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Join the National Celebration of American Education Week, Nov. 16-22: Take Part in CTA’s Community Engagement Day, Wed., Nov. 19

Throughout California and the nation, communities are observing the 93rd annual American Education Week, a time to honor students, teachers, education support professionals, parents, and community members who help our students succeed.

And on Wed., Nov. 19, CTA is asking non-educators to “put on a teacher hat” for Community Engagement Day.
Here’s what it’s all about.

AEW began in 1921, with the NEA and the American Legion as sponsors of an event designed to help combat illiteracy.

This year and every year on the week before Thanksgiving, the nation pauses to honor students’ hard work, educators’ professionalism, and parents’ and community members’ support for schools.

Overall, the ongoing aim of the week is to rally support for our public schools and the professionals who provide a high quality education to all of our students.

In California on Community Engagement Day, community members are being invited into schools to teach classes, perform lunch and hall duty, and supervise recess – to spend a day in neighborhood schools.

It’s a great way to learn what it’s like to be a school educational professional.

It’s also a great way to strengthen the links between our schools and our communities.

Learn about American Education Week and about NEA’s Educator for a Day event, which is similar to our own Community Engagement Day. In fact, you can use NEA's Educator for a Day Promotional Kit when planning your November 19 Community Engagement Day!

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CSU Students Protest "Student Success Fees"

As part of “Degrees not Debt” actions this week, students from several CSU campuses and community colleges rallied outside the CSU Board of Trustees in Long Beach Thursday to protest so-called “student success fees” being considered by the board and already in effect on 11 campuses. The fees, totaling nearly $800 per student, are viewed by many as tuition hikes.

Protesters had support from CSU faculty members as well as CTA Board members. The event was organized by NEA, the California Faculty Association (CFA) and Students for Quality Education (SQE).

Inside the trustee meeting, while a few students from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo spoke in favor of maintaining local control of the use of student fees and seemed to support what their campus was using them for, the majority of students criticized the fees as an unfair tuition hike that is putting a university education out of reach for many current and prospective students.

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Supt. Torlakson Announces $250M in Career Pathways Grants

Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson is urging school districts and community colleges to apply for $250 million in California Career Pathways Trust Grants that can help students prepare for success in school and careers. This effort furthers Supt. Torlakson's Career Readiness initiative to curb dropouts and support career technical education.

"This program is a great example of teamwork among educators and employers," said Supt. Torlakson. "By giving students a taste of the working world before they graduate, these programs motivate and excite students, reduce the drop-out rate, and increase the college attendance rate."

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Temecula Students' Trick-Or-Vote Campaign a Success

Trick or vote

As part of the Get Out the Vote effort, the Temecula Valley Educators Association (TVEA) lent assistance and space to local Temecula Valley High School (TVHS) students in their Trick-Or-Vote campaign as it trained and prepared volunteers to go out on Halloween night in various neighborhoods and engage in a non-partisan GOTV canvassing campaign.

“Students and members canvassed neighborhoods as community ambassadors, providing additional safety with our flashlights, and reminding parents that Election Day is Tuesday, November 4," stated National Honor Society (NHS) Community Service President and TVHS senior Julian Sibby. “We were excited to participate in something we had fun with and at the same time got to be involved in the 2014 Election. NHS is charged to engage in community service, so we thought that dressing up for Halloween would be a great way to do it.”

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The Latest Time Cover is a Sensationalist Outrage

Suggesting that due process makes it nearly impossible to fire teachers, Time's latest cover purposefully leaves the impression that there are many, many teachers in our public schools who should be fired, but are not, solely because of due process laws. Nothing could be further from the truth!

On Monday, Nov. 3, this cover will be in every supermarket checkout line and newsstand across the country—and it’s already online.

TIMEfail

Since when do tech millionaires know anything about teaching children? Why should they determine the lives and careers of educators? Why don’t they volunteer to teach for a week and then share their new wisdom?

 

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Student CTA President Speaks Out on the College Affordability Crisis

Every American deserves a fair shot at higher education. But student debt has become a barrier to accessing the American Dream. Listen to Student CTA President and CSU San Bernardino student Jess Sanchez talk about how student loan debt impacts him.

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CA STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: INSTRUCTIONAL QUALITY COMMISSION

The Instructional Quality Commission, an advisory body to the State Board of Education (SBE), is looking for teachers with expertise in science, history, social science, world languages and/or health.

Individuals appointed to the IQC will serve a four-year term commencing January 2015. All applications must be received by 5:00 p.m. on October 20, 2014.

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San Ysidro Educators Call Strike

Teachers of the San Ysidro School District will officially strike this week in protest of the planned imposition of a 6.5% pay cut, among the county’s worst health benefits, and a present lack of respect by SYSD officials. The San Ysidro Education Association (SYEA) received notification from the school district’s attorney that the SYSD will meet in special session either Tuesday or Wednesday, to impose provisions of the contract in dispute. SYEA’s Executive Board voted to call the strike unless a settlement is reached with the district beforehand. Issues include the district’s determination to cut salaries across the board using dubious and inaccurate projections that even the state-appointed fact-finder admitted has been an ongoing practice of the District.

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Chula Vista Educators Reach Tentative Agreement

CVEA

After seven years without a pay increase and having to manage growing class sizes with reduced resources, representatives of the Chula Vista Education Association (CVEA) have agreed to a Tentative Agreement with the school district that calls for a 7% pay increase from 2013-16.

In the coming days, CVEA members will vote on the Agreement and local leaders are optimistic that CVEA members will strongly support the Agreement.

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CTA Pres.: Watershed Events Remind Us of the Importance of Voting

On a day set aside to remind the country of the importance of voting and to encourage every eligible voter to register, CTA President Dean Vogel, an elementary teacher, writes in a Capitol Weekly op-ed, “In our civics classes across the state, California’s teachers discuss these and other watershed moments to inspire students to vote and help shape their communities and futures. And today, educators are talking about this national day of action as the Nov. 4 California general election looms and politics fill the headlines.”

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