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Decrying $12 Trillion in Student Debt, NEA, CTA and Affiliates Press for Degrees Not Debt during Statewide Tour

(Photo above) Lily Eskelsen García, president-elect of the National Education Association, tells reporters in Los Angeles on Thursday morning that NEA, California Teachers Association, the Community College Association, the California Faculty Association, and Student CTA are working together on the “Degrees, Not Debt” program to help increase student aid and reduce student debt. The efforts are being supported by Supt. of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson, who joined the NEA and CTA leaders at an afternoon news conference in Oakland.

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Parents, Students, CTA and Allies Prepare to Launch Defense against Meritless "Vergara" Attack

(Photo above) Joined by parents, students, teachers, and other members and allies, CTA President Dean Vogel stresses that the Vergara v. State of California suit is an outright attack on teachers’ rights in the form of a meritless lawsuit. (Photo by Mike Myslinski)

CTA and its allies held a news conference this morning near the Los Angeles Superior Court where anti-union attorneys have tried to make a case that the professional and due process rights that have been in place for teachers for more than 80 years harm California’s students.

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Educators Urge State Board to Maintain Flexibility in Local Funding Regulations

(Photo above) Kendall Vaught, a 39-year teacher of English Language Learners and other students, stresses to the State Board of Education the importance of drafting regulations that maintain the flexibility and local decision-making that are the essence of the Local Control Funding Formula.

(Photo above) Nikki Milevsky, a school psychologist and president of the Sacramento City Teachers Association, discusses her testimony about the LCFF regulations with John Fensterwald, a Sacramento-based education reporter.

CTA President Dean Vogel, CTA Board Members, and more than 160 other educators, education support professionals, parents, and students addressed the State Board of Education Thursday in Sacramento. The testimony came as the education policy body heard from the public about its proposed regulations on the Local Control Funding Formula.

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Supt. Torlakson Commends Task Force on Excellence Report - More Resources Needed

At a Monday morning news  conference near the state Capitol, Supt. of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson  congratulated members of his Educator Excellence Task Force Report for the completion and release of “Greatness by Design.”
 
CTA President Dean Vogel notes that the report makes it clear to teachers that “your experience counts and your assessment of what's necessary counts. Citing the report’s self-description as a “living document” subject to revision, the CTA leader said that “to the degree we can make the necessary adjustments to this, we win and if we win our students win.”
The superintendent praised  the task force members, including CTA President Dean Vogel, for their collaboration and hard work on a plan to improve the recruitment, training, and retention of teachers. The state schools chief, who is backing the governor’s revenue measure on the November ballot, commended  educators for moving ahead on the path toward excellence and conceded that the progress would be faster if schools had more resources.

He noted that no one cares more about improving teaching and learning than teachers themselves. The committee was chaired by Stanford Professor Linda Darling-Hammond and Long Beach Unified School District Superintendent Chris Steinhauser.

Learn more about the report at Greatness by Design.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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