Help get rid of for-profit charter schools in California

Please take a moment to write a letter to Governor Jerry Brown, urging him to sign Assembly Bill 406, a landmark bill that would prohibit charter schools from operating as or by a for-profit corporation, a for-profit Educational Management Organization (EMO), or a Charter Management Organization (CMO).

Sponsored by CFT, and authored by Assemblymember Kevin McCarty and co-authored by Assemblymember Tony Thurmond, the bill recently passed out of the California legislature and is now on the governor’s desk awaiting his signature.

Urge Governor Brown to ban for-profit charters

We know that there are currently 35 charter schools in California enrolling over 25,000 students that are either being operated as for-profit corporations or by for-profit corporations. These schools not only take money away from students for corporate profits with little to no transparency or accountability, they also take students away from traditional public schools, thus significantly impacting school funding at the district and school levels. Student achievement in these schools is dismal, posting graduation rates less than half of the statewide average.

AB 406 is an important step in ensuring that our public education dollars are not diverted to corporate profits. It is part of a broader effort by the CFT and other education advocates to hold charter schools accountable to the same standards as public schools.

Please take a moment to write a letter to the governor, encouraging him to sign this important piece of legislation into law.

Tell The Senate: Stop Brett Kavanaugh

A Supreme Court nominee should be fair, independent and committed to protecting the rights, freedoms and legal safeguards that protect every one of us. Judge Brett Kavanaugh does not meet this standard.

Tell your senators to say "NO" to the Kavanaugh appointment

American workers, including women, people of color, students and the LGBTQ community, are at the mercy of the next Supreme Court justice. That’s why we have to speak up now. Kavanaugh’s rulings raise very serious concerns about where he stands on key issues like employees’ right to organize, workplace discrimination, voting rights, marriage equality, access to reproductive healthcare and corporate responsibility.

Write to your senators now to tell them to stand firm. Brett Kavanaugh cannot serve on the Supreme Court.

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Tell Congress: Don’t let students go hungry

Write Congress today to save SNAP!

Congress is now debating a bill that would restrict SNAP benefits or even cut off assistance to working families. Currently, there is a three-month time limit that cuts off food assistance to any adult in need who doesn’t have children and can’t find a reliable 20-hour-a-week job. The bill will expand this time limit to all adults ages 18-59 who are not disabled, pregnant or caring for a child under the age of 6, and it will require at least 20 hours of work or in a training program.

This restriction would have a direct effect on parents of school-age children. It also particularly would affect undergraduate students and graduate employees at institutions of higher education. The vast majority of SNAP participants live in households where at least one person is working but they still struggle to make ends meet because of their low wages or inconsistent scheduled working hours.

Write your representative today and urge him or her to oppose this change to SNAP.

Fully fund public education

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Write Education Secretary Betsy DeVos Today!

The Trump/DeVos budget proposes massive education cuts that will hurt our children, our schools, our families and our communities. Sign this letter today to Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos opposing the cruel and catastrophic federal education budget proposed by the Trump administration.