The Assembly Appropriations Committee rejected AB 806. The CTA-opposed bill by Assembly Member Scott Wilk (R-Santa Clarita) would have undermined the current law requiring community college districts to spend at least 50 percent of their budgets on classroom instruction.
It would also have allowed community college districts to use more of their money on administration and management. The bill would have, for the first time, counted librarians and counselors as "classroom" expenditures. Currently, expenditures for important library and counseling positions are not considered classroom spending.
Assembly Member Wilk said the bill would help librarians and counselors. Opponents – including CTA's Community College Association (CCA) and other labor organizations – said the bill's real purpose was to allow more funds to be used for management positions by changing the 50 percent requirement.