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10.16.14
Teachers Urge Implementation of New Law to Educate Students on How to Recognize Sex Trafficking and Abuse

CTA is urging a state agency to implement SB 1165 as quickly as possible to help protect students throughout California.

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10.16.14
NEA: Standardized testing mania hurts students, does nothing to close gaps

The National Education Association, the nation’s largest union with 3 million educators, has been sounding the alarm on the toxicity of the

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10.09.14
San Ysidro Teachers Stand United; Picket Line Strong on Second Day of Strike

San Ysidro teachers represented by the San Ysidro Education Association (SYEA) returned to the picket line for a second day. More than 200 teachers remained on strike and will do so until the district returns to the negotiations table with an offer that puts more money into the classrooms. SYEA insists on a fair settlement which includes long overdue improvements to substandard salaries and the worst health benefits in the county.

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10.08.14
California’s Educators Stand in Solidarity with Fellow Teachers in San Ysidro on Strike Today

California Teachers Association President Dean E. Vogel issued the following statement of support for educators in San Ysidro—the San Ysidro Education Association—who were left with no choice but to strike after the San Ysidro School District’s last proposal called for significant salary cuts based on dubious and inaccurate budget projections that even a state-appointed fact-finder admitted has been an ongoing problem in the district.

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10.03.14
CTA Advertising Campaign Calls for Investment in Public Schools

The California Teachers Association today announced the launch of a new advertising campaign that calls for the continued investment in

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09.19.14
CTA President Praises High School Exit Exam Results

CTA President Dean E. Vogel issued the following statement commending educators and high school seniors for the 95.5%

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09.05.14
CTA Launches Back to School Ad Campaign

The California Teachers Association launched a series of television, radio, print and online ads this week.

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09.03.14
California Educators Appeal Decision in Meritless Vergara Lawsuit

CTA and CFT Cite Numerous Severe Flaws in Judge’s Ruling, Hurts Students

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08.28.14
Judge's final "Vergara" ruling an attack on teachers and students - Education unions to appeal

Education unions to appeal judge's ruling on the "Vergara" case - consider it an attack on teachers.

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08.22.14
Educators Kick Off Degrees Not Debt Campaign that Offers Relief to College Graduates

National Education Association President-elect Lily Eskelsen García along with California Teachers Association President Dean E. Vogel unveiled Thursday at Southern and Northern

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08.20.14
NEA President-elect, Supt. Torlakson and CA’s Educators Kick Off Degrees Not Debt Campaign

As college costs skyrocket and federal student aid lags, too many students are are forced to borrow staggering amounts of money

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08.12.14
Educators Urge Lawmakers to Approve Measure to Help Reduce Student Absences, Truancy

CTA is asking lawmakers to approve a measure – AB 1866 by Assembly Member Raul Bocanegra (D-Pacoima) – that will help reduce student truancy and absenteeism

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08.06.14
Educators Urge Lawmakers to Support School Bond Legislation to Build, Repair and Modernize California Schools

CTA President Dean E. Vogel issued the following media statement urging lawmakers and the governor to support AB 2235 (Buchanan),

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08.01.14
CTA Summer Institute of Vital Training Kicks Off Sunday At UCLA For 1,000 California Educators

Nearly a week of cutting-edge academic, political mobilizing and communications trainings for 1,000 California educators kicks off this Sunday, Aug. 3, at UCLA

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07.28.14
Educators at California’s Largest Virtual Charter School Choose to Form Teachers Union

A clear majority of educators employed by the California Virtual Academies (CAVA), an online charter school affiliated with K12, Inc., have signed petitions to join the California Teachers

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07.18.14
Schools Superintendent Tom Torlakson to Meet with 700 Teachers in San Jose to Discuss Priorities

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson will discuss a range of important changes occurring within California’s schools and why his re-election in November

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06.30.14
NEA President: Supreme Court silences voices of working families

The Supreme Court of the United States today struck another blow against working families with its narrow 5-4 decision in Harris v. Quinn when it eliminated agency fee arrangements for Illinois home healthcare workers.

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06.30.14
California’s Educators Resolve to Stand Strong After Supreme Court Decision Impacts Union Membership of Illinois Healthcare Workers

CTA President Dean E. Vogel, on behalf of 325,000 educators in California, issued the following statement after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday that eight Illinois home healthcare workers cannot be required to contribute union bargaining fees and pay their fair share for work done by unions on their behalf.

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06.24.14
Educators Applaud Governor for Signing Bill to Streamline Teacher Dismissal Process while Keeping Students Safe

Educators applauded the governor’s signing of legislation today – AB 215 by Assembly Member Joan Buchanan (D-Alamo) – that updates and streamlines California’s teacher discipline and dismissal process, saving the state time and money while protecting students and ensuring an educator's rights to due process.

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06.18.14
CTA Commends Legislature for Budget That Boosts Education Spending

The California Teachers Association and its 325,000 members are encouraged by the 2014-2015 budget that lawmakers approved Sunday.

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06.16.14
California’s Educators Congratulate Sen. Kevin de León for Being Elected as the State’s Senate President Pro Tem

The California Teachers Association issued the following statement following today’s announcement

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06.12.14
Legislation to Streamline Teacher Dismissal Process Headed to Governor’s Desk

Legislation to streamline the teacher dismissal process, AB 215 by Assembly Member Joan Buchanan and principal co-authors Senators Lou Correa and Alex Padilla, passed unanimously out of the Senate and Assembly and is now headed to the governor’s desk for his signature.

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06.10.14
California Educators and State of California to Appeal Judge’s Ruling in Vergara v. State of California

California’s educators are disappointed by the judge’s decision in the Vergara v. State of California lawsuit as it hurts students and educators. From the beginning, this lawsuit has highlighted the wrong problems, proposed the wrong solutions, and followed the wrong process. Today’s groundless decision has been stayed and all laws remain in effect while parties appeal.

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05.20.14
Hundreds of California Educators to Meet with Lawmakers in Capitol

Approximately 200 educators from across the state will go office-to-office Wednesday to talk to their local lawmakers in the state capitol urging support for the governor’s budget

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05.14.14
CTA Launches ‘Ask a Teacher’ TV Ad Today To Celebrate ‘California Day of the Teacher’

In honor of the 32nd annual California Day of the Teacher and the wealth of expert knowledge that educators possess about our public schools, CTA launched a

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05.13.14
California’s Educators Encouraged by Revised Budget Proposal Submitted by Governor Tuesday

California Teachers Association President Dean E. Vogel issued this statement Tuesday following Governor Jerry Brown’s unveiling of the revised budget proposal:

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05.13.14
Educators to Celebrate ‘California Day of the Teacher’ Wednesday With Students, Ceremonies

Educators, parents, state education leaders and other supporters will honor the 32nd annual California Day of the Teacher

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05.12.14
CTA Congratulates New Assembly Speaker

California Teachers Association President Dean E. Vogel issued this statement congratulating new Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins (D-San Diego:

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05.05.14
CTA Board of Directors Places Modesto Teachers Association in Trusteeship in Order to Restore the Democratic Process

CTA President Dean E. Vogel issued the following statement today regarding the unanimous decision of the CTA Board of Directors to place the Modesto Teachers Association in

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04.30.14
Educators Support Legislation to Streamline Teacher Dismissal Process to Keep Students Safe

More than one dozen educators met with members of the Senate Education Committee before testifying during the committee’s hearing Wednesday, urging passage of AB 215

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04.30.14
Educators Support Requiring Mandatory Kindergarten in California Schools

CTA is joining Assembly Education Chair Joan Buchanan (D-Alamo) and Assembly Member Shirley Weber (D-San Diego) in sponsoring AB 1444 requiring mandatory

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04.28.14
Successful At-Risk Schools Have Smaller Class Sizes, More Collaboration Time, “QEIA” Research Shows

In a CTA school reform symposium here today, local teachers at schools supported by an acclaimed state school turnaround

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04.25.14
New CTA TV Ads Stress That Well-Rounded Education, Local Control, Critical to Improving Student Learning

A new statewide TV ad campaign highlights why a well-rounded education, including career

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04.24.14
UTLA: Science Teacher is Victorious

Greg Schiller, the LAUSD science teacher who was removed from his school in February—in a flap over science fair experiments, will be back at Cortines School of Visual & Performing Arts tomorrow.

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04.11.14
Educators around the state and nation mourn the tragic loss of students and passengers in fiery bus crash

Hearts are heavy and filled with sorrow over the loss of life in fiery school bus crash.

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04.10.14
Teachers, Students Join Honoring of Steinbeck’s ‘The Grapes of Wrath’ Novel on 75th Anniversary

For new generations, the wrath continues. John Steinbeck’s classic book and its themes about the dispossessed, income inequality, social injustice and the value of family solidarity have inspired readers from the Great Depression through the recent Great Recession, keeping “Grapes of Wrath” relevant today in California classrooms and living rooms.

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04.04.14
Educators and EdVoice Join to Support Bill to Keep Students Safe by Making Improvements to Laws on Teacher Dismissal Process

AB 215 streamlines the complexity of certificated staff suspension and dismissal while being fair to adults and keeping all students and staff in California public schools safe.

