February 14, 2017
A Step Forward for Compton College
February 7, 2017
February 1, 2017
January 31, 2017
January 13, 2017
To protect the students, the communities and the educational workers of California, the California Federation of Teachers opposes the nomination of Betsy DeVos to be the U.S. Secretary of Education.
January 10, 2017
|November 23, 2016
Statement from the California Federation of Teachers
|November 22, 2016
Activists Rally Against President-Elect, Dakota Access Pipeline at UC Irvine on Tuesday
|November 17, 2016
Statement from the California Federation of Teachers
|November 2, 2016
Charter Schools Association uses photos, quotes without permission
|October 17, 2016
Costa Mesa Educators, Parents and Students Rally, Hold Press Conference for Prop 55
|October 6, 2016
Educators, students, community rally for Props 55 and W
|October 4, 2016
Statement from the California Federation of Teachers
|September 27, 2016
Statement from the California Federation of Teachers
|August 31, 2016
Common Sense Charter School Legislation Killed by Corporate Special Interests
Sacramento – In a blow to fair public education policies, the California State Assembly failed to pass common sense legislation that would have, in part, prohibited charter schools from instituting policies intended to limit admission of students with disabilities, English learners and the economically disadvantaged.
|August 22, 2016
Victory for Students as California Supreme Court
|August 8, 2016
CFT files new complaint against ACCJC
|June 29, 2016
Statement by the California Federation of Teachers Supporting Teachers in Mexico
|June 29, 2016
Bill Modifying Teachers’ Due Process Dies in Committee
|June 27, 2016
Budget Proves Need to Extend Prop 30
|June 13, 2016
Statement by CFT President Joshua Pechthalt on ‘Vergara v. California’
|June 13, 2016
CFT Endorses Hillary Clinton for President
|May 24, 2016
Failed Vergara Suit Backers in Supreme Court Gambit
Statement from CFT President Joshua Pechthalt
We learned today that that David Welch and Students Matter have filed an appeal to the California Supreme Court in their failed Vergara v. California lawsuit. We are disappointed but not surprised that they are continuing to spend large sums of money on the suit and the PR campaign attached to it smearing teachers and public education.
May 19, 2016
CFT files amended lawsuit against Accrediting Commission
April 27, 2016
City College faculty walk out for “the college San Francisco deserves”
April 26, 2016
Faculty Stand Up for City College and the Education San Francisco Deserves
|April 14, 2016
Appeals Court Overturns Vergara Lawsuit
|March 31, 2016
Statement from CFT on the recent vote to increase the state’s minimum wage
|March 29, 2016
Statement from CFT President Joshua Pechthalt
|March 22, 2016
Board of Governors Votes to Reform Accrediting Agency
CFT leadership applauds courageous change in accreditation
SACRAMENTO, MARCH 21, 2016 - In an historic vote in Sacramento today, the California Community Colleges Board of Governors voted unanimously to reform its current accrediting agency, the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC), and begin to establish a new model for fair accrediting practices with a new agency.
|March 17, 2016
Statement from CFT president Joshua Pechthalt
CC presidents move to reform, then leave ACCJC
CFT applauds growing momentum for accreditor’s ouster
“Today California moved another step closer to reforming the broken accreditation system for California’s community colleges. With a more than 90% vote earlier this week to reform the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC), while preparing at the same time to move to another accreditor, community college presidents struck a decisive blow to ACCJC’s fading hopes of maintaining the unacceptable status quo.
|March 11, 2016
CFT Convention Delegates March, Arrested in Civil Disobedience Action for “the Education Californians Deserve”
|February 25, 2016
California Educators Appeal Decision in Meritless Vergara Lawsuit
|February 17, 2016
Statement from CFT President Joshua Pechthalt
UTLA Votes to Invest in Union, Public Education
Members Overwhelmingly Support Dues Increase
“On Wednesday, our sisters and brothers in United Teachers Los Angeles voted overwhelmingly to support their union and to lead the fight to preserve and improve public education in the second largest school district in the country. Over 14,000 of UTLA’s members participated in the vote, with 82 percent in favor of a dues increase. We applaud UTLA’s members and leaders for taking this courageous action.
|January 21, 2016
Statement from CFT President Joshua Pechthalt
|January 6, 2016
CFT Statement Prior to Governor’s Budget Proposal
Proposition 30: The Elephant in the Room
Thanks to Proposition 30, California is moving in the right direction. Strong state revenues have provided Governor Brown and the state legislature the opportunity to increase access to education and improve the quality of life for millions of Californians over the past few years.
|December 16, 2015
Californians Testify at D.C. Hearing to Replace Accreditor
|November 16, 2015
Key Steps Taken to Remove Unreliable ACCJC -- California’s Community College Accreditor
|October 30, 2015
Faculty leaders voice support for task force recommendation of a new accreditor
|September 30, 2015
Court dismisses “Bain v. CTA”
| September 22, 2015
Community College Board of Governors to send message to US Department of Education: "California needs a new accreditor"
|September 16, 2015
Civil Rights Groups, Researchers, Legal Scholars, and Top Educators Urge Reversal of Deeply Flawed Vergara Ruling
|September 4, 2015
Statement from Los Rios College Federation of Teachers on Shooting at Sacramento City College
|August 28, 2015
Chancellor’s task force calls for new accreditor to oversee state’s community colleges
Today the California Community College Chancellor’s office released its long-awaited task force report on accreditation and the practices of the Accrediting Commission for Community Junior Colleges (ACCJC). Validating the view of the California Federation of Teachers (CFT) that this rogue commission needs reform or replacement, the task force heavily criticized the way the commission does business, capped with a recommendation that California find a new accreditor.
|August 20, 2015
San Francisco Archdiocesan teachers ratify new contract agreement with the Archdiocese of San Francisco
|August 6, 2015
Accrediting Commission Again Denies Due Process
|July 20, 2015
State Community College BOG Votes to Extend City College Special Trustee Appointment
|July 17, 2015
Another Misguided Billionaire-Backed Lawsuit
|July 15, 2015
Community College Accreditation Reform One Step Closer to Reality
|June 30, 2015
Supreme Court to Hear Friedrichs v. CTA
|June 26, 2015
Statement from CFT on the Supreme Court Ruling Legalizing Same-Sex Marriage
|June 24, 2015
AFT’s Weingarten and CFT’s Pechthalt on the Vergara Appeal
|June 19, 2015
Statement from CFT President Joshua Pechthalt on the Tragic Gun Violence in South Carolina
|June 18, 2015
Appeals Court Denies Community College Accrediting Commission’s Objections
|June 16, 2015
Legislature’s budget would strengthen California
|June 5, 2015
Heald, CCSF show it’s time to reform ACCJC
|June 3, 2015
Catholic High School Teachers Face New Assault by Administration
Move to get rid of employment stability adds to unfair demands on teachers
Teachers for the San Francisco Archdiocese, represented by the American Federation of Teachers, Local 2240, face the growing prospect, for the first time since the union was formed in 1972, of entering the summer without a new contract.
|June 1, 2015
UC Contingent Faculty Agree to Temporarily Extend Labor Contract
|May 14, 2015
CFT Statement on the May Revision of the State Budget
|May 1, 2015
Educators Appeal Deeply Flawed Vergara Ruling
April 29, 2015
College Students, Educators Voice Support for Accreditation Reform
Bill passes committee, to benefit colleges across the state
SACRAMENTO – On Tuesday community college students and educators from across the state gathered in Sacramento to urge passage of Assembly Bill 1397, which will reform statewide community college accreditation, impacting 112 schools and more than 2 million students.
