The Blog

Governor Vetoes CTA-sponsored Mandatory Kindergarten Bill

In a disappointment to educators, Gov. Jerry Brown has vetoed AB 1444, the CTA-sponsored measure by Assembly Members Joan Buchanan (D-Alamo) and Shirley Weber (D-San Diego) that would have ensured that all youngsters secure the educational advantages provided by the modern kindergarten curriculum and experience.

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Supt. Torlakson Congratulates 24 California Schools That Win National Recognition

Supt. of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson on Tuesday extended his congratulations to 24 California public schools that were singled out by the Federal Department of Education as 2014 National Blue Ribbon Schools. They are among 337 schools in 47 states so honored.

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Governor Signs CTA-backed Language Acquisition Bill

The governor has signed SB 1174, a CTA-supported measure that will help all students acquire English language proficiency.

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How do we do a Point/Counterpoint?

I was asked this question recently by the editor of the NEA affiliate in New York, and probably gave her more information than she expected. After all, it’s such a little column. It looks so easy. But looks are deceptive. Every month, we wonder if we’ll be able to pull it off, and my editor worries about having an empty page right before we go to press.

Part of the challenge: It’s extremely difficult to find people who are willing to spill their guts on controversial issues in a public forum read by 325,000 of their closest friends – along with administrators and parents lucky enough to land a copy of the California Educator. It’s a very brave undertaking to speak out publicly about whether schools should hand out condoms, cursive should be eliminated entirely from the classroom, football should be banned or test scores should be tied to evaluations.

But don’t let that stop you.

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California Educators Meet with Congressional Black Caucus in DC

Congressional Black Caucus Karen Bass

California educators are in Washington DC this week for the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s Annual Legislative Conference, explaining that we support the Common Core State Standards but are deeply troubled by how they are being implemented. A fast-tracked, chaotic implementation will hurt our students and our schools. We must get it right.

CTA’s delegation includes CTA Secretary/Treasurer Mikki Cichocki-Semo and Board members Terry Jackson, Curtis Washington, and E. Toby Boyd who met with Congresswoman Karen Bass (photo) to share how California’s Local Control Funding Formula is improving education by helping students who need it most, while supporting continuous improvement and transparency.

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CTA Pres.: Watershed Events Remind Us of the Importance of Voting

On a day set aside to remind the country of the importance of voting and to encourage every eligible voter to register, CTA President Dean Vogel, an elementary teacher, writes in a Capitol Weekly op-ed, “In our civics classes across the state, California’s teachers discuss these and other watershed moments to inspire students to vote and help shape their communities and futures. And today, educators are talking about this national day of action as the Nov. 4 California general election looms and politics fill the headlines.”

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The 2014 Election is a big one for Education in California... a Lot is at Stake!

Tuesday, September 23, is National Voter Registration Day, a time educators throughout California are being asked to encourage their family, friends, colleagues, and students who will be 18 by November 4, 2014 to register. Some CTA Chapters already have plans to remind voters to register.

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Does Your Vote Matter? Theres a Link for That!

Ever wondered if your vote really matters?  Some folks at the Douglas County, NV Elections Center have put together some historical information that provides an answer to that oft-asked question.  The short answer: a resounding “yes.”

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Charter School Educators Come Back to Capitol for Day 2 of Meetings with Lawmakers and Staff

(Photo above) Assembly Majority Leader Manuel Perez (D-Indio) asks teachers at the California Virtual Academy to give him additional examples of situations they point to that are hampering the educational success of the students they serve.

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Charter Teachers Lobby to Protect Right to Organize

Jason Spadaro, (at left) a high school English teacher, and six other teachers from California Virtual Academy (CAVA), a statewide charter school, speak to Sara Arce, staff for Assembly Member Das Williams, on the importance of charter school teachers having the rights enjoyed by other public school teachers.

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