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.
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.
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.
Lecturers mark contract extension with meetings,
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.