April 28, 2015
Students & Educators Rally Behind Community College Reforms
Accreditation legislation would help 112 schools, 2 million students
SACRAMENTO – Students and teachers from across California rallied at the State Capitol to urge the State Assembly Committee on Higher Education to pass legislation authored by Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco) to reform the accreditation process affecting California’s 112 community colleges serving 2.1 million students.
March 30, 2015
ACCJC Loses in Court—Again
It was good news last week for the nearly 80,000 students who attend City College of San Francisco (CCSF)
On Friday, San Francisco Superior Court Judge Curtis Karnow rejected the request of the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) to narrow the scope of the judge’s current injunction, the result of a trial that ended with the judge ruling that the ACCJC had broken four laws in its decision to terminate CCSF’s accreditation.
March 23, 2015
CFT Convention Delegates Re-elect Pechthalt President and Freitas Secretary Treasurer
Meeting spotlights education funding, divesting STRS from gun manufacturers, education reform, state of labor movement
March 20-22, 2015, Manhattan Beach—More than five hundred teachers and school support staff gathered at the Manhattan Beach Marriott over the past weekend for the 73rd annual California Federation of Teachers convention. This year’s theme of “Organize, Fight Back, Win the Future” laid out the challenges facing public education and how the CFT plans to respond to the anti-teacher, anti-union education reform agenda driven by corporate interests. Featured speakers included State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson, Controller Betty Yee, professor and author Jeff Duncan-Andrade, and CFT president Joshua Pechthalt, who delivered his annual State of the Union address.
March 6, 2015
Statement from the San Francisco Archdiocesan Federation of Teachers, AFT Local 2240
Archbishop Cordileone's recommendations for changes to the faculty handbook and collective bargaining agreement have been the subject of great controversy over the past few weeks among faculty, students, parents and the broader community. On Monday, March 2, the Union Executive Board met with the Archbishop.
February 25, 2015
Educators, Supporters Turn Out for National Adjunct Action Day
Rallies across San Diego area colleges highlight the struggle against ‘adjunctification’
SAN DIEGO – At events held today across the region, San Diego area adjunct faculty and their supporters spoke out against the marginalization of contingent faculty in higher education as part of National Adjunct Walkout Day.
February 19, 2015
Superior Court Issues Final Injunction in Favor of the People v. the ACCJC
Judge reinforces ruling that the commission broke the law in dealing with CCSF
Statement from Jeff Freitas, Secretary Treasurer, California Federation of Teachers:
Yesterday, Superior Court Judge Curtis Karnow issued his final ruling in the People v. the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges, reinforcing his earlier tentative decision that the Commission broke the law in attempting to revoke City College of San Francisco’s accreditation.
January 22, 2015
Another Setback for the ACCJC
Community College Board of Governors repeals commission’s accreditation monopoly
On January 20, 2015, the California Community College Board of Governors deleted language from Title 5 regulations that gave the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) sole authority over accreditation of the state’s community colleges.
Today the California Federation of Teachers hosted a press teleconference call to discuss Superior Court Judge Curtis Karnow’s ruling in “The People vs. ACCJC.” Participating were CFT president Joshua Pechthalt, Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco), AFT Local 2121 president Tim Killikelly, and Shanell Williams, Student Trustee at City College of San Francisco. Here are highlights.
Today the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) announced it has granted the application by City College of San Francisco for its so-called "Restoration Status" policy. The agency, responding to growing critical scrutiny of its arbitrary, inconsistent and illegal actions after it sanctioned CCSF and pulled its accreditation, devised the new policy last year, and basically forced CCSF to apply for it.
January 9, 2015
CFT statement on the Governor’s proposed budget
“Time to restore programs lost to the Great Recession”
Governor Brown’s proposed budget for 2015-16 includes increased funding for public education at all levels. But the governor’s observation that this budget’s Proposition 98 funding represents a 39% increase over four years needs context. In 2011, California school funding had hit bottom, due to a decade of disinvestment through cuts and the Great Recession. At that point $20 billion had been cut from K-14 funding.
The Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) will meet in Sacramento at its biannual meeting Jan. 7 - 9 to decide on the fate of City College of San Francisco (CCSF), which applied under duress for “Restoration Status” last summer. The Commission’s deliberations and decisions will occur, as usual, behind closed doors. Public comment will be allowed for a total of 15 minutes during the three days.
January 5, 2015
On Governor Brown’s State of the State address
Statement by CFT president Joshua Pechthalt
While Governor Jerry Brown’s inaugural address on Monday rightly celebrated California’s climb back from its $26 billion deficit four years ago to a balanced state budget today, he made but a brief reference to the main reason why this has happened, which was the passage of Prop 30 in 2012.
December 15, 2014
Accrediting Agency Continues to Violate Laws
CFT files complaint against ACCJC with the U.S. Department of Education
Today the California Federation of Teachers filed a new complaint with the U.S. Department of Education (USDOE) regarding the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges' continuing "...violations of federal requirements,” indicating “it lacks the capacity, competence and knowledge to serve as a recognized reliable accreditor."
December 10, 2014
Judge hears closing arguments in ACCJC trial
City Attorney asks court to vacate “show cause,” closure decisions due to unfair and unlawful actions by agency
San Francisco, December 10—Yesterday San Francisco Superior Court Judge Curtis Karnow heard closing arguments in the trial between the City of San Francisco and the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC). San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera filed suit against the ACCJC to stop the commission’s disaccreditation order against City College of San Francisco.
November 25, 2014
Statement by CFT president Joshua Pechthalt
A grand jury’s decision on Monday not to indict police officer Darren Wilson for the August killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown adds one more layer of evidence that the justice system in this country does not serve communities of color or poor people. Fifty years after the historic Civil Rights Act was passed, the police continue to act as judge, jury and executioner when it comes to people of color, and the courts seem either slow or altogether incapable of delivering justice.
November 20, 2014
Listen to the students
Statement from the California Federation of Teachers on the UC Regents’ plan to increase student tuition:
“As today’s student protests at the UC Regents’ meeting and elsewhere in the system reveal, the Regents’ plan to increase student tuition will not be accepted without a fight,” said Bob Samuels, a UCLA lecturer and president of the University Council-AFT, representing lecturers and librarians throughout the University of California. “This is especially true in light of the state’s announcement that its tax revenues are two billion dollars higher than expected.”