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03.27.14
Weeks of Testimony Demonstrate Empty Premises of ‘Vergara v. State of California’ Suit as Closing Arguments Wrap Up Trial

Arguments in the misguided, two-month-long Vergara v. State of California trial challenging due process rights for teachers will come to a close today. Educators and attorneys speaking at a morning news conference in front of the Los Angeles Superior Court said that the costly trial clearly showed that these laws provide important support not simply for teachers, but for students and quality public education. They also told reporters that the premises of the lawsuit were false, and the plaintiffs had utterly failed to make a convincing case.

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03.07.14
Witnesses Show How Teacher Protection Laws Work for Students as Teachers, State Begin Defense in Vergara Trial

The first two witnesses called by the Intervening California Teachers Association

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03.05.14
Teachers, State Begin Case Against Vergara Plaintiffs’ Baseless Attack on California Laws that Serve Students, Educators and Communities

On Wednesday the State of California and intervening parties—the California Federation of Teachers

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02.27.14
California’s 17th Annual ‘Read Across America’ Is Monday - Teachers and Students to Celebrate Joys of Reading

California’s public school educators will join a nationwide celebration of reading on Monday, March 3, as they meet up with parents, city officials, firefighters and others at events statewide for the National Education Association’s 17th annual “Read Across America” extravaganza.

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02.20.14
Teachers, Parents Speak Out at L.A. News Conference On Why Suit Hurts Students, Distracts From Real Issues

Teachers, parents and students joined defense attorneys today at a news conference outlining the legal case against the meritless Vergara v. State of California lawsuit, which seeks to harm students and eradicate the professional rights of teachers.

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02.08.14
California Educator Receives Top Honor and $25,000 at the NEA Foundation’s Awards Gala

On Friday night here, at the NEA Foundation’s Salute to Excellence in Education Gala, Kimberley Gilles, an educator at Monte Vista High School in Danville in the

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02.03.14
CTA Votes to Support Re-election of Tom Torlakson as State Schools Chief and Jerry Brown for Governor

The top governing body of the 325,000-member California Teachers Association has voted to support State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson in his bid for re-election and Gov. Jerry Brown in his bid this November, in addition to candidates for other statewide constitutional offices and legislative races.

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01.27.14
L.A. Trial for Meritless Lawsuit Seeking to Eradicate Teachers’ Professional Rights Begins Today

Two days after nearly 1,000 educators denounced the Vergara v. the State of California lawsuit, opening arguments begin today in Los Angeles County Superior

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01.25.14
CTA State Council Condemns Vergara Lawsuit

CTA State Council of Education denounced the Vergara v. State of California lawsuit attacking educators’ professional and due process rights.

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01.22.14
State of the State Address Sends Strong Message of Commitment to Public Schools and Student Success

Gov. Jerry Brown delivered his state of the state address today where he highlighted California’s

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01.09.14
Gov. Brown’s proposed budget helps California schools heal after years of devastating cuts

The governor's proposed budget will help our public schools and colleges continue to heal after years of devastating cuts.

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12.13.13
Putting Educators’ Professional Rights on Trial Hurts Students, Wastes Taxpayer Dollars and Time


Putting Educators’ Professional Rights on Trial Hurts Students, Wastes Taxpayer Dollars and Time

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12.09.13
San Jose At-Risk Public School Succeeding With Help From CTA-Backed ‘QEIA’ Reform Law

High-poverty Cesar Chavez Elementary in Alum Rock Union School District is worth watching for its strong academic gains after struggles in the past – progress that’s come with the help of proven reforms funded by the state’s Quality Education Investment Act (QEIA) of 2006, stakeholders said at a news conference today.

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12.06.13
CTA Praises Court Ruling Dismissing Lawsuit Against Union Fair Share Fees

Court rules that fair share fees are lawful and entirely constitutional as it dismisses lawsuit.

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12.06.13
California Educators to Take Part in National Awareness Day About Public School Needs Monday

Events scattered throughout the nation on December 9 are designed to bring awareness to the needs of America's public schools.

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12.06.13
CTA honored with LAANE City of Justice Award

The Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy (LAANE) honored the California Teachers Association at the City of Justice Awards dinner Thursday.

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11.20.13
CTA joins in national observation of American Education Week to advance public schools

This week, the California Teachers Association joins the National Education Association and the American Legion in observing American Education Week, a

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10.24.13
CTA Lauds State Fines Against Shadowy Groups That Opposed Prop. 30, Backed Prop. 32

This statement was released by CTA President Dean E. Vogel today praising fines totaling $1 million issued by the state’s Fair Political Practices Commission

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10.10.13
CTA President Dean E. Vogel Issues Statement Regarding Gov. Brown’s Veto of AB 375

California Teachers Association President Dean E. Vogel issued the following statement regarding Gov. Jerry Brown’s veto of AB 375—a bill that would have streamlined the teacher dismissal process.

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10.02.13
CTA Commends Governor Brown for Signing Bill to Overhaul State’s Student Assessment System

California Teachers Association President Dean E. Vogel issued the following statement commending Governor Jerry Brown for signing AB 484—a bill that will

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09.25.13
CTA President Dean E. Vogel Issues Statement on Signing of Bill to Increase Minimum Wage

California Teachers Association President Dean E. Vogel issued the following statement on Governor Jerry Brown signing AB 10—a bill to raise the minimum

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09.18.13
Legacy of Commitment and Dedication of Educators Featured in CTA Back-to-School TV and Radio Ad Campaign

The inspiring, caring commitment and dedication of California’s educators over the 150 years of CTA’s advocacy for students and public education is highlighted in a statewide television and radio ad campaign launched today.

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09.12.13
CTA Commends Lawmakers for Passing Bill to Streamline and Shorten the Dismissal Process

CTA President releases statement of support in passage of AB 375.

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09.12.13
New Research Shows Why Livermore, Bay Area At-Risk Schools Benefit From Statewide ‘QEIA’ Law Reforms

AB 484 is heading to the governor’s desk for his signature, and AB 375 cleared the state Senate today.

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09.11.13
CTA/CFT Applaud the Governor, Superintendent of Public Instruction and Lawmakers for their Commitment to California’s Students and Educators

The California Teachers Association and the California Federation of Teachers commend Governor Jerry Brown, Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom

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09.10.13
CTA Supports Bill to Overhaul State’s Student Assessment System

California Teachers Association President Dean E. Vogel issued the following statement on the state Senate’s passage of AB 484—a bill that would overhaul

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08.29.13
New Research Shows Why Sacramento School Benefits From Statewide ‘QEIA’ Reforms

New independent research shows that the kinds of proven reforms provided by a CTA-backed state school turnaround program is helping hundreds of at-risk

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08.23.13
California Educators, Events to Honor 50th Anniversary of March on Washington

California educators, labor and civil rights groups are joining in the national remembrance of the historic March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom in 1963

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08.21.13
Public Trusts Teachers, Local Schools, But Not High-Stakes Testing, U.S. Poll Says

A new national survey shows once again that the public has a deep trust in our public school educators, and that a majority of people feel unreliable

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08.08.13
CTA President Honors 48th Anniversary of the Voting Rights Act

Forty-eight years ago this week, President Johnson signed into law the historic Voting Rights Act of 1965, giving all citizens the freedom and the power to

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08.08.13
Despite Years of School Cuts, STAR Test Data Show Students, Educators Holding Ground

Despite billions in education cuts in recent years, California’s public schools reported only minor test score declines in 2012-13 and continue to show

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08.06.13
Divisive Waivers From NCLB Law for 8 Districts Leave Teachers Out and Students Behind

California’s educators are disappointed about today’s announcement by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan to grant unprecedented waivers from the

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07.20.13
Flawed Bill to Reauthorize ESEA bad for California’s students

So called "Student Success Act" - HR 5 - is not the answer for California'students.

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07.05.13
Jerry Brown Is NEA Education Governor of Year, Thanks 9,000 Educators in Atlanta Today

Citing his staunch commitment to public education, NEA names CTA-nominated Jerry Brown "America's Greatest Education Governor."

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07.05.13
CTA President Dean E. Vogel issues statement on Commission Decision to Deny Accreditation to CCSF

CTA stands with City College faculty, represented by AFT Local 2121, and the college itself in its appeal of decision to deny accreditation to CCSF.

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07.04.13
California Teachers Support Striking Bay Area Rapid Transit Workers

CTA backs Service Employees International Union (SEIU) 1021 and Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1555 in support of striking Bay Area Rapid Transit workers.

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06.26.13
CTA: High Court Rulings on Same-Sex Marriage A Teachable Moment About Equality for All

CTA joins Californians today in celebrating the monumental decisions made by the U.S. Supreme Court in United States v. Windsor

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06.17.13
Redlands school secretary named CTA’s Education Support Professional of the Year

Redlands school secretary Paula Monroe has been named CTA’s Education Support Professional of the Year for 2013.

