FACCC/CFT Joint Press Release: Charter School Association Uses Photos, Quotes Without Permission

For Immediate Release: November 3, 2016

Contact: Fred Glass, 510-579-3343, fglass@cft.org

Austin Webster, 916-899-2985, awebster@faccc.org


Charter Schools Association uses photos, quotes without permission

Misleading independent expenditure mailer draws “cease and desist” letters

 

Los Angeles—A political mailer that arrived in voters’ homes last week contained photos and quotes attributed to Joanne Waddell, president of the faculty union in the Los Angeles Community College District, and Jonathan Lightman, executive director of the Faculty Association of California Community Colleges. Neither authorized their use by a California Charter Schools Association (CCSA) political action committee.  The individuals’ attorneys have issued cease and desist letters [Waddell letter, Lightman letter] demanding an apology from the CCSA and that it contact the households that received the mailer to correct the false impression that the individuals were in any way linked to the independent expenditure campaign funded by the Association.

 

The mailers were sent by the “Parent Teacher Alliance”, sponsored by the California Charter Schools Association Advocates Independent Expenditure Committee, to households in the 43rd Assembly District in support of Laura Friedman, who is running against Ardy Kassakhian.  (Friedman’s campaign had no knowledge of the mailer, which as part of an independent expenditure is required to operate without coordination with the candidate’s own campaign.)

 

“Last Friday, a friend who lives in Glendale sent me an email of a political mailer she received,” said Joanne Waddell.  “Her email message was “Did you know that your picture and a quote attributed to you is on a mailer paid for by the California Charter Schools Association?”  I didn’t know, and I was shocked.  The mailer went out without my consent or approval. While this dishonest and misleading action may be consistent with the values of the CCSA, it is not consistent with either election law or common decency.”

 

Waddell was not the only individual or organization surprised at the contents of the mailer. “The Faculty Association of California Community Colleges is distressed by the unethical approach of the charter school advocates,” said FACCC executive director Jonathan Lightman, whose likeness and quote were also on the mailer. “Our endorsements of the candidates in this race does not extend to supporting the agenda of outside groups.”

 

The Charter Schools Association is spending heavily in legislative campaigns around the state to elect candidates supported by the CCSA and its billionaire backers.  “The hope of the CCSA is that they can buy an unlimited expansion of the number of charter schools, and prevent passage of legislation requiring greater transparency and fairness in the operations of these schools,” said CFT president Joshua Pechthalt.

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The California Federation of Teachers represents 120,000 faculty and school employees in public and private schools and colleges, from early childhood through higher education. More info: www.cft.org. Founded in 1953, the Faculty Association of California Community Colleges was named “Best Political Voice for Community College Faculty in the State” by Sacramento News & Review. Representing over 11,000 members, it serves as the professional membership association for California Community College faculty across the state’s 72 districts and 113 colleges.

 

FACCC Statement on Misleading Charter Schools Mailer

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Faculty Association of California Community Colleges has issued the following statement in response to a misleading political mail piece received by voters in Assembly District 43:

The Parent Teacher Alliance and California Charter School Association Advocates did not have permission to use FACCC’s likeness in their recent independent expenditure mailer on behalf of Laura Friedman for Assembly. FACCC does not support the promotion of charter schools and was not aware of the production of this piece.

FACCC’s Political Action Committee issued a dual endorsement for both Laura Friedman and Ardy Kassakhian in the Assembly District 43 race. A full list of FACCC PAC endorsements can be found at www.faccc.org.

FACCC Statement on Governor’s Proposed 2016-17 Budget Revise

SACRAMENTO, Calif.  The Faculty Association of California Community Colleges has issued the following statement on Governor Brown’s proposed budget today:

FACCC is appreciative of the Governor’s continued commitment to strengthening the California Community Colleges,said FACCC Executive Director Jonathan Lightman. FACCC is especially grateful to the Administration for their consideration on the needed increase in base funding for the community college system. Still, there are a number of substantial issues facing our colleges that must be addressed and FACCC looks forward to working with the Governor and Legislature in these areas as the budget process concludes.

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Founded in 1953, the Faculty Association of California Community Colleges was named Best Political Voice for Community College Faculty in the State by Sacramento News & Review. Representing over 11,000 members, it serves as the professional membership association for California Community College faculty across the state’s 72 districts and 113 colleges.

 

FACCC Statement on the Governor’s Proposed Budget for 2016-17

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Faculty Association of California Community Colleges issued the following statement on Governor Jerry Brown’s proposed 2016-17 budget:

“FACCC is grateful to Governor Brown for his continued support of the California Community College system but disappointed in the lack of funding for such priorities as full-time faculty hiring and support for part-time faculty categoricals. The academic infrastructure must be the top priority in these budget discussions to achieve student success. We look forward to working with the Governor and Legislature throughout the budget process to maximize opportunities for our students.”

MEDIA ADVISORY: FACCC Available for Comment on Federal Accreditation Hearing

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Leaders of the Faculty Association of California Community Colleges, a principal voice on community college issues, will be available for comment following the U.S. Department of Education’s National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity (NACIQI) hearing on December 16.

NACIQI will be reviewing the federal recognition status of the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges, the California Community College system’s current accrediting body. FACCC Executive Director Jonathan Lightman is listed to testify at the hearing.

Please contact Austin Webster for comment or to arrange time with Mr. Lightman after the hearing.

