California Educators Tell Congress Not to Cut Funding for Schools
(In photo above from l.) U.S. Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) welcomed California educators at her constituent breakfast, pictured here with Michelle Johnson, president of the Bakersfield Elementary Teachers Association/CTA/NEA.
More than a dozen CTA and CTA Community College Association members were in Washington, D.C. last week to urge members of Congress to oppose any federal budget bills that would continue devastating cuts to schools.
At the same time, members of the delegation – which was led by CTA Secretary-Treasurer Mikki Cichocki-Semo and CTA Board Members Curtis L. Washington, Terri Jackson, E. Toby Boyd, and Tyrone Cabell -- briefed Congress about the cutting edge efforts California is taking to implement the Common Core State Standards and bring student assessment into the 21st century.
The delegation spent time meeting with many California congressional representatives. The educators also left behind position papers on issues including school funding, accountability, teacher-driven change, and immigration reform.
The CTA/CCA members also took part in the 2013 Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Annual Legislative Conference that focused on these and other issues.