While most statewide races feature little drama this year, the
too-close-to-call contest for State Superintendent of Public
Instruction is a high stakes race for educators, parents and
students. The CFT backs a teacher and solid advocate for what
students need, incumbent Tom Torlakson.
CFT filescomplaintagainst ACCJC with the U.S. Department of
Today the California Federation of Teachers filed a new complaint
with the U.S. Department of Education (USDOE) regarding the
Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges’
continuing “…violations of federal requirements,” indicating
“it lacks the capacity, competence and knowledge to serve as a
recognized reliable accreditor.”
Fair accreditation practices,fateof tens of thousands of students on
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.
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.
Pechthalt expresses ‘shock and anger’ inletterto 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.
San Francisco – Unsuccessful in previous attempts to block San
Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera’s lawsuit, the Accrediting
Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) has brought
forth another motion in its misguided attempts to terminate City
College of San Francisco’s accreditation.
Signed by Gov. Brown,lawlimiting suspensions and expulsions needs resources to be
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.
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.
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.
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
CTA and CFT Cite Numerous Severe Flaws in Judge’s Ruling,
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.”
Revelationabout ACCJC overruling site
team recommendation underscoresneed
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.”
LOS ANGELES — The final decision rendered by Los Angeles Superior
Court judge Rolf Treu today in the Vergara v. California case
offered no new reasoning or information as to how stripping
teachers of their workplace professional rights will help
students gain a better education.
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
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
Good afternoon: My name is Joshua Pechthalt, President of the
California Federation of Teachers (CFT). I am here today to
comment on Agenda Item 2.1 proposing renewal of the contract of
Robert Agrella as Special Trustee with Extraordinary Power
(STWEP), at the City College of San Francisco (CCSF).
CCSF, other colleges would be forced to waiverightto 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.
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.
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.