Even before Gov. Gavin Newsom’s shelter-at-home order, Allan
Hancock College was gearing up to meet the challenges the
COVID-19 virus presents to an institution of higher learning.
For faculty and students, this new normal brings with it many
issues regarding how best to continue the mission of education —
providing the students with the highest quality of instruction —
while trying to remain free of the virus and maintain social
The new bipartisan federal stimulus legislation, known as
the CARES Act, was signed yesterday. The $2.2 trillion bill
— the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act — is the
third piece of federal coronavirus response legislation passed in
recent days and contains significant new resources to assist in
On the calls we received encouraging words from State
Superintendent of Instruction Tony Thurmond, who offered his
support and thanked CFT members. He also discussed the
many efforts the governor’s office and the Department of
Education are taking to support our schools.
The California Legislature took emergency action yesterday and
passed Senate Bill 117 to address several of the issues
confronting schools and their employees during the
COVID-19 pandemic. SB 17 and two
other emergency bills passed by the Legislature will
take effect immediately.
The CFT will continue to monitor the situation and provide
updates from the California Legislature.
The CFT was successful in introducing sponsored legislation for
2020. Our new bills address priority issues for the CFT,
including providing affordable housing for public school
employees, ensuring that school employees who are on extended
medical leave receive full pay, requiring charter schools to
participate in CalSTRS and CalPERS, and providing support for
community college and University of California faculty.