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STUDENTS FOR QUALITY EDUCATION RELEASE SURVEY RESULTS OF STUDENT CONCERNS: Students from across the CSU held a press conference Friday to unveil the results of a student survey and their demands for transparency and inclusion. 

Students for Quality Education reported that  the vast majority of students felt ignored by their campus administration as classes moved to online instruction due to the COVID-19 pandemic. More than 3,200 students completed the online survey in late March and early April. When CSU closed dorms, many students did not have anywhere else to go, and most had as little as three days to vacate their on-campus housing with little support to help make the transition. Sixty percent of respondents said they lack quiet and private space away from their family to participate in videoconferences and complete coursework.

At the press conference, students called upon the CSU Chancellor and campus administrators to reimburse all students for campus fees and services that have been suspended; create accessibility practices for online instruction and course materials; and form a task force of students to ensure transparency in distribution of stimulus funds to students.

CFA MEMBERS CAN TAKE ADVANTAGE OF FREE, DISCOUNTED INSURANCE BENEFITS: CFA is expanding member benefits!  Be on the lookout for emails detailing the new programs and when you can enroll! 

CFA already providesLife and Accidental Death and Dismemberment (AD&D) insurance through MetLife for CFA active members at no cost; members are enrolled when they sign up for membership. The complimentary life insurance provides a $2,000 benefit to loved ones in the event of a member’s death.  The AD&D insurance pays up to $5,000 in benefits to the member or loved ones in the event of a member’s serious injury or death. 

In addition to these free benefits, members can also purchase additional life insurance, as well as hospital indemnity, critical illness, and 24-hour accident insurance.  More information on these programs will be emailed to members in the coming weeks.

“Now more than ever, unions like CFA are needed to protect basic employee health and safety,” said CFA Treasurer Susan Green. “During these uncertain times, many of us have been thinking about caring for our families if something should happen to us. This open enrollment period is a quick and easy way to add beneficiaries to our free coverage and purchase low-cost additional benefits through the collective power of CFA.”

Open enrollment begins May 26, 2020, and will run through June 19, 2020.  During this period, members can assign beneficiaries for the two free insurances (life and AD&D), as well as enroll and purchase the extra insurance programs.  Members can do so via phone or online, and benefit coaches will be able to review programs, benefits, eligibility, and cost.  Enrollment instructions will be rolled out as we get closer to May 26.  Members can schedule an appointment with a benefit coach by visiting https://CFA.AppointmentNavigator.com or calling 1-877-277-7476.

K-12 ETHNIC STUDIES & TEACHER PREP WEBINAR SERIES: In collaboration with CFA, a new webinar series about starting ethnic studies courses in K-12 schools is set to launch this week. 

The series “will bring together K-12 educators, University of California, California State University, and Community College faculty, scholars and policy experts to discuss the implementation of ethnic studies in K-12 schools.” There will be six webinar sessions in total offered over the next three weeks (two each week).

The schedule for the webinar series:

  • Webinar One: Purpose of Webinar Series and Policy Updates, May 7, 4 to 5:30 p.m.
  • Webinar Two: Myths and the Whitewashing of Ethnic Studies, May 7, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
  • Webinar Three: Model K-12 Ethnic Studies Collaborations, May 14, 4 to 5:30 p.m.
  • Webinar Four: Community-Based Ethnic Studies Collaborations, May 14, 5:30 to 7 p.m.
  • Webinar Five: Ethnic Studies Teacher Pathway Projects, May 21, 4 to 5:30 p.m.
  • Webinar Six: Open Forum on the Future of Ethnic Studies and Teacher Preparation Policy, May 21, 5:30 to 7 p.m.

For more information, contact Dr. Patricia D. López at pdlopez@csufresno.edu.

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION RELEASES NEW SEXUAL ASSAULT POLICIES: Today, Department of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos released new guidelines for how universities and K-12 schools handle sexual assault and sexual misconduct complaints and advocates for sexual assault victims worry the changes will hurt survivors from coming forward.

The federal rules 1) narrow the definition of assault, 2) let schools choose evidentiary standards, 3) require live hearings to cross-examine victims. The last item is one in which critics of the new rules say expose survivors to relive the trauma.

According to NBC News, the new rules are “a reworking of…Title IX, which prohibits gender discrimination, including sexual assault, on college campuses as well as in primary and secondary schools. Under the Obama administration, the definition of sexual harassment was less specific – described as ‘unwelcome conduct of sexual nature.’”

The new rules, according to NBC News, also state that allegations of stalking, domestic violence and dating violence must be investigated.

The new rules go into effect on August 14.