In the News Archive: November 2015

CFT IN THE NEWS

Two Senate candidates pick up support
Davis Enterprise | Dec. 2, 2015
Two candidates for the 3rd state Senate District have received prominent endorsements in the past week.

Endorsements
Politico | Dec. 2, 2015
Rep. Anna Eshoo has endorsed San Jose City Councilmember Ash Kaira’s campaign for the 27th Assembly District seat. Kaira, a Democrat, also announced endorsements from Assemblyman Rich Gordon, the California Nurses Association, the California Federation of Teachers, California Professional Firefighters and AFSCME Council 57.

American Dream a casualty of Friedrichs lawsuit
San Francisco Examiner | Nov. 29, 2015
As the teacher of third graders and a father of a 3-year-old in the Bay Area, it amazes me how easily such young minds can grasp the notions of basic fairness, while in the adult world fairness drops by the wayside when corporate special interests seek an advantage. Nowhere is this more clear than with those who have brought us the Friedrichs vs. California Teachers Association case currently before the U.S. Supreme Court.

California community colleges seek new accreditor
Victorville Daily Press | Nov. 22, 2015
The Community College Board of Governors recently passed a resolution declaring the need for replacement of the accrediting agency of both Victor Valley and Barstow community colleges, along with over 100 others across the state.

Is an upcoming Supreme Court case a strike for individual rights or a deceptive attack on teachers unions?
Washington Post | Nov. 20, 2015
Sometime in the next few months, the Supreme Court will hear arguments in Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association (CTA), a lawsuit with major implications for the future of organized labor. Those pushing the lawsuit say it is about individual rights. In this post, the author argues that both Friedrichs and a related case, Bain v. California Teachers Association, are deceptive attacks on unions. 

Teachers union allies demand Kevin Johnson resign over sex allegations
Sacramento Bee | Nov. 19, 2015
A Los Angeles-based organization and local activists want Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson to resign in light of resurfaced allegations of sexual misconduct against him. 

Yamada picks up endorsement from federation of teachers
Vallejo Times-Herald | Nov. 19, 2015
Mariko Yamada, candidate for California State Senate District 3, announced Wednesday that her campaign has received the endorsement of the California Federation of Teachers.

Yamada clinches the endorsement of the California Federation of Teachers
People’s Vanguard of Davis | Nov. 19, 2015
Mariko Yamada, candidate for California State Senate District 3, announced today the endorsement of the California Federation of Teachers (CFT), which represents over 120,000 educational employees from 135 local unions – from Head Start to the University of California.

In wake of CCSF controversy, community college system looks to replace accrediting agency
KQED | Nov. 18, 2015
California’s Community College system is planning to shop around for a new accrediting agency to evaluate its 113 campuses. 

Wolk announces endorsement from California Federation of Teachers
People’s Vanguard of Davis | Nov. 18, 2015
Davis Mayor Dan Wolk announced today that the California Federation of Teachers is endorsing him in his campaign for the 4th Assembly District. CFT joins dozens of education leaders, including State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson, supporting Wolk

College accrediting commission for California ousted
SF Gate | Nov. 16, 2015
In a major shift for California community colleges, the system’s Board of Governors voted Monday to oust the controversial accrediting commission that has overseen campus quality for half a century and is threatening to shut down City College of San Francisco. 

Before talking tax hikes, help students
San Diego Union-Tribune | Nov. 14, 2015
In 2012, California voters with a long history of voting down broad tax hikes did something unusual: By 55 percent to 45 percent, they approved sales tax increases on everyone, and income tax hikes on the wealthy, retroactive to Jan. 1 of that year. 

CCSF faculty, students protest anticipated cuts
Hoodline | Nov. 12, 2015
More than 200 current and former faculty members, students and community activists marched today from the Community College of San Francisco Downtown Campus at 88 4th St. to the temporary Civic Center Campus at 1170 Market St. to protest cuts that will result in downsizing staff and classes.

Kids Deserve a Good Night’s Sleep
President’s Blog | Nov. 6, 2015
“You should all be getting at least nine hours of sleep a night” were the words of advice coming from my daughter’s eleventh grade math teacher. “Sure, like that’s really going to happen!” was her response to me. Not only are my daughter and most of her classmates staying up late to do homework, but this has been going on since elementary school.

