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Lincoln Teachers Augment Students' Reading with Holocaust Survivor's Presentation

(From r.) Lincoln High School English Teacher Janet Smith speaks with Herbert Heller, a Holocaust survivor who spoke to more than 50 students and another 300 Placer County residents about his experiences and the importance of staying in school.

Two English teachers from Lincoln High School in Placer County – CTA Members Janet Smith and Kari Koche – gave more than 50 of their students a chance to pair their classroom reading with real life. The teachers escorted the students to a presentation by Herbert Heller, a survivor of the Nazi Terezin camp in Czechoslovakia who later escaped during a “march to nowhere” from the Auschwitz death camp.

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Assembly Member Medina Honors Barbara Kerr as District's Woman of the Year

(From l.) Barbara Kerr, a former CTA president, receives Assembly District 61 recognition from Assembly Member Jose Medina . (Photo courtesy Assembly Member Medina’s office.)

Former CTA President Barbara E. Kerr has just added another impressive award to her long list of recognitions.

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CTA Congratulates McGuire-Grigg, NEA’s ESP of the Year

(Photo courtesy of NEA.)

On behalf of CTA’s 325,000 members, President Eric C. Heins has congratulated CTA/NEA Board Member Doreen McGuire-Grigg upon her selection by the National Education Association as its Educational Support Professional (ESP) of the Year.

The award is the second in as many years for the Lakeport Unified Classified member, who has served Special Education students for more than 28 years. Last year, CTA named her its ESP of the Year.

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State Board Overturns Local Decisions, Approves Rocketship Charter in Contra Costa

(From l.) CTA members, including Shirley Thornton and Terri Jackson, an elementary teacher and CTA Board Member, prepare to enter the State Department of Education on the way to Thursday’s State Board of Education meeting.

The California State Board of Education on Thursday voted to overturn two local decisions barring the notorious Rocketship Charter organization from opening another charter institution in the Contra Costa area.

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Parents, Community Members, Educators Battle Rocketship Charter’s Efforts to Overturn Local Decisions

(From r.) Led by Terri Jackson, a sixth-grade history and math teacher at Stewart Elementary School in the West Contra Costa Unified School District and CTA Board Member, and Guy Moore, a high school teacher and president of the Mt. Diablo Education Association, some of the more than two dozen parents, community members, administrators, and classroom educators prepare to urge the California Board of Education in Sacramento not to overturn two local decisions barring a notorious charter school company from taking over a local site.

Two local school boards – the Mt. Diablo and the Contra Costa Board – both turned down efforts by the Rocketship Charter School company for opening a charter school in a low-income area in Contra Costa. Despite the fact both decisions were unanimous, operators of the charter schools are taking their case to the California State School Board in Sacramento on Thursday.

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Today is International Women’s Day – A Time to Fight for Parity

March 8 is this year’s #InternationalWomensDay, a day to celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women.

We must also take the day to reflect on the challenges facing working women across the United States and the world. This year’s theme focuses on the ongoing battle toward full gender equity.

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Sac City Leaders Join Thousands in Read Across America

Nikki Milevsky, a school psychologist and president of the Sacramento City Teachers Association, reads about the achievements of the lovable pachyderm, Horton, during Wednesday’s Read Across America event.

Sacramento City Teachers Association (SCTA) leaders were among the thousands of Californians who took time out of their day to read to students as part of Read Across America.

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Assembly Commemorates March 2nd as Read Across America Day

(From l.) Assembly Education Chair Patrick O’Donnell, a former teacher and CTA member, presents a member’s resolution to CTA Board Member Toby Boyd honoring the Association’s efforts to boost literacy through California Reads and Read Across America.

The California Assembly on a unanimous vote adopted a resolution proclaiming March 2, 2016, as Read Across America Day in the state. The measure was authored by Assembly Education Chair Patrick O’Donnell (D-Long Beach), who was himself a teacher before being elected to the legislature.

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Civil Rights Warrior Huerta, Educators, and Community Backers Urge Appeals Court to Overturn Error-Ridden Ruling that Would Hurt Children

Just before attorneys representing more than 400,000 educators in CTA and CFT headed into a court of appeal, Civil Rights Icon Dolores Huerta, educators, and community members educated reporters about what is at stake. In a morning news conference in Los Angeles, they told the media that they are asking the California 2nd District Court of Appeal to overturn the wrong-headed June 2014 ruling in Vergara v. California that could harm more than 6,000,000 students.

Civil Rights Icon Dolores Huerta denounces the Vergara suit and the dishonest tactics used by its supporters. She is flanked by educators including (from l.) CTA President Eric C. Heins and Vice President Theresa Montaño.

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CTA, Union Representatives to Take Part in Thursday Pension Forum

In Sacramento last year, hundreds of working women and men turned out for a demonstration against Wall Street-proposed cuts in public employee pensions (Photo from CTA archives.)

Pension experts from the California Teachers Association (CTA), the California School Employees Association (CSEA), the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), and the California Professional Firefighters (CPF) will take part in several panels during Thursday’s Public Pension Forum in Sacramento.

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