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Another Misguided Billionaire-Backed Lawsuit

Teacher evaluation lawsuit Doe v Antioch is the latest in a series of special interest attacks on public education

CFT Statement: The Doe v Antioch lawsuit filed yesterday is just another in a long line of cynical attacks on public education.

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Community College Accreditation Reform One Step Closer to Reality

CFT-Sponsored Bills Pass Senate Education Committee

SACRAMENTO – On Wednesday, California’s community college system – numbering more than 2 million students – got one step closer to a more consistent, transparent process when it comes to accrediting the system’s 112 schools.

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Statement from CFT on the Supreme Court Ruling Legalizing Same-Sex Marriage

Education union applauds decision, calls it a ‘great victory for all’

The Supreme Court’s ground-breaking ruling today providing same-sex couples the right to marry is a monumental step forward for social justice and civil rights in this country. The decision is announced on the second anniversary of their ruling that the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) was unconstitutional. We applaud today’s decision.

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Appeals Court Denies Community College Accrediting Commission’s Objections

Rules that CFT suit does not violate ACCJC’s free speech rights

The California Court of Appeals has confirmed a San Francisco Superior Court ruling rejecting the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges’ claim that its rights were violated in the lawsuit brought against it by the California Federation of Teachers and the City College of San Francisco faculty union, AFT 2121.

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Heald, CCSF show it’s time to reform ACCJC

ACCJC broke laws pursuing City College, asleep at wheel for Heald College
Oakland—One day after Assemblymember Phil Ting’s accreditation reform bills, AB 1397 and AB 1385, passed the state Assembly with overwhelming bipartisan support, students, faculty, and community supporters rallied outside the biannual Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) three-day meeting at an Oakland airport hotel.

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Catholic High School Teachers Face New Assault by Administration

Move to get rid of employment stability adds to unfair demands on teachers
Teachers for the San Francisco Archdiocese, represented by the American Federation of Teachers, Local 2240, face the growing prospect, for the first time since the union was formed in 1972, of entering the summer without a new contract.

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UC Contingent Faculty Agree to Temporarily Extend Labor Contract

Lecturers mark contract extension with meetings, action
CALIFORNIA – UC AFT-represented faculty in the University of California system held meetings and rallies on most of the undergraduate campuses today (terms have ended on semester campuses) after accepting a short-term extension of their collective bargaining agreement late last week. The contract was set to expire June 1.

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CFT Statement on the May Revision of the State Budget

Building on Prop 30 for a brighter future

Governor Brown is moving in the right direction with this proposal to direct more resources toward schools and to the most needy Californians through the Earned Income Tax Credit. But despite gains for some in the state, economic inequality, as the Governor noted, has continued to grow. The state budget should represent an effort to level the playing field for all Californians.

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Educators Appeal Deeply Flawed Vergara Ruling

Educators Appeal Deeply Flawed Vergara Ruling Decision hurts students and hurts teachers

LOS ANGELES — The California Teachers Association and the California Federation of Teachers filed opening briefs today in their appeal of Judge Rolf Treu’s deeply flawed decision in Vergara v. California, a baseless lawsuit brought by corporate privatizers seeking to strike down statutes protecting teachers from arbitrary firings, providing transparency in layoff decisions, and supporting due process rights, all of which contribute to student success.

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College Students, Educators Voice Support for Accreditation Reform

Bill passes committee, to benefit colleges across the state

SACRAMENTO – On Tuesday community college students and educators from across the state gathered in Sacramento to urge passage of Assembly Bill 1397, which will reform statewide community college accreditation, impacting 112 schools and more than 2 million students.

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Students & Educators Rally Behind Community College Reforms

Accreditation legislation would help 112 schools, 2 million students

SACRAMENTO – Students and teachers from across California rallied at the State Capitol to urge the State Assembly Committee on Higher Education to pass legislation authored by Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco) to reform the accreditation process affecting California’s 112 community colleges serving 2.1 million students.

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ACCJC Loses in Court—Again

It was good news last week for the nearly 80,000 students who attend City College of San Francisco (CCSF)

On Friday, San Francisco Superior Court Judge Curtis Karnow rejected the request of the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) to narrow the scope of the judge’s current injunction, the result of a trial that ended with the judge ruling that the ACCJC had broken four laws in its decision to terminate CCSF’s accreditation.

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CFT Convention Delegates Re-elect Pechthalt President and Freitas Secretary Treasurer

Meeting spotlights education funding, divesting STRS from gun manufacturers, education reform, state of labor movement

March 20-22, 2015, Manhattan Beach—More than five hundred teachers and school support staff gathered at the Manhattan Beach Marriott over the past weekend for the 73rd annual California Federation of Teachers convention. This year’s theme of “Organize, Fight Back, Win the Future” laid out the challenges facing public education and how the CFT plans to respond to the anti-teacher, anti-union education reform agenda driven by corporate interests. Featured speakers included State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson, Controller Betty Yee, professor and author Jeff Duncan-Andrade, and CFT president Joshua Pechthalt, who delivered his annual State of the Union address.

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Educators, Supporters Turn Out for National Adjunct Action Day

Rallies across San Diego area colleges highlight the struggle against ‘adjunctification

SAN DIEGO – At events held today across the region, San Diego area adjunct faculty and their supporters spoke out against the marginalization of contingent faculty in higher education as part of National Adjunct Walkout Day.

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Superior Court Issues Final Injunction in Favor of the People v. the ACCJC

Judge reinforces ruling that the commission broke the law in dealing with CCSF

Statement from Jeff Freitas, Secretary Treasurer, California Federation of Teachers:
Yesterday, Superior Court Judge Curtis Karnow issued his final ruling in the People v. the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges, reinforcing his earlier tentative decision that the Commission broke the law in attempting to revoke City College of San Francisco’s accreditation.

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Another Setback for the ACCJC

Community College Board of Governors repeals commission’s accreditation monopoly

On January 20, 2015, the California Community College Board of Governors deleted language from Title 5 regulations that gave the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) sole authority over accreditation of the state’s community colleges.