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Statement by CFT president Joshua Pechthalt

A grand jury’s decision on Monday not to indict police officer Darren Wilson for the August killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown adds one more layer of evidence that the justice system in this country does not serve communities of color or poor people. Fifty years after the historic Civil Rights Act was passed, the police continue to act as judge, jury and executioner when it comes to people of color, and the courts seem either slow or altogether incapable of delivering justice.

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Listen to the students

Statement from the California Federation of Teachers on the UC Regents’ plan to increase student tuition:

“As today’s student protests at the UC Regents’ meeting and elsewhere in the system reveal, the Regents’ plan to increase student tuition will not be accepted without a fight,” said Bob Samuels, a UCLA lecturer and president of the University Council-AFT, representing lecturers and librarians throughout the University of California. “This is especially true in light of the state’s announcement that its tax revenues are two billion dollars higher than expected.”

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CFT urges CC Board of Governors to repeal commission’s monopoly over accreditation and restore local governance at CCSF

Statements by CFT President Joshua Pechthalt delivered earlier today at California Community College Board of Governors meeting:

Repeal ACCJC monopoly over accreditation

Chancellor Harris, President Manuel Baca, and members of the board; thank you for taking a moment to hear my views, delivered on behalf of the 25,000 community college members of the California Federation of Teachers, regarding agenda item 3.2, on a change to the accreditation regulations.

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On the reelection of State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson

Statement by CFT president Joshua Pechthalt

There was plenty to celebrate in California last night, but for educators, the most important result in many ways was the reelection of Tom Torlakson as State Superintendent of Public Instruction, This means that students, parents and educators will continue to have a champion in Sacramento.

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Critical election for California public education

Educators available for comment all day Tuesday

While most statewide races feature little drama this year, the too-close-to-call contest for State Superintendent of Public Instruction is a high stakes race for educators, parents and students. The CFT backs a teacher and solid advocate for what students need, incumbent Tom Torlakson.

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Accrediting Agency Continues to Violate Laws

CFT files complaint against ACCJC with the U.S. Department of Education

Today the California Federation of Teachers filed a new complaint with the U.S. Department of Education (USDOE) regarding the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges’ continuing “…violations of federal requirements,” indicating “it lacks the capacity, competence and knowledge to serve as a recognized reliable accreditor.”

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Trial For Future of City College Starts Monday

Fair accreditation practices, fate of tens of thousands of students on the line

SAN FRANCISCO – On Monday, Oct. 27, the fight to save City College of San Francisco (CCSF) moves to the courtroom as the trial begins between the City of San Francisco and the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC). San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera filed a lawsuit against the ACCJC to stop the commission’s illegal and unfair disaccreditation order against CCSF. Disaccreditation would effectively close City College, denying 80,000 students access to quality and affordable higher education.

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Community College Board of Governors to consider new accreditation rules

ACCJC would no longer be sole CC accreditor

Sacramento—Last week the Consultation Council of the Board of Governors (BOG), an advisory body to the state community college system, recommended that the BOG, at its regularly scheduled meeting in November, take up consideration of removing the monopoly status of the Accreditation Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) in its role as the accrediting agency for California community colleges.

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CFT President Speaks Out On Massacre in Mexico

Pechthalt expresses ‘shock and anger’ in letter to Mexican Consul

On Sept. 26, teacher trainees from the teacher training college Escuela Normal participated in a protest opposing job discrimination against rural teachers. The protestors were fired on by police, some tortured. In addition to the six students, teachers and community members confirmed dead, 25 students have been hospitalized, 43 have disappeared, and a mass grave has been found outside of the city.

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‘Willful Defiance’ Reform Good First Step, but Another Unfunded Mandate

Signed by Gov. Brown, law limiting suspensions and expulsions needs resources to be effective

The California Federation of Teachers (CFT) today praised Gov. Jerry Brown for signing AB 420, which will reduce or eliminate suspensions and expulsions of students for reasons of “willful defiance.” However, CFT also stressed that without the necessary resources to address the underlying issues surrounding willful defiance, the law is not much more than another unfunded mandate.

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Accreditor on defensive in advance of October trial

Governor signs two bills; judge dismisses objections to suit
Over the past ten days, the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) received three setbacks in its ideological quest to run roughshod over fair accreditation practices and common decency.

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ACCJC attempts to erase history with “Restoration Status”

Judge to issue statement after hearing

San Francisco—Today Judge Curtis Karnow heard arguments in San Francisco Superior Court in a hearing for summary adjudication of the suit filed by the City Attorney of San Francisco against the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges. The purpose of the suit is to reverse the ACCJC’s decisions to place City College of San Francisco on “Show Cause” sanction in 2012 and pull its accreditation in 2013.

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Judge to Hear Arguments on City College, Accrediting Commission

Faculty, students available to comment

Arguments on motions for summary judgment in San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera’s lawsuit against the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) will be heard on Wednesday, July 10th, 2014, at the San Francisco Superior Courthouse. 

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California Educators Appeal Decision in Meritless Vergara Lawsuit

CTA and CFT Cite Numerous Severe Flaws in Judge’s Ruling, Hurts Students

LOS ANGELES —The California Teachers Association and the California Federation of Teachers on behalf of their more than 400,000 members filed a notice of appeal today asking that Judge Rolf M. Treu’s ruling in Vergara v. State of California be reversed in its entirety. Stating that Judge Treu’s decision striking down five California Education Code provisions “is without support in law or fact,” the appeal says that Treu’s reversible errors are “too numerous to list.”

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Accrediting Commission reform bill on governor’s desk

Revelation about ACCJC overruling site team recommendation underscores need
The heat is on the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC)—again. Over the weekend, the Los Angeles Times revealed that the commission “that moved last year to revoke the accreditation of City College of San Francisco has admitted in a court filing that all 15 members of its evaluation team recommended a less punitive sanction.”

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CFT Congratulates Dr. McKenna on LAUSD Board Win

Victory shows that community supports positive education agenda, not mudslinging Los Angeles – The California Federation of Teachers congratulates Dr. George McKenna on his election yesterday to the Los Angeles Unified School District Board Seat #1.

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Judge Denies ACCJC Motion to Delay Proceedings

San Francisco – At a hearing earlier today, Superior Court Judge Curtis Karnow denied a motion by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) to delay proceedings in a lawsuit filed by the San Francisco City Attorney against the ACCJC.