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Grijalva Letter

Grijalva Letter

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RAULM.GRIJALVA
7mDISTRICTOFARIZONA
1511LongworthHOBWashington,DC205I5Phone:(202)225-2435Fax:(202)225-1541
COMMIITEEON
NAlURAL
REsOURCES
Subcommitteeon
Water
andPowerSubcommitteeonParks,ForcstsandPublicLands-
RanldngMember
COMMIITEEONEDUCATIONANDnrsWORKFORCE
Subcommitteeon
Early
Childhood,EfemcnlllIyandSecondaryEducationSubcommitteeonHigherEducationandWorkforceTraining
Qtongressoftile1lInitei't~tates
i;auseafitepresentatiues
DlIasilingiou,IIGt2D515-D3D1
DistrictOffices:738N.5~Avenue,Suite110Tucson,AZ85705Phone:(520)622-6788Fax:(520)622~198
CONGRESSIONALPROGRESSIVECAUCUS,
Co-Cbair
August31,2011
201BinghamAvenue,Suite2P.O.Box4105Somerton,
AZ85350
Phone:(928)343-7933Fax:(928)343-7949http://grijalva.house.gov/
SherrynVikkiMarshallPOBox811Cortaro,AZ85652DearGoverningBoardMember,IamdeeplyconcernedwiththeproposedadmissionchangesrecentlypresentedbyChancellorFlores.Thisproposal,thatwouldcreatemorerigorousentrancerequirementsandmakefundamentalchangestoremedialeducation,wouldbeaterribleoffenseagainsttheuniquetrustrelationshipthatPimaCountyCommunityCollegehaswiththestudentsandfamiliesacrossPimaCounty.EversincethevotersinPimaCountyfirstapprovedthecreationofthecollegein1966,Pimahasembracedacooperative.philosophythathasreflectedanunderstandingoftheimportantcommitmentthecollegehasmadetothecommunity.ThefirstPimaCollegedistrictboardadoptedthe"opendoor"toeducationopportunitythathasbeenahallmarkofPima'scommunityphilosophyeversince.ThisproposalbeforetheboardwouldabandonthatfoundingprinciplethathasdefinedthepubliccommitmentofPimaCommunityCollegeforalmosthalfacentury.Thatiswhylearningthatthegoverningboardisseriouslyconsideringthisproposalisnothingshortofshocking.ThatfoundingboardinsistedthatPimaCountyCommunityCollege"ismoreinterestedinwhatastudentisreadytodothaninwhathehasdone."Thiscommitmenthasbeenreiteratedregularlythroughoutthecollege'shistory.Acommunitycollegehasafundamentalresponsibilitytoservetheeducationalneedsoftheadultsofthecommunity.Todoso,thecollegemustbepreparedtomeetstudentswheretheyare.Thisstrategyservestobetterthelivesofindividuals,which
in
tum
improvesthecommunityasawhole.Aninherentpartofthiscommitmentisthatacommunitycollegewilloftenbecalledupontoprovideremedialeducationtoaddresstheneedsofstudentwho,forwhateverreason,maybeunpreparedforapostsecondarycurriculum.Theproposalabandonsthisremedialrole,arolethatisfundamentaltocommunitycollegeseverywhere,andleavesittosomeother,unknownsourcetoadministerandfulfill.Iaskyoutoday,whofulfillsthisrole,therolewehaveentrustedyouwithsinceyourcreationbythiscommunity?Isubmittoyouthatthisremedialroleisafundamental
 