PRESS RELEASE: FACCC Recognizes Lynn Shaw With Outstanding Faculty Award

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Faculty Association of California Community Colleges is pleased to announce the unanimous selection of Lynn Shaw as co-recipient of the John Vasconcellos Advocate of the Year award for 2016. The award is presented to an outstanding full-time California Community College faculty member who demonstrates exemplary work in statewide advocacy.

An instructor of Electrical Technology at Long Beach City College, Shaw was appointed as co-chair of the statewide Chancellor’s Office Task Force on Workforce, Job Creation, and a Strong Economy. The recommendations of the Task Force were unanimously approved this November by the California Community Colleges Board of Governors and are expected to significantly improve the funding and delivery of Career Technical Education (CTE) in the community colleges. In addition to her role on the Workforce Task Force, Shaw has been a long-time union leader, and active member of the Long Beach City College Academic Senate.

“Lynn has long been a strong advocate for the faculty voice in leadership roles with both the union and the academic senate at Long Beach City College,” said David Morse, President of the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges and faculty member at Long Beach City College. “She has always stood strong in calling attention to the needs of CTE programs and students.  With the Workforce Task Force she had the opportunity to bring her passion and strength to the discussion of CTE at the state level, and the entire system has benefitted from her contributions to the task force.”

The award will be presented to Shaw at FACCC’s upcoming Advocacy & Policy Conference, February 28-29, in Sacramento. Joining Shaw as the second co-recipient is Sharon Hendricks of Los Angeles City College and the CalSTRS Teachers Retirement Board. Both Shaw and Hendricks were nominated by faculty colleagues and selected for the award after consideration of worthy faculty candidates from across the state.

PRESS RELEASE: FACCC Applauds Community College Board of Governors Action on Accreditation

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The California Community College Board of Governors unanimously voted today to formally adopt the recommendations of the Task Force on Accreditation. The Task Force released a report in late August citing a lack of confidence in the system’s current accrediting agency, the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC), and calling for an exploration of alternative accreditation options. The Board of Governors resolution includes a recommendation for action to establish a new model for an accrediting agency and develop an implementation plan.

The California Community College Board of Governors joins FACCC, the California Community College Trustees Board, the Chief Executive Officers of the California Community Colleges, the Academic Senate of the California Community College, the California Teachers Association, the California Federation of Teachers, the California Community College Independents, and nearly 200 other stakeholders in endorsing the Task Force findings.

“This vote allows our system to embrace a stronger and smarter accreditation process,” said Jonathan Lightman, FACCC Executive Director. FACCC expresses its appreciation to the Board of Governors for taking action on this critical issue and looks forward to the implementation of the report.”

PRESS RELEASE: FACCC Recognizes Marcy Moore With Outstanding Faculty Award

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Faculty Association of California Community Colleges is pleased to announce Marcy Moore as the recipient of the Part-Time Faculty Member of the Year award. This award is presented to an outstanding part-time faculty member whose leadership at the campus and district level benefits the profession.

Moore recently retired after 41 years as a Sociology instructor at Santa Barbara City College. During her time with the college she served as part-time representative for the local union, was elected adjunct faculty senator for the Academic Senate, and was instrumental in the formation of the Adjunct Faculty Alliance. FACCC congratulates Moore on this tremendous accolade from her fellow faculty members.

“I can think of no one more deserving than Marcy,” said Cornelia Alsheimer, Santa Barbara City College Instructors’ Association President. “She started fighting for part time faculty rights on our Santa Barbara campus three decades ago—and has yet to stop. This has never been easy, but she never backed down or gave up. Marcy is truly a role model for all of us.”

The award will be presented at FACCC’s upcoming Advocacy & Policy Conference, February 28-29, in Sacramento. Moore was nominated by faculty colleagues and selected for the award after consideration of worthy faculty candidates from across the state.

PRESS RELEASE: Governor Signs FACCC-Sponsored Accreditation Bill

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Governor Edmund G “Jerry” Brown, Jr. has signed FACCC-sponsored AB 404 (Chiu). AB 404 improves the communication between the California Community Colleges and the federal government on the evaluation and recognition process of regional accrediting agencies.

“FACCC applauds Assemblymember Chiu for his efforts to strengthen our colleges. AB 404 will provide the U.S. Department of Education with an honest appraisal of how the regional accreditor for California Community Colleges is complying with federal standards,” said Jonathan Lightman, FACCC Executive Director. “This will be critical as we move forward with the recent recommendations of the Accreditation Task Force. We thank Governor Brown for signing this important legislation into law.”

The California Community College (CCC) system is currently accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC). The Chancellor’s Task Force on Accreditation released a report on August 28 recommending that the CCC Board of Governors explore options for an alternative accreditor.

PRESS RELEASE: Legislature Unanimously Approves FACCC-Sponsored Accreditation Bill

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The California State Legislature unanimously passed FACCC-sponsored AB 404 (Chiu), which improves the communication between the California Community Colleges and the federal government on the evaluation and recognition process of regional accrediting agencies. AB 404 will now be submitted to the Governor for signature.

“FACCC applauds Assemblymember Chiu for his efforts to strengthen our colleges. AB 404 will provide the U.S. Department of Education with an honest appraisal of how the regional accreditor for California Community Colleges is complying with federal standards,” said Jonathan Lightman, FACCC Executive Director. “This will be critical as we move forward with the recent recommendations of the Accreditation Task Force. We urge Governor Brown to sign this important legislation into law.”

The California Community College (CCC) system is currently accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC). The Chancellor’s Task Force on Accreditation released a report on August 28 recommending that the CCC Board of Governors explore options for an alternative accreditor.