November 17, 2014
CFT urges CC Board of Governors to repeal commission’s monopoly over accreditation and restore local governance at CCSF
Statements by CFT President Joshua Pechthalt delivered earlier today at California Community College Board of Governors meeting:
Repeal ACCJC monopoly over accreditation
Chancellor Harris, President Manuel Baca, and members of the board; thank you for taking a moment to hear my views, delivered on behalf of the 25,000 community college members of the California Federation of Teachers, regarding agenda item 3.2, on a change to the accreditation regulations.
November 5, 2014
On the reelection of State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson
Statement by CFT president Joshua Pechthalt
There was plenty to celebrate in California last night, but for educators, the most important result in many ways was the reelection of Tom Torlakson as State Superintendent of Public Instruction, This means that students, parents and educators will continue to have a champion in Sacramento.
November 3, 2014
Critical election for California public education
Educators available for comment all day Tuesday
While most statewide races feature little drama this year, the too-close-to-call contest for State Superintendent of Public Instruction is a high stakes race for educators, parents and students. The CFT backs a teacher and solid advocate for what students need, incumbent Tom Torlakson.
October 24, 2014
Trial For Future of City College Starts Monday
Fair accreditation practices, fate of tens of thousands of students on the line
SAN FRANCISCO – On Monday, Oct. 27, the fight to save City College of San Francisco (CCSF) moves to the courtroom as the trial begins between the City of San Francisco and the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC). San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera filed a lawsuit against the ACCJC to stop the commission’s illegal and unfair disaccreditation order against CCSF. Disaccreditation would effectively close City College, denying 80,000 students access to quality and affordable higher education.
October 20, 2014
Community College Board of Governors to consider new accreditation rules
ACCJC would no longer be sole CC accreditor
Sacramento—Last week the Consultation Council of the Board of Governors (BOG), an advisory body to the state community college system, recommended that the BOG, at its regularly scheduled meeting in November, take up consideration of removing the monopoly status of the Accreditation Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) in its role as the accrediting agency for California community colleges.
October 8, 2014
CFT President Speaks Out On Massacre in Mexico
Pechthalt expresses ‘shock and anger’ in letter to Mexican Consul
On Sept. 26, teacher trainees from the teacher training college Escuela Normal participated in a protest opposing job discrimination against rural teachers. The protestors were fired on by police, some tortured. In addition to the six students, teachers and community members confirmed dead, 25 students have been hospitalized, 43 have disappeared, and a mass grave has been found outside of the city.
October 7, 2014
Unable to Derail City Attorney's Lawsuit, Accrediting Commission Pursues New Motion in Court
ACCJC using delay tactics in advance of trial
San Francisco – Unsuccessful in previous attempts to block San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera's lawsuit, the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) has brought forth another motion in its misguided attempts to terminate City College of San Francisco's accreditation.
September 29, 2014
‘Willful Defiance’ Reform Good First Step, but Another Unfunded Mandate
Signed by Gov. Brown, law limiting suspensions and expulsions needs resources to be effective
The California Federation of Teachers (CFT) today praised Gov. Jerry Brown for signing AB 420, which will reduce or eliminate suspensions and expulsions of students for reasons of “willful defiance.” However, CFT also stressed that without the necessary resources to address the underlying issues surrounding willful defiance, the law is not much more than another unfunded mandate.
September 22, 2014
Accreditor on defensive in advance of October trial
Governor signs two bills; judge dismisses objections to suit
Over the past ten days, the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) received three setbacks in its ideological quest to run roughshod over fair accreditation practices and common decency.
September 10, 2014
ACCJC attempts to erase history with “Restoration Status”
Judge to issue statement after hearing
San Francisco—Today Judge Curtis Karnow heard arguments in San Francisco Superior Court in a hearing for summary adjudication of the suit filed by the City Attorney of San Francisco against the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges. The purpose of the suit is to reverse the ACCJC’s decisions to place City College of San Francisco on “Show Cause” sanction in 2012 and pull its accreditation in 2013.
September 9, 2014
Judge to Hear Arguments on City College, Accrediting Commission
Faculty, students available to comment
Arguments on motions for summary judgment in San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera's lawsuit against the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) will be heard on Wednesday, July 10th, 2014, at the San Francisco Superior Courthouse.
September 3, 2014
California Educators Appeal Decision in Meritless Vergara Lawsuit
CTA and CFT Cite Numerous Severe Flaws in Judge’s Ruling, Hurts Students
LOS ANGELES —The California Teachers Association and the California Federation of Teachers on behalf of their more than 400,000 members filed a notice of appeal today asking that Judge Rolf M. Treu’s ruling in Vergara v. State of California be reversed in its entirety. Stating that Judge Treu’s decision striking down five California Education Code provisions “is without support in law or fact,” the appeal says that Treu’s reversible errors are “too numerous to list.”
August 28, 2014
Judge’s final “Vergara” ruling an attack on teachers, Education unions to appeal
LOS ANGELES — The final decision rendered by Los Angeles Superior Court judge Rolf Treu today in the Vergara v. California case offered no new reasoning or information as to how stripping teachers of their workplace professional rights will help students gain a better education.
August 28, 2014
Accrediting Commission reform bill on governor’s desk
Revelation about ACCJC overruling site team recommendation underscores need
The heat is on the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC)—again. Over the weekend, the Los Angeles Times revealed that the commission “that moved last year to revoke the accreditation of City College of San Francisco has admitted in a court filing that all 15 members of its evaluation team recommended a less punitive sanction.”
August 13, 2014
CFT Congratulates Dr. McKenna on LAUSD Board Win
Victory shows that community supports positive education agenda, not mudslinging Los Angeles – The California Federation of Teachers congratulates Dr. George McKenna on his election yesterday to the Los Angeles Unified School District Board Seat #1.
July 16, 2014
Judge Denies ACCJC Motion to Delay Proceedings
San Francisco – At a hearing earlier today, Superior Court Judge Curtis Karnow denied a motion by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) to delay proceedings in a lawsuit filed by the San Francisco City Attorney against the ACCJC.
July 7, 2014
Comment of Joshua Pechthalt President, CFT on behalf of the California Federation of Teachers, AFT, AFL-CIO
Good afternoon: My name is Joshua Pechthalt, President of the California Federation of Teachers (CFT). I am here today to comment on Agenda Item 2.1 proposing renewal of the contract of Robert Agrella as Special Trustee with Extraordinary Power (STWEP), at the City College of San Francisco (CCSF).
July 2, 2014
CFT Unmasks Accrediting Commission’s deceptive “restoration status” policy
CCSF, other colleges would be forced to waive right to appeal
Sacramento—Recent actions by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges have created the impression that City College of San Francisco has been “given more time” to address the problems the ACCJC identified and that have left the institution seemingly on the brink of closure.
June 26, 2014
State Auditor’s Report on Community College Accreditation confirms deep problems with Accrediting Commission
Sacramento—Today the California State Auditor issued a stinging critique of the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) in a Report on California Community College Accreditation. The report confirms numerous problems first articulated by the California Federation of Teachers in its complaint to the U.S. Department of Education in Spring 2013, and validated by the USDOE in August, with ACCJC’s operations.
