In the News Archive: January 2015

CFT IN THE NEWS

Community college board ends agency’s exclusive right to accredit state’s community colleges
San Francisco Examiner | Jan. 23, 2015
The California Community College Board of Governors decided this week to open up competition for the accreditation of community colleges in California by removing language from their regulations that gave the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges a monopoly. 

CA Community College Board of Governors ends agency’s exclusive right to accredit state’s community colleges
San Francisco Appeal | Jan. 22, 2015
The California Community College Board of Governors decided this week to open up competition for the accreditation of community colleges in California by removing language from their regulations that gave the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges a monopoly. 

Community college in the crosshairs
In These Times | Jan. 21, 2015
On December 9, 2014, dozens of students and faculty from the City College of San Francisco (CCSF) packed into a courtroom to witness the conclusion of an unusual trial.

A second chance for a community college
Public News Service | Jan. 19, 2015
One of the state's largest community colleges is getting a second chance to stay open.

Accreditor fumbled in acting against City College of San Francisco, court says
The Chronicle of Higher Education | Jan. 16, 2015
A state judge in California has concluded that a regional accreditor denied due process to City College of San Francisco, and has ruled that the two-year college must be given a new opportunity to argue against being closed. 

California lawmakers seek to restore social services funds
People’s World | Jan. 14, 2015
With California's corporate and income tax revenues rising, many Democratic state legislators are eager to restore the massive funding cuts suffered by human services programs in recent years.

Union calls City College decision ‘ticking time bomb’
SFBay.ca News | Jan. 14, 2015
Unions and officials expressed concern Wednesday that City College of San Francisco’s future remains threatened despite an announcement by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges allowing the college two more years to fight for its accreditation.

City College of San Francisco gets 2-year reprieve from accreditor
Wall Street Journal | Jan. 14, 2015
City College of San Francisco, one of the nation’s largest community colleges that had been threatened with loss of accreditation, will get another two years to right itself.

Unions voice concern over City College’s future after restoration status granted by accrediting commission
San Francisco Appeal | Jan. 14, 2015
Unions and officials expressed concern today that City College of San Francisco’s future remains threatened despite an announcement by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges allowing the college two more years to fight for its accreditation.

California schools fail students, teachers with nurse shortage
San Jose Inside | Jan. 12, 2015
Serious health issues can play out in schools every day, sometimes in life and death ways. Yet few schools have a credentialed school nurse at the ready to appropriately address the problem.

Survey: Teachers support changes in state job protection laws
LA School Report | Jan. 12, 2015
The majority of public school teachers who participated in a new survey support changes in state teacher job protection laws that were the focus of last year’s landmark ruling in Vergara v. California.

Brown unveils largest-ever California budget proposal
Wall Street Journal | Jan. 9, 2015
Even as he proposed a record $113.3 billion state budget plan Friday, Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown faced potential political fights with members of his own party over tax increases, state worker benefits, education spending and programs for the poor.

School windfall: Brown proposes $7.8 billion more for education
San Jose Mercury News | Jan. 9, 2015
California public schools and community colleges will reap the lion's share of revenues from a booming economy, with their budgets growing by $7.8 billion, Gov. Jerry Brown outlined on Friday.

Brown’s budget: More for Common Core, Internet, charters, special ed
LA School Report | Jan. 9, 2015
Gov. Jerry Brown‘s proposed state budget for 2015-2016, released today, includes $52 million more in K-12 funding than last year’s budget.

Gov. Brown's California budget calls for record $113 billion in spending
San Jose Mercury News | Jan. 9, 2015
The $113 billion state budget plan that Gov. Jerry Brown rolled out Friday sets up two potentially fierce political confrontations.

Brown Unveils Largest-Ever California Budget Proposal
Down Jones Business News | Jan. 9, 2015
Even as he proposed a record $113.3 billion state budget plan Friday, Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown faced potential political fights with members of his own party over tax increases, state worker benefits, education spending and programs for the poor. 

