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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.

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Victory for Students as California Supreme Court

Rejects Review of Vergara Appeal 

San Francisco – In a victory for students and educators, the Supreme Court of California today announced it will not review the Vergara v. California lawsuit, letting the unanimous appellate court decision upholding five statutes governing professional and employment rights for educators stand as constitutional.

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CFT files new complaint against ACCJC

Department of Education asked to pull plug, aid in finding new accreditor

San Francisco—The California Federation of Teachers filed a substantive new complaint against the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) today, arguing that the accreditor of California’s community colleges has failed so completely to fulfill its duties that the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) should immediately “de-list” it—deny its renewal as an accreditor.

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Statement by the California Federation of Teachers Supporting Teachers in Mexico

The California Federation of Teachers, which represents over 120,000 educational employees in California, is extremely concerned about the recent killings and attacks on teachers in Mexico. As U.S. President Barack Obama, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto gather today for a special summit, we call on Nieto to immediately halt these attacks, and to guarantee teachers and education workers in Mexico their human, civil, political and labor rights. 

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Budget Proves Need to Extend Prop 30

Strong Education Spending Plan Shows Value of Wealthiest Paying Fair Share

Statement from the California Federation of Teachers:
The success of Proposition 30, and the importance of extending it, is front and center in the 2016-2017 budget signed today by Gov. Brown.

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Legislature’s budget would strengthen California

CFT urges Gov. Brown to sign budget that will help pull children out of poverty, create more full-time community college faculty positions, prevent UC tuition hikes, and more

The success of Proposition 30 and a growing economy are reflected in the 2015-2016 budget approved Monday by the Legislature and headed for Governor Brown’s desk.