June 25, 2014
ACCJC’s Conflicts Of Interest Invalidate Appeal Decision
CFT releases analysis of City College appeal panel finding, calls for scrutiny
After careful analysis, the California Federation of Teachers (CFT) has determined the decision by the panel appointed by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges to review City College of San Francisco's appeal of its disaccreditation to be invalid and that the ACCJC should repeal its “show cause” and disaccreditation orders. CFT President Joshua Pechthalt has sent a letter to Community Colleges Chancellor Brice Harris informing him of CFT’s findings.
Flawed Decision Hurts Students, Punishes All for A Few Poorly Run Districts
Burlingame—California’s educators are disappointed by the judge’s decision in the Vergara v. State of California as it hurts students and educators.
June 6, 2014
Protestors tell ACCJC to Rescind Decision to Close College
Sacramento—More than two hundred community college faculty and students, some of whom had traveled from as far away as San Diego, rallied and picketed today outside the venerable Citizen Hotel as the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges met inside behind police barriers and held the brief “public” portion of its biannual three day meeting. June 5, 2014
CFT Letter to Chancellor Knocks Commission for Unlawful Revocation of City College of San Francisco’s Accreditation
In a letter today, California Federation of Teachers (CFT) President Joshua Pechthalt called on California Community Colleges Chancellor Brice Harris and the President of the Board of Governors (BOG) Manuel Baca to set in motion a process to expand accreditation options for California’s Community Colleges.
June 4, 2014
CFT Reiterates Support for Tom Torlakson as State Superintendent Race Moves to Runoff
Statement from CFT President Joshua Pechthalt
I want to take a moment to congratulate State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson on his success yesterday for winning the primary and to pledge our support as he prepares for the General Election this November.
May 19, 2014
Celebrate classified school workers and their work during Classified School Employee Week
Thank the workers whose efforts keep our schools functioning and our students learning
May 18-24 is Classified School Employee Week in California.
May 13, 2014
The May Revision of the State Budget
Statement from CFT President Joshua Pechthalt
“Governor Jerry Brown has been a responsible guardian of the state’s financial resources, and the healthy condition of the budget today reflects the Governor’s strong focus on careful management of the taxpayers’ money.April 29, 2014
California Federation of Teachers Votes to Boycott Staples over “Dirty Deal” with U.S. Post Office that Privatizes Work of Local Post Offices
Teachers union encourages educators to purchase school supplies from stores other than Staples
Sacramento, CA – The Executive Council of the California Federation of Teachers (CFT), representing 120,000 educational employees from Head Start through university, voted unanimously last evening to boycott office supply and bulk goods retailer Staples.
Bill to increase funds for schools to hire more school nurses, mental health professionals, and librarians
March 11, 2014
CFT Launches Website on “Vergara” trial
LOS ANGELES – Today, the California Federation of Teachers – one of the union interveners in “Vergara et. al. vs. The State of California et. al.”– launched a new website: www.VergaraTrial.com
March 5, 2014
Teachers, State Begin Case Against Vergara Plaintiffs’ Baseless Attack on California Laws that Serve Students, Educators and Communities
LOS ANGELES — On Wednesday the State of California and intervening parties—the California Federation of Teachers and the California Teachers Association—will begin presenting their side of the Vergara v. State of California lawsuit.
February 20, 2014
Teachers, Parents Speak Out at L.A. News Conference On Why Suit Hurts Students, Distracts From Real Issues
California Education Community, Attorneys Outline Case Why Vergara Lawsuit Is Meritless
LOS ANGELES — Teachers, parents and students joined defense attorneys today at a news conference outlining the legal case against the meritless Vergara v. State of California lawsuit, which seeks to harm students and eradicate the professional rights of teachers. After three weeks of contradictory trial testimony, the plaintiffs have failed to make a case that certain state laws must be struck down to protect public school students.
February 19, 2014
AB 1942 Calls for Fair Accreditation of Community Colleges
Legislative strategy adds pressure to lawsuits against ACCJC
Sacramento—In front of a packed room of supporters at the State Capitol, Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland) announced the introduction of the Fair Accreditation for California Community Colleges Act (AB 1942), which would reform the accreditation system for California Community Colleges.
February 11, 2014
CFT Urges Restoration of Local Control to City College of San Francisco
Supports Supervisor Campos’s Resolution Reinstating Board of Trustees
Oakland, CA – The California Federation of Teachers (CFT) today announced its support of Supervisor David Campos’s effort to pass a resolution at the San Francisco Board of Supervisors meeting urging California Community Colleges Chancellor Brice Harris to restore the elected Board of Trustees to City College.
January 30, 2014
Statement from CFT President Joshua Pechthalt on the Vergara Trial
The very best teachers make learning come alive and help students become critical thinkers. But teachers are also advocates for students, the teaching profession and quality public education. That’s why in a democratic society committed to equity for all students, teachers must have the ability to speak and act on behalf of their students without the fear of reprisal from administrators, or subject to changing political winds that could stifle academic freedom.
