A Step Forward for Compton College

News Release

For Immediate Release: February 14, 2017

Statement by CFT president Joshua Pechthalt:

The announcement that Compton College’s Board of Trustees will be running the school for the first time in ten years is a welcome development. The state Chancellor, the Department of Finance, and governor agree that the school has made tremendous progress addressing the problems the school faced more than ten years ago. The proposed timeline for full restoration of accreditation, by 2020, is more reasonable than the 2026 timeline that the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) gave the college last year. Nevertheless, while these are positive steps forward, Compton College, a historically Black college, will have gone more than a decade without accreditation. It’s time Compton College is fully accredited and complete authority for the school returned to the community.


The California Federation of Teachers represents 25,000 community college faculty and several thousand community college classified employees in thirty colleges around the state, including at Compton College. In all the CFT represents 120,000 faculty and school employees in public and private schools and colleges, from early childhood through higher education. It is the statewide affiliate of the American Federation of Teachers. More info: www.cft.org.