Pasadena City College paid Oscar-winning screenwriter not to sue

Pasadena City College leaders agreed to pay Oscar-winning screenwriter Dustin Lance Black nearly $26,000 not to sue the school after it rescinded an invitation for him to be the commencement speaker earlier this year, according to copy of the settlement agreement obtained by The Times.

A college trustee originally asked Black, who graduated from the school in 1994 and wrote the screenplay “Milk,”to address graduates during their May 9 graduation. But other college leaders later withdrew the invitation, saying they were concerned that images from a stolen sex video with Black that had been posted on the Internet could harm the school’s reputation, according the school’s student newspaper.

More of this story: http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-pasadena-city-college-settlement-with-screenwriter-20141014-story.html

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Education groups won’t back rainy day fund

Education groups won’t back rainy day fund

Gov. Jerry Brown won’t have key education groups helping him make the case to voters for a bigger and more restrictive state rainy day fund. The most he can count on is that they won’t actively campaign against it.

Organizations representing school district financial officers (California Association of School Business Officials) and school superintendents and principals (Association of California School Administrators) voted during the summer to officially oppose Brown’s Budget Stabilization Account, which will appear on next month’s ballot as Proposition 2. And at a meeting in late September, the board of the California School Boards Association voted not to take a position on the proposition. That decision was actually good news for the governor, since at a press conference in May, association President Josephine Lucey vowed to push her board to fight the proposal.

More of this story at: http://edsource.org/2014/education-groups-wont-back-rainy-day-fund/68216#.VDWIcGc7uSq

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Key ruling finds that City College’s accreditors violated the law, as Oct. 27 trial looms

Key ruling finds that City College’s accreditors violated the law, as Oct. 27 trial looms

Herrera is ‘grateful for a decision that should help disabuse accreditors of the arrogant notion that their violations are somehow beyond the reach of California law’Key ruling finds that City College’s accreditors

More of this story at: http://www.faccc.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/ccsf_sumadjud_ruling.pdf

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Doubts About MOOCs Continue to Rise, Survey Finds

Doubts About MOOCs Continue to Rise, Survey Finds

Academic leaders increasingly think that massive open online courses are not sustainable for the institutions that offer them and will “cause confusion about higher-education degrees,” according to the results of an annual survey.

The Babson Survey Research Group has charted the growth of online education annually for more than a decade with support from the Sloan Consortium and other partners. The latest survey, conducted last year, asked chief academic officers at 2,831 colleges and universities about online education.

The findings, released in a report on Wednesday, reveal a growing skepticism among academic leaders about the promise of MOOCs. The report also suggests that conventional, tuition-based online education is still growing, although not as swiftly as in past years.

More of the story: http://chronicle.com/article/Doubts-About-MOOCs-Continue-to/144007

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PCC accused of violating open-meeting laws

PCC accused of violating open-meeting laws

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A lawsuit filed on Thursday by a nonprofit group will seek a court-ordered reversal of former president Mark Rocha’s $400,000 severance package, alleging that the Board of Trustees violated open-meetings laws.

Californians Aware, the group suing the school, claims that the Board hid the discussion of the severance package under the title of “anticipated litigation” on its closed session agenda items.

More of the story: http://www.pcccourier.com/2014/09/29/breaking-pcc-accused-of-violating-open-meeting-laws/

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Former VP sues school for breached contract

Former VP sues school for breached contract

Rick Van Pelt explains about the structure of the E building at The Forum on Tuesday. Nov. 2,2010. (Daniel Nerio/Courier)

Former Vice President Richard van Pelt filed a lawsuit against PCC on Thursday, alleging that the district breached his contract and failed to reimburse his business expenses while employed by the school, according to court documents.

The suit claims that van Pelt is owed at least $185,000 in severance pay for the time he was on administrative leave until he was “wrongfully” terminated, which was about a year ago, according to the suit…

Story continues at: http://www.pcccourier.com/2014/09/30/breaking-former-vp-sues-school-for-breached-contract/

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PCCFA Negotiations Update for April 18, 2014

Dear faculty,

Please note our latest negotiations update from April 18, 2014.

PCCFA Negotiations Update April 18, 2014

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Want to sign up as PCC Faculty Association Voting member?

Dear PCC Faculty,

Although every faculty member pays dues, not everyone is a voting member. Please follow the link provided below to sign up!

http://www.pccfacultyassociation.org/membership-information/

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PCCFA Survey on Effects of Block Scheduling and/or Room Assignments

Dear Fellow Faculty,

In response to the new block scheduling, the Faculty Association is looking for information relating to the effects the scheduling has on our faculty work day. If you could look over the proposed block scheduling chart linked below and check to see if you are impacted in any way we would be able to include this information in our communication with the administration.

Master Block Scheduling Template for Fall 2014

As you are all aware this is a change that has been adopted without any faculty input or without going through the Shared Governance Process. We are particularly looking to see if it effects any of  your hours or days on campus. I can use my schedule as an example. I teach four classes back to back twice a week. I normally do not  have any down time between classes. With the  new block scheduling I now will have 20 minutes in between each class.This will require me to spend an extra hour on campus every day. Considering that we currently cannot have office hours for less than 30 minutes  it is an hour of wasted time. Please look over your schedules and respond to this mail with the effects that it may have on you.

As well we are also gathering information regarding the new classroom assignment procedures. Many of you may that are teaching summer may have noticed that your room assignments seems a little random and confusing. Again I can use  myself as an example. For the past 7 years I have had all of classes in one class room. It was always convenient and time saving to teach my classes in the same room. For the summer I am assigned to teach each day in three different rooms in three different buildings. If you have any examples of this we would like this information as well.

Please fill out the survey linked below with your information and experience by Friday April 11th, 2014.

PCCFA Survey on Effects of Block Scheduling and/or Room Assignments

 

We appreciate your time and consideration,

Mark Whitworth

Director  PCCFA

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PCCFA Legal Opinion Letter on Department Chairs (March 26, 2014)

Dear PCC Faculty,

Many faculty have asked for guidance from the Faculty Association concerning discussions that have taken place within Divisions regarding the possible roles of department chairs. So linked below is a legal opinion from the FA counsel, Larry Rosenzweig. The opinion identifies the Faculty Association as the only group with jurisdiction to negotiate working conditions relating to faculty chairs. The district negotiators have agreed that this is a mandatory subject for collective bargaining. Furthermore, a working group representing the District and the FA has been agreed to and will begin its work shortly. Until this task is finished we ask faculty to refrain from discussing the topic of department chairs with district management.

PCCFA Legal Opinion Letter on Department Chairs (3-26-14)

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