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CFT Supports Case Contesting Trump Executive Order

Union Joins Amicus Brief Challenging Policies That Could Harm Students

The California Federation of Teachers has joined an expansive group of public schools, districts and other education associations in filing a friend of the court brief in the case of County of Santa Clara v. Donald J. Trump, et al.

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CFT Supports Case Contesting Trump Executive Order

Union Joins Amicus Brief Challenging Policies That Could Harm Students

The California Federation of Teachers has joined an expansive group of public schools, districts and other education associations in filing a friend of the court brief in the case of County of Santa Clara v. Donald J. Trump, et al.

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On Steve Zimmer’s Runoff in the LAUSD Board of Education Race

STATEMENT FROM THE CALIFORNIA FEDERATION OF TEACHERS

“Los Angeles Unified School District Board of Education President Steve Zimmer came only a few percentage points shy of winning his reelection bid outright on Tuesday. With a large plurality vote, Zimmer heads into the runoff with strong support from the community, parents, teachers, support staff, and pro-public school and community school advocates. 

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It’s Time to Say Goodbye to California’s Community College Accreditor

Statement by CFT president Joshua Pechthalt:

Over the past several years, as public understanding has grown regarding the destructive role played by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) in the California community college system, so has momentum to remove the agency from its position as accreditor.

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A Step Forward for Compton College

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. 

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CFT opposes the Supreme Court nomination of Neil Gorsuch

STATEMENT FROM THE CALIFORNIA FEDERATION OF TEACHERS

President Trump’s announcement of his Supreme Court nominee doubles down on the approach he has taken with his other selections. Federal Appeals Court Judge Neil Gorsuch is a conservative disciple of the late Judge Scalia and a proponent of the Supreme Court as a defender of the original interpretation of the Constitution—a Constitution that was drafted to protect the interests of white slave owners.

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CFT Supports SB 54, SB 31

STATEMENT FROM THE CALIFORNIA FEDERATION OF TEACHERS

CFT and members take action on behalf of students, communities, education workers
Today the California Legislature is hearing two bills to protect the people of California from destructive executive orders by the Trump administration. The CFT supports SB 54 (De Leon) and SB 31 (Lara) to defend the rights of all Californians.

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On Governor Brown’s Budget Proposal

Statement from the California Federation of Teachers

Thanks to the passage of Proposition 55 in the November 2016 election, California will be able to maintain its commitment to providing quality public education to the state’s more than six million students in the years to come.

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On Appointment of Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education

Statement from the California Federation of Teachers

We are deeply disappointed but not surprised by the selection of Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education. The Trump administration is making clear from the outset that it wants to privatize public schools, with less transparency and little accountability.

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On Academic Freedom and Student Discussion

Statement from the California Federation of Teachers

Educators have a moral responsibility, in a democratic society, to discuss the issues of the day with their students. Without this fundamental right, teachers will be subject to outside political pressure to limit the discussion of the key, sometimes controversial, issues that shape the lives of their students and the community. 

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Charter Schools Association uses photos, quotes without permission

Misleading independent expenditure mailer draws “cease and desist” letter

Los Angeles—A political mailer that arrived in voters’ homes last week contained photos and quotes attributed to Joanne Waddell, president of the faculty union in the Los Angeles Community College District, and Jonathan Lightman, executive director of the Faculty Association of California Community Colleges. Neither authorized their use by a California Charter Schools Association (CCSA) political action committee. 

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Costa Mesa Educators, Parents and Students Rally, Hold Press Conference for Prop 55

Passing Ballot Measure Necessary to Prevent up to $4 Billion in Funding Cuts to Schools & Colleges

Costa Mesa – Local supporters of Proposition 55 today rallied and held a press conference in front of Back Bay High School in support of the “Children’s Education and Health Care Protection Act of 2016,” which will prevent nearly $4 billion in funding cuts to education. 

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Costa Mesa Educators, Parents and Students Rally, Hold Press Conference for Prop 55

Passing Ballot Measure Necessary to Prevent up to $4 Billion in Funding Cuts to Schools & Colleges

Costa Mesa – Local supporters of Proposition 55 today rallied and held a press conference in front of Back Bay High School in support of the “Children’s Education and Health Care Protection Act of 2016,” which will prevent nearly $4 billion in funding cuts to education. 

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Educators, students, community rally for Props 55 and W

Need progressive tax policy to fund quality education
San Francisco – Earlier today hundreds of teachers, parents, students and community supporters joined with their peers in cities across the country and staged “walk-ins” before school began at more than a dozen San Francisco sites in support of quality public education

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Gov. Brown signs bill aiding part-time CC instructors

Statement from the California Federation of Teachers

On Friday Gov. Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill 1690 and Senate Bill 1379, which together mandate that community college district administrators must bargain with faculty unions that represent part-time instructors over re-employment rights. Previously re-employment was not a mandatory topic of bargaining.

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Common Sense Charter School Legislation Killed by Corporate Special Interests

SB322 would have prohibited charter schools from implementing policies intended to limit admission of students with disabilities, English learners and the economically disadvantaged

Sacramento – In a blow to fair public education policies, the California State Assembly failed to pass common sense legislation that would have, in part, prohibited charter schools from instituting policies intended to limit admission of students with disabilities, English learners and the economically disadvantaged.