San Francisco voters reject proposition to restrict Airbnb rentals
The Guardian | Nov. 4, 2015
Airbnb has claimed “a victory for the middle class” in San Francisco after voters rejected proposals to restrict short-term vacation rentals.

Violence against students in class? Teachers say it doesn't add up
NPR | Oct. 30, 2015
By now, anyone who's wanted to has seen the video that shows a white school policeman violently subduing a 15-year-old black girl in Spring Valley High School in Columbia, S.C. Most people agree on the general details: The (still unnamed) girl had her cellphone out, which was against the rules. Her teacher asked for it. She refused to give it up. The teacher called the vice principal, who asked for it, and asked her to get up from her seat and leave with him. Nope.

EDUCATION IN THE NEWS

These California districts are measuring schools in a new way
LA Times | Dec. 4, 2015
Starting in February, a group of California districts will begin evaluating their schools on more than just test scores.

No Child Left Behind rewrite works for California
EdSource | Dec. 4, 2015
By month’s end, Congress is expected to pass and President Obama is expected to sign the successor to the No Child Left Behind Act, giving all states the latitude to broadly define student achievement and shape school improvement in ways that California already has been doing.

What San Bernardino teachers are doing to help their students cope
LA Times | Dec. 3, 2015
As they arrived at school Thursday morning, teachers in San Bernardino received an email from district headquarters -- a tip sheet to guide the conversations that they’d surely have with their students the day after 14 people died and 21 were injured in a mass shooting in their city.

No Child Left Behind rewrite passes House easily
Huffington Post | Dec. 2, 2015
After years of failed efforts, the House voted overwhelmingly Wednesday to sharply scale back the federal role in American education. But the bill would retain the testing requirement in the 2002 No Child Left Behind law that many parents, teachers and school districts abhor.

No Child Left Behind replacement would give other states the freedom California has already claimed
LA Times | Dec. 2, 2015
With No Child Left Behind one step closer to being a thing of the past, the governance of schools in other states is poised to look a lot more like California’s.

Readers React: California community colleges accrediting panel provides strong oversight
LA Times | Dec. 2, 2015
To the editor: The proposal to replace the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) as the accreditor for California community colleges is apparently driven by the intent to punish ACCJC for not capitulating to pressure to undo its action on City College of San Francisco (CCSF).

Billions for education at stake in 2016 elections
Daily Democrat | Dec. 1, 2015
The California Teachers Association, one of Sacramento’s most powerful interests, is heading into an extraordinary year with decisions on the ballot, in the Capitol and in the courts holding the potential to impact its clout for many years to come.

California leads drive to reverse focus on standardized tests
EdSource | Nov. 30, 2015
When President Barack Obama declared that “unnecessary testing” is “consuming too much instructional time” and creating “undue stress for educators and students,” it was another sign that the dominant strategy over the past 15 years to use standardized tests to hold children and schools “accountable” in education reform may have reached a tipping point.

California: Teachers headed into extraordinary year
Contra Costa Times | Nov. 30, 2015
The California Teachers Association, one of Sacramento's most powerful interests, is heading into an extraordinary year with decisions on the ballot, in the Capitol and in the courts holding the potential to impact its clout for many years to come.

Why charter school teachers are split on unionization
LA Weekly | Nov. 30, 2015
At first, Albert Chu liked teaching at the Alliance charter school. A former engineer, he had worked in public schools for a couple years before being hired to teach at the Collins Family College Ready High School in Huntington Park, part of the Alliance chain. Alliance targets college-bound students, and Chu liked that they were well behaved.

Despite California's budget surplus, unions eye tax hikes
LA Times | Nov. 26, 2015
Here is one thing for California to be thankful for: The state treasury is overflowing with tax money.

Do unions belong in charter schools?
Education Week | Nov. 25, 2015
One of the reasons often cited for the success of charter schools is that only seven percent of them have unions. Charter operators claim that being virtually union-free provides them with greater flexibility, including being able to fire underperforming teachers. A move now underway in Los Angeles to unionize charter school teachers may help to finally settle the issue ("Unions Eye L.A. Charter Schools," The Wall Street Journal, Nov. 17).