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06.12.13
California Educators Support Agreement On New School Funding Formula

The following statement was released by California Teachers Association President Dean E. Vogel today in reaction to the Legislature’s rapid progress toward a state

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06.12.13
CTA Board Appoints Joe Nuñez as New Executive Director of 325,000-Member Association

The CTA Board of Directors on Tuesday named former Santa Maria teacher and CTA Governmental Relations Director Joe Nuñez as the new executive director

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05.28.13
CTA Announces 19 Winners of John Swett Awards Honoring Media Coverage of Education

Media stories last year ranging from a television profile of a Fremont teacher whose efforts raised $80,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation to articles on how

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05.22.13
California Educators Meet With Lawmakers to Discuss School Funding, Class Size and Common Core

More than 200 educators and members of the California Teachers Association met with their local lawmakers at the State Capitol today to discuss many issues

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05.15.13
CTA Commends Governor for Providing Funding For Common Core Implementation

The following statement was released by California Teachers Association President Dean E. Vogel today in reaction to Gov. Jerry’s Brown’s May Revision

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05.07.13
Educators to Celebrate California Day of the Teacher Wednesday With Parents, Picnics, Contract Protests

The theme for the 2013 Day of the Teacher is "Honoring Our Past; Guiding the Future."

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05.06.13
CTA Celebrates 150th Birthday – Launches Statewide Ad Campaign Honoring Educators, Students

In honor of CTA's 150th Anniversary of advocating for educators and students, CTA has launched an ad campaign ...

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04.23.13
Higher Education Coalition to Lobby Wednesday Against Bill Mandating Online Courses to Be Provided by Private Sector Vendors

To protect educational quality for students at California’s colleges and universities, educators representing employees...

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04.17.13
Elementary School in CTA-Backed QEIA Reform Program Earns Top State Achievement Award

Lauderbach Elementary has won a top state achievement award that’s more indication of the success of the Quality Education Investment Act (QEIA) program.

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04.09.13
CTA Statement on Graduation Rate Improvements

It’s hopeful news that California’s student graduation rate continues to improve despite record cuts to public education in recent years.

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04.07.13
CTA Elects President Dean E. Vogel and Vice-President Eric C. Heins to Second Term

Dean E. Vogel was elected to a second two-year term as president of the 325,000-member California Teachers Association during the quarterly meeting of the State Council of Education in Los Angeles. Also re-elected to a second term was CTA Vice President Eric C. Heins. The two officers join CTA Secretary-Treasurer Mikki Cichocki-Semo, who was re-elected earlier this year.

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03.28.13
CTA/CFT to Intervene in Baseless, Meritless Lawsuit by Corporate Special Interests Attacking Teacher Professional Rights

CTA/CFT have filed a motion to fight lawsuit aiming to overturn due process protections for teachers.

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03.21.13
CTA Supports Bills Streamlining Teacher Dismissal Process and Protecting Students

Assemblymember Joan Buchanan, Senator Alex Padilla joining efforts in a positive step for students and educators.

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03.18.13
Prop. 30 Leads to Dramatic Drop in Educator Pink Slips – 3,000 Issued Across State

Thanks to California voters seeing the urgent need to pass Proposition 30 in November to spare public schools from nearly $6 billion in immediate

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03.18.13
CTA Human Rights Awards Go to Educators Across State Who Inspire Their Communities

Inspiring educators from across the state are this year’s winners of the annual California Teachers Association’s Human Rights Awards for their

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02.27.13
California’s 16th Annual ‘Read Across America’ Is Friday – State’s Rich History Is An Open Book

California’s public school educators will join a nationwide celebration of reading on Friday, March 1, as they meet up with parents, city officials,

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01.31.13
Make California’s Public Schools Safer For All But Don't Arm Educators, CTA State Council Says

Taking a stand to make California’s public schools safer and even more secure, the California Teachers Association is opposing any efforts to

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01.28.13
CTA State Council Re-elects San Bernardino Teacher to Second Term as Secretary-Treasurer

San Bernardino teacher Mikki Cichocki-Semo was re-elected to a second two-year term as secretary-treasurer of the 325,000-member California

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01.24.13
Teachers Are Inspired by Governor’s Pride, Ideas For Brighter Future for Our Schools, State

CTA President thanks governor for recognizing the hard work educators do in their classrooms every day to inspire students to learn, dream and be the best they can be.

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01.10.13
CTA President Dean E. Vogel issues statement on today’s school shooting at Taft High School

Dean E. Vogel, president of the 325,000-member California Teachers Association, released this statement regarding today’s Kern County school shooting at Taft High School in Taft, Calif.:

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01.10.13
Governor’s Budget Proposal Reflects Will of Voters, Funding for Schools

Dean E. Vogel, president of the 325,000-member California Teachers Association, released this statement today:

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01.08.13
CTA President Praises New Class of National Board Certified Educators

CTA President Dean E. Vogel praises several hundred California teachers who have recently become National Board Certified Educators.

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12.17.12
State Schools Chief, Other Education Leaders Write President on School Safety

State Supt. of Public Instruction Torlakson and key education leaders in CA sent a letter to President Obama in the wake of last week’s deadly school shootings in Connecticut.

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12.06.12
Tax Satire Video Was Made by CFT

A new, satirical video titled “Tax the rich: An animated fairy tale” was created by the California Federation of Teachers, not by the California Teachers Association. Some media have confused the two organizations.

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11.07.12
Victory for California’s Students – Voters Protect Schools, Pass Prop. 30, Defeat 32

California students and working families won a clear victory on Nov. 6 as voters clearly demonstrated their willingness to invest in our public schools and colleges and also rejected a deceptive ballot measure aimed at silencing educators, other workers and their unions.

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11.04.12
Lt. Governor Newsom, CTA President Energize Bay Area Educators as Election Goes Down to Wire

Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom and CTA President Dean E. Vogel energized Fremont educators and supporters at a news conference days before election.

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10.21.12
Weekend long surge: Governor and Educators Statewide Unite in Saying Yes to Prop. 30, No on 32

Educators knocked on doors across the state to talk to voters about what’s at stake in the Nov. 6 election.

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10.18.12
Gov. Jerry Brown to Join Educators to Kick Off Final Push This Weekend to Pass Prop. 30, Defeat Prop. 32

Gov. Jerry Brown will join educators this weekend who are fighting until Election Day to protect both the financial future of California’s public schools and the rights of teachers to advocate for their students. Knocking on

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10.16.12
California Teachers Demand Group Cease and Desist Logo Abuse

The California Teachers Association is calling on the Independent Expenditure group, Citizens for California Reform, to cease and desist using CTA’s logo in

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10.11.12
Students make remarkable progress; achievement gap is closing

“This news is yet another measure of the great work California teachers are doing in the face of continuing budget cuts and diminishing resources,”

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10.09.12
CTA Magazine Highlights Educators’ Roles in Urging Voters to Pass Prop. 30, Defeat Prop. 32

The latest edition of CTA’s California Educator magazine shows the important roles educators are playing in this year’s election to pass Proposition 30 and defeat Prop. 32.

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10.03.12
Prop. 30 Delivers School Dollars to Classrooms with Strict Accountability

The Yes on Prop. 30 campaign today released a 5-prong series of television ads that highlight the facts about Prop. 30 - the only initiative that protects schools and colleges from $6 billion in cuts

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10.03.12
Teachers Speak Out in Favor of Proposition 30 in Statewide TV Ads Launched Today

Following more than $20 billion in budget cuts to California’s public schools and colleges, several California teachers are taking to the airwaves to remind

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09.12.12
CTA Statement of Solidarity With Striking Chicago Educators

Dean E. Vogel, president of the 325,000-member California Teachers Association, issued this statement of solidarity today as CTA’s Board of Directors voted unanimously to support striking Chicago educators in the nation’s third-largest public school district:

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09.10.12
Teachers Praise ‘Greatness by Design’ Report’s Focus on Helping Educators Excel

A task force of education experts looking at ways to improve teacher quality in the state released "Greatness by Design" report.

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08.31.12
Legislature’s Pension Reform Package Will Ultimately Hurt Students and Our State

Dean E. Vogel, president of the 325,000-member California Teachers Association, released this statement regarding the pension reform agreement

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08.31.12
California’s Educators Disappointed State Missed Opportunity to Improve Teacher Evaluation

Dean E. Vogel, president of the 325,000-member California Teachers Association, issued this statement today about the decision of Assemblymember Felipe Fuentes

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08.28.12
Governor Brown’s Pension Reform Agreement Will Not Move California Forward

Dean E. Vogel, president of the 325,000-member California Teachers Association, released this statement regarding the pension reform agreement

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08.22.12
Gov. Brown Joins San Francisco Bay Area Teachers, School Employees and Administrators to Kick Off Prop. 30 Campaign to Protect School and Safety Funding

Governor Jerry Brown joined San Francisco Bay Area teachers, school employees and administrators to launch the Yes on Proposition 30 campaign to protect schools and public safety.

