
Notes: Richard Fridena and Marty Cortez, candidates for District 5, will be on from noon to one.
Please take the time to listen and to call in your questions at 520-529-3508.
PCC Governing Board Candidates Forum
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
PCC Downtown Campus, Amethyst Room [map]
6:00 - 8:00 pm
The League of Women Voters of Greater Tucson, Las Adelitas Arizona and the Pima County/Tucson Women's Commission
We will post all upcoming forums on our calendar as we become informed of them.