CFT committees play a crucial role in the development and implementation of CFT policy. Committee members are chosen from all segments of the CFT from pre-school to the University of California. Committee members are appointed for two-year terms after the convention in odd-numbered years.
The committees meet three or four times a year, usually on a Saturday, alternating between northern and southern California. All travel expenses are paid by the CFT.
We need to take advantage of all the skills, knowledge, and abilities that our members possess. Committee participation is also a good way to build activism and sophistication within the CFT and the labor movement in general.
Below are brief descriptions of the CFT committees with a link to most for more information. If you are interested in serving on one of these committees, please fill out the top part of the attached form, check the box of the committee you want to serve on, and return to me via email.
Jim Mahler, President
AFT Guild, Local 1931
· Adult Education Commission
Monitors issues and activities relating to adult education and make policy recommendations to the CFT.
Career Technical Education Committee
Monitors CTE trends with the goal of representing CFT membership and advancing CTE programs in schools.
Civil, Human and Women’s Rights Committee
Works to ensure and protect the civil and human rights of all CFT members and the students we serve, regardless of color, race, gender, sexual orientation, age, religion, disability, or political affiliation.
Classified and Faculty Unity Committee
This is a new committee created at the 2011 Convention to address issues common to both classified staff and faculty.
Early Childhood Education Committee
Monitors issues and activities relating to pre-school, Head Start, child care and nursery school programs before state and federal legislative and regulatory committees.
Educational Issues Committee
Identifies and monitors significant educational issues affecting education in the state.
Educational Technology Committee
Monitors the emergence of educational technology in order to formulate appropriate CFT policy and guidelines.
English Language Learners Committee
Advances the interests of faculty teaching English language learners and their students.
Ethnic Minority Participation Leadership
This is a new committee created at the 2011 Convention to increase ethnic minority participation in leadership positions.
Labor In The Schools Committee
Devises strategies that CFT locals and union members can use to make the study of the labor movement a part of the curricula of California schools and colleges.
Part-time Community College Faculty Committee
Advances the interests of contingent faculty in higher education, public and private.
Monitors the activities of both the California State Teacher Retirement System (STRS) and the Public Employees Retirement System (PERS).
Safe and Non-Violent Schools Committee
Monitors issues relating to school safety at the State Board of Education, the California Department of Education, and other state education agencies.
Special Education Committee
Keeps the Federation and its members informed regarding special education trends and programs that will impact on school employees and students.