A Win for Free Speech

From Inside Higher Ed:

The Supreme Court ruled unanimously Thursday that a community college employee who testified about an Alabama legislator’s no-show job had First Amendment protection when he did so. The ruling allows the employee — whose job was subsequently eliminated — to pursue a claim that he lost his position in retaliation for his testimony.

Justice Sotomayor’s decision, however, said that Garcetti should not apply in a case where the speech directly relates to matters of public concern and the duties of a citizen. “[P]ublic employees do not renounce their citizenship when they accept employment,” she wrote. “Truthful testimony under oath by a public employee outside the scope of his ordinary job duties is speech as a citizen for First Amendment purposes. That is so even when the testimony relates to his public employment or concerns information learned during that employment.”

Read more: http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2014/06/20/supreme-court-says-first-amendment-protects-truthful-speech-community-college#ixzz35D5sBqSG
Inside Higher Ed

News from Kingsbery campaign in District 8

Important UPDATE on early voting and election day info:

  • Early voting starts June 9th
  • Election day is June 21st

From Clint Kingsbery, posted on his Facebook page May 23:

Finally some news worth sharing. The election was canvassed on Monday, May 19th and the results were finalized. I ended up with 45% of the vote, defeating my closest opponent by over 13%.

The ballot position drawing followed this and as luck would have it, I am first position on the ballot. As this is the only race happening, this could be beneficial.

On Wednesday, I met with a number of supporters and we worked out a plan. I was also informed via email that the election date of June 14th was incorrect and would be pushed to the 21st. That means early voting begins June 9th through the 17th, except for that Sunday.

Steve Gonzales has officially endorsed my campaign and I’m very glad that he has. He and I had similar messages overall and I feel his endorsement will bring additional support.

We have also planned for a fundraiser on June 5th (Thursday). Details of which will be posted in the near future, but try to keep your calendar open if you can.

As always, I appreciate your support and look forward to serving you and the community in the near future. We can win this and bring back the greatness of the Alamo Community Colleges.


Want to help Kingsbery beat incumbent Gary Beitzel in the District 8 runoff? Please contact Kingsbery via his Facebook page or campaign website for info on fundraising, canvassing, and working the polls.

SAC Presidential Candidates

Here they are. Resumes and letters of interest are linked on that page along with the dates/times for their campus interviews.

We also found more information on one of the candidates, Dr. Leslie Navarro.

Before she was President of Morton College, she was the head librarian at Austin Community College, putting her in a very unique position to understand the importance of libraries in the community college. Her dissertation, The Learning College Library Concept: The Role of the Community College Library in a Learning College Environment, found that libraries were active participants in student learning by offering curriculum based workshops and individual instruction, thereby fostering a learning-centered environment.

In this article published in Diverse (Reflecting on Lessons for Community College Leaders), Navarro speaks about the importance of communication and building relationships between administration, faculty, staff, students, and the community.

She was a finalist for the Santa Fe Community College presidency in 2012. In case you missed it, here’s what happened to the candidate who won that job – Ana “Cha” Guzman was fired and took a $500,000 settlement.

We’ll be looking for more information on each candidate.

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