January 27, 2014
L.A. Trial for Meritless Lawsuit Seeking to Eradicate Teachers’ Professional Rights Begins Today, Wastes Taxpayers’ Dollars and Time
Lawsuit does not improve student learning and hurts students, demonizes teachers LOS ANGELES — One day after nearly 1,000 educators denounced the Vergara v. the State of California lawsuit, opening arguments begin today in Los Angeles County Superior Court. This meritless lawsuit, which seeks to eradicate teachers’ professional rights, highlights the wrong problems, proposes the wrong solutions, and follows the wrong process while doing nothing to improve student learning. This is yet another attempt by the usual corporate special interests to undermine the teaching profession and push their agenda on California public schools and students.January 10, 2014
CFT letter assails continuing lack of transparency by accrediting commission
California Federation of Teachers President Joshua Pechthalt sent the following letter today to the Chair of the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) regarding the Commission’s continued lack of transparency. Most of the letter was read aloud by CFT Vice-President Alisa Messer during the brief public portion of the Commission’s twice-yearly meeting, held today in Sacramento.January 9, 2014
Statement from the California Federation of Teachers on Governor Brown’s Proposed Budget
“We are heartened to see that the Governor’s proposed budget acknowledges the crisis in funding in our educational system and the state’s social services, but it will not support the necessary and vital changes we need immediately to protect students in our schools and colleges now against becoming a gap generation that suffers from our cutbacks,” said Joshua Pechthalt, President of the California Federation of Teachers. January 3, 2014
S.F. Superior Court grants preliminary injunction against ACCJC
Yesterday San Francisco Superior Court Judge Curtis Karnow granted a preliminary injunction to keep City College of San Francisco open until the conclusion of a trial to determine whether the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges acted in an unfair and illegal manner in sanctioning and disaccrediting the college. December 13, 2013
Putting Educators’ Professional Rights on Trial Hurts Students, Wastes Taxpayer Dollars and Time
A Los Angeles Superior Court judge has ruled the deeply misguided Vergara vs. the State of California lawsuit may proceed to trial, denying the California Teachers Association (CTA) and the California Federation of Teachers (CFT) motion for summary judgment against it. CFT and CTA remain firmly committed to protecting learning and teaching environments, despite today’s ruling which will put on trial the professional rights of teachers.November 25, 2013
CFT Acts to Block Threatened Closure of City College of San Francisco
The California Federation of Teachers (CFT) today filed a motion for a preliminary injunction in S.F. Superior Court to keep City College of San Francisco (CCSF) open and protect access to higher education for the vulnerable student population that relies on its programs...November 13, 2013
Community College Board of Governors expands own authority
The Community College Board of Governors (BoG) voted yesterday to ratify the ‘emergency’ authority under which they acted in July to install the “Special Trustee With Extraordinary Powers”...November 7, 2013
Educators Testify to Protect California's Community Colleges
Congresswomen Jackie Speier (D-San Francisco/San Mateo/Redwood City) and Anna Eshoo (D-Santa Clara), State Senator Jim Beall, and Assembly member Tom Ammiano held a town hall at City College of San Francisco...November 6, 2013
Educators Commend Court’s Decision to Keep City College Lawsuit in San Francisco
Federal District Court judge Susan Illston ruled Monday that a lawsuit filed by the San Francisco City Attorney’s office to prevent the closure of San Francisco City College...October 31, 2013
City College Supporters March, Ask Mayor Lee to Protect CCSF
Having access to higher education denied is a scary prospect for San Francisco’s most vulnerable students. Yet that is the frightening future the City faces if the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) proceeds...October 14, 2013
Governor signs AB 955, Two-Tier Fee Pilot for Community Colleges
Community college faculty are deeply disappointed that the Governor signed AB 955 into law. While the stated motivation for this pilot project is to accommodate demand for popular classes, and create greater student access to affordable higher education, its effect will be the opposite....October 09, 2013
Educators release new video on rogue accreditation agency
The California Federation of Teachers is releasing the video “Fair accreditation for CCSF” today via YouTube and social media to highlight this critical issue for legislators and media...September 23, 2013
Faculty Files Lawsuit to Block Closure of City College of San Francisco
Today on the steps of San Francisco City Hall, the California Federation of Teachers (CFT) and the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) Local 2121 held a press conference announcing they are filing a lawsuit in San Francisco Superior Court to block the planned closure of CCSF...September 11, 2013
CTA/CFT Applaud the Governor, Superintendent of Public Instruction and Lawmakers for their Commitment to California's Students and Educators
The California Teachers Association and the California Federation of Teachers commend Governor Jerry Brown, Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson, and lawmakers for demonstrating leadership and commitment to California’s students and educators by passing AB 484... September 9, 2013
Educators Oppose Act of War on Syria
The California Federation of Teachers Executive Council has empowered CFT President Joshua Pechthalt to speak out in opposition to US military intervention in Syria. Pechthalt commented...
September 4, 2013
Don't Rush Opening the New House of Education
A lot of hard work is being done to prepare California's teachers, schools and districts for the implementation of Common Core standards, the new assessments that go with them, and the latest iteration of the state's Academic Performance Index...
August 22, 2013
CFT Statement on San Francisco City Attorney suing Accrediting Commission
Today California Federation of Teachers president Joshua Pechthalt issued the following statement regarding the news that San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera has taken legal action against the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges...
August 14, 2013
CFT, City College of San Francisco Faculty Statement on U.S. DOE Letter regarding ACCJC's failure to follow accepted accreditation procedures
“We are gratified that the U.S. Dept. of Education agreed with us that the process was deeply flawed, and we call on the ACCJC to rescind its unprecedented decision to deny accreditation to CCSF,”
August 9, 2013
CFT Statement on CORE Districts Receiving No Child Left Behind Waiver
On August 6, eight California school districts received word from the U.S. Department of Education that they had been granted a waiver from the No Child Left Behind Act. California Federation of Teachers President Joshua Pechthalt issued the following statement:
August 8, 2013
City College administrators walk away from faculty contract negotiations
Representatives of the City College of San Francisco’s administration left the bargaining table with its faculty union, American Federation of Teachers Local 2121, at 9:30 pm on Wednesday night, without reaching agreement on a contract. The two sides had been negotiating since Tuesday morning.
August 5, 2013
City College San Francisco faculty union issues statement on eve of bargaining
As City College of San Francisco works its way through its accreditation crisis, faculty have been working without a contract since January 1. After many long months of trying to negotiate a new collective bargaining agreement with the college administration, the San Francisco Community College Federation of Teachers, AFT 2121, is going back to the table for two all-day sessions.
July 25, 2013
Rogue College Accreditation Commission Continues to Violate Federal Law
CFT Issues Letter Objecting to ACCJC Action, Seeks Federal Intervention
Burbank, CA -- The California Federation of Teachers (CFT) is filing a new Complaint charging the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) with further violating federal law, by not responding to CFT’s July 1, 2013, complaint that they are illegally shredding documents, squelching expert testimony and barring the media from public meetings.
July 8, 2013
Today, the California Federation has issued the following statements:
“We believe Chancellor Harris and the Board of Governors are interested in helping restore City College of San Francisco’s accreditation. The CFT will continue to support the City College community in its effort to restore accreditation but we are deeply troubled by a process that circumvents the democratically elected Board...
July 3, 2013
Accreditors Move to Yank Accreditation From City College of San Francisco
The California Federation of Teachers Vows to Resist and Continue Fight for Quality Public Education for All of San Francisco’s Students
SAN FRANCISCO, CA- AFT local 2121 and the California Federation of Teachers vehemently oppose the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) unprecedented decision to deny accreditation to City College of San Francisco (CCSF)...
July 2, 2013
The CFT Amends Complaint Against Accrediting Commission
Demands ACCJC Stop Violating Federal Law and Rescind Recent Coercive Actions
Burbank, CA. The California Federation of Teachers is submitting an amended complaint against the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) today and is sending a letter demanding the commission to cease practices that violate Federal law. The amendment takes into account recent ACCJC actions, which include barring the public...
July 2, 2013
The following statement was released by CFT President Joshua Pechthalt regarding the Bay Area Rapid Transit District (BART) strike
The California Federation of Teachers stands in solidarity with the working women and men of SEIU 1021...
July 1, 2013
Community College Accrediting Commission Shreds Documents,
Attempts to Silence Dissent and Suppresses Evidence
The California Federation of Teachers has amended its April 30 complaint to the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges and filed it with the United States Department of Education. The original complaint is not only directed at the ACCJC’s assessment of City College of San Francisco, but also its inappropriate treatment of all California Community Colleges...
June 26, 2013
Supreme Court decisions
On the Voting Rights Act: In striking the section of the 1965 Voting Rights Act subjecting states and local governments with a track record of voting exclusion to preclearance, the Supreme Court majority is sending an unfortunate message to young people of color: if you live in the wrong place, don't expect, when you are voting age, to be able to vote, and don't expect the government, if you face problems, to help you vote...
