“On Wednesday, our sisters and brothers in United Teachers Los
Angeles voted overwhelmingly to support their union and to lead
the fight to preserve and improve public education in the second
largest school district in the country. Over 14,000 of UTLA’s
members participated in the vote, with 82 percent in favor of a
dues increase. We applaud UTLA’s members and leaders for taking
this courageous action.
“In his State of the State address delivered earlier today,
Governor Jerry Brown spoke eloquently of California’s strengths
and challenges in the coming year. He underscored the state’s
significant fiscal gains following a period of deep economic
recession, but did not shy away from directly addressing the
growing disparity between the top 1 (and .1) percent and everyone
else that threatens the California Dream.
Students, faculty and elected officials say, “ACCJC has
Washington, D.C. — Thirty community college faculty and students
today were joined by elected officials and the President of the
California Federation of Teachers in a Washington D.C. hearing to
testify about the urgent need to remove the current accreditor
(Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges, or
ACCJC) for the state’s community colleges and replace it with one
capable of fair and competent accreditation practices.
State Board directs Chancellor to implement plan for a
Walnut, CA – The Community College Board of Governors unanimously
passed a resolution declaring that the Accrediting Commission for
Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) “no longer meets the
current and anticipated needs of California community colleges.”
Commentary provided during ACCJC’s Bakersfield “listening
Faculty leaders from nearby colleges descended on Bakersfield
College to provide comments at the Accrediting Commission for
Community and Junior College’s “listening session” earlier today.
Faculty were represented on the Community College Chancellor’s
Task Force on Accreditation.
Yesterday the California Community College Board of Governors
(BOG) directed State Community Chancellor Brice Harris to send
his Accreditation Task Force’s Report, issued two weeks ago, to
the United States Department of Education (DOE).
Amicus “Friend of the Court” Briefs Filed Today
Spotlight Harm to Students and Failings of Decision
Los Angeles—Some of the nation’s top legal scholars, education
policy experts, civil rights advocates, award-winning teachers,
school board members and administrators filed five amici curiae,
or “friend of the court,” briefs with the California Court of
Unions’ right to determine membership withstands
corporate legal assault
Los Angeles—U.S. District Court judge Stephen V. Wilson today
announced the dismissal of “April Bain et al v. California
Teachers Association et al,” the latest example of
corporate interests reinterpreting the First Amendment to
silence the collective voice of the Nation’s working men and
women and undermine the democratic process within unions.
“We want to express our support for our colleagues at Sacramento
City College following the tragic shooting of three students on
campus that resulted in one fatality. We extend our sincere
condolences to those students and their families. Both the Los
Rios Faculty Union and Senate leadership agree that we need to
remain vigilant in our efforts to ensure campus safety and will
work collaboratively to discuss further steps in light of
yesterday’s tragic occurrence.
Rogue agency ACCJC handed a serious setback by
Today the California Community College Chancellor’s office
released its long-awaited task force report on accreditation and
the practices of the Accrediting Commission for Community Junior
Colleges (ACCJC). Validating the view of the California
Federation of Teachers (CFT) that this rogue commission needs
reform or replacement, the task force heavily criticized the way
the commission does business, capped with a recommendation that
California find a new accreditor.
San Francisco, CA—Yesterday a majority of members of the San
Francisco Archdiocesan Federation of Teachers, AFT Local 2240,
voted to ratify a new contract agreement between the faculty
union and the Archdiocese of San Francisco.
Commission Fails to Consider Evidence Presented by City
College of San Francisco
Sacramento – Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior
Colleges (ACCJC) again failed to provide due process when it
announced yesterday, Aug. 5, that it had summarily rejected City
College of San Francisco’s request for reconsideration of ACCJC’s
flawed 2013 sanction disacrrediting the college.
Another potential blow tomiddleclass inageof growing inequality
The Supreme Court decided today to hear an anti-union lawsuit,
Friedrichs v. CTA. Although the California Teachers Association
(CTA) was named as the defendant, a ruling in the case will
equally impact the California Federation of Teachers, which
likewise represents teachers and other school employees in the
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.
Education union applaudsdecision, calls it a ‘great victory for
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
LOS ANGELES—Statement from American Federation of Teachers
President Randi Weingarten and California Federation of Teachers
President Joshua Pechthalt on the plaintiffs filing a brief in
the Vergara appeal.
Education Union Calls for Stronger Gun Control
The CFT shares its outrage and sadness with the families,
friends, loved ones and millions of other Americans mourning the
senseless murder of nine innocent people killed at the historic
First AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina.
Rules that CFT suit does not violate ACCJC’s free speech
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.