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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.

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CFT Acts to Block Threatened Closure of City College of San Francisco

The California Federation of Teachers (CFT) today filed a motion for a preliminary injunction in S.F. Superior Court to keep City College of San Francisco (CCSF) open and protect access to higher education for the vulnerable student population that relies on its programs…November 13, 2013

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Governor signs AB 955, Two-Tier Fee Pilot for Community Colleges

Community college faculty are deeply disappointed that the Governor signed AB 955 into law.  While the stated motivation for this pilot project is to accommodate demand for popular classes, and create greater student access to affordable higher education, its effect will be the opposite….

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Educators Oppose Act of War on Syria

The California Federation of Teachers Executive Council has empowered CFT President Joshua Pechthalt to speak out in opposition to US military intervention in Syria. Pechthalt commented…

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Don’t Rush Opening the New House of Education

A lot of hard work is being done to prepare California’s teachers, schools and districts for the implementation of Common Core standards, the new assessments that go with them, and the latest iteration of the state’s Academic Performance Index…