June 14, 2013
The following statement was released by CFT President Joshua Pechthalt regarding the State budget agreement:
This year’s budget begins to restore years of funding cuts to public education and services. It wouldn’t have happened without Proposition 30. While other states are still struggling, or even moving in the wrong direction with tax cuts and program cuts, California is showing the way forward with fair, progressive taxes to fund our schools and services...
June 11, 2013
In memoriam: Raoul Teilhet
It is with deep sorrow that the California Federation of Teachers announces the passing of former CFT president Raoul Teilhet.
May 31, 2013
CFT Presses Forward with Complaint Against Accrediting Agency
Says Commission’s Response Lacks Substance
The CFT is not surprised by the brief and dismissive reply issued yesterday in response to our third party comment to the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC)...
May 20, 2013
The CFT Requests the Facts From Community College Accreditors (ACCJC)
Calls for Release of Information in City College of San Francisco Case
The CFT has followed up its recent “complaint” with the Accreditation Commission for Junior and Community Colleges (ACCJC) with a request for additional information. In a legal letter to the Commission, the CFT, through attorney Robert J. Bezemek, is requesting materials that may prove relevant to its complaint, in printed and electronic form, stipulating that these materials must continue to be preserved.
May 15, 2013
The CFT released the following statement on the Governor’s May Revision of the Budget
The members of CFT, after working hard to pass Proposition 30, are pleased that the governor is focused on strengthening public education funding with the increased tax revenues. But educators know that California remains a long way from adequate funding for the quality of education and services that our students and their families need and deserve.
May 1, 2013
CFT leaders challenge college accreditation agency
Complaint alleges conflicts of interest, violations of law Yesterday the California Federation of Teachers (CFT) and its City College San Francisco (CCSF) affiliate, AFT 2121, filed a complaint or “third party comment” with the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC), and sent a copy to the United States Department of Education (USDOE).
April 29, 2013
Michelle Rhee, Once More, Fast and Loose with the Truth By Joshua Pechthalt
"When will the Teflon wear off?" is a question many have asked about Michelle Rhee, self-proclaimed public school advocate, but in practice, tip of the spear for the school privatization industry.
April 23, 2013
AB 1199 Overwhelmingly Passes Assembly Higher Education Committee
Would stabilize colleges facing accreditation sanctions AB 1199, aimed at stabilizing state funding for community colleges facing severe accreditation sanction, overwhelmingly passed out of the Assembly Higher Education Committee today.
March 20, 2013
Statement on AB 375 and AB 1338 from CFT President Joshua Pechthalt
The CFT welcomes the action by Senator Padilla today in withdrawing SB 10. We agree with Assembly member Buchanan's thoughtful approach to ensuring the safety of our students in AB 375 and AB 1338 while preserving due process rights for school employees.
March 20, 2013
California Federation of Teachers Re-Elects Top Leadership Team at Annual Convention
Sacramento - CFT President Joshua Pechthalt, Secretary-Treasurer Jeff Freitas, and Senior Vice-President Lacy Barnes were re-elected by acclamation in an election held at the CFT’s 71st annual convention - a solid show of support for the policies pursued over the past two years by the leadership team.
March 13, 2013
S.F. Supervisors Pass Resolution Urging Support of Assembly Bill 1199 to Help Community Colleges Facing Accreditation Sanctions
SAN FRANCISCO, CA—By a unanimous vote, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors yesterday passed Supervisor Eric Mar’s resolution supporting Assembly Bill 1199 (AB1199, Fong), urging the California State Legislature to create a “smoothing formula” to assist colleges operating under a probation or “show cause” sanction that are experiencing current year enrollment-related funding losses.
February 25, 2013
CFT-sponsored 2013 Legislation
55% Majority for Local School Parcel Taxes, Classroom Security Locks
SACRAMENTO, CA - The California Federation of Teachers (CFT) today announced that it is sponsoring several bills for the 2013-14 legislative session.
February 20, 2013
Eric Garcetti for Mayor of Los Angeles
The California Federation of Teachers announced today that it has endorsed the candidacy of Los Angeles Councilman Eric Garcetti for Mayor of Los Angeles.
February 12, 2013
UC-AFT Leader Helps Lead National Campaign for Higher Education Funding
Sacramento, CA – The California Federation of Teachers (CFT), AFT, AFLCIO, today released a statement by Bob Samuels, UC-AFT president, a leader of the nation-wide Campaign for the Future of Higher Education.
January 24, 2013
CFT president Joshua Pechthalt issued the following statement today in response to Governor Brown's 2013 State of the State address:
"The broad outline of the vision laid out by Governor Brown for California is one that the members of the California Federation of Teachers can agree with. We applaud Governor Brown for his stewardship of the state budget…"
January 10, 2013
The California Federation of Teachers issued the following statement today in response to Governor Brown's State Budget proposal:
Thanks to the influx of revenues from Proposition 30, the Governor has begun to restore funding for education and other important programs hurt by years of budget cuts, and we support his stated intention…
December 4, 2012
New animated cartoon weighs in on Congressional debate Ed Asner narrates Tax the rich: An animated fairy tale
Sacramento, CA – The California Federation of Teachers (CFT), AFT, AFLCIO, today released an animated video narrated by Ed Asner that lays out the case for fair taxation.
December 3, 2012
In case you missed it…San Francisco Chronicle - Wield the power of the supermajority
Progressive activists joined Gov. Jerry Brown, Democrats and state legislative leaders to pass Proposition 30, the ballot measure to raise taxes to protect public schools and social services. We would have preferred not to do so.
November 7, 2012
Statements on Propositions 30 and 32 from CFT President Joshua Pechthalt
Educators are overjoyed that Proposition 30 passed. In standing up for public education and social services, a majority of Californians declared that we can turn the Golden State around.
October 30, 2012
8th Grader Can’t Vote, So She Makes Yes on 30 Appeal:
Gov. Brown Can’t Help with Your Homework, But Prop 30 Can
On Proposition 30 Educators are overjoyed that Proposition 30 passed. In standing up for public education and social services, a majority of Californians declared that we can turn the Golden State around. The huge blizzard of deceptive and scary political advertising couldn’t obscure the reality that our schools are underfunded. The people have spoken...
October 16, 2012
Governor Brown Spoke at UCLA Rally for Prop 30
Los Angeles — California Governor Jerry Brown spoke at a noon rally on Tuesday, October 16, in UCLA’s Bruin Plaza on behalf of Proposition 30, the only measure on the November 6 ballot that will prevent further cuts to education
October 11, 2012
Community Groups Call for End to Negative Attacks on Prop 30
Clergy, students, teachers, parents ask for end to negative attack ads
Los Angeles – A coalition of parents, students, community groups and faith-based organizations supporting Proposition 30 today called for an end to negative attack ads against Prop 30 funded by millionaire Molly Munger and the Proposition 38 campaign. The coalition, Reclaim California’s Future, is committed to raising revenue for California schools and services, and made the case that negative ads will ultimately harm chances of any revenue measure passing.
