CFT applauds growing
momentum for accreditor’s ouster
“Today California moved another step closer to reforming the
broken accreditation system for California’s community colleges.
With a more than 90% vote earlier this week to reform the
Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC),
while preparing at the same time to move to another accreditor,
community college presidents struck a decisive blow to ACCJC’s
fading hopes of maintaining the unacceptable status quo.
SAN FRANCISCO – On Friday, dozens of educators were arrested
following a march and rally calling for “the public education
that all Californians deserve” while protesting the hard line
taken by City College of San Francisco’s administration in
contract negotiations with CCSF’s faculty union, AFT 2121. The
show of unity came on the first day of the annual statewide
convention for the California Federation of Teachers.
Lawsuit does not improve student learning and hurts
students, demonizes teachers
LOS ANGELES — One day after nearly 1,000 educators denounced the
Vergara v. the State of California lawsuit, opening arguments
begin today in Los Angeles County Superior Court. This meritless
lawsuit, which seeks to eradicate teachers’ professional rights,
highlights the wrong problems, proposes the wrong solutions, and
follows the wrong process while doing nothing to improve student
learning. This is yet another attempt by the usual corporate
special interests to undermine the teaching profession and push
their agenda on California public schools and students.
Civil Rights Icon Dolores Huerta joins educators and
community supporters in urging court to overturn flawed decision
for the sake of all students
LOS ANGELES —Attorneys representing more than 400,000 members of
the California Teachers Association and California Federation of
Teachers appeared in the US Court of Appeal today in downtown Los
Angeles, to ask that the June 2014 ruling in the deceptive and
meritless Vergara v. State of California be overturned for the
sake of California’s six million students.
Thanks to Proposition 30, California is moving in the right
direction. Strong state revenues have provided Governor Brown and
the state legislature the opportunity to increase access to
education and improve the quality of life for millions of
Californians over the past few years.
“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