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06.27.12
Teachers Lobby in Sacramento Against Unnecessary SB 1530 -- Defeat Attack On Dismissal Rights

Dozens of educators from Sacramento and around the state lobbied lawmakers

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06.26.12
California Teachers Association Endorses the CASE Act

California Teachers Association endorsed the Californians Against Sexual Exploitation (CASE) Act today. Slated for the November 2012 ballot, the CASE Act is an initiative that will fight back against human trafficking and the sexual exploitation of women and children in the state. The initiative qualified for the ballot in May, after the Secretary of State certified the signatures submitted by the campaign.
California Teachers Association President Dean E. Vogel announced the endorsement,

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06.05.12
CTA Announces 15 Winners of its John Swett Awards

Media stories ranging from a look at one 10-year-old homeless boy’s struggle to fit in at his school to construction project woes sparked by layoffs in the Los Angeles Unified School District to one high school senior’s joy at winning a $100,000 science competition scholarship are among the works honored by the California Teachers Association’s 53rd annual John Swett Awards for Media Excellence.

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05.22.12
CTA Honors Education Support Professionals

ESP Day Recognizes Contributions of Classified School Employees

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05.22.12
California Teachers Take to the Halls of Capitol to Urge Legislators to Pass an On-time Budget

Several hundred educators from CTA chapters statewide are taking to the halls of the Capitol today to talk with their legislators.

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05.14.12
Governor’s Revised State Budget Proposal Shows Urgent Need to Pass His Tax Measure

CTA President Dean E. Vogel describes urgent need to pass Governor's state budget proposal.

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05.09.12
Coalition Volunteers Turn in More Than 300,000 Signatures

Demonstrating their commitment to California’s comeback, a coalition of working families and community volunteers

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04.24.12
CTA member named 2012 National Teacher of the Year

NEA member and teacher Rebecca Mieliwocki was named the 2012 National Teacher of the Year by The Council of Chief State School Officers today.

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03.28.12
CTA Human Rights Awards Go to Educators Across California Who Are Making a Difference

Educators from across the state are this year’s winners of the annual California Teachers Association’s Human Rights Awards

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03.25.12
CTA Proud to Join Growing Coalition in Support of New Compromise Tax Initiative

New Compromise Tax Initiative gets thumbs-up from CTA State Council of Education.

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03.15.12
Nearly 20,000 Teacher Pink Slips Statewide Show Drastic Need for More Education Funding

Nearly 20,000 teacher pink slips have been issued as of today, the state’s legal deadline, according to CTA estimates

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03.14.12
New Compromise Uses Governor’s Initiative Structure to Close Budget Deficit and Restore Cuts to Schools, Colleges and Essential Public Services

CTA president releases statement on the new California Federation of Teachers funding initiative.

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03.13.12
Public Education Can’t Take More Cuts, Pink Slips

Bay Area public schools are at a darkening crossroads after years of devastating cuts and pink slips

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03.08.12
Fatal Flaws of Millionaire’s Tax Will Make Matters Worse for Public Education

Dean E. Vogel, president of the 325,000-member California Teachers Association, released this statement regarding support for the governor’s tax initiative

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02.29.12
California’s 15th Annual ‘Read Across America’ Friday Is Another Edition About Joys of Reading

California’s public school educators will join a nationwide celebration of reading on Friday, March 2

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02.02.12
Gov. Brown's Pension Reforms Are Unacceptable Assault on Current and Future Public Employees

Here is a statement from Californians for Retirement Security, a coalition representing more than 1.5 million public employees

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01.29.12
CTA Backs Governor’s Initiative to Increase Revenues for Public Education and Other Essential Services

The CTA State Council, comprised of nearly 800 democratically-elected educators, endorsed the governor’s tax plan at their quarterly meeting in LA on Jan. 29.

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11.28.11
New Census Data Reveals One in Four California K-12 Students Is Living and Learning in Poverty

With recent U.S. Census data revealing one in four California students – about 2.2 million – is living in poverty,

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11.21.11
CTA Tells ‘Think Long Committee’ To Think Again

The following statement was issued today by Dean E. Vogel, president of the California Teachers Association, in response to the Think Long Committee Report

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11.18.11
California Educators Stand With Occupy Protesters

As new reports of corporate greed make headlines across the country, California’s educators stand firm

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11.17.11
Ed Coalition Statement on the LAO Budget Forecast

Education Coalition releases Statement on the LAO Budget Forecast

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11.16.11
CTA Responds to LAO Report about Budget Shortfalls

The following statement can be attributed to Dean E. Vogel, President of the California Teachers Association: “While the Department of Finance will calculate the final numbers,

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11.08.11
CTA Stands in Support of CFA and its Plans to Conduct a 1-Day Strike

Dean E. Vogel, president of the 325,000-member California Teachers Association, released this statement regarding Monday’s strike

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10.27.11
At-Risk QEIA Schools Continue to Excel

In positive news for a landmark, CTA-backed school reform program, the overwhelming majority

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10.21.11
Educators, Community Ramp Up Support for Jobs Act Passage at LA School News Conference

Groups urged Congress to act now; touted tax fairness and support for Occupy Wall Street.

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10.21.11
Senate fails to pass education jobs bill again

The U.S. Senate for a second time in less than two weeks failed to pass a bill to put educators back in classrooms instead of on the unemployment lines.

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10.13.11
CTA Supports Nationwide Movement for Tax Fairness and Against Corporate Greed

Joining a groundswell of support from other unions, community leaders and students across the country,

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10.07.11
CTA President Dean E. Vogel issues statement on signing of two closely watched pieces of legislation

CTA President Dean E. Vogel issued a statement today regarding Governor Brown's signing of two closely watched pieces of legislation.

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09.23.11
CTA Joins Progressive Organizations for White House Meetings

California Teachers Association President Dean E. Vogel and other CTA leaders will join other activists for meetings

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09.23.11
CTA Statement on Obama’s Waiver Plan For States Seeking No Child Left Behind Relief

Dean E. Vogel, president of the 325,000-member California Teachers Association, issued this statement today about President Obama’s

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09.23.11
Obama to loosen education law, cites flaws

President Barack Obama on Friday announced steps to roll back key provisions of "No Child Left Behind," calling the decade-old U.S. education

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09.23.11
UC Berkeley students protest tuition hikes, cuts

Protest season began with a bang at UC Berkeley as hundreds of chanting, fist-pumping students angry about tuition hikes

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09.22.11
Good news has Modesto schools rehiring laid-off teachers

By early counts, Modesto City Schools has more students than it expected, good news for its bottom line and for dozens of laid-off teachers.

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09.22.11
Contract ratified; Tacoma teacher strike over

Tacoma School Superintendent Art Jarvis and school board President Kurt Miller joined in ringing the bell

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09.15.11
CTA Urges Governor to Sign ‘Dream Act’ Bill

CTA is urging Gov. Jerry Brown to sign the second part of the “California Dream Act” legislation to give qualified college students

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09.08.11
President’s jobs plan to repair schools and keep educators in classrooms

In a speech to a Joint Session of Congress, President Obama unveiled his American Jobs Act and further underscored his belief that investing in the American middle class is the surest path to economic recovery.

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09.06.11
Statewide TV Ads Tout Real Teachers Speaking About Value of Getting Back to Schools

California’s classroom teachers are taking to the airwaves in statewide CTA television ads launched today about getting back to schools

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08.29.11
Getting Back to Schools: New CTA Campaign, Beginning With Radio and Web Ads

Getting back to schools and the hope they offer for a better California is the focus of new CTA radio and web ads launched statewide today

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06.28.11
Latest Democratic Budget Plan Best Option for Students, Public Education and California

Dean E. Vogel, president of the 325,000-member California Teachers Association, released this statement about the 2011-12 Democratic State Budget

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06.23.11
CTA Launches New Radio Ad Urging Lawmakers to Immediately Pass a Budget

With the June 30 deadline quickly approaching, the California Teachers Association (CTA) launched a radio ad today that calls on the governor

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06.22.11
Education Coalition Calls on Governor to Uphold His Commitment to Make Education Funding a Priority

With school funding already cut to the core, representatives of the Education Coalition today called on the Governor to uphold his campaign promise

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06.15.11
CTA Statement on the Legislative Passage of a State Budget

David A. Sanchez, president of the 325,000-member California Teachers Association, released this statement about the 2011-12 budget passed by the legislature this afternoon:

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06.02.11
CTA Announces 19 Winners of its John Swett Awards

Media stories ranging from a look at one man’s crusade to donate free school supplies to 150,000 needy Bay Area students to reports last year

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05.16.11
Governor Brown’s May Budget Revision Commits More Funding to Public Schools and Students, No Additional Cuts to Colleges

David A. Sanchez released this statement about Gov. Jerry Brown’s revised budget proposal.

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05.12.11
CTA Members Refuse to Leave Capitol and Demand Passage of Tax Extensions to Keep Deeper Cuts Away from Schools, Colleges and Essential Public Services

CTA President David A. Sanchez and 25 other educators took a stand for students this evening by refusing to leave the offices of Senate Republican Leader Bob Dutton and Assembly Republican Leader Connie Conway. The educators were peacefully arrested by the California Highway Patrol following a fourth day of actions in the State Capitol.