Another department departure
Inside Higher Ed | Nov. 25, 2015
Jamienne S. Studley, who with Under Secretary Ted Mitchell engineered the Obama administration's surprisingly ambitious second-term higher education agenda, will leave her job this month, the department said Tuesday.

Who’s afraid of Campbell Brown?
Weekly Standard | Nov. 25, 2015
Campbell Brown doesn’t seem intimidating, and she certainly doesn’t put on airs. The former NBC Nightly News anchor and CNN host warmly greets visitors in person at her office in lower Manhattan. This is something of a necessity. Not only does she not have a receptionist, she doesn’t even have a regular office. Her new venture is being run out of a franchise of “WeWork,” a startup specializing in “collaborative workspaces,” which is a baroque way of saying she’s saving a few bucks by sharing an office with a bunch of unrelated businesses.

Lack of Common-Core ready materials challenged California schools
Education Week | Nov. 23, 2015
Five years after California adopted the Common Core State Standards, school districts say that a lack of textbooks and materials aligned to the standards has been an ongoing issue.

What you need to know about Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association
AFL-CIO Now | Nov. 21, 2015
We've shared a lot this week about the upcoming Supreme Court case Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association, a case of major importance for working people.
Stanford warns students of possible sanctions while protest expands

San Jose Mercury News | Nov. 20, 2015
After four long days, protest-weary Stanford University officials agreed Thursday to meet with students while also threatening academic penalties and the possibility of police action unless they end a sit-in at the school's administration offices.

School district-teachers union collaboration works for kids
The Hill | Nov. 20, 2015
One might wonder why a school superintendent is concerned about Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association, a U.S. Supreme Court case that would hurt the ability of working people to negotiate together for better wages, benefits and working conditions. Shouldn’t labor and management have competing goals? The answer for me, and many of my fellow superintendents, is an emphatic “No.” When labor and management bargain and work together, we can help our kids succeed.

Working families speak out on Friedrichs case
AFL-CIO Now | Nov. 19, 2015
AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka joins a growing chorus of working family representatives who have spoken out about the case of Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association, which will go before the Supreme Court in January.

Analyst predicts another good year for school funding
EdSource | Nov. 19, 2015
The Legislative Analyst’s Office is projecting another healthy year for K-12 schools, with an average increase of about $530 per student in 2016-17. That’s about half of the average $1,011-per-student increase for 2015-16, but this year’s increase was unusually large – about 11 percent.

Common themes bind Southern California college students seeking change
Inland Valley Daily Bulletin | Nov. 19, 2015
College students across Southern California and the nation are organizing in ways not seen in decades.

Here's what parents have to say about union efforts at Alliance charter schools
LA Times | Nov. 19, 2015
The fight to unionize the largest provider of charter schools in Los Angeles is beginning to divide parents.

Does it pay to pay teachers $100,000?
NPR | Nov. 19, 2015
We're brought up to believe our teachers are modern-day saints. Just look at how we portray them in the movies and on TV. From Dead Poets Society's iconic Mr. Keating to resourceful LouAnne Johnson in Dangerous Minds, we reinforce time and again that teaching is a noble calling.

Corinthian Colleges misled students on job placement, investigation finds
NPR | Nov. 18, 2015
In yet another episode in the ongoing investigations of for-profit colleges, the U.S. Department of Education and California's attorney general say Corinthian Colleges consistently misled students enrolled at two campuses about their chances of getting a job.

Curriculum materials a sticking point in Common Core implementation
EdSource | Nov. 18, 2015
During the five years since California adopted the Common Core State Standards for mathematics and English language arts, the search for high-quality textbooks and curriculum materials has been a sticking point, in some cases a major one, in effectively and speedily implementing the new standards.

California official: New school accountability measure won’t be just one number
Monterey Herald | Nov. 18, 2015
It may not please real estate agents, but California top education officials are reluctant to establish a new school accountability system that relies on just one measure.

