Around CFT Sep-Oct 2014

California Teacher recognized with top honors at AFT Convention

The CFT was honored for its publications when the AFT Communicators Network recognized our state federation in eight areas at the biennial AFT Convention in July.

California Teacher, the all-union news magazine, won first place for general excellence in the Best Print Periodical category.
The magazine also took home first place awards for a column detailing lessons from Latin America by the CFT President (Best Editorial or Column) and for a news report about how elected officials at a community forum stand with the fight for fair accreditation (Best News Story).

Two union non-periodicals also won first place awards. The State of the Union annual report (Best Non-Periodical) and the white paper titled “What makes quality public education? Ask the experts. That’s what the education union did.” won Best Layout.

CFT won second place for a profile of UC Davis librarian Roberto Delgadillo (Best Profile), and third place awards for an in-depth report (Best Feature Story) about how the Affordable Care Act is helping part-time faculty and staff, and a photo of the Berkeley Cooking and Gardening program (Best Original Illustration or Photo).

Greg Eddy retires, Ron Rapp joins the CFT staff

Greg Eddy has retired from staff after serving as a CFT Field representative for 18 years in the Sacramento region. He has negotiated dozens of collective bargaining agreements, handled countless grievances, and trained innumerable new negotiators at the AFT Western Regional Leadership Institute, the CFT Leadership Institute and CFT Summer School.

Eddy was staff liaison to the CFT Educational Issues Committee, CFT representative to California Education Coalition for Health Care Reform, a CFT signatory to a Joint Statement of Commitment to Successful Implementation of Peer Assistance and Review, and a member of the PERB Advisory Board.

As a high school English teacher in Gilroy, Eddy became involved in union issues and was elected president of the Gilroy Federation of Teachers and Paraprofessionals, where he helped create a unity agreement with the Gilroy Teachers’ Association. He was also a CFT Vice President during that time.

Ron Rapp joins CFT staff as a Legislative Representative and lead lobbyist on early childhood education, K-12 education and retirement.
As Director of Government Relations for the Ohio Education Association, Rapp led the lobbying and member-to-member political campaigns that passed a landmark education reform package, secured wins for Obama in Ohio in 2008 and 2012 and repealed anti-collective bargaining legislation. He also recruited and trained union members to run for public office.

Rapp has held several policy-related positions. He founded the Center for Comprehensive School Reform to assist in implementing research-based school initiatives. He was state and district policy coordinator for New American Schools, a national effort to transform urban education, and an analyst for the Education Commission of the States, providing assistance to elected officials.

Rapp started his career as a middle and high school English teacher in South Carolina, Colorado and Ohio.

Raoul Teilhet Scholarships: Continuing college students awarded

THE CFT AWARDED seven scholarships to continuing college students through its Raoul Teilhet Scholarship Program. The young adults who received $3000 scholarships are listed with the names of their parents or guardians who are CFT members.

Kelly Daulton, son of Anna Maria Daulton, Gilroy Federation of Teachers and Paraprofessionals
Jessica Fenley, daughter of Patrick Fenley, Oxnard Federation of Teachers and School Employees
Courtney Hernandez, daughter of Lynne Glickstein-Hernandez, AFT Part-Time Faculty Federation
Chrissa Karagiannis, daughter of Mary Karagiannis, Jefferson Elementary Federation of Teachers
John Kazanjian, son of Wendy Coffelt and Phillip Kazanjian, Glendale College Guild
Allison Molstad, daughter of Amy Molstad, Newport-Mesa Federation of Teachers
Kathryn Oertel, daughter of Thomas Oertel, AFT Guild, San Diego and Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community Colleges

>Download applications and more information about the 2015 program or phone the CFT Costa Mesa office at (714) 754-6638 to have materials mailed to you.

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