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Hundreds Turn Out at Capital Middle School to Fight for Fair Taxation

(Photo above) Don Stauffer, a school science teacher at River City High school in the Washington school district, tells a crowd of about 200 Thursday morning that California corporations are ducking more than $9 billion annually of their fair share of property taxes, funds that are desperately needed for children’s education, healthcare, infrastructure, and other vital needs.

(SACRAMENTO, Calif.) More than 200 educators, clergy, parents, retirees, labor union representatives, and others convened in front of Sutter Middle School to announce the creation of a coalition dedicated to making California’s property tax structure fairer.

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Chico Educators Organize to Make Students, Teachers, Classroom the District's Top Priority

(Photo above) Supported by local and CTA staff, members of the Chico Unified Teachers Association’s organizing team discuss how best to proceed in their ongoing battle to force the local school district to reallocate its resources to students, classrooms, and educators.

They’ve elected school board members, they’ve marched, and they’ve rallied….and now they’ve made their fact-finding presentation…but members of the Chico Unified Teachers Association still have miles to go to get the local school board to refocus itself on the needs of students and the educators who help them achieve excellence.

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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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