SherrynVikkiMarshallAugust31,2011Pagetwopartoftheexpectedresponsibilitythatanycommunitycollegehastoitscommunity.ThatwasafundamentalpartoftheexpectationofPimaCountyvoterswhentheycreatedPimaCollege,andthatremainsafundamentalexpectationofthetaxpayerswhocontinuetofundandsupporttheircommunitycollege.Thismoveisparticularlyalarminginlightofthecurrentstateoftheeconomy.Familiesinourcommunityarestrugglingwithunemployment,underemployment,andsimplymakingendsmeet.Manyofthosefamiliesdependontheopportunitiesthatbecomeavailableonlythroughtrainingandadulteducationclasses.Alltheinstitutions,bothpublicandprivate,thatarededicatedtoaidingandimprovingourcommunitymustworkharderthanusualtoseetheseneedsaremet.Pimamostcertainlysharesthisresponsibility.PimaCountyCommunityCollegebeganasandremainsaninstitutiondedicatedtothepreparationandimprovementofourentirecommunity.Pimahasbeenagreatequalizerineducationalopportunityandaccessformanyfamiliesandindividualswhomayhavemissedopportunitiestohaveasecondchance.Thecollegehasprovidedaccesstohighereducationandjobtrainingforlowincomeindividualswhowouldotherwisehavenotconsideredsuchpossibilities.Pimahashelpedtocreateavibrant,diverseandtalentedworkforceacrossSouthernArizona.However,thepolicychangescurrentlybeforethegoverningboardthreatentopermanentlyendallthat.Thesechangeswillmeanthatnolongerwillthecollegebeinterestedinsecondchances.Nomorecanweseetheschoolasthecommunity'ssolutiontoenhancingthelivesofadultswhoarereadytoimprovetheirlives.Thisworriesmedeeply.Itworriesmebecauseofhowitwillstarklydisadvantagethepeople:inourcommunitywhohitabumpintheroadbecausewhentheygettheirfeetbackontheground,theywillrequireremediation.Itworriesmebecauseitcreatesadangerousprecedentforcommunitycollegesacrossthecountrythatthecanopt-outofservingthoseinneedofextrapreparation.ItworriesmebecauseitfundamentallytransformsthemissionofPimaCountyCommunityCollege.Iurgeyoutoreconsiderthisdecision-adecisiontoreverseahalf-centuryofcommunitysupportbyclosingthedooronpotentialstudentswhomaybeunder-preparedforpostsecondaryeducation.cc:Dr.RoyFlores
 
RAULM.GRIJALVA
7mDISTRIcrOFARIzONA
1511LongworthHOBWashington,DC20515Phone:
(202)225-2435Fax:(202)225-1541
COMMITIEEON
NAlURAL
REsOURCES
Subcommitteeon
Water
and
PowerSubcommitteeonParks,ForestsandPublicLands-
RankingMember
COMMlTIEEONEDUCATIONANDTIlEWORKFORCE
Subcommitteeon
Early
Childhood,ElementaryandSecondaryEducationSubcommitteeonHigherEducationandWorkforceTraining
(EongressoftheUnite"§tates
1'ijnustofiteprestntatiuts
Das4ingtnn.
ilQ!20515-0307
DistrictOffices:738N.5"Avenue,Suite110
Tucson,
AZ85705
Phone:
(520)622.0788Fax:(520)622-0198201BinghamAvenue,Suite2
P.O.Box
4105
Somerton,AZ85350
Phone:
(928)343-7933Fax:(928)343-7949
CONGRESSIONALPROGRESSIVECAUCUS,
Co-Chair
August31,2011
ScottStewart8401EAppomattoxTucson,~85710DearGoverningBoardMember,IamdeeplyconcernedwiththeproposedadmissionchangesrecentlypresentedbyChancellorFlores.Thisproposal,thatwouldcreatemorerigorousentrancerequirementsandmakefundamentalchangestoremedialeducation,wouldbeaterribleoffenseagainsttheuniquetrustrelationshipthatPimaCountyCommunityCollegehaswiththestudentsandfamiliesacrossPimaCounty.EversincethevotersinPimaCountyfirstapprovedthecreationofthecollegein1966,Pimahasembracedacooperativephilosophythathasreflectedanunderstandingoftheimportantcommitmentthecollegehasmadetothecommunity.ThefirstPimaCollegedistrictboardadoptedthe"opendoor"toeducationopportunitythathasbeenahallmarkofPima'scommunityphilosophyeversince.ThisproposalbeforetheboardwouldabandonthatfoundingprinciplethathasdefinedthepubliccommitmentofPimaCommunityCollegeforalmosthalfacentury.Thatiswhylearningthatthegoverningboardisseriouslyconsideringthisproposalisnothingshortofshocking.ThatfoundingboardinsistedthatPimaCountyCommunityCollege"ismoreinterestedinwhatastudentisreadytodothaninwhathehasdone."Thiscommitmenthasbeenreiteratedregularlythroughoutthecollege'shistory.Acommunitycollegehasafundamentalresponsibilitytoservetheeducationalneedsoftheadultsofthecommunity.Todoso,thecollegemustbepreparedtomeetstudentswheretheyare.Thisstrategyservestobetterthelivesofindividuals,whichin
tum
improvesthecommunityasawhole.Aninherentpartofthiscommitmentisthatacommunitycollegewilloftenbecalledupontoprovideremedialeducationtoaddresstheneedsofstudentwho,forwhateverreason,maybeunpreparedforapostsecondarycurriculum.Theproposalabandonsthisremedialrole,arolethatisfundamentaltocommunitycollegeseverywhere,andleavesittosomeother,unknownsourcetoadministerandfulfill.Iaskyoutoday,whofulfillsthisrole,therolewehaveentrustedyouwithsinceyourcreationbythiscommunity?Isubmittoyouthatthisremedialroleisafundamental

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