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Proposed Constitution Changes S2015

posted May 7, 2015, 12:15 PM by Ana Jiménez   [ updated Jul 17, 2015, 7:38 PM ]

Article VII of the PCCEA Constitution requires proposed amendments to the Constitution to be posted for viewing and comment.

Please review the following proposed change and add any comments below.

ARTICLE II - Purposes
Section 1 – To work for the welfare of students, the advancement of education, and the improvement of instructional opportunities for all.
Section 2 – To develop and promote the adoption of such ethical practices, personnel policies, and standards of preparation and participation as mark a profession.
Section 3 – To unify and strengthen the teaching profession and to secure and maintain the salaries, retirement, tenure, professional and sick leave and other working conditions necessary to support teaching as a profession.
Section 4 - To enable members faculty to speak with a common voice on matters pertaining to the teaching profession and to present their individual and common interest before the Board of Governors and other legal authorities.
Section 5 - To hold property and funds and to employ a staff for the attainment of these purposes.


A vote will be held 30 days from the date of this post.

UPDATE: Vote has been postponed until the first week of accountability (August 19 - 26, 2015).

All Faculty Meeting

posted Apr 29, 2015, 10:47 AM by Ana Jiménez   [ updated May 8, 2015, 9:54 PM ]

Important decisions will be made THIS SUMMER.
These decisions will impact future STEPS and PERFORMANCE EVALUATION.
These actions directly impact YOU.
PCCEA needs to hear from you, whether you are a PCCEA member or not.
Date: Friday May 1, 2015
Time: 11:00 AM* - 12:30 PM
Location: Downtown Campus, Amethyst Room
It's time for faculty to stand together to determine our future - PLEASE MARK YOUR CALENDARS and attend unless you are serving students!  If you absolutely cannot attend, send a proxy in case there is a vote as we want to hear from EACH and EVERY ONE of YOU!


 
* We will have some activities starting at 10:30 AM, so please arrive early if you can.
 

PCCEA Elections 2015

posted Apr 10, 2015, 8:54 PM by Ana Jiménez   [ updated Apr 29, 2015, 6:36 PM ]

April 29, 2015:

The results of elections for PCCEA officers and campus representatives are listed below.  Their terms of office begin September 1st, and last one year.  To those elected, thanks for being willing to serve!
 
President:  Julia Fiello
Co-Vice Presidents:  Nan Schmidt and Ana Jimenez
Secretary:  Makyla Hays
Treasurer:  Matej Boguszak
Membership Coordinator:  Delisa Siddall
Community Campus representative:  Amy Davis
Desert Vista representative:  Barbara McLaughlin
Downtown Campus representatives: Marianne Harris, Bardo Padilla, David Stephenson
East Campus representatives:  Rita Flattley, Kyley Segers
Northwest Campus representative:  Greta Buck-Rodriguez, Ken Scott
West Campus representatives:  Scott Collins, MaryKris McIlwaine, Mark Nelson, Nancy Spaulding

April 12, 2015 

A Sample Ballot has been posted on the Elections page. Voting will begin on April 21st. 

Blog Post: Campus Leadership Changes

posted Apr 9, 2015, 8:22 PM by Ana Jiménez   [ updated Apr 9, 2015, 8:22 PM ]

The College has offered a wonderful opportunity for the entire College community to provide feedback regarding the substantial structural changes being considered for campus leadership. To provide an open forum to discuss pros and cons of these various scenarios, PCCEA has posted a new blog, Proposed Campus Leadership Structures,*  a venue to share ideas, perspectives and concerns. It is our hope that collectively, we can provide a more complete picture to these complex scenarios and our opinions on the survey may shift after considering each others' posts.
Thank you for participating!
Ana Jiménez
PCCEA Past-President

*URL: http://pccfaculty.blogspot.com/2015/04/proposed-campus-leadership-structures.html

PCCEA Presentation to the Board

posted Apr 2, 2015, 9:24 AM by Ana Jiménez   [ updated Apr 4, 2015, 2:28 PM ]

This spring's Meet and Confer Presentation along with the Faculty Survey Summary that was shared with the PCC Board of Governor Members are provided below for your information.
  

SB1172 - Silencing Our Voices

posted Mar 29, 2015, 12:52 PM by Ana Jiménez   [ updated Mar 29, 2015, 12:53 PM ]

Last week, 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. 

AZ Budget

posted Mar 5, 2015, 4:48 PM by Ana Jiménez   [ updated Mar 9, 2015, 7:15 PM ]

[03/09/2015]

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: http://www.azleg.gov/legtext/52leg/1r/summary/h.hb2610_03-02-15_houseengrossed.pdf

[03/07/2015] 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 call and email 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"
Read more and watch an interview with Governor Ducey regarding the AZ Budget Proposal.

What can you do?

  1. Call Ducey today: 602.542.4331 and press 2 to leave your message.
  2. Sign the petition.
  3. Find and contact your legislators directly to tell them to stop cuts to education.
  4. Spread the word.

HB 2442

posted Feb 21, 2015, 4:04 AM by Ana Jiménez   [ updated Mar 16, 2015, 9:41 AM ]

HB 2442: Community College District Expenditure Limitations

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: http://www.azleg.gov/legtext/52leg/1r/summary/h.hb2442_02-19-15_caucuscow.pdf


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 accordingly.

It 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.

The 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)

Attendance Information

posted Feb 8, 2015, 10:28 AM by Ana Jiménez   [ updated Feb 8, 2015, 12:13 PM ]

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