California Gov. Jerry Brown set to present budget
Wall Street Journal | Jan. 9, 2015
California Gov. Jerry Brown will face his first political test of the year when he releases his initial 2015-16 budget proposal Friday--a test that will likely come from members of his own Democratic Party. 

Big CCSF decisions loom: college’s future at stake
SF Gate | Jan. 9, 2015
January is a crucial month for City College of San Francisco. The commission trying to revoke its accreditation voted privately this week on whether to grant the college two more years to comply with standards, and could announce its decision at the end of its three-day meeting Friday in Sacramento — or delay the announcement for days or weeks.

For City College of San Francisco, new year a matter of survival
Diverse | Jan. 1, 2015
In the last two years, City College of San Francisco, one of the nation’s largest community colleges, has seen its student enrollment shrink by more than 20 percent, from more than 100,000 students to fewer than 80,000, according to college officials. 

Several education-related bills to take effect this year
Contra Costa Times | Jan. 1, 2015
As educators and administrators return to schools this month, many will help implement new laws taking effect that will require increased teacher training and fewer suspensions and expulsions, among other changes. 

New complaints filed against CCSF accreditor
San Francisco Examiner | Dec. 23, 2014
A coalition working to preserve City College of San Francisco's accreditation announced two new complaints Monday against the commission with authority to revoke that accreditation, coalition members said.

 

EDUCATION IN THE NEWS 

House education panel head endorses annual student testing
Education Week | Jan. 23, 2015
The chairman of the House Education and the Workforce Committee on Thursday endorsed continuing the federally required annual testing of students under the No Child Left Behind education law.

Legislative leaders want to debate school bond
Cabinet Report | Jan. 22, 2015
Despite the state’s long-standing partnership with schools to help pay new construction and remodeling costs, Gov. Jerry Brown has made it clear he doesn’t like the idea of issuing another statewide facilities bond anytime soon.

LAO backs repealing cap on districts’ reserves
EdSource | Jan. 22, 2015
The California School Boards Association’s campaign to persuade the Legislature to reverse a cap on school district reserves got a boost this week when the Legislative Analyst’s Office issued a report issued endorsing a repeal.

Brown, districts at odds over school construction bonds
EdSource | Jan. 21, 2015
Determined to shed long-term state debt, Gov. Jerry Brown wants the state to cease issuing K-12 school construction bonds, leaving school districts to pay the tab for building and renovating schools. A coalition of school districts and the building industry has responded with plans to go straight to voters with a $9 billion state school building bond in 2016.

Calif. watchdog agency recommends repeal of new school budget caps
Reuters | Jan. 21, 2015
California's watchdog agency recommended on Wednesday that the legislature repeal a new law that caps the size of school district budgets, warning that over 91 percent of the state's districts would have violated the new rules if they had been in place in 2014.

California community colleges set record for degrees, certificates
LA Times | Jan. 21, 2015
The number of students who received a degree or certificate from a California community college hit a record high last year and more of them completed remedial math and English courses, officials announced this week.

California’s community colleges need more state attention
SF Gate | Jan. 21, 2015
Education officials have selected 15 California community colleges to offer bachelor’s degrees, in a closely watched pilot program that could have big impacts on higher education throughout the state.

You're Invited! The Impact of Vergara v. California on the Future of Education
Reason.com | Jan. 21, 2015
Last year, a landmark education case took aim at laws protecting bad teachers—and the students won. Vergara v. California reaffirmed the fundamental right of every student to learn from effective teachers and have an equal opportunity to succeed in school, paving the way for teacher accountability and greater choice. 

U.S. education committee calls for strengthening Head Start
EdSource | Jan. 21, 2015
The U.S. House of Representatives education committee released a white paper Wednesday that calls for strengthening the federal Head Start preschool program by coordinating existing early learning programs, improving quality and enhancing parental involvement.

California community colleges board approves 15 pilot bachelor’s degrees
Sacramento Bee | Jan. 20, 2015
Bachelor’s degrees in mortuary work, ranch management and consumer technology design will soon be coming to California community colleges.

