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AB 375 Vetoed! By Linda Chan
Governor Newsom had until October 10, 2021, to sign or veto bills. In a last-minute decision, he vetoed AB 375 by Assembly member Jose Medina (a former part-time instructor from Riverside). “This bill increases the maximum amount of instructional hours that a part-time community college faculty member may teach at any one community college district” from the current 67% of a full-time load to 85%. He stated that “this bill would create significant ongoing cost pressures on the state and community college districts, potentially in the hundreds of millions of dollars” based on the assessment made by the Senate Appropriations Committee.
In the analysis made by the Senate Appropriations Committee several statements were made that were not true.
Statement #1: “The Chancellor’s Office estimates that this bill could result in up to $440 million in ongoing Proposition 98 General Fund costs each year for community college districts to offer health insurance benefits to part-time faculty.”
This statement assumed that all 40,000+ part-time faculty would be teaching the full 85%. This is not true. There are many part-time faculty who choose to teach 20%, 40% or even the 67% due to other commitments and choose not to teach more. Also, there are several districts who continue to offer their part-time faculty no more than a 40% load. This 85% is a maximum and not a requirement to elevate all part-timers to 85% of a full-time load.
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