Dr. Jill Biden, a community college teacher, union member, and
soon to be First Lady, spoke virtually to members of the AFT and
the National Education Association, thanking them for all the
phone banking, text messaging, voter registration drives and poll
work they did to get her husband, Joe Biden, elected. AFT
President Randi Weingarten and NEA President Becky Pringle
The job title varies from one school district to another, but
most “Noon Dutys” — as part-time playground supervisors or noon
duty aides are often called – are women working five days a week
for two or three hours a day. They are often the lowest paid
employees on campus.
Current law blocked most noon dutys from classified status, but
that changes on January 1. Gov. Jerry Brown has signed AB 670 by
Assemblyman Tony Thurmond (D-Richmond), giving a leg up to about
1,500 part-timers across the state.
President Barack Obama started a movement when he announced
America’s College Promise in his 2015 State of the Union address.
In the nearly two years since Obama called on Congress to make
the first two years of higher education free, six states have
enacted Promise programs and another 10 legislatures are moving
in that direction.
Bernie says higher education should be free. Hillary says
students should be debt-free when they graduate. Bob Samuels,
president of the University Council-AFT, welcomes this debate,
but says neither Democratic presidential candidate goes far
The San Diego Community College District has joined the states of
Tennessee and Oregon in implementing free community college. In
February Chancellor Constance Carroll announced that 200 students
would have their course fees waived for the 2016-17 academic
In October, Gov. Jerry Brown signed the controversial Assembly
Bill 955, which allows six colleges to charge students
out-of-state rates for high-demand classes, such as English and
algebra, during the winter and summer sessions. This means about
$200 a unit, as compared to the current $46.
Watching Default: The Student Loan
Documentary, movie viewers feel the emotion when a borrower
chokes up talking about how he can’t ask the woman he loves to
marry him because he wouldn’t want her to share the burden of his