Through this benefit of membership, the CFT has helped hundreds of students reach their higher education goals by awarding them Raoul Teilhet Scholarships.
The CFT offers scholarships to high school seniors and continuing college students who are children or dependents of CFT members in good standing. Students enrolled in four-year courses of study are eligible for $3000 scholarships; those enrolled in two-year courses of study are eligible for $1000.
The CFT has launched a training program following Governor Newsom’s extraordinary allocation of $2.8 billion to expand existing community schools and establish new ones.
According to CFT President Jeff Freitas, “This is a national effort, and California now has the largest amount of funding in the nation for community schools. These funds will assist nearly 1,000 community schools in our state.”
The governor expanded the Community Schools Partnership Program in the state budget for 2021-22 by using one-time Prop 98 monies. The funds can be used through 2028. The program is a grant-based and schools will have to apply for the funding. The CFT is working to secure broad stakeholder committees in the regulations now being developed, including professional input from educators, staff, and their unions.
Legislature changes independent study to allow distance learning option
The state budget package for 2021-22 includes changes to independent study to allow all schools to offer a replacement for a distance learning option for students and families who prefer to remain outside of in-person instruction.
I stand with UC teaching faculty fighting for a more equitable UC. Our teachers deserve to be evaluated and compensated fairly for the world-class education they work so hard to provide. I want the UC...
Message from 5/18/21 School Board meeting:I would first like to show appreciation to all certificated staff. They have worked tirelessly all year long through every transition from Distance Learning, to Hybrid, to what we are doing now. They worked outside of their duties to place markers on playgrounds, created ways to keep kids safe and distanced, and made sure that there were very few outbreaks in their classroom. Our SDC classes at both the secondary and elementary levels have had the most exposure with some classes shutting down this year. Their dedication to their students' learning and IEP goals has been nothing less than exceptional. We thank all of those workers for being full time all year long. Sacrificing everything on behalf of your students I would also like to thank all of my school nurses who have been diligent in preserving the health of our students. Contact tracing until the wee hours as well as doing their normal daily duties. We thank you nurses for all of your work.All of these workers have done nothing but worked tirelessly for students all year. SDC has been in person all year, Elementary has been in person since September, Secondary November. Prior to that, these professionals have made contact with parents, have created new uses and ways to deliver curriculum, have spent their summers and free time trying to better their craft and reach out to students. These employees are my heroes. They have done all of this with very little communication. They have made every transition happen even though the materials needed for that transition did not show up on time. They did this despite the media and some groups who made degrading comments on their work and misrepresenting the work that they do. All of this because they love their students and their job.Thank you, certificated staff. NMFT honors you, your work, your health, and your dedication ... See MoreSee Less
Wall Street and the CEOs didn't build this country. The middle class did. And the middle class was built by unions. Unions built the middle-class. And working families and unions will be the drivers of our success once again when we get through this.
Our labor unions are not narrow, self-seeking groups. They have raised wages, shortened hours and provided supplemental benefits. Through collective bargaining and grievance procedures, they have brought justice and democracy to the shop floor.
JOHN F. KENNED
Commit yourself to the noble struggle for human rights. You will make a greater person of yourself, a greater nation of your country and a finer world to live in.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
Unions have been fighting the 1 percent vs 99 percent fight for more than 100 years. Now the rest of us are learning that this fight is also OUR fight.
There may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice, but there must never be a time when we fail to protest.
“Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today.”
““Upon the subject of education … I can only say that I view it as the most important subject which we as a people may be engaged in.”
There are vivid memories from my childhood - what we had to go through because of low wages and the conditions, basically because there was no union. I suppose, if I wanted to be fair, I could say that I'm trying to settle a personal score. I could dramatize it by saying that I want to bring social justice to farm workers.
"When I liberate myself, I liberate others. If you don't speak out ain't nobody going to speak out for you."