October 5, 2012
Statement of Carl Friedlander President of The California Federation of Teachers Community College Council
Statement presented before the California Community Colleges Board of Governors Special Meeting on Community College of San Francisco
September 27, 2012
California Federation of Teachers Congratulates Brice Harris on Appointment as Chancellor of California Community Colleges
Looks Forward to Collaborating During “Worst Period for California Community College Students”
Sacramento, CA – The California Federation of Teachers congratulates Brice Harris on his appointment as chancellor of California’s community college system. Joshua Pechthalt, CFT president, said, “Chancellor Harris comes in at a time when our community colleges have suffered years of cuts and loss of classes, at a time when the demand for expanding the mission of our community colleges has never been greater...
September 12, 2012
CFT Solidarity with the Chicago Teachers Union Education reform the wrong way leads to strike
The California Federation of Teachers supports its sisters and brothers in the Chicago Teachers Union, AFT Local 1, who went on strike Monday...
September 10, 2012
CFT Statement on “Greatness by Design” Recommendations released by the Educator Excellence Task Force:
The California Federation of Teachers was a proud participant in developing the recommendations of the Educator Excellence Task Force, and we applaud the results of this lengthy process.
August 31, 2012
CFT Statement on the demise of AB 5
The failure of AB 5 to make it out of the California Legislature is a setback for the education community and all those who believe education reform requires a truly collaborative effort.
Opponents of teacher evaluation bill want invalid tests
Showing their hand, opponents of the much-debated AB 5, A Best Practices Teacher Evaluation System (Fuentes), stated in testimony to a State Senate hearing yesterday that they are opposed to a provision that the tests used to measure academic growth be “valid and reliable” for the curriculum, the pupil being taught, and for the purpose of teacher evaluation.
August 30, 2012
The following statement was issued today by the California Federation of Teachers on the pension reform legislation:
We are disappointed that some elements of the pension reform plan currently before the Legislature scapegoat public employees who have spent years educating our children, cleaning our schools, providing services for the needy and ensuring public safety.
July 26, 2012
California Labor Federation Endorses Prop 30
Yesterday the California Labor Federation, AFL-CIO, announced its endorsement of Proposition 30, the Schools and Local Public Safety Protection Act of 2012.
June 12, 2012
CFT Calls on Legislature to Keep Doors to Higher Education Open Pushes Budget Solution to Add 100,000 Community College Students
Sacramento – The California Federation of Teachers (CFT) today called upon the Legislature and the Governor to adopt common-sense fiscal steps to preserve access to higher education and create space for 100,000 more community college students.
June 12, 2012
Adult Schools Face Extinction say Educators at Press Conference
San Mateo – Educators in front of San Mateo Adult School today protested the elimination of adult education funding in the California State budget process.
June 6, 2012
Educators Comment on Key Election Results: "Victories, Defeats, and Uncertainties" for Public Education
Sacramento, CA – The California Federation of Teachers (CFT) today responded to outcomes in several key elections.
May 14, 2012
Governor's May Budget Hits Working Families Too Hard
Sacramento -- The Governor's May revision to the budget forecasts a deficit of $15.7 billion and proposes to close the gap with massive program cuts affecting all segments of California's society.
April 13, 2012
"Our State, Our Future, Our Fight"
San Jose, CA - Hundreds of educators, elected local delegates of the California Federation of Teachers (CFT), gathered today in San Jose for the 70th annual CFT convention.
March 21, 2012
The California Federation of Teachers today issued the following statement:
The CFT, along with our coalition partners in Restoring California, have received concrete assurances from the Governor that every effort will be made to ensure our new ballot measure will collect sufficient signatures in a timely fashion.
December 1, 2011
Broad Coalition to File "Millionaires' Tax" to Fund Education, Senior Services, Public Safety
A broad coalition of educators, unions and community groups announced today it is filing a ballot initiative to restore critical funding to schools and universities, essential services for seniors, and public safety, as well as start rebuilding the state's crumbling roads and bridges.
November 30, 2011
California Has One Option Left to Stop the Bleeding
California is not in crisis; crises are sudden and acute. California is in a chronic, grinding decline and it's providing a window into America's tomorrow.
November 22, 2011
New Poll Shows Majority Support Raising Taxes for Public Education
Sacramento, CA – The California Federation of Teachers (CFT) today responded to the finding of strong majority support for raising taxes to fund public education in a University of Southern California (USC)/Los Angeles Times poll.
October 27, 2011
Sacramento-Area Students, Police, Firefighters, Local Officials Call on Congress to Tax Millionaires to Create Jobs
"The American Jobs Act would create 37,000 jobs in California's public education system"
October 24, 2011
Teachers Organize a Union at Realm Charter Schools
Realm is a new charter school system that opened its doors in August 2011. Realm certificated staff sought out the BFT for union representation.
October 14, 2011
California Federation of Teachers endorses the "Occupy Wall Street" movement
Occupy Wall Street, and its local variations, represent the legitimate response of the 99% of us adversely affected by growing wealth and income inequality in America.
September 29, 2011
California Federation of Teachers Responds to Lawsuit on School Funding
"The California Federation of Teachers (CFT) supports the protection of public education funding. But we need to think more broadly about the reforms and revenues needed to adequately fund teaching and learning...
September 21, 2011
School funding cuts put entire generation of children at risk
Predictions that this may be the first generation of children in America to be less healthy and less educated than their parents makes the work we do today in our schools and in our communities even more important.
June 30, 2011
The California Federation of Teachers Applauds NLRB Action to Streamline Union Elections
The current NLRB election process allows significant delays in the vote creating inequalities and unfairness over the timing of elections, while allowing the process to be plagued with unfair labor practices.
June 28, 2011
Educators Respond to Democratic Budget
The California Federation of Teachers (CFT) today responded to the Democratic legislators' budget sent to Governor Brown.
June 16, 2011
Statement by CFT president Joshua Pechthalt on Governor Brown's veto of the state budget bills
The California Federation of Teachers applauds Governor Brown's veto of the budget he received yesterday.
May 31, 2011
Assemblymember Skinner to Highlight Need for California to Restore Reagan-Wilson Tax Rates on Millionaires
Assembly Rules Committee Chair Nancy Skinner (D – Berkeley) joined students, parents and educators at Los Angeles Valley College in calling for passage of her bill, AB 1130.
May 16, 2011
Educators respond to revised State Budget
California Federation of Teachers (CFT) Secretary-Treasurer Jeff Freitas responded to Governor Brown's revised proposed State Budget for 2011-12.
May 9, 2011
Educators Launch Radio Ad Campaign
The California Federation of Teachers (CFT) today launched a radio ad campaign as part of a "Week of Action" to protect public education and other services.
April 19, 2011
Obstinacy on budget could backfire on GOP
If California GOP lawmakers don't relent and allow voters to decide whether to extend taxes to help close the state's $26 billion deficit, they may end up making it easier to raise taxes in the long run.
