Safe and Supportive Schools Committee


The purpose and goals of the CFT Safe and Supportive Schools Committee are:

  • to monitor issues and activities relating to school safety at the State Board of Education, the California Department of Education, and other state education agencies;
  • to review existing policy and to make policy recommendations on issues relating to school safety to the CFT Executive council, State Council and Convention;
  • to monitor state and federal statutes and regulatory policies that relate to school safety;
  • to keep CFT locals and members informed regarding the status of school safety programs, policy and legislation;
  • to present reports to CFT governance bodies on issues relating to school safety;
  • to build coalitions between CFT and other organizations involved in promoting school safety;
  • to monitor and make recommendations concerning relevant credential regulations made by the Commission on Teacher Credentialling;
  • to develop workshops and school safety for CFT governance and training meetings;
  • to testify on behalf of the CFT before state and federal legislative bodies on school safety issues.

Committee members

Arcelia “Arti” O’Connor, Co-Chair, Gilroy Federation of Paraeducators
Rachel Santos, Co-Chair, ABC Federation of Teachers
Anthony Arinwine, United Educators of San Francisco
Sarah Burkhart, Salinas Valley Federation of Teachers
Darcy Foster, Morgan Hill Federation of Teachers
Susan Kitchell, United Educators of San Francisco
L. Cynthia Matthews, United Teachers Los Angeles
Juan Montemayor, United Teachers Los Angeles
Mike Rodriguez, Santa Cruz Council of Classified Employees
Jennifer Villaryo, United Teachers Los Angeles
Carolyn Richie, Staff Liaison