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05.06.11
State of Emergency Campaign

Scores of protests, rallies, teacher sit-ins and grade-ins, and town halls are part of a statewide “State of Emergency”

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04.19.11
State of Emergency Campaign Turns Up Heat As New CTA TV Ad Pressures Lawmakers to Solve Budget Crisis Now – ‘Our Kids and Economy Can’t Afford to Wait’

Reminding the public that “the state budget crisis threatens our economy and our schools

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04.04.11
CTA State Council elects new Vice President and Secretary-Treasurer to leadership team

Eric Heins and Mikki Cichocki were voted vice president-elect and secretary-treasurer-elect, respectively, on Saturday.

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03.31.11
Statement by Californians for Health Care and Retirement Security on News Reports about the State of CalSTRS Funds

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03.29.11
CTA Launches TV Ads as Part of State Budget Crisis Campaign Warning:School Cuts ‘Not a Threat – They’re a Reality’

New television and Web ads launched today by the California Teachers Association show the real damage being done to schools and students

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03.23.11
CTA Radio Ads Remind Californians that Cuts to Schools, Colleges and Students are Deep, Painful: Lawmakers Must Resolve Budget Now

As the state’s budget problems mount and the prospects of greater cuts facing public education grow worse,

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03.15.11
Governor’s Budget, Revenue Extensions Needed to Protect Schools as Nearly 19,000 Educator Pink Slips Issued

The governor’s proposed budget and his plan to prevent deeper school cuts by extending some temporary taxes with a public vote are what California

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03.14.11
Educators, Parents, School Leaders to Protest Teacher Pink Slips, Back Governor’s Budget

Facing unprecedented cuts to public education, California educators, parents, school administrators and other stakeholders will be wearing red

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03.12.11
Bay Area Teachers, Parents, School Leaders to Protest Educator Pink Slips Tuesday, Back Governor’s Budget

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03.10.11
CTA Stands in Support of Educators and Public Workers in Wisconsin Fighting to Retain Right to Bargain

David A. Sanchez, president of the 325,000-member California Teachers Association, released this statement today regarding the vote

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03.01.11
Annual ‘Read Across America’ Wednesday Highlights Literacy, State Cuts Concerns

California’s public school teachers will join a nationwide celebration of reading on Wednesday, March 2, as they meet up with celebrities,

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02.22.11
Educators to Join Sacramento Candlelight Vigil Tuesday for Wisconsin workers

CTA President David A. Sanchez and California educators from around the state will join public sector union employees

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02.17.11
CTA Stands in Support of Teachers and Public Workers in Wisconsin Fighting to Retain Collective Bargaining

We appeal to the Wisconsin state Legislature to vote down this negative and unwarranted proposal.

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02.12.11
UTLA condemns LAUSD plans for teacher layoffs

District plans record number of layoffs (over 5,000), though budget picture is still unclear.

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02.08.11
CTA Comments on New Study Condemning LA Times Teacher Ratings

David A. Sanchez, president of the 325,000 member California Teachers Association released the following statement today regarding the findings of a major study by the

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02.06.11
CTA Backs Budget Plan as Balanced Way to Resolve Crisis

The governor’s state budget plan to extend temporary taxes with a June ballot measure was endorsed today by the State Council of Education.

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02.05.11
Educators Name Dean E. Vogel President-Elect of 325,000-member CTA

Dean E. Vogel named President-Elect of 325,000-member California Teachers Association.

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01.31.11
Governor’s State of the State Speech Is Honest Look at Difficult Budget Choices

David A. Sanchez, president of the 325,000-member California Teachers Association, released this statement about Gov. Jerry Brown’s State of the State speech:



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01.25.11
NEA welcomes spotlight on education during president’s State of the Union

NEA President Dennis Van Roekel tonight thanked President Barack Obama for shining a spotlight on education during his second State of the Union.

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01.14.11
Teachers and Firefighters Denounce LA Redevelopment Money Grab

Teachers & fire-fighters denounced efforts by the LA City Redevelopment Agency to ram through 100s of pet projects at the expense of schools, public safety & other core services.

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01.11.11
Governor Brown’s Budget Plan is Tough, Balanced Approach to Solving Deficit

David A. Sanchez, president of the 325,000-member California Teachers Association, released this statement about Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposed budget:

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01.05.11
CTA President Applauds Governor for Appointing Public School Educators to State Board of Education

Governor's appointment of public educators to state Board of Education generates praise from CTA president.

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12.31.10
December 2010 Press Releases

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12.30.10
2010 Press Releases

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12.03.10
CTA salutes thousands of educators on ‘Day of the Special Educator’ Dec. 3

The state Legislature has proclaimed, today, Dec. 3, as Day of the Special Educator in appreciation of the contributions made by special educators, and has urged Californians to recognize the dedication and hard work of special educators.

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11.30.10
November 2010 Press Releases

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11.30.10
Lessons Learned -- QEIA Reforms Lift Up At-Risk Students

The largest public education reform program of its kind, California’s Quality Education Investment Act (QEIA) of 2006 is making sustained progress in helping at-risk students succeed in the classroom after

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11.02.10
Election of Jerry Brown and Tom Torlakson Makes Schools and Colleges a Priority Again

Pulling together, California’s educators helped return some sanity to Sacramento by supporting candidates who see education reform as a collaboration and a conversation that includes educators.

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11.01.10
Media Availability Election Night in Oakland With CTA President David Sanchez Is Set

David A. Sanchez, president of the 325,000-member California Teachers Association, will be available for election coverage interviews in Oakland Tuesday night.

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10.31.10
October 2010 Press Releases

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10.28.10
Teacher-led School Reforms Working

Early results show the teacher-led reforms implemented in the Quality Education Investment Act are making measurable improvements for California's most at-risk students.

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10.21.10
CTA Condemns Cynical Attempt to Suppress Latino Voters in November General Election

Latinos for Reform is trying to suppress Latino voters in the November Election.

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10.15.10
Parents’ Banner Praises ‘Super’ Teachers at Bay Area High School Slighted in ‘Waiting for Superman’ Film

In a public show of support for teachers at a San Mateo County school slighted in the flawed “Waiting for Superman”

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10.07.10
Yes on Proposition 24, the Tax Fairness Act Coalition Holds “It’s Time to Give US a Break – Not Big Corporations!” 100 Grand Tax Break Giveaway

Campaign Releases Revealing Website on Corporate Excesses of Opponents:

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10.07.10
California's Students Shortchanged in Final Budget Deal

On top of the $17 billion in cuts to schools over the past two years, under the new budget deal students will receive $4.3 billion less than they are owed under Prop. 98.

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09.30.10
September 2010 Press Releases

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09.29.10
CTA Urges Governor to Sign ‘California Dream Act’ Bill to Give All Students a Chance at a Better Future

David A. Sanchez, president of the 325,000-member California Teachers Association, released this statement today urging the governor

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09.24.10
Guggenheim’s “Waiting for ‘Superman’” Documentary Is Not a Complete Picture of Public Education

A 90-minute documentary can’t sum up the full story of public education.

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09.15.10
Teachers Give Meg Whitman a Math and Civics Lesson – CTA TV Ad Exposing Her Plan’s Cuts to Schools

Giving billionaire Meg Whitman a civics lesson about censorship, the TV ad she did not want anyone to see because it exposes Whitman’s plan that could cut another $7 billion from public schools and colleges is back on the air across the state.

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09.10.10
CTA Television Ad Exposes How Meg Whitman’s Plan Further Cripples Public Education

CTA today launched a statewide television ad targeting Meg Whitman’s state budget plan.

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08.31.10
August 2010 Press Releases

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08.31.10
CTA Launches 10th Annual Back-to-School Ad Campaign

CTA Launches Back-to-School Campaign with Radio, TV, Print and Web Ads about Importance of Teachers Partnering With Parents to Help Improve Student Learning

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08.17.10
Federal Funds Must be Used for Intended Purpose: Helping our Public Schools

Schools and students need Federal Education Jobs Funding immediately; school year has already started for many students

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08.10.10
CTA President Applauds U.S. House for Passing Critical Education Jobs Bill

CTA President David A. Sanchez issued the following statement about the U.S. House of Representatives’ passage of the Education Jobs Bill today:

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08.02.10
CTA Supports Adoption of Core Standards; Remains Concerned about 8th Grade Algebra Requirement and Successful Implementation

CTA President releases statement on adoption of Common Core State Standards.

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08.02.10
CTA Training Teachers and School Administrators at UCLA Seminar on Quality Education Investment Act

Starting today, several top education experts will join CTA for its annual week of dynamic training at UCLA for

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07.31.10
July 2010 Press Releases

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07.15.10
Group rejects Governor’s proposal to cut billions more from schools

Bay Area Education Coalition details recent impact of local cuts to schools; supports Assembly 'Jobs Budget Plan' to restore billions to California education.

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06.30.10
June 2010 Press Releases

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06.24.10
Laid-off California educators lobby members of Congress for jobs bill

NEA members nationwide seek urgent funding to prevent up to 300,000 U.S. educator layoffs

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06.13.10
Unity, Proven Education Reforms Will Move State Forward, Jerry Brown Tells 800 Educators

Gubernatorial candidate Jerry Brown told 800 educators he would “mobilize the people of this state” behind public education.

