The Blog at CTA

In State of State, Gov. Reiterates Commitment to Schools, Educators, and Pension Stability

The governor delivers his State of the State message to the legislature on Jan. 21. (Photo: courtesy of the governor’s press office.)

Gov. Jerry Brown delivered his State of the State Address to the Legislature on Thursday morning and used it to underscore his commitment to public education. He also decried the economic inequality that has enhanced the wealth of the top 1% while undermining the fiscal stability of the rest of the state.

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Senate Panel Explores How to Head off Teacher Shortage

Providing Higher Pay, Better Preparation, Improved Working Conditions, Loan Forgiveness, and Good Principals and Listening to Teachers are Keys to Beating Teacher Shortage

Prof. Darling-Hammond, both a highly regarded education expert and chair of the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing, warned committee members that the state is heading for “déjà vu all over again,” another teacher shortage.

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CTA Vice President, San Diego Elementary Teacher Stress the Importance of Mentoring, Continuity, Teachers’ Voices

(From right) CTA Vice President Theresa Montano, a higher education professor, discusses the teacher shortage with Jill Tucker, education reporter for the San Francisco Chronicle, following their participation on a panel focused on teacher preparation and induction. The CTA vice president stressed during her presentation the importance of good working conditions and adequate salaries to helping head off a looming teacher shortage.

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Unions are Vital to Freedom, a Former US President Declared

“Where free unions and collective bargaining are forbidden, freedom is lost,” one recent American leader said in 1980, citing the role of Polish unions in fighting the Communist Party’s iron fist.

Richard D. Kahlenberg, a senior fellow at the Century Foundation, in a Jan. 12 New York Times think piece reminds us that the American leader was not the head of the AFL/CIO or the National Education Association.

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Pres. Obama: Attacks on Collective Bargaining Must Not Go Unanswered

Pres. Obama tells Congress and the American people Tuesday night that a battle must be fought to protect the voices of working women and men and collective bargaining. (Photo: courtesy of the White House.)

In his last State of the Union Address, Pres. Barack Obama on Tuesday night underscored the importance of unions and collective bargaining to help correct the economic imbalance that has seen the rich get richer and the middle class and working women and men get poorer.

“But after years of record corporate profits, working families won’t get more opportunity or bigger paychecks by letting big banks or big oil or hedge funds make their own rules at the expense of everyone else; or by allowing attacks on collective bargaining to go unanswered,“ the president said during his one-hour address to the nation.

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San Dieguito settlement shows patience and hard work pay off

San Dieguito 

A focus on attracting and retaining outstanding educators in San Dieguito Union High School District (SDUHSD) paid off with a ratified settlement that puts students and educators first and keeps the San Dieguito Faculty Association (SDFA) the highest paid teachers in San Diego County. With California’s teacher shortage now a reality, districts are contending with educators who are leaving for better pay and benefits elsewhere. District officials have historically good relations with their Faculty Association counterparts, which paved the way for successful negotiations. “When the goal on both sides is to keep outstanding educators in every class, it makes all the difference in the process” said SDFA President Rob Croft.

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Santee parents, teachers slam district for hoarding tax dollars intended for classroom


Santee parents and teachers at Tuesday’s school board meeting press district officials to put tax dollars where they belong: into the classroom.

(SANTEE, Calif.) – Dozens of Santee parents and teachers converged on the local school board meeting Tuesday to blast officials for maintaining a bloated 24% budget reserve with money taxpayers intended to be used to help students excel.

“High quality education begins with a highly qualified teacher in every classroom,” says Santee Teachers Association (STA) Negotiations Chair Chris Stanley. “Our students are losing access to some of our best teachers, who are fleeing Santee because funds aren’t going to the classroom and teacher salaries and benefits are among the worst in San Diego County.”

Parents and teachers arrived early and filled the board room beyond capacity. More supporters gathered outside the building as parents and teachers inside blasted board members for allowing their schools to lose so many experienced educators.


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Temecula Teachers Celebrate Student Success during Local Holiday Parade


Dozens of students tapped for their outstanding performance by their teachers, members of the Temecula Valley Educators Association, led the TVEA delegation in Saturday night’s holiday parade through the center of the city.

TEMECULA, Calif. – Wearing Santa hats and carrying safety lights provided by their teachers, Temecula students and Temecula Valley Educators Association members marched side by side through downtown Saturday night in the annual Holiday Electric Parade.

TVEA used the annual event to honor their students’ success by highlighting “Student Standouts” from public schools throughout the district.

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Times Exposé Spotlights Charter PAC’s “Shielding” of $2.3 Million in Political Donations

The identities of donors who contributed more than $2.3 million to the May 19 Los Angeles Unified School Board race were not unveiled until months after the election, according to the Los Angeles Times. (Graphic courtesy of Bing Images free clipart.)

It took months after last May 19th’s election for Los Angeles voters to learn the hidden identities of billionaire donors whose $2.3 million in political contributions underwrote the most expensive school board race in the nation, a new Los Angeles Times exposé reveals.

The story by Times Education Writer Harold Blume reports that “The contributions -- from philanthropist Eli Broad, heirs to the Wal-Mart fortune, former New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and others -- were made to California Charter Schools Assn. Advocates, a political action committee in Sacramento, before the May 19 election. That group then forwarded those funds to a local committee, which poured the money into the campaigns of pro-charter-school candidates.”

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That Sound You're Hearing is Applause for You

Today is the last day of American Education week, a time set aside to honor our dedicated school professionals for their commitment to students at all levels of public education. (Graphic courtesy of NEA.)

Throughout California, millions of parents and community members are cheering CTA members for your dedication and hard work in classrooms and schools across the state.

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