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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.

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Statement from CFT President Joshua Pechthalt on the Vergara Trial

The very best teachers make learning come alive and help students become critical thinkers. But teachers are also advocates for students, the teaching profession and quality public education. That’s why in a democratic society committed to equity for all students, teachers must have the ability to speak and act on behalf of their students without the fear of reprisal from administrators, or subject to changing political winds that could stifle academic freedom.

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L.A. Trial for Meritless Lawsuit Seeking to Eradicate Teachers’ Professional Rights Begins Today, Wastes Taxpayers’ Dollars and Time

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.January 10, 2014

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CFT letter assails continuing lack of transparency by accrediting commission

California Federation of Teachers President Joshua Pechthalt sent the following letter today to the Chair of the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) regarding the Commission’s continued lack of transparency.  Most of the letter was read aloud by CFT Vice-President Alisa Messer during the brief public portion of the Commission’s twice-yearly meeting, held today in Sacramento.January 9, 2014

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Statement from the California Federation of Teachers on Governor Brown’s Proposed Budget

“We are heartened to see that the Governor’s proposed budget acknowledges the crisis in funding in our educational system and the state’s social services, but it will not support the necessary and vital changes we need immediately to protect students in our schools and colleges now against becoming a gap generation that suffers from our cutbacks,” said Joshua Pechthalt, President of the California Federation of Teachers.

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S.F. Superior Court grants preliminary injunction against ACCJC

Yesterday San Francisco Superior Court Judge Curtis Karnow granted a preliminary injunction to keep City College of San Francisco open until the conclusion of a trial to determine whether the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges acted in an unfair and illegal manner in sanctioning and disaccrediting the college.

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Putting Educators’ Professional Rights on Trial Hurts Students, Wastes Taxpayer Dollars and Time

A Los Angeles Superior Court judge has ruled the deeply misguided Vergara vs. the State of California lawsuit may proceed to trial, denying the California Teachers Association (CTA) and the California Federation of Teachers (CFT) motion for summary judgment against it.  CFT and CTA remain firmly committed to protecting learning and teaching environments, despite today’s ruling which will put on trial the professional rights of teachers.