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06.09.10
Election Shows Voters Back Candidates, Measures That Support Students and Public Schools

Results of the primary election show that California's voters support candidates with proven records of backing public education.

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06.04.10
U.S. Rep. Barbara Lee Visits Oakland School for Listening Tour to Observe Benefits of State’s QEIA Law

Seeing firsthand how reforms like smaller class sizes and better training for educators

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06.03.10
Education Coalition Supports Assembly Budget Proposal, Rejects May Revision

Education Coalition policy experts announced support of the Assembly budget proposal and opposed the Governor’s May Budget Revision.

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06.01.10
CTA to Do Training at School in Cotati-Rohnert Park Unified After Teacher Alleges Racial Incidents

CTA’s Human Rights and Community Outreach Department will be doing “unconscious bias” training

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05.31.10
May 2010 Press Releases

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05.26.10
CTA President Commends Assembly Speaker Pérez for Budget Plan That Seeks to Protect Children and Students

David A. Sanchez, president of the 325,000-member California Teachers Association, made the following

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05.25.10
Teachers Converge on State Capitol on May 25 to Urge Lawmakers to Stop Cutting Education

Commitment Card Supporters – Assembly Members Tom Torlakson and Tony Mendoza and Senator Leland Yee – to Join Educators at Noon News Conference

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05.25.10
Teachers Take to the Halls of Capitol to Convince Legislators To Commit Against Further Public School Cuts

Bringing grim stories from their decimated schools, more than 200 local chapter leaders representing

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05.20.10
CTA Applauds Lawsuit Calling on the State to Adequately Fund California Public Schools

CTA is proud to support the goals of the lawsuit filed by CSBA, ACSA and the California State PTA.

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05.14.10
Sanchez to address Education Support Professionals

On the eve of Education Support Professionals Week, CTA President David A. Sanchez will salute the valuable work done by those on the front lines

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05.14.10
Governor’s Revised Budget Proposing Billions More In School Cuts Makes Jobs Promise Empty

The governor’s revised budget cuts billions more from our public schools.

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05.12.10
CTA’s Corporate Tax Loophole Initiative Will Qualify

Enough signatures have been turned in to qualify for the November ballot CTA's initiative to repeal nearly $2 billion in corporate tax breaks.

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05.11.10
CTA Kicks Off TV Ad Campaign to Honor Educators

On the eve of California Day of the Teacher, the California Teachers Association is launching a statewide television ad to honor educators

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05.11.10
CTA to Celebrate ‘Day of Teacher’ Wednesday With Major Announcement on Tax Loophole Initiative, New TV Ads

Burlingame News Conference With CTA Leaders, Local Pink-Slipped Educators Who Are Among 26,000 Facing Layoff Fate

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05.06.10
Radio Ads Supporting Tom Torlakson for Superintendent of Public Instruction to Begin Airing

Educators want Californians to know that Tom Torlakson is by far the best choice.

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05.06.10
Education Leaders Launch “Commitment Card” Campaign to Ensure Lawmakers Keep their Promise to Students

Education groups launched a “Commitment Card” campaign today to hold legislators accountable.

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04.30.10
April 2010 Press Releases

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04.21.10
Stop Bill that Attacks Teachers, Deflects Attention from Real Problems Facing Schools

This bill is intended as a diversion to deflect attention from the real problems facing our schools.

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04.20.10
CTA Denounces Bill Backed By Governor to Attack Teachers and Ignore Real Challenges Facing Public Schools

CTA denounces Senate Bill 955 by Republican state Senator Bob Huff to destroy teachers' rights.

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04.20.10
Capistrano School Board Rejects Teachers’ Proposal

“The board’s rejection of our clear proposal and their continued ambiguity has put us where we never wanted to be."

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04.20.10
Education Coalition Opposes Huff Legislation to Hold Education Budget Hostage on Unrelated Policy Issues

Today the Education Coalition sent a letter to Senator Huff opposing SB 955 and the policy changes

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04.19.10
Teachers in New CTA Radio Ads Call for Real Reforms That Help Students, Not More No Child Left Behind Type of One Size-Fits-All Edicts

Effective public school reforms should focus on proven ideas like providing smaller

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04.16.10
Capistrano teachers vote resounding “Yes” to strike authorization

“Capistrano teachers have drawn a line to protect our schools and our profession, and sometimes that line is a picket line.”

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04.15.10
CTA’s Initiative to Repeal Corporate Tax Loopholes Will Make Tax Day Fair for All and Help Schools

Today, as public schools face devastating cuts and parents scramble to pay income taxes

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03.31.10
March 2010 Press Releases

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03.27.10
CTA Supports Jerry Brown, Tom Torlakson and other Candidates for Statewide Office

CTA State Council has voted to support State Attorney General Jerry Brown for Governor and State Assemblymember Tom Torlakson for Superintendent of Public Instruction.

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03.24.10
New Field Poll Results Show 8 in 10 Voters Oppose Cuts to Public Schools to Help Reduce the State Budget Deficit

California’s Field Poll released results showing that state lawmakers are out of sync.

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03.22.10
California’s Educators Praise House of Representatives for Historic Vote

California’s educators sincerely thank members of the House who sided with the millions of Americans who suffer from lack of insurance.

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03.14.10
CTA Concerned and Disappointed With President Obama's Plans to Revise Flawed No Child Left Behind Law

CTA has serious concerns about the new "blueprint" for the reauthorization of ESEA.

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03.11.10
Budget Hearing Held as 21,000 Teachers Receive “Pink Slips”

Ed Coalition reminds legislators of promise to CA students to restore $11.2 billion in cuts, as required by law, under the minimum school funding guarantee, Prop 98.

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03.10.10
Struggling Schools on New State List Need Assistance And Resources, Not More Sanctions

State releases new list of 188 of the most struggling public schools that face punishment due to federal or state laws.

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03.08.10
Meet Generation Z –Young, Tech-Savvy Students Offer Challenges, Rewards for California’s Teachers

They would rather text someone than call or meet up.

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03.02.10
Educators Mobilize for March 4 ‘Start the Day for Students’ Day of Action

In a groundswell of protests against devastating budget cuts to neighborhood schools

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02.27.10
February 2010 Press Releases

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02.24.10
CTA and Education Coalition Call on Lawmakers to Stop Breaking Promises to Students

Today, the California Teachers Association and its partners in the Education Coalition

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02.16.10
CTA Radio Ads Call on Public to Join March 4 Day of Action

Taking to the airwaves to sound the alarm about stopping cuts to public education, CTA has launched radio ads statewide underscoring the toll on students from cuts.

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02.05.10
CTA Endorses Initiatives

By unanimous vote, the top governing body of the 325,000-member California Teachers Association has decided to support two

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01.31.10
January 2010 Press Releases

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01.13.10
CTA joins national call-in on health care

Thousands of California teachers joined a nationwide call-in blitz to Congress today...

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12.31.09
2009 Press Releases

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12.31.09
December 2009 Press Release

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12.18.09
CTA Urges Passage of Assembly "Race to the Top" Bill

CTA supports ABx5 8, an Assembly bill that is the state's best opportunity to qualify for up to $700 million in federal "Race to the Top" grant funding.

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11.30.09
November 2009 Press Releases

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11.17.09
Report Released on Impact of $17 Billion in Cuts to Schools

As students and educators across the state make their voices heard during...

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11.16.09
American Education Week Events Warn of School Cuts Hurting Students

Starting with a town hall on Bay Area education cuts in San Francisco tonight...

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11.08.09
Bill Signed to Secure Funding for State's QEIA Schools

The governor has signed a bill securing funding for this fiscal year for...

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11.02.09
Coalition Warns Against Premature ‘Race to the Top’ State Policy Changes

The state Education Coalition today urged lawmakers to involve all stakeholders and wait for...

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10.31.09
October 2009 Press Releases

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10.28.09
CTA Members Testify in Assembly ‘Race to the Top’ Hearing

California Teachers Association members and staff provided important testimony...

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10.22.09
New Data Show Early Success for CTA-Backed QEIA Law -- Lower-Performing Schools Make Significant Gains

Lower-performing public schools targeted with extra resources across the state because...

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09.30.09
September 2009 Press Releases

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09.24.09
CTA President David A. Sanchez Issues Statement Of Solidarity With UC Faculty and Students Protesting Devastating Cuts, Fee Hikes

David A. Sanchez, president of the 325,000-member California Teachers Association, issued this statement...

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09.14.09
Largest Study of Teachers in the U.S. Yields Valuable Information about Cancers and Health in Women

An ongoing health study of over 133,000 California teachers is leading cancer researchers...

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09.11.09
California’s Voters Strongly Oppose More Borrowing Schemes to Resolve State Budget Crisis

A majority of Californians opposes more borrowing schemes to end the state’s $15.2 billion...

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09.02.09
Student Progress Shown by New High School Exit Exam Results Makes It Clear That Now Is the Time to Stand Up for Public Schools

David A. Sanchez, president of the 340,000-member California Teachers Association, issued this statement about...