Showing cause for new accreditation options
The Inquirer | Nov. 18, 2015
There’s a shaking up in the community college accreditation world. One hundred and thirteen community and junior colleges are currently being assessed by the Accreditation Commission for Community and Junior Colleges. However, the ACCJC is under scrutiny for alleged inconsistent and unprofessional practices, sending the California Community Colleges Board of Governors scrambling for new options.

California’s community colleges seek a new accreditor
Chronicle of Higher Education | Nov. 17, 2015
The Board of Governors of the California Community Colleges voted on Monday to oust the controversial commission that accredits the system’s colleges, according to reports by the San Francisco Chronicle and the Los Angeles Times.

Government to expand program to forgive student loan debt
New York Times | Nov. 17, 2015
The Department of Education announced Tuesday that it would expand its program to forgive federal student loan debt to thousands more students who attended programs of Corinthian Colleges, once one of the nation’s largest for-profit education companies.

Poll: California voters say state must take action to address teacher shortage
EdSource | Nov. 17, 2015
California registered voters regard the emerging shortage of K-12 teachers as a very serious problem and think that the state should be taking decisive action to rectify the situation, according to a poll commissioned by EdSource and the Learning Policy Institute.

Community college leaders call for new accrediting system
LA Times | Nov. 16, 2015
California Community college leaders voted Monday to establish a new system for evaluating the state's 113 community colleges, dealing a blow to the controversial panel that currently oversees accreditation.

CA Board of Governors favors plan to establish new accrediting model for community colleges
San Francisco Examiner | Nov. 16, 2015
A plan to establish a new model for accrediting California’s 113 community colleges – including City College of San Francisco – could come as early as next spring.

What an election season!
San Francisco Bay Times | Nov. 13, 2015
It was wonderful to see so many San Franciscans engaged and passionate about ballot issues and races that are close to home. There is no doubt in my mind that San Francisco’s future is bright when all of us find a way to work together.

An education in America
Huffington Post | Nov. 13, 2015
I have to admit I am both astonished and depressed when I read about the state of education in America's colleges and universities.

Charter school expansion could reshape L.A. Unified, officials say
LA Times | Nov. 12, 2015
A massive expansion of charter schools could change the fate of Los Angeles families who have suffered from inferior schools for generations, according to a top official from the Broad Foundation, which is spearheading the proposal.

Gavin Newsom and Eloy Ortiz Oakley: Free community college tuition will drive California economy
San Jose Mercury News | Nov. 12, 2015
The odds were stacked against Christopher Soriano: the son of immigrants from El Salvador and a first generation U.S. citizen, raised in a low-income and under-resourced community, and forced to navigate a public education system that fails to graduate too many young people.

Broad official defends charter schools following leak of expansion plan
LA Times | Nov. 12, 2015
Charter schools have been wrongly accused of not serving all students and a proposal to greatly expand the number of them in Los Angeles would not result in financial catastrophe for the nation's second-largest school system, according to a top official with the group spearheading the plan.

Local school funding plans — too big, not useful
SF Gate | Nov. 12, 2015
Don’t tell my kids I said this, but it really is OK for Californians to skip homework assignments — if they come from Sacramento.

The Department of Education’s plan to go open—open educational resources, that is
Slate | Nov. 12, 2015
In the early 1800s, Thomas Davenport, a poor, young, self-taught blacksmith in Vermont tinkered with magnets to create, and eventually receive a patent for, the first electric motor. Nearly 200 years later, middle-schoolers in Albemarle, Virginia, are tinkering with modern 3-D–printing technology to reconstruct and model his historic invention.

California Faculty Association rally could preview strikes at Cal State University campuses
Long Beach Post | Nov. 11, 2015
Next week’s California State University (CSU) Board of Trustees’ meeting will have a larger than normal audience, as over one thousand protesters are expected to march and demonstrate outside in support of the California Faculty Association’s (CFA) push for increased wages.

Did 19 law professors get the Business Judgment Rule wrong?
National Law Review | Nov. 11, 2015
In yesterday’s post, I wrote about the amicus curiae brief filed by 19 law school professors in Friedrichs v. California Teachers Ass’n, a case now pending before the United States Supreme Court. Being a California corporate lawyer, I was interested in the following description of a California Court of Appeal case.