Funding 2 years of college is a small price to pay to get educated workers
LA Times | Jan. 19, 2015
President Obama's bold proposal to make two years of community college virtually free is the most encouraging idea for higher education to emerge from Washington in years. Just like the 1862 Morrill Act, which donated land on which to establish great public universities, and the GI Bill, which helped World War II veterans attend college, the president's plan is a game changer, potentially adding two years of college onto every young person's education.

Judge rules in favor of City College of San Francisco
Diverse Education | Jan. 18, 2015
An accrediting commission must give City College of San Francisco — one of California’s largest community colleges — a chance to respond to criticism before deciding whether to stick to its decision to revoke the school’s accreditation, a judge said Friday.

Op-Ed: City College San Francisco gets another chance at accreditation
Digital Journal | Jan. 18, 2015
Judge Curtis E.A. Karnow of the Superior Court of California for San Francisco proposed an injunction on January 16, which requires the accrediting board to reconsider its termination of City College's accreditation status forcing it to close.

The real test of Common Core is about to begin
Sacramento Bee | Jan. 17, 2015
This spring, for the first time since its embrace of a new national road map for public school instruction, California’s students will take their first real Common Core tests.

All eyes on City College’s future
SFBAY.ca News | Jan. 16, 2015
All eyes are on City College of San Francisco as the future of the community college remains up in the air.

Judge says accrediting panel denied San Francisco college a fair review
LA Times | Jan. 16, 2015
In revoking the accreditation of City College of San Francisco, a private commission violated the law in ways that denied the 80,000-student school a fair hearing, a judge tentatively ruled Friday.

Judge gives City College a second chance
SF Weekly | Jan. 16, 2015
City College can finally breath again after a San Francisco Superior Court judge's tentative decision Friday gave the beleaguered college a second chance to keep its doors open to students.

Judge rules on suit over California college's accreditation
ABC 7 | Jan. 16, 2015
A judge says an accrediting commission must give City College of San Francisco a chance to respond to criticism before deciding whether to stick to its decision to revoke the school's accreditation.

SF City College given a chance to respond to criticisms
SF Gate | Jan. 16, 2015
City College of San Francisco will have another chance to challenge the critical findings of an accrediting commission that could close the doors to the school’s nearly 80,000 students, a judge ruled Friday.

Judge: City College did not receive ‘fair’ accreditation hearing
KQED | Jan. 16, 2015
A Superior Court judge has handed City College of San Francisco a temporary legal win in its fight to maintain accreditation.

Judge issues favorable ruling in CCSF’s quest to retain accreditation
San Francisco Examiner | Jan. 16, 2015
City College can celebrate another win this week after a tentative decision was handed down Friday by Superior Court Judge Curtis Karnow in the trial that many see as the key to keeping the school's accreditation.

Judge tentatively rolls back City College deaccreditation
SF Bay.ca News | Jan. 16, 2015
A San Francisco Superior Court judge announced a tentative ruling Friday that would roll back a regional accrediting commission’s 2013 decision to remove the accreditation of City College of San Francisco. 

Accreditor fumbled in acting against City College of San Francisco, state court says
The Chronicle of Higher Education | Jan. 16, 2015
A state judge in California has concluded that a regional accreditor denied due process to City College of San Francisco, and says the two-year college must be given a new opportunity to argue against being closed. 

SF City College hangs by a thread
Courthouse News Service | Jan. 16, 2015
The City College of San Francisco will keep its accreditation until a commission explains in writing all of its reasons for decertifying the school, a Superior Court judge ruled Friday. 

Tentative ruling could provide relief for embattled City College of San Francisco
KRON | Jan. 16, 2015
City College of San Francisco must get the chance to respond to criticism before it can lose its accreditation, a judge has ruled. 

Judge rules on suit over California college's accreditation
Sacramento Bee | Jan. 16, 2015
An accrediting commission must give City College of San Francisco — one of California's largest community colleges — a chance to respond to criticism before deciding whether to stick to its decision to revoke the school's accreditation, a judge said Friday. 

Judge tentatively reverses decision to revoke CCSF accreditation
NBC Bay Area | Jan. 16, 2015
A San Francisco Superior Court judge announced a tentative ruling Friday that would roll back a regional accrediting commission's 2013 decision to remove the accreditation of City College of San Francisco. 