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08.31.09
August 2009 Press Releases

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08.31.09
CTA Kicks Off New Ad Campaign Reminding Californians that Quality Public Schools Are an Investment in Everyone’s Future

As the state’s schools prepare for the beginning of a new school year, the California Teachers Association today...

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08.26.09
Don’t Make ‘Race to the Top’ Funding Quest a Race to Reckless Reforms That Hurt Students and Teachers

A San Jose teacher and a California Teachers Association legislative expert testified at a Capitol hearing...

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08.20.09
Teachers Say Governor’s Rush to Change Laws So California Can Apply for Race to the Top Funding Could Undermine Student Progress and Hurt Schools

The governor’s call today to rush the Legislature to change state laws in order to meet federal funding mandates...

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07.31.09
July 2009 Press Releases

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07.21.09
CTA President Calls on All Legislators to Approve New State Budget Agreement that Protects Minimum Funding Law and Repays Funds Owed to Schools

David A. Sanchez, president of the 340,000-member California Teachers Association, issued this statement...

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07.08.09
CTA Launches Statewide TV Ad Campaign Denouncing Governor’s Proposal to Suspend Prop. 98

The California Teachers Association is launching a statewide TV ad campaign denouncing...

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07.06.09
California Teachers March from San Diego Convention Center to Governor’s Office With 10,000 Postcards

One hundred of the 1,100 California educators attending the National Education Association’s Representative Assembly meeting...

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07.04.09
10,000 Teachers From Across the Country Tell Governor "Don’t Suspend Prop. 98 and Pass a Fair Budget Now!"

Over 1,100 California teachers and 10,000 educators, school nurses, counselors, librarians, bus drivers, cafeteria workers and other school employees...

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07.02.09
CTA President David A. Sanchez Issues Statement Regarding the Governor’s Call to Suspend Proposition 98 and His Refusal to Sign a Fair Budget on Time

“The governor’s call to suspend Proposition 98, the state’s minimum school funding law, because he and a few Republican senators failed...

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07.02.09
Education Coalition Opposes Governor's Proposal to Suspend Prop. 98 and Make Deeper Cuts to Public Schools

The Education Coalition strongly opposes Governor Schwarzenegger’s proposal announced yesterday to suspend Prop. 98...

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06.30.09
June 2009 Press Releases

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06.25.09
Education Coalition Calls for Repayment of Funds Borrowed From Schools

As billions more to cuts in public education are proposed...

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06.15.09
Cuts to School Bus Service Risks Students' Lives

As the Legislature’s budget conference committee considers cutting schools...

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06.03.09
CTA President Responds to Governor’s Budget Crisis Speech

David A. Sanchez, president of the 340,000-member California Teachers Association, issued this response...

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06.02.09
Parents, Teachers, and Staff Turn Out at State Budget Hearing

Governor Schwarzenegger addressed the California State Legislature today...

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05.31.09
May 2009 Press Releases

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05.29.09
California's Students Suffer Death By A Billion Cuts

As cuts to California’s students continue to be rolled out a dizzying pace...

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05.29.09
Revised Budget Plan Will Bankrupt Future Students

The billions of dollars of new cuts to public education...

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05.28.09
Educators Speak Out to Protect Adult Ed, ROP from Cuts

Teachers and administrators lobbied lawmakers in Sacramento this week to protect...

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05.22.09
Journalists Honored in CTA's John Swett Awards Ceremony

Media stories ranging from a look at homeless students...

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05.20.09
California Voters Still Want to Invest in Students and Schools, Despite Ballot Package Defeat in Low-Turnout Election

Though Prop 1B, which would have restored $9 billion...

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05.19.09
Students and Schools will Suffer as Result of Defeat of Special Election Ballot Measures

CTA President David A. Sanchez released the following statement about the defeat...

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05.15.09
Governor's May Revise Proposal to Cut an Additional $5.4 Billion Would Cause Irreparable Harm to California's Schools and Students

As more details emerge about cuts proposed in Governor Schwarzenegger’s...

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05.14.09
Governor’s May Revision and Looming Budget Deficit Further Demonstrates Importance of Passing May 19 Ballot Measures

CTA President David A. Sanchez released the following statement: “The governor’s...

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05.13.09
CTA President David A. Sanchez Hails the Release of $2.56 Billion in Federal Funds for California

“We are pleased that $2.56 billion in preliminary entitlements...

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05.13.09
Teachers, Parents and Public School Supporters to Celebrate ‘Day of the Teacher’ and Rally Voters to Support May 19 Special Election Props. 1A-1F

Educators across the state will spend today’s 27th annual California...

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05.08.09
Education Coalition Continues to Push for Passage of Prop. 1B as More Layoffs Loom in California's Public Schools

As school districts across the state consider budgets for the coming...

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05.05.09
CTA Educator Magazine Reveals how Students feel about Devastating School Cuts in May Issue

California’s students – the real victims of state budget cuts...

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04.30.09
April 2009 Press Releases

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04.24.09
Education Coalition Backs Prop. 1B to Help Alleviate Devastating Cuts to Schools

As California’s public schools continue to grapple with the fallout...

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04.18.09
Education Coalition Applauds California Being First State in the Nation to Receive Federal Stimulus Funds

In the midst of the biggest education funding crisis...

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04.06.09
CTA Honors Memory of President Mary ‘Lois’ Tinson

The California Teachers Association today honored the memory of Dr. Mary “Lois” Tinson...

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03.31.09
March 2009 Press Releases

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03.22.09
CTA Votes to Support Propositions 1A-1F -- Initiatives Help Restore Critical Funding to Students, Schools and Colleges

Recognizing that all the ballot propositions are inextricably tied together...

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03.13.09
Pink Friday Takes on a Life of Its Own as Throngs Engage in Pink Slip Protests Statewide

In rallies from Sacramento to San Jose, Santa Maria to Simi Valley, thousands of teachers...

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03.10.09
CTA to Kick Off ‘Pink Friday’ Events Wednesday As Teacher Pink Slips Soar to More Than 20,000

As teacher pink slips statewide soar to more than 20,000...

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03.05.09
November 2008 Press Releases

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03.05.09
October 2008 Press Releases

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03.03.09
CTA Responds to 17,800 Teacher Pink Slips With Strong Push of Radio Ads, Billboards About March 13 Action

California’s teachers are pushing back against nearly 18,000 pink slips...

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02.28.09
February 2009 Press Releases

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02.27.09
California’s Teachers to Celebrate Reading Monday

California’s public school teachers will join a nationwide celebration of reading...

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02.27.09
CTA and Senator Loni Hancock Introduce Legislation Today to Halt Needless, Costly Testing of Second Graders

Committed to protecting second grade students from the unnecessary...

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02.24.09
More Than 14,000 California Teacher Pink Slips Issued – CTA Fights Back With Statewide Day of Action

Mobilizing against public school cuts and more than 14,000 educator pink slips ...

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02.19.09
State Budget Hands Schools Single, Biggest Cut Ever

While we may be in the midst of uncertain economic times...

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02.19.09
Budget Package no “Deal” for California’s Students; Includes $11.6 Billion in Devastating Cuts to K-12 Schools

The budget deal passed today by state lawmakers includes deep cuts...

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02.12.09
CTA Calls on Congress to Pass Economic Recovery Package

Inspired by the news that House and Senate Conference Committee members...

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01.31.09
January 2009 Press Releases

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01.30.09
CTA, PTA Blast Budget Proposal to Eliminate Class Size Reduction

Representatives of the California State PTA, California Teachers Association, civic...

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01.29.09
PPIC Poll Shows that Californians Want to Protect Education

According to results released today from the PPIC Statewide Survey...

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01.28.09
Education Coalition Calls on Governor to Stop Attacks on Prop. 98

The Education Coalition is calling on the Governor and lawmakers...

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01.26.09
2008 Press Releases

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01.26.09
December 2008 Press Releases

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01.25.09
CTA to Move Forward with School Funding Initiative

Teacher delegates representing the top governing body of the 340,000-member ...

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01.20.09
CTA Radio Ads Oppose Governor’s Attack on School Funding

The California Teachers Association launches a statewide radio campaign today ...

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01.16.09
Governor’s Proposal Attacks Minimum School Funding Guarantee

Just as California’s schools are bracing for another devastating $10.8 billion ...

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01.16.09
CTA President Sanchez Criticizes Governor’s Budget Plan

David A. Sanchez, president of the 340,000-member California Teachers Association, issued this statement...

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01.15.09
Education Coalition Responds to Governor's State of the State

California’s schools are in crisis.

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01.15.09
Teachers Give Governor's State of the State Speech "F" Grade

David A. Sanchez, president of the 340,000-member California Teachers Association, issued this statement today...

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01.13.09
CTA Urges Legislature to Reach a Budget

The news that California has slipped to 47th in per-pupil funding...

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12.19.08
CTA Files School Funding Initiative to Protect Students

As the ongoing state budget crisis forces billions of dollars in cuts to public education....

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12.19.08
Court Rules Against Testing All 8th-Graders in Algebra

We are pleased that the Sacramento Superior Court ruled in favor of students and public school...