How one program is helping English learners succeed starting in preschool
EdSource | Nov. 11, 2015
When teacher Brenda Lopez leads her preschool class, she makes her students do a lot of talking – to the ceiling, to the floor, to the wall, to their hands, to each other.

UC aiming to add 10,000 more in-state undergrad students by 2018
EdSource | Nov. 10, 2015
Regents with the University of California will consider a plan next week to enroll 10,000 more in-state freshmen and transfer students over the next three years.

City College students, faculty plan rally as state prepares to fire accreditor
48 Hills | Nov. 10, 2015
City College faculty and students will rally Thursday to oppose far-reaching cuts in the size of the school – just as the state’s college governing board is prepared to fire the accrediting agency that created this entire problem.

School districts confront transgender student policies
Education Week | Nov. 10, 2015
As federal civil rights officials ramp up pressure on a suburban Chicago district to give a transgender student full access to its girls' locker rooms, similar flare-ups in public schools recently are presenting educators with complicated questions about their responsibilities to students whose gender identity doesn't match the sex they were assigned at birth.

Teachers' unions say overturning Abood would lead to 'confusion'
Reuters | Nov. 9, 2015
A group of California teachers' unions on Friday urged the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold precedent requiring public employees who are not union members to pay dues for collective bargaining, in a case that could curtail the negotiating power and political influence of public sector unions.

Democrats push Arne Duncan to aid defrauded for-profit college students
Huffington Post | Nov. 9, 2015
Education Secretary Arne Duncan should stop delaying promised debt relief to defrauded student loan borrowers and use a recent federal court ruling to immediately cancel all federal loans owed by former Corinthian Colleges Inc. students, a group of Democratic lawmakers urged Monday.

California State Board of Education approves Houghton Mifflin Harcourt programs for English Language Arts and English Language Development learning
Market Watch | Nov. 9, 2015
Global learning company Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH) today announced the approval of all five English Language Development (ELD) and English Language Arts (ELA) programs submitted to the California State Board of Education for the 2016-2017 reading adoption.

California legislative committee probes shortcomings in arts education
KPCC | Nov. 7, 2015
Lawmakers, school officials, community organizers and arts educators gathered in Beverly Hills Friday afternoon to talk about why schools aren't complying with state law requiring arts education.

State board encourages creativity in summarizing accountability plans
EdSource | Nov. 6, 2015
Members of the State Board of Education are encouraging school districts to use executive summaries, infographics and other ways to make districts’ burgeoning Local Control and Accountability Plans more reader-friendly to parents and community members.

Arne Duncan's Plan To Fix College Accreditation
Huffington Post | Nov. 6, 2015
When it comes to accreditors, the private organizations paid by colleges to help them maintain access to nearly $150 billion annually in federal student aid, the U.S. Department of Education seems to think sunlight is the best disinfectant.

Reprimand of Cal State Fullerton math professor in textbook dispute stands
L.A. Times | Nov. 5, 2015
Cal State Fullerton math professor Alain Bourget has been fighting to have a reprimand overturned after defying his department's choice for a classroom textbook.

San Francisco is the latest city to recognize teachers don't earn enough to live there
L.A. Times | Nov. 5, 2015
Heidi Avelina Smith has lived in her rent-controlled, one-bedroom apartment in San Francisco’s Mission district for 15 years, and she’s been teaching near the community for a decade.

Can L.A. Unified get people to care about its next leader?
L.A. Times | Nov. 5, 2015
Stanley Prince had a lot to say about the next leader of Los Angeles schools last week, and he was grateful for the chance.

New questions over proficiency and the Common Core testing
Cabinet Report | Nov. 5, 2015
The question of where to draw the line for proficiency on new tests aligned to the Common Core State Standards has crept back into the conversation among policy-makers overseeing a massive curriculum transition for California public schools. 

Report: CA 1 of 5 states without linking teacher reviews to learning
LA School Report | Nov. 5, 2015
A report out this week from the National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ) found that California is just one of five states that has no formal policy requiring that teacher evaluations be tied in some way to student achievement measures. 

Randolph secures seat on SF college board
Bay Area Reporter | Nov. 5, 2015
Gay incumbent City College of San Francisco trustee Alex Randolph handily won his race Tuesday to hold on to his seat on the oversight body for the troubled community college district. 

