Fiscal Emergency Declared for Washington State 2-Year Colleges

June 15, 2009

The Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges on Thursday declared a state of financial emergency, citing cuts in state funding. The move makes it easier for the community colleges in the state to terminate tenure-track or tenured faculty members. A spokeswoman for the state board noted that no college has indicated that it will use that authority at this time. The Washington State branch of the American Federation of Teachers issued a statement denouncing the board's action as one that is not needed. Sandra Schroeder, AFT Washington president, said in the statement: “The financial emergency declaration is an unnecessary blunt object that will allow college presidents an easy way to resolve their bad management decisions on the backs of faculty and will impact the students’ success in achieving their degrees.”

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