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The following statement was issued today by Dean E. Vogel, president of the 325,000-member California Teachers Association, in response to Gov. Jerry Brown’s State of the State speech:
“In many ways, the ideas, pride and respect for educators revealed in the governor’s State of the State speech today are an inspiration for California’s teachers. We thank him 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. It is not about test drills and filling out bubbles.
“The governor’s criticism of state and federal micro-managing of our schools is refreshing. And he’s right that we have to move beyond obsessing about standardized tests to focus on well-rounded education. Putting our schools and communities on the road to recovery is what voters wanted when they passed the governor’s Proposition 30 in November. His recognition of Californians who worked to pass that remarkable measure was a thumb’s up to unions and their members working to put our state back on track.”
The 325,000-member CTA is affiliated with the 3.2 million-member National Education Association.