The teacher who could gut unions
Bloomberg | Nov. 5, 2015
A Supreme Court decision coming by the end of June could be devastating for organized labor. The case, Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association (CTA), challenges a 1977 ruling allowing public-sector unions to charge nonmembers covered by union contracts mandatory fees to pay for the costs of collective bargaining. The lead plaintiff, Rebecca Friedrichs, is an elementary school teacher. She claims that being forced to pay money to California’s politically powerful and overwhelmingly Democratic teachers’ union as a condition of her employment violates her First Amendment rights. 

Settlement seeks to keep high school students out of 'fake' classes
LA Times | Nov. 5, 2015
Jason Magaña always wanted to go to college to become an engineer. But as a senior at Jefferson High School in South Los Angeles last year, he was enrolled in graphics, a class he already had passed and would not help him graduate. What he needed to graduate was economics. He also had two “home periods” that allowed him to leave the building and placed no demands on him.

Gale and California State Library announce partnership to give state's residents access to accredited high school diploma
PR Newswire | Nov. 5, 2015
The California State Library and Gale, a part of Cengage Learning, today announced a statewide pilot program to offer accredited high school diplomas and career certificates at more than 30 libraries across California. The program is funded by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. and is aimed at helping as many Californians as possible earn a high school diploma online. Currently, more than 4.5 million California adults age 25 and over lack a high school diploma.

California State University faculty authorize strike
Sacramento Bee | Nov. 4, 2015
Amid a contract dispute, the California State University faculty union announced Wednesday that it has overwhelmingly authorized a strike for the fourth time in eight years.

Randolph holds City College seat
SF Gate | Nov. 4, 2015
Incumbent Alex Randolph held his seat Tuesday on the City College of San Francisco Board of Trustees, an indication that voters are embracing an accrediting commission’s efforts to force the school to comply with its requirements, such as strengthening fiscal controls and reorganizing governance.

Will teacher evaluations through test scores outlast Obama?
Education Week | Nov. 4, 2015
One big question as the Obama administration draws to a close: How many states will keep requiring teacher evaluations based at least in part on student outcomes after the president leaves office?

Affirmative action, unions, asset forfeiture: 3 SCOTUS cases to watch
Reason | Nov. 4, 2015
The Supreme Court is back in session with major decisions coming on affirmative action at public universities, the limits of asset forfeiture, and whether California teachers may reject paying compulsory fees to public sector unions.

Charters and dollars don't constitute a plan
Education Week | Nov. 4, 2015
At the outset, I want to say that I have no animus toward Eli Broad or billionaires in general. I've only met Broad once when he came to our campus, and he said nice things about my book, United Mind Workers (first chapter). Philanthropy from Broad and other wealthy folk are essential to making America's particular brand of capitalist civil society work, and, I might add in full disclosure, keeping small private colleges like mine afloat. I'm more concerned with the 300 or so billionaires who ignore public education in their giving than with the seven who have placed their bets on charters.

California’s students should aim for the stars
Sacramento Bee | Nov. 3, 2015
In the popular movie “The Martian,” astronaut Mark Watney’s remarkable scientific knowledge and ingenuity allow him to survive alone on the inhospitable, dusty Red Planet until he can be rescued.

Who keeps billions of taxpayer dollars flowing to for-profit colleges? These guys
ProPublica | Nov. 3, 2015
For-profit universities have had another rough year, with big players facing federal scrutiny for everything from predatory loans to outright fraud. Now attention is turning to the schools’ accreditors.

Brown consistent with legislation he signs and vetoes
EdSource | Nov. 2, 2015
In the education bills that he vetoed last month, Gov. Jerry Brown made his “don’t” priorities clear to legislators: Don’t tamper with the Local Control Funding Formula; don’t mess with charter schools; don’t create new state mandates; don’t push new spending; and don’t create new state commissions and agencies to examine the limited state data that he does allow.

Comprehensive Common Core survey sent to teachers, principals
EdSource | Oct. 30, 2015
Every superintendent and principal in California, along with 7,000 teachers statewide, received an extensive questionnaire this week asking for their perspectives on how well the rollout of the Common Core State Standards has been handled. 

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