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Trial For Future of City College Starts Monday

Fair accreditation practices, fate of tens of thousands of students on the line

SAN FRANCISCO – On Monday, Oct. 27, the fight to save City College of San Francisco (CCSF) moves to the courtroom as the trial begins between the City of San Francisco and the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC). San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera filed a lawsuit against the ACCJC to stop the commission’s illegal and unfair disaccreditation order against CCSF. Disaccreditation would effectively close City College, denying 80,000 students access to quality and affordable higher education.

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Community College Board of Governors to consider new accreditation rules

ACCJC would no longer be sole CC accreditor

Sacramento—Last week the Consultation Council of the Board of Governors (BOG), an advisory body to the state community college system, recommended that the BOG, at its regularly scheduled meeting in November, take up consideration of removing the monopoly status of the Accreditation Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) in its role as the accrediting agency for California community colleges.

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CFT President Speaks Out On Massacre in Mexico

Pechthalt expresses ‘shock and anger’ in letter to Mexican Consul

On Sept. 26, teacher trainees from the teacher training college Escuela Normal participated in a protest opposing job discrimination against rural teachers. The protestors were fired on by police, some tortured. In addition to the six students, teachers and community members confirmed dead, 25 students have been hospitalized, 43 have disappeared, and a mass grave has been found outside of the city.

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‘Willful Defiance’ Reform Good First Step, but Another Unfunded Mandate

Signed by Gov. Brown, law limiting suspensions and expulsions needs resources to be effective

The California Federation of Teachers (CFT) today praised Gov. Jerry Brown for signing AB 420, which will reduce or eliminate suspensions and expulsions of students for reasons of “willful defiance.” However, CFT also stressed that without the necessary resources to address the underlying issues surrounding willful defiance, the law is not much more than another unfunded mandate.

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Accreditor on defensive in advance of October trial

Governor signs two bills; judge dismisses objections to suit
Over the past ten days, the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) received three setbacks in its ideological quest to run roughshod over fair accreditation practices and common decency.

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ACCJC attempts to erase history with “Restoration Status”

Judge to issue statement after hearing

San Francisco—Today Judge Curtis Karnow heard arguments in San Francisco Superior Court in a hearing for summary adjudication of the suit filed by the City Attorney of San Francisco against the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges. The purpose of the suit is to reverse the ACCJC’s decisions to place City College of San Francisco on “Show Cause” sanction in 2012 and pull its accreditation in 2013.

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Judge to Hear Arguments on City College, Accrediting Commission

Faculty, students available to comment

Arguments on motions for summary judgment in San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera’s lawsuit against the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) will be heard on Wednesday, July 10th, 2014, at the San Francisco Superior Courthouse. 

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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