Educational Issues Committee

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The purpose and goals of the CFT Educational 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 share information and materials for individuals/groups working on QuEST conferences and to participate in the planning and implementation of QuEST conferences.
  • 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.).

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Committee members

Janet Davis, Co-Chair, United Teachers Los Angeles 
Gregg Robinson, Co-Chair, AFT Guild, San Diego & Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community Colleges 
Kris Acquisti, Jefferson Elementary Federation of Teachers 
Sandra Baringer, UC-AFT Riverside
Katharine Bassler, Salinas Valley Federation of Teachers
Darcie Chan Blackburn, United Educators of San Francisco 
Earl Lene De Santiago, United Educators of San Francisco 
Britt Dowdy, Newport-Mesa Federation of Teachers 
Teeka James, San Mateo Community Colleges Federation of Teachers 
William Brad Jones, United Teachers Los Angeles
Julie McIntyre, Greater Santa Cruz Federation of Teachers
Marisa Oste, El Rancho Federation of Teachers
Linda Plack, United Educators of San Francisco
Gary Ravani, California Federation of Teachers
Kimberly Sharp, Petaluma Federation of Teachers
Gregg Solkovits, United Teachers Los Angeles 
Jennifer Villaryo, United Teachers Los Angeles
Sue Westbrook, California Federation of Teachers (Member-at-Large)
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