California community college deserves hearing on accreditation: judge
Reuters | Jan. 16, 2015
A college regulator violated the law by failing to give California's largest community college a fair hearing before deciding to terminate its accreditation, according to a tentative court ruling on Friday. 

New York's tenure laws go to court
Huffington Post | Jan. 16, 2015
Earlier this week, oral arguments opened in Wright v. New York, a lawsuit challenging New York statutes that make it nearly impossible to replace teachers who are not up to the job. This first motion will determine whether or not the case should proceed at all. It should. Like Vergara v. California before it, Wright v. New York forces a much needed examination about whether the state is delivering on its legal obligations. 

Battle lines drawn on annual testing in ESEA renewal
Education Week | Jan. 16, 2015
Thirteen years after mandating high-stakes testing, Congress is kicking off its most serious attempt yet to update the Elementary and Secondary Education Act with partisan wrangling over whether to ditch the law’s signature schedule of annual assessments. 

Conflict ahead over California school bonds
The Bond Buyer | Jan. 15, 2015
The budget proposal California Gov. Jerry Brown submitted last week is fueling a conflict over state bond funding for K-12 education. 

Governor’s proposed budget called “a gift” to adult education
EdSource | Jan. 15, 2015
The governor’s proposed budget, unveiled last week, allocates $500 million for an Adult Education Block Grant, with a provision that existing K-12 adult ed programs be funded for another year. 

This is what teachers think their tenure process should look like, poll shows
Huffington Post | Jan. 14, 2015
In the same week that a group of parents in New York are pushing a judge to hear a case that could limit teacher tenure, an education nonprofit has released a poll detailing what educators think their job protections should look like. 

CCSF wins reprieve: Shutdown averted with 2-year extension
San Francisco Chronicle | Jan. 14, 2015
The commission threatening to revoke City College of San Francisco’s accreditation has granted the school two additional years to bring its finances and governing structure into compliance with the group’s standards, its chairman said Wednesday. 

How to report test scores to parents debated
EdSource | Jan. 14, 2015
With California students set to begin taking new Smarter Balanced tests in the Common Core State Standards this spring, state education officials are worried about how parents will view the results – especially if, as experts predict, their kids’ initial scores will be low. 

Suspensions, expulsions down statewide
EdSource | Jan. 14, 2015
New state data show a steep drop in suspensions and expulsions of California students, continuing a recent downward trend. Altogether, 20 percent fewer students were expelled and 15 percent fewer students were suspended in 2013-14 than in the previous year. 

Accrediting panel gives City College of San Francisco a 2-year reprieve
LA Times | Jan. 14, 2015
San Francisco's only community college will remain accredited for at least two more years in a reprieve announced Wednesday to keep the institution's doors open for nearly 80,000 students. 

City College of San Francisco wins accreditation reprieve
Sacramento Bee | Jan. 14, 2015
Eighteen months after having its accreditation terminated, the City College of San Francisco has been granted restoration status by the regional accreditor and will have two more years to come into compliance with eligibility requirements. 

Restoration status approved for CCSF in quest to remain accredited
San Francisco Examiner | Jan. 14, 2015
City College of San Francisco has been given two more years to reach full compliance with accrediting requirements, an accrediting body announced Wednesday. 

City College of San Francisco gets two more years to resolve accreditation issues
KQED | Jan. 14, 2015
The agency in charge of certifying the state’s junior and community colleges has given City College of San Francisco two more years to comply with eligibility standards. For now, that decision — made last week and announced Wednesday — effectively ends a shutdown threat that has hung over the school for more than two years. 

The nuts and bolts of Obama's community college plan
LA Times | Jan. 14, 2015
The rumors started early last week. President Obama had been outlining his goals for the last two years of his presidency and had long been interested in improving students' access to college. The president was scheduled to go to Knoxville, Tenn., on Friday. Observers connected the dots and speculated that he would announce a national version of the Volunteer State's program to guarantee high school graduates free tuition to community college.

