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PROGRESS TOWARD EQUAL PAY AND OFFICE HOURS FOR PART-TIME FACULTY?
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JOIN our lobbying efforts for
Part-time pay increases and higher education funding!
Ask Governor Brown to provide additional funding in his January 2015 budget for community colleges. CFT/AFT is devoting significant resources to this effort on 3 fronts:
- Lobbying the Governor and the Finance Committee in Sacramento
- Asking Academic Senates, Unions, and Boards of Trustees to support this request
- ASKING US, FACULTY, to write to Governor Brown and other State officials (list attached)
Sample letter (personalize as you see fit)
Governor Jerry Brown
State Capital, Suite 1173
Dear Governor Brown,
Promoting student success and retention are important goals at the community colleges, and with the economic situation of the state improving, we ask you to please include the following resources in your January budget proposal to provide the means to that end:
1) $50 Million for part-time pay equity
2) $30 Million for part-time paid office hours
3) $100 Million for the conversion of part-time faculty to full-time faculty status
Note: If you would like AFT to pay for the postage, simply address your letters and put them into the campus box of your representative: Perry Martin at VC, Everardo Rivera at OC, or Renee Fraser at MC.
State Capitol, Suite 1173
Sacramento, CA95814Speaker of the Assembly Toni Atkins
State Capitol, Room 219
Sacramento, CA94249-0078Senate President Pro tem Kevin de León
State Capitol, Room 205
Sacramento, CA95814-4900Assembly Education Finance Budget Subcommittee Chair Al Muratsuchi
State Capitol, Room 4117
Sacramento, CA94249-0066Senate Education Budget Subcommittee Chair Marty Block
State Capitol, Room 4090
Sacramento, CA95814-4900Department of Finance Director Michael Cohen
915 L Street
Sacramento, CA95814Department of Finance Program Budget Manager Nick Schweizer
915 L Street
Sacramento, CA95814Community College Chancellor Brice Harris
1102 Q Street, Suite 4554
CLICK HERE TO SEE CCC PROPOSAL TO GOVERNOR BROWN
IN THE NEWS
Click above to read the history and daily recaps of ACCJC trial events
Friday, January 16, 2015
Judge rules accreditor acted illegally in terminating City College of San Francisco’s accreditation
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.
In a vindication of the CFT’s longstanding contention that the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) acted illegally in its decision to terminate City College of San Francisco’s accreditation, San Francisco Superior Court judge Curtis Karnow issued his ruling today in “The People vs. ACCJC.”
Judge Karnow found the ACCJC has violated federal regulations and common law fair procedure, and committed “significant unlawful practices,” in its handling of CCSF’s accreditation review. To remedy the violation of City College’s due process, the court ordered the ACCJC to revisit the disaccreditation decision and provide the college with the opportunity to respond to ACCJC actions that it had been denied previously.
California Federation of Teachers president Joshua Pechthalt said, “The judge’s decision is important. It says clearly that the commission broke the law, and that City College of San Francisco must be given a new opportunity to keep its accreditation. But the broader meaning is that the ACCJC is not a fair and constructive overseer of accreditation for California’s community colleges. Its bad behavior was revealed in this trial, and demonstrates the need for reform of community college accreditation in California.”
“ACCJC broke the law,” said Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco). “Judge Karnow’s decision clearly states ACCJC is accountable to the people of California and our state laws. The Legislature will discuss and determine if ACCJC needs reform or replacement.”
Speaking of the impact on governance at CCSF, AFT Local 2121 president Tim Killikelly said, “This decision demonstrates that the justification for imposing a ‘special trustee with extraordinary powers’ and displacing the democratically elected Board of Trustees at CCSF was wrong. There is no need for a special trustee at CCSF. We call upon the State Chancellor and the state community college Board of Governors for the immediate return of the Board of Trustees.”
In addition, American Federation of Teachers president Randi Weingarten sent a statement of support for the judge’s decision. “The court’s decision confirms what educators, students and the entire San Francisco community have known for years—City College is part of the fabric of San Francisco because of the higher education opportunities it has provided for decades. Its name has been illegally and arbitrarily sullied by a rogue accreditation agency, harming the very people an accrediting body is suppose to help. We know this ruling is only the first step in regaining CCSF’s accreditation and restoring its good name. With a renewed national focus on ensuring community colleges are affordable and accessible to all, we are so pleased that CCSF can continue to provide the high-quality education its students and the community have come to know.”
More on the fight to save City College
City College of San Francisco's future on trial
A trial in the San Francisco Superior Court to determine the future of the City College of San Francisco has adjourned until Dec. 9, after five days of sometimes dramatic testimony. The trial centers on whether the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges has acted properly over the course of a two-year process that threatens to shut down the college. "The basic issue in this case is fairness," says Tim Killikelly, president of AFT Local 2121, which represents faculty at the college. "Is it fair to close down a college of 80,000 people, the educational quality of which is not in question? We hope the trial will help create a fair and transparent accreditation process for City College of San Francisco and all the community colleges in California." AFT 2121's website has posted detailed recaps of the trial to date, which will resume with closing arguments.
Watch a video about the local's fight to save the college
The CFT represents more than 25,000 faculty in thirty community colleges districts, and 120,000 educational employees at every level of the education system, from Head Start to UC. More information: cft.org.