(Sacramento, CA) - Last week, Assemblymember Rob Bonta introduced the Fair Accreditation for Community Colleges Act, AB 1942, which will restore transparency, accountability, fairness and due process to the state community college accreditation system by establishing consistent and fair evaluation standards in the accreditation of our state's 112 community colleges, which serve more than 2.4 million students.

Bonta described the four key components of the bill as follows:

  1. Introduces competition to the accreditation process: Allows community college districts to choose their accreditation agency.
  2. Restores transparency and accountability: Requires an accreditor to make decisions at a public hearing and requires public disclosure of income and expenditures of accreditors' employees and contractors. Requires accreditation documents to be maintained for at least 10 years.
  3. Restores fairness to the accreditation process: Requires an accreditor to provide due process and notice to the public and colleges about evaluations and allows colleges to appeal decisions.
  4. Maintains integrity of the accreditation system: Eliminates potential conflicts of interest by accreditors. The integrity of the system is further ensured by requiring the accreditor to annually disclose to the public information regarding charges to member institutions, and fiscal data for the accreditor's employees and contractors, including the source and amount of income and expenditures.

Here's more in this Assembly Access video and feature articles in the San Francisco Examiner, San Francisco Chronicle, and Los Angeles Times.

Assembly Access Video: AB 1942 (Bonta)

San Francisco Examiner
Commission that stripped CCSF accreditation could lose some power
Published February 21, 2014

San Francisco Chronicle
College savings, accreditation focus of state legislation
Published February 20, 2014

Los Angeles Times
Proposed law would reform community college accreditation
Published February 19, 2014

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Gilmore to be awarded during formal ceremony on the Assembly Floor on March 10th

(Sacramento, CA) – During a special floor ceremony on Monday, March 10, 2014, Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland) will award Alameda Mayor Marie Gilmore the Woman of the Year Award from the 18th Assembly District.

"I am honored to recognize Alameda Mayor Marie Gilmore as the 18th Assembly District's Woman of the Year," said Assemblymember Bonta. "She has devoted over 15 years of her life to protecting and uplifting the quality of life for residents of Alameda.

Monday, February 24, 2014

AB 2525 would eliminate cumbersome requirements of existing law so that local worker-owned and managed businesses can thrive

(Oakland, CA) - Assemblymember Rob Bonta is proud to announce the introduction of AB 2525, which he is joint authoring with Assemblymember Marc Levine (D-San Rafael). This first-of-its-kind bill will remove unnecessary barriers to the creation of new worker cooperatives in California and provide workers the flexibility they need to operate a startup efficiently and effectively.

Friday, January 31, 2014

(SACRAMENTO, CA) – In this week's Democratic Radio Address, Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland) discusses the unfunded liability facing the California State Teachers' Retirement System and announces that the Assembly Committee on Public Employees, Retirement and Social Security will be hosting a series of public hearings to create a funding plan.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

(Sacramento) - Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland), Chair of the Assembly Public Employees, Retirement and Social Security Committee, and Speaker John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles) and have announced they will push to implement a long-term solution to the funding shortfall in the California State Teachers’ Retirement System (CalSTRS) this year. Assemblymember Bonta noted his committee would begin holding hearings in February. “I am eager to begin this process and confident that an equitable and permanent solution can and will be found to the CalSTRS funding problem.  Ensuring the long term financial security of California's hardworking and dedicated teachers is a goal we are hopeful we can achieve this year,” Assemblymember Bonta said. Here’s more in this Assembly Access video.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Uncommon leadership for the common good

“The common good refers to the well-being of the earth community—its safety, the integrity of basic institutions and practices, and the sustaining of the living systems of our planet home. The common good also suggests broadly shared goals toward which the members of the community strive – human flourishing, prosperity and moral development. A recognition of the common good thus casts light on the significance of openness to new learning, critical and systemic thought, and the search for “right naming” – images, metaphors, language – that conveys the deepest truths of our common life.” – Laurent Parks Daloz, et.al, Leading lives of Commitment in a Complex World, 1996.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

(SACRAMENTO, CA) – Speaker John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles) and Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland), Chair of the Assembly Public Employees, Retirement and Social Security Committee, on Wednesday announced they would push to implement a long-term solution to the funding shortfall in the California State Teachers' Retirement System this year.

"The Assembly will pursue a solution to the STRS shortfall this legislative session," said Speaker Pérez. "Further delay only means further cost and further exposure for the state's general fund. We believe there must be shared responsibility for a funding solution between school districts, the state and teachers. Our end goal is a State Teachers Retirement system that is 100% fully funded."

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

(SACRAMENTO, CA) – The California State Assembly passed Assemblymember Rob Bonta’s (D-Oakland) AB 876 with strong bipartisan support this week (75-0). AB 876 updates the California Teleconnect Fund, which supports access to advanced communication services in schools and libraries. Bonta made the following statement after the measure passed:

“I am grateful for the unanimous, bipartisan support for AB 876, which promotes advanced technologies in our schools and expands eligibility to preschool and transitional kindergarten programs. These changes will improve access to technology in classrooms and libraries and for educators supporting students of all ages.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

(Sacramento, CA) - Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland) made the following statement in response to Governor Brown's State of the State Address:

"The Governor laid out a vision for the state of California consistent with the plan he proposed in his state budget earlier this month. I think Governor Brown did a great job of sending a balanced message that both celebrated the great successes and progress of the state in recent years while also embracing the need to address serious challenges ahead.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

(Sacramento) -  California State Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland) found Governor Jerry Brown’s State of the State Address to be uplifting as the Governor celebrated California’s successes that include job creation, drivers licenses for immigrants, budget surpluses, increased minimum wage and the list goes on.  At the same time, Assemblymember Bonta was grateful that the governor acknowledged the ongoing challenges that we face as a state.  Bonta says he is committed to working with the governor as he tackles infrastructure needs, pension costs, climate change and the rainy day fund.  Watch this Assembly Access Video to hear Assemblymember Bonta’s entire response to the governor’s speech.