The CFT kicked off a two-week back-to-school tour to visit school communities throughout the state. Starting on August 9, CFT President Jeff Freitas, Secretary Treasurer Luukia Smith and Senior Vice President Lacy Barnes will visit AFT local unions and schools up and down California as the new academic year begins for full in-person learning. 

On the Back to School: Forward Together tour, Freitas will spotlight parents, students, educators, and classified staff joining together to support the safest return to classrooms, and outline CFT’s vision for maximizing a record state budget investment to strengthen students’ academic achievement and social emotional well-being.

“As students, educators and classified staff return to classrooms there is no return to a pre-pandemic normal, but we have a once-in-a-generation opportunity to renew public education and set a nationwide standard for world class learning and whole student support,” said Freitas. “This tour spotlights CFT’s commitment to moving forward together — to create community schools that are true, safe, learning spaces for our students and to ensure that every student’s educational and social emotional needs are met.” 

With the growing threat of the delta variant, CFT is committed to working with local school and community leaders to ensure that all eligible educators, classified professionals, and students can get vaccinated in addition to ensuring adequate PPE and social distancing in classrooms.

The schedule of visits is listed below. (Please note that the dates and locations are subject to change.)

Follow the tour here on the CFT website and on Facebook and Twitter! Hashtag: #Back2School #Forward Together

August 9 Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond
  San Jose Federation of Teachers
August 10 Salinas Valley Federation of Teachers
  Gilroy Federation of Paraeducators
  Aromas-San Juan Federation of Classified Employees
August 11 Paso Robles Public Educators
August 12 Poway Federation of Teachers
August 13 Lawndale Federation of Classified Employees
  San Mateo County Central Labor Council
August 16 ABC Federation of Teachers
  United Educators of San Francisco
August 17 Culver City Federation of Teachers
August 18 United Teachers Los Angeles
August 19 AFT College Staff Guild-Los Angeles
August 20 Adjunct Faculty United
  Newport-Mesa Federation of Teachers
August 24 Novato Federation of Teachers
August 24 Petaluma Federation of Teachers
September 13 Pajaro Valley Federation of Teachers