“Time to restore programs lost to the Great
Governor Brown’s proposed budget for 2015-16 includes increased
funding for public education at all levels. But the governor’s
observation that this budget’s Proposition 98 funding represents
a 39% increase over four years needs context. In 2011, California
school funding had hit bottom, due to a decade of disinvestment
through cuts and the Great Recession. At that point $20 billion
had been cut from K-14 funding.
The Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges
(ACCJC) will meet in Sacramento at its biannual meeting Jan. 7 -
9 to decide on the fate of City College of San Francisco (CCSF),
which applied under duress for “Restoration Status” last summer.
The Commission’s deliberations and decisions will occur, as
usual, behind closed doors. Public comment will be allowed for a
total of 15 minutes during the three days.
While Governor Jerry Brown’s inaugural address on Monday rightly
celebrated California’s climb back from its $26 billion
deficit four years ago to a balanced state budget today, he made
but a brief reference to the main reason why this has
happened, which was the passage of Prop 30 in 2012.
City Attorney askscourtto vacate “show cause,” closure decisions due to unfair
and unlawful actions byagency
San Francisco, December 10—Yesterday San Francisco Superior Court
Judge Curtis Karnow heard closing arguments in the trial between
the City of San Francisco and the Accrediting Commission
for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC). San Francisco
City Attorney Dennis Herrera filed suit against the ACCJC to stop
the commission’s disaccreditation order against City College of
A grand jury’s decision on Monday not to indict police officer
Darren Wilson for the August killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown
adds one more layer of evidence that the justice system in this
country does not serve communities of color or poor people. Fifty
years after the historic Civil Rights Act was passed, the police
continue to act as judge, jury and executioner when it comes to
people of color, and the courts seem either slow or altogether
incapable of delivering justice.
Statement from the California Federation of Teachers on
the UC Regents’ plan to increase student tuition:
“As today’s student protests at the UC Regents’ meeting and
elsewhere in the system reveal, the Regents’ plan to increase
student tuition will not be accepted without a fight,” said Bob
Samuels, a UCLA lecturer and president of the University
Council-AFT, representing lecturers and librarians throughout the
University of California. “This is especially true in light of
the state’s announcement that its tax revenues are two billion
dollars higher than expected.”
Statements by CFT President Joshua Pechthalt delivered
earlier today at California Community College Board of Governors
Repeal ACCJC monopoly over accreditation
Chancellor Harris, President Manuel Baca, and members of the
board; thank you for taking a moment to hear my views, delivered
on behalf of the 25,000 community college members of the
California Federation of Teachers, regarding agenda item 3.2, on
a change to the accreditation regulations.
There was plenty to celebrate in California last night, but for
educators, the most important result in many ways was the
reelection of Tom Torlakson as State Superintendent of Public
Instruction, This means that students, parents and educators will
continue to have a champion in Sacramento.
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.”