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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.

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CFT Unmasks Accrediting Commission’s deceptive “restoration status” policy

CCSF, other colleges would be forced to waive right to appeal

Sacramento—Recent actions by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges have created the impression that City College of San Francisco has been “given more time” to address the problems the ACCJC identified and that have left the institution seemingly on the brink of closure.

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State Auditor’s Report on Community College Accreditation confirms deep problems with Accrediting Commission

Sacramento—Today the California State Auditor issued a stinging critique of the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) in a Report on California Community College Accreditation. The report confirms numerous problems first articulated by the California Federation of Teachers in its complaint to the U.S. Department of Education in Spring 2013, and validated by the USDOE in August, with ACCJC’s operations.

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ACCJC’s Conflicts Of Interest Invalidate Appeal Decision

CFT releases analysis of City College appeal panel finding, calls for scrutiny

After careful analysis, the California Federation of Teachers (CFT) has determined the decision by the panel appointed by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges to review City College of San Francisco’s appeal of its disaccreditation to be invalid and that the ACCJC should repeal its “show cause” and disaccreditation orders. CFT President Joshua Pechthalt has sent a letter to Community Colleges Chancellor Brice Harris informing him of CFT’s findings.

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Protestors tell ACCJC to Rescind Decision to Close College

Sacramento—More than two hundred community college faculty and students, some of whom had traveled from as far away as San Diego, rallied and picketed today outside the venerable Citizen Hotel as the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges met inside behind police barriers and held the brief “public” portion of its biannual three day meeting.  June 5, 2014

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California Federation of Teachers Votes to Boycott Staples over “Dirty Deal” with U.S. Post Office that Privatizes Work of Local Post Offices

Teachers union encourages educators to purchase school supplies from stores other than Staples

Sacramento, CA – The Executive Council of the California Federation of Teachers (CFT), representing 120,000 educational employees from Head Start through university, voted unanimously last evening to boycott office supply and bulk goods retailer Staples.

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The May Revision of the State Budget

Statement from CFT President Joshua Pechthalt

“Governor Jerry Brown has been a responsible guardian of the state’s financial resources, and the healthy condition of the budget today reflects the Governor’s strong focus on careful management of the taxpayers’ money.April 29, 2014 

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AB 1942 Calls for Fair Accreditation of Community Colleges

Legislative strategy adds pressure to lawsuits against ACCJC

Sacramento—In front of a packed room of supporters at the State Capitol, Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland) announced the introduction of the Fair Accreditation for California Community Colleges Act (AB 1942), which would reform the accreditation system for California Community Colleges.

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CFT Urges Restoration of Local Control to City College of San Francisco

Supports Supervisor Campos’s Resolution Reinstating Board of Trustees
Oakland, CA – The California Federation of Teachers (CFT) today announced its support of Supervisor David Campos’s effort to pass a resolution at the San Francisco Board of Supervisors meeting urging California Community Colleges Chancellor Brice Harris to restore the elected Board of Trustees to City College.