Gov. Brown releases $164.7-billion budget plan, calls for restraint
LA Times | Friday, Jan. 9, 2015
Four days after taking the oath of office for the fourth time, Gov. Jerry Brown released his $164.7-billion budget proposal on Friday morning in the Capitol.

NCLB rewrite could target mandate on annual tests
Education Week | Jan. 9, 2015
For more than a decade, even amid big revisions to the original No Child Left Behind Act, one thing has remained constant: States have required students to take annual tests in reading and math in grades 3 through 8 and once in high school.

Obama plan would make community colleges nearly free for millions
LA Times | Jan. 8, 2015
Aiming to dramatically expand access to higher education, President Obama on Thursday proposed making community college virtually free for millions of high school graduates — a potential boon for California's system, the largest in the nation.

Obama proposes free community college
EdSource | Jan. 8, 2015
President Barack Obama has unveiled a proposal to make the first two years of community college free for students who are diligent about working toward a degree.

Digital Library’s use, usefulness questioned
EdSource | Jan. 8, 2015
Midway through the school year, about half the state’s teachers have access to a new “Digital Library” the state purchased to help them teach the Common Core State Standards, but it’s unclear how many teachers are actually using it and how useful it is.

Accrediting commission to decide on restoration status for CCSF
San Francisco Examiner | Jan. 7, 2015
The accrediting commission for City College of San Francisco will decide this week whether to grant the embattled school restoration status, a newly formed policy that would give the college two more years to meet accrediting requirements.

Report: State no longer at bottom in spending
EdSource | Jan. 7, 2015
Education Week’s annual state rankings on K-12 education had welcome, though outdated, news for California: No longer rock-bottom, California moved from 50th to 46th in per-student state spending in 2011-12, the latest data cited.

Will the court give Abood the boot?
City Journal | Jan. 7, 2015
Last year marked a legal turning point for California’s teachers’ unions and public employee unions across the nation. First, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Rolf M. Treu ruled in June that some of the teachers’ work rules—including tenure, seniority, and dismissal laws—violated the state and federal constitutions. 

CCSF not among California community colleges seeking four-year degree programs
San Francisco Examiner | Jan. 6, 2015
Nearly three dozen California community colleges have applied for a pilot program that would allow them to offer four-year degrees for the first time, but City College of San Francisco is not among them.

Brown: $65.7 billion for schools next year
EdSource | Jan. 5, 2015
In an inaugural address rooted in nostalgia but boasting ambitious goals for the future, Gov. Jerry Brown again identified education as a key focus – giving it top billing during remarks at his historic fourth swearing-in ceremony Monday and forecasting billions in additional school funding next year.

EdWatch 2015: 10 issues to watch
EdSource | Jan. 4, 2015
2015 promises to be a pivotal year for several major reforms in public education, including the continuing rollout of the Common Core State Standards, the implementation of the state’s new school financing and accountability system, and the administration of the online Smarter Balanced assessments to millions of students this spring. There will be other issues to watch. Here’s our list of the top 10. Let us know what you would have added.

California colleges see surge in efforts to unionize adjunct faculty
LA Times | Jan. 3, 2015
A wave of union organizing at college campuses across California and the nation in recent months is being fueled by part-time faculty who are increasingly discontented over working conditions and a lack of job security.

Student needs should trump interests of adults
U-T San Diego | Jan. 2, 2015
Few 2014 court decisions captured the nation’s attention like Vergara v. California. Educators, union leaders and community advocacy groups as well as legislators and parents nationwide waited anxiously to hear how Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Rolf M. Treu would rule on permanency, teacher dismissal and “first in, last out.”

A fresh approach to ranking states on education
Education Week | Jan. 2, 2015
The 19th annual edition of Education Week's Quality Counts takes a fresh approach to the state report card.

Teacher tenure, taxes on union executive’s 2015 agenda
Sacramento Bee | Dec. 25, 2014
The walls of Joe Nuñez’s second-floor office, a stone’s throw from the state Capitol, bear reprints of fruit- and vegetable-crate labels from California farms, colorful reminders of his humble roots as the son of south-state farmworkers.

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