PreK-12 Education Issues Committee


The purpose and goals of the PreK-12 Education Issues Committee are:

  • to identify and monitor significant educational issues affecting education in the state;
  • to seek out and disseminate to locals and members information from AFT and other organizations about these key issues;
  • to keep CFT locals and members informed regarding important educational issues through articles in CFT publications and workshops at CFT conventions and other meetings;
  • to provide a forum for teachers to engage in dialogue and support each other in efforts to reform the governance and structure of reform;
  • to create a network of people and groups within the CFT interested in and/or committed to educational reform and school restructuring;
  • to collect and distribute existing contract language regarding reform and restructuring and frame model language so that issue of reform can take their place in negotiated contracts;
  • to monitor state and federal statues and regulatory policies that generate or affect educational issues;
  • to explore and emphasize issue of common interest to all CFT councils and all levels of education;
  • to communicate the work and findings of the committee, in conjunction with CFT staff, to the media and other interested parties (including legislators, CTA, etc.).

Committee members

Steve McDougall, Chair, Salinas Valley Federation of Teachers
Carol Arnerich, Lompoc Federation of Teachers
Janet Eberhardt, United Educators of San Francisco
Marie Ferguson, Berkeley Council of Classified Employees
Tanya Golden, ABC Federation of Teachers
John Hernandez, El Rancho Federation of Teachers
Mandy Jepsen, El Rancho Federation of Teachers
Sandra Larsen, Petaluma Federation of Teachers
Steve Seal, United Teachers Los Angeles
Gregg Solkovits, United Teachers Los Angeles
Zulma Tobar, United Teachers Los Angeles
Julie Van Winkle, United Teachers Los Angeles
Wes Davis, Staff Liaison