Teachers must take back our schools from partisan pontificators and political hacks.
Education is a necessary prerequisite for a functioning
democracy. The United States is the richest and most
powerful nation on the planet. We could be a mighty advocate for universal education rights. Instead, our schools are failing and getting worse. This is a matter of national and international security. It is time to address the issue. Tim Flanagan, editor of The Wordsmith Collection
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Imagine that you are teaching at a public university that not only
supports but encourages your participation in institutional governance.
You speak up on several matters that you think undermine the faculty
role or your students? experience? and for your trouble, you are denied a
raise, saddled with additional work, or even fired. Do the universities'
actions violate the First Amendment?
The AAUP and the Thomas Jefferson Center for the Protection of Free
Expression recently filed an amicus (?friend of the court?) brief
in such a case. The brief, which was filed with the U.S. Court of
Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, supports the appeal of Dr. Juan Hong in
his First Amendment lawsuit against the administration of the University
of California, Irvine. The case could have significant implications for
faculty members at all public colleges and universities?and, ironically,
could have the strongest negative impact on faculty that are encouraged
to participate in university governance.
Dr. Hong, a full professor at UCI, allegedly angered university
administrators by opposing certain faculty hiring and promotion
decisions and the use of lecturers in place of professors.
After Dr. Hong was denied a merit salary increase and given an increased
workload, he filed suit, claiming that the university violated his First
Amendment right to free speech.
A federal trial judge in California rejected Dr. Hong?s claim. The judge
reviewed Garcetti v. Ceballos,(
in which the Supreme Court ruled that the First Amendment did not
protect public employees from discharge for statements made ?pursuant to
their official duties? but declined to decide whether its ruling
extended to ?speech related to scholarship or teaching.? The judge in
Dr. Hong?s case concluded that Dr. Hong?s participation in faculty
governance was ?pursuant to his official duties,? and that the
university?s retaliation therefore did not violate the First Amendment.
The court failed to acknowledge, however, that the Garcetti decision
explicitly set aside the question of protection for academic speech, and
held that ?UCI is entitled to unfettered discretion when it restricts
statements an employee makes on the job and according to his
The AAUP?s amicus brief focuses on the unique status granted to academic
speech, and its relation to shared governance. The brief notes that
faculty speech has been accorded special First Amendment protection by
the Supreme Court since Sweezy v. State of New Hampshire, 354 U.S. 234
(1957). The hallmark of such cases, the brief notes, is the recognition
that academic freedom merits distinctive First Amendment protection
against repressive action from within or outside the campus community.
The AAUP brief argues that participation in faculty governance is part
and parcel of professors? First Amendment-protected right of academic
freedom to speak without fear of retaliation. The brief also observes
that the court failed to distinguish between faculty rights and
responsibilities, and argues that the court?s decision will empower
universities with strong policies in favor of shared governance to
discipline faculty members who annoy administrators through their
involvement in univ!
No schedule has been set yet for oral arguments in the case.
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The Faculty Federation is
calling on all members to ask their legislators to support the
full $529 Million budget for community colleges. The
current proposed budget from the Co-Chairs of the Joint Ways and
Means Committee has put Oregon's Colleges and Universities in a
bind as we race towards the end of session. Some institutions
are threatening lay-offs, while others are sure to put the
squeeze on employee pay and benefits, or further raise tuition.
Since 2001, Oregon's community colleges have lost over $100
million in state support once inflation is factored in. The
Co-Chairs budget recommendation for Community Colleges
represents a 13.7% decrease in funding for Community Colleges
In order to keep pace with the needs of our state, it is vital that the legislature work with the Governor to reach $529 million in state support for community colleges. There are two things you can do to help restore the funding to Oregon's community colleges:
E-mail your state legislator. Click on this link and enter your name and zip code. AFT-Activator will automatically send an e-mail supporting the full $529 Million budget for community colleges to your state representative and senator: http://www.unionvoice.org/campaign/cc_budget
Please Contact your legislator:
Please contact your legislator today and let them know we
cannot continue to undercut higher education in this state.
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