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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.

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Judge rules accreditor acted illegally in terminating City College of San Francisco’s accreditation

Today the California Federation of Teachers hosted a press teleconference call to discuss Superior Court Judge Curtis Karnow’s ruling in “The People vs. ACCJC.” Participating were CFT president Joshua Pechthalt, Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco), AFT Local 2121 president Tim Killikelly, and Shanell Williams, Student Trustee at City College of San Francisco. Here are highlights.

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ACCJC grants City College of San Francisco deceptive “Restoration Status”

Today the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) announced it has granted the application by City College of San Francisco for its so-called “Restoration Status” policy. The agency, responding to growing critical scrutiny of its arbitrary, inconsistent and illegal actions after it sanctioned CCSF and pulled its accreditation, devised the new policy last year, and basically forced CCSF to apply for it.

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CFT statement on the Governor’s proposed budget

“Time to restore programs lost to the Great Recession”

Governor Brown’s proposed budget for 2015-16 includes increased funding for public education at all levels. But the governor’s observation that this budget’s Proposition 98 funding represents a 39% increase over four years needs context. In 2011, California school funding had hit bottom, due to a decade of disinvestment through cuts and the Great Recession. At that point $20 billion had been cut from K-14 funding.

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Accreditation agency to meet behind closed doors, decide fate of CCSF’s “Restoration Status” application

The Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) will meet in Sacramento at its biannual meeting Jan. 7 - 9 to decide on the fate of City College of San Francisco (CCSF), which applied under duress for “Restoration Status” last summer. The Commission’s deliberations and decisions will occur, as usual, behind closed doors. Public comment will be allowed for a total of 15 minutes during the three days.

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On Governor Brown’s State of the State address

Statement by CFT president Joshua Pechthalt

While Governor Jerry Brown’s inaugural address on Monday rightly celebrated California’s climb back from its $26 billion deficit four years ago to a balanced state budget today, he made but a brief reference to the main reason why this has happened, which was the passage of Prop 30 in 2012.

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Judge hears closing arguments in ACCJC trial

City Attorney asks court to vacate “show cause,” closure decisions due to unfair and unlawful actions by agency

San Francisco, December 10—Yesterday San Francisco Superior Court Judge Curtis Karnow heard closing arguments in the trial between the City of San Francisco and the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC). San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera filed suit against the ACCJC to stop the commission’s disaccreditation order against City College of San Francisco.

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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.”