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12.17.08
GOP Budget Proposal Slashes $10 Billion More from Schools

David A. Sanchez, president of the 340,000-member California Teachers Association, issued this statement...

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12.15.08
Bay Area Schools 'Holiday Wish List' Unveiled

As the state’s budget woes compound by the day, California’s schools face more devastating cuts...

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11.19.08
CTA Magazine Reveals How Teachers Help ‘New Poor’ Students Cope

California’s teachers are coping with a little-reported blow from the mortgage crisis...

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11.17.08
LAO Report Supports Call for New Revenues

The California Teachers Association launched a new radio ad today to remind the governor and the Legislature...

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11.17.08
CTA Joins School Boards and Administrators in Algebra 1 Lawsuit

Troubled by the State Board of Education’s (SBE) action earlier this summer mandating...

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11.13.08
New LAO Report Supports Education Coalition's Call for New Revenues and Warns of Dangers of Inaction as State Deficit Could Hit $27.8 Billion

In a dire threat to schools that solidifies the Education Coalition’s call for new sources...

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11.06.08
Californians Cast Strong Vote for Public Education As School Bonds, Parcel Taxes, Candidates Win

In scores of California cities on Election Day, voters cast a strong vote for public schools and students...

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11.04.08
Nation's Historic Election Brings Opportunity for Historic Change for Students and Public Schools

David A. Sanchez, president of the 340,000-member California Teachers Association, issued this statement...

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10.29.08
Education Coalition Stands Firm against Further Cuts to Schools

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10.28.08
September 2008 Press Releases

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10.22.08
Props 6 & 9 Called "Budget Busters"

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10.17.08
August 2008 Press Releases

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10.17.08
July 2008 Press Releases

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10.17.08
June 2008 Press Releases

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10.17.08
April 2008 Press Releases

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10.17.08
February 2008 Press Releases

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10.17.08
March 2008 Press Releases

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10.17.08
May 2008 Press Releases

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10.16.08
CTA Urges Voters to Support Candidates Who Make Public Schools a Priority

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09.26.08
Governor Urged to Sign Universal Healthcare Bill

David A. Sanchez, president of the 340,000-member California Teachers Association, issued this statement...

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09.19.08
California’s Educators Say Lawmakers Passed a Reckless Budget that Hurts Public Schools

“This gimmick-filled budget, which is more than 81 days late...

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09.16.08
State Budget Agreement Fails Students and Schools

“The state budget package approved by the Legislature is a disaster...

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09.15.08
California Teachers Oppose Lawmakers’ New Budget Package Deal That Fails to Provide Revenues and Prevent Deeper Cuts to Public Schools

“Despite strong opposition from California voters, state lawmakers are expected to vote later today...

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08.30.08
Republican Smoke and Mirrors Budget Proposal Disaster for Students, Public Schools and Colleges

Republican leaders took a step backwards with the state budget proposal they outlined today.

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08.29.08
Teachers Oppose Locking Public Schools into Future Cuts

The Senate Budget Proposal would make it impossible for local schools to meet the needs of students.

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08.25.08
CTA Kicks Off New Back-to-School Ad Campaign Today Reminding Parents Their Involvement is Beneficial to Student Learning

With California students heading back to school, the California Teachers Association is launching...

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08.15.08
CTA Calls on Legislature to Approve Conference Committee Solution

To protect our students and public schools from even deeper cuts, California’s teachers are...

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08.14.08
With Student Gains, It's No Time to Make Further Cuts

David A. Sanchez, president of the 340,000-member California Teachers Association, issued this statement...

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08.08.08
LA Teachers to Lobby in Sacramento for School Reform Bill

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08.04.08
Teachers, Parents, Administrators Receive Training on Quality Education Investment Act

Starting today, several top education experts will join the California Teachers Association staff...

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07.23.08
Teachers, Parents, School Board Members Kick Off Statewide Push to Gain Support for Responsible State Budget Solution

With the new school year approaching and no state budget passed by the Legislature yet...

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07.11.08
State of Board of Education Action Punishes California’s Students

The State Board of Education’s action to force all eighth-grade students to take a standardized Algebra test...

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07.09.08
CTA Ad Calls on Lawmakers to Put Partisan Politics Aside

With time running out and urgency increasing for lawmakers to pass a state budget...

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07.09.08
Conference Committee Budget Proposal Makes Schools a Priority

The California Teachers Association applauds Democratic leaders of the Assembly and Senate...

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07.02.08
Education Coalition Launches Statewide Radio Ad Campaign

Today the Education Coalition released a statewide radio ad campaign to urge the Governor and lawmakers...

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06.18.08
CTA Supports San Francisco Rally on Health Care Reform

California’s teachers are joining a major protest rally for health care reform...

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06.09.08
CTA Supports Obama for President

Teacher delegates meeting here over the weekend as the top governing body...

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06.09.08
Education Coalition Experts Details Impact of May 's Revised Budget

Today experts representing the Education Coalition provided a detailed analysis...

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05.22.08
CTA Announces Swett Awards Winners for Media Coverage of Education

Media stories ranging from how Los Angeles Unified payroll system woes bedeviled teachers...

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05.20.08
CTA Wraps Up “Cuts Hurt” Bus Tour

At the final stop of the California Teachers Association’s six-week “Cuts Hurt” bus tour...

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05.14.08
CTA President Releases Statement About May Revise for the 2008-09 Budget

The governor’s decision to avoid the suspension of Proposition 98 is a step in the right direction.

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05.07.08
CTA Airs Radio Ad to Urge Governor to Protect Education

With California’s budget crisis worsening, and the governor’s state budget...

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05.05.08
CTA ‘Cuts Hurt’ Bus Tour Details Higher Ed Cuts at Butte College

With proposed state budget cuts meaning a devastating $1.3 billion hit...

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04.28.08
Sanchez Says Assembly Republican Bill Would Harm Schools

CTA President David A. Sanchez released the following statement: “At a time...

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04.23.08
CTA ‘Cuts Hurt’ Bus Tour Hits Central Valley

Making two stops in the Central Valley today, the statewide...

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04.17.08
CTA ‘Cuts Hurt’ Bus Tour Rolls On

The California Teachers Association’s “Cuts Hurt” bus tour stopped...

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04.14.08
Teen Driving Safety Week

Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for teenagers...

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04.07.08
CTA ‘Cuts Hurt’ Bus Tour Stops in Inglewood, Rialto

The California Teachers Association’s launch of a statewide “Cuts Hurt”...

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03.14.08
Pink Slips Hit Mailboxes for Teachers and Other Educators

One day before the March 15th deadline, layoff notices to teachers...

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03.14.08
Cutting $4.8 Billion from Public Education will Hurt Students

California Teachers Association President David A. Sanchez released the following statement today...

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03.05.08
AFL-CIO and National Education Association Announce Milestone Affiliations in California

The AFL-CIO and the National Education Association (NEA) announced affiliations...

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03.03.08
California Celebrates ‘Read Across America’ Day

Teachers, celebrities and lawmakers like Lt. Gov. John Garamendi...

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02.07.08
November 2007 Press Releases

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02.05.08
California Voters Reject Proposition 92

Today California voters joined teachers, business, firefighters, taxpayers, labor, seniors...

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01.30.08
January 2008 Press Releases

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01.30.08
Assemblyman Gene Mullin Honored With ‘Friend of Education’ Award

In honor of his long and outstanding career devoted to public education...

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01.28.08
Radio Ad Calls on Governor to Stop Cuts to Schools

Today the Education Coalition launched a 60-second statewide radio ad...

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01.26.08
Governor's Proposed $4.8 Billion in Education Cuts Condemned

The governor’s budget proposal to slash $4.8 billion from education...

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01.23.08
Coalition Comes Together to Urge “No on Proposition 92"

Today a broad and diverse coalition of business, teachers, firefighters...

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01.18.08
Coalition Urges Governor To Halt Devastating Proposed Cuts To Schools

Today members of the Education Coalition detailed the devastating impact...

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01.14.08
CTA Launches Radio Ads Today Urging Voters to Make California Public Schools a Priority

With three elections in California this year, the California Teachers Association begins...

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01.11.08
Education Coalition Statement on Governor’s 2008-09 Budget Proposal

The Education Coalition, representing more than 1.7 million parents, teachers...

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01.10.08
Governor’s Proposed Budget Cuts Billions from Public Schools

David A. Sanchez, president of the 340,000-member California Teachers Association, issued this statement on the governor’s proposed state budget...

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01.09.08
October 2007 Press Releases

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01.09.08
September 2007 Press Releases

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01.09.08
August 2007 Press Releases

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01.09.08
July 2007 Press Releases

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01.09.08
June 2007 Press Releases

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01.09.08
May 2007 Press Releases

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01.09.08
April 2007 Press Releases

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01.09.08
March 2007 Press Releases

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01.09.08
February 2007 Press Releases

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01.09.08
January 2007 Press Releases

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01.08.08
CTA President's Statement on Governor’s 2008 State of the State

“It’s disappointing and certainly ironic that in the proclaimed ‘year of education...

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