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Resolution In Opposition of Proposition 74

RESOLUTION IN OPPOSITON OF PROPOSITION 74

Approved October 10, 2005

Whereas,      the mission statement of the Associated Students of Humboldt State University states, “The specific purpose of (Associated Students) is to…provide an official voice through which students’ opinions may be expressed;…assist in the protection of the rights and interests of the individual student and the student body;…and to stimulate the educational, social, physical, and cultural well-being of the University community.” (2/01); and,

Whereas,      Proposition 74 increases the probationary period for K-12 teachers from two years to five years ranking California with only two other states with the highest probationary period for K-12 teachers; and,

Whereas,      Proposition 74 proposes to take away a measure of job security for new K-12 teachers by denying them the right to have a fair hearing before dismissal during their first five years; and,

Whereas,      Proposition 74 unfairly singles out teachers as the problem in our public school system without further addressing students’ learning environment; and,

Whereas,      Proposition 74 threatens to deflect and prevent retention of high-quality teachers in the California public school system; and,

Whereas,      781 students (11% of the student body) at Humboldt State University in the 2004-05 Academic year were involved in either the Elementary Education Program or the Humboldt State University Teaching Credential Program; and,

Whereas,      Humboldt State University students completing the credential program will be directly affected by the outcome of Proposition 74 when entering the workforce. Therefore be it

Resolved,      that the Associated Students formally oppose Proposition 74 and will assist in the efforts of CSSA (California State Student Association) and students at large to register voters, educate the student body on electoral issues, and activate the student vote; therefore be it further

Resolved,      that copies of this Resolution be sent, but not limited to HSU President Rollin Richmond, the HSU Academic Senate, The California State Student Association, the Lumberjack Newspaper, the California Teachers Association, the California Faculty Association, Governor Schwarzenegger’s California Recovery Team with Proponent Bonnie Garcia, and local media.

Authored by:  Terra Rentz and Diana Campos

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Brandon Hemenway, Representative                           Fredrick Robinson, Representative

College of Professional Studies                         All-University

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David Backues, Legislative Vice President                     Nicole Alvarado, President