April 15, 2011
Raise taxes on the rich to help us all
Most of us will pay our fair share of taxes on April 18 - perhaps even more than our fair share.
March 31, 2011
EDUCATORS CALL FOR “1% TAX ON TOP 1%”
New Poll Shows Strong Public Support, Taxing rich could mean $2.5 billion for education, services
February 25, 2011
Educators’ Leaders: Teachers’ Pensions Are Modest, Fair And Stable
Necessary as teachers receive NO Social Security Benefits; Not the cause of fiscal problems, but low taxes on rich, business are
February 24, 2011
San Diego Educators Invite Wisconsin Lawmakers to City for Safe Haven
Educators from San Diego community colleges today released a letter inviting Wisconsin State Senators to stay with them in San Diego "until such time that workers' rights cease being attacked" in that state.
October 14, 2010
Costa Mesa childcare center may close due to late state budget
Parents, teachers and other supporters of a local childcare center spoke today at a press conference about how the late state budget— even though it has now been passed and signed—may yet close the center.
October 8, 2010
$4.3 billion in cuts, suspends Prop. 98
California Federation of Teachers (CFT) President Marty Hittelman responded to the passage of a State Budget for 2010-11 by the Legislature.
June 30, 2010
National Labor Relations Board Rules in Favor of CFT
Workers at the Sacramento Job Corps won a hard-fought victory recently as the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) ruled Horizons Youth Services Inc. had illegally terminated a union activist
June 21, 2010
Corporate welfare and California's budget deficit
I believe we can all agree on the root cause of the state's $20-billion budget gap.
June 18, 2010
State's teachers are being scapegoated
Linguist and activist Noam Chomsky once said, "Either you repeat the conventional doctrines everybody is saying, or else you say something true, and it will sound like it's from Neptune."
May 14, 2010
Cuts Mean Thousands of Teachers Lost
California Federation of Teachers (CFT) President Marty Hittelman responded to the governor's revised budget proposal.
March 4, 2010
CFT President Marty Hittelman on the announcement that California is not among Race to the Top finalists
"The governor and certain legislators tried to panic everyone in California into passing so called reform legislation in order to meet Race to the Top criteria...
January 12, 2010
Launch "Fight for California's Future"
California Federation of Teachers (CFT) President Marty Hittelman responded to the governor's State of the State address, budget proposals, and proposal for a constitutional amendment
December 8, 2009
Lost Trust by Bob Samuels
There are two main narratives battling to define the current crisis at the University of California.
December 7, 2009
Keep the Promise of Affordable Higher Education for ALL
The California Federation of Teachers (CFT) today told a Joint Committee of the State Legislature considering California's Master Plan for Higher Education
December 2, 2009
Legislature Shouldn't Pass a Bad Law Just to Get Money
The California Federation of Teachers (CFT) today told the State Assembly Education Committee considering legislation regarding the federal "Race to the Top" education funding program
November 18, 2009
San Diego Educators Detail Budget Cuts, Call For Progressive Tax Solutions
The press conference took place on the steps of the B Building at San Diego City College at 1:00 PM on Wednesday, November 18th.
November 18, 2009
Educators outline local impact of state budget cuts
Educators and social services advocates representing Pajaro Valley Unified, Cabrillo College, CSU Monterey Bay, and UCSC held a noon news conference at the Pajaro Valley Unified School District office on Wednesday, November 18.
November 17, 2009
Orange County educators outline impact of state budget cuts, call for fair revenue solution...
A coalition of Orange County educators from K-12 through the University of California cosponsored a noon news conference at the Adult Education Center in Costa Mesa on Tuesday, November 17, to detail the impact of state cuts in education funding on their ability to deliver a quality education, and to propose a sensible alternative.
September 29, 2009
Tax Panel's Proposal Would Shift Burden From Rich To Working Families
The CFT responded to the report of the Commission on the Twenty-First Century Economy, criticizing the commission for starting with a "no net change" policy
September 15, 2009
'Race to the Top' - we expected better
What are the ingredients of successful education reform? From the perspective of a classroom teacher, reform must be rooted in classroom practice and supported by research.
August 26, 2009
California Federation of Teachers, UTLA comment on "Race to the Top"
CFT President Hittelman told the State Senate Education Committee today that the proposed regulations for federal funding would require changes that could harm California students, are not based on research, and won't turn around struggling schools.
July 22, 2009
Cuesta College Faculty and Staff Protest Layoffs
Cuesta College Classified Employees United (CCCUE) set up chairs outside the Cuesta Community College board meeting on Wednesday afternoon
July 21, 2009
New revenues, not corporate tax breaks; legislators should vote "No"
"The governor and Republicans refuse to provide more state revenues to cover necessary education programs,"
July 15, 2009
Suspending Prop. 98 Would Permanently Rob Billions From Public School Students
To address the ongoing state budget deficit, the governor and legislative Republicans have proposed suspending Proposition 98, the state's minimum school funding law
June 23, 2009
Opinion: Taxes vs. axes and the California state budget
In his most recent pronouncements on how to balance the state budget, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger declared that taxes are "off the table."
June 22, 2009
"There's an alternative to destroying our future."
The CFT and UTLA launched a radio advertising campaign today featuring pink-slipped teacher Julie Van Winkle
June 5, 2009
CFT Welcomes School Boards support of lawsuit for Prop. 98 Funds
Legal Action Would Force Repayment of up to $12 Billion Owed to Schools
May 21, 2009
CFT President says Legislature should enact fair revenue package
"California voters have rejected a spending cap as well as an extension of regressive taxes,"
May 14, 2009
Teachers, public employees, university faculty and allies say Prop. 1A won't help state budget crisis
Opponents warn voters: "Read it yourself" before casting vote on flawed and confusing measure
May 6, 2009
Prop. 1A is another Arnold gimmick that won't help immediate budget crisis
The Fresno League of Women Voters joined Fresno community college faculty
today at a news conference opposing Prop. 1A outside Fresno City College
March 27, 2009
San Francisco Community College Board of Trustees officially endorses the passage of the Employee Free Choice Act of 2009
The EFCA would allow workers, not employers, the choice of either majority signup or a secret ballot election, and would greatly increase employer penalties for violating workers’ rights in union organizing campaigns.
March 23, 2009
California Federation of Teachers opposes all May 19 special election propositions except 1B
Says CFT president Marty Hittelman, "We do not believe that these propositions are beneficial to the welfare of the people of California and, in particular, to the students of California."
March 12, 2009
In regards to Public Education layoff notices
"Issuing thousands of layoff notices to teachers and school support employees is the completely unnecessary result of bad priorities in our state government...
February 10, 2009
CFT launches new radio spots on state budget solution: fair taxes
The California Federation of Teachers announced today that it will be running
sixty second radio spots in the 26th Assembly District
January 15, 2009
Governor's Proposed Budget is "Disaster" for Schools; Cuts $7 Billion, Alternatives Exist
The budget proposed by the governor is a disaster for the students of California. It fails to provide adequate school funding.