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What happens in the state legislature, in the governor's office, and at state agencies can affect every teacher, education support professional, and student in the state. The Capitol News blog aims to provide members with timely information about what is going on in the state capitol.

Opposed Measure to Relax District Reserve Caps Dies in Committee

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After intense work by CTA members around the state who contacted their lawmakers, SB 799 (Hill/Glazer) died in the Assembly Education Committee on Wednesday. The bill never even came up for a vote after the authors realized they did not have enough support to move the measure.

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Educators Battle Bill That Would Harm Students and Gain Approval of Measure Expanding Parental Leave

Sen. Bob Huff (R-Diamond Bar) meets with a team of educators, including Maria Elena Cabellero and Deb Behm, on issues including parental leave during a member lobby day in the state Capitol. (Photo by Seth Bramble.)

Three teams of educators, including education support professions, K-14 teachers, and higher education faculty, worked closely with lawmakers early this week on a range of key education issues. Much of their focus was on three measures –a CTA-cosponsored bill that would expand parental leave programs to cover education support personnel, a second CTA-cosponsored measure that would help provide fair treatment for part-time community college faculty, and a bad one that would undermine student learning.

The educators brought their expertise gained in the classroom and as members of several key State Council of Education policy committees, including Professional Rights and Responsibilities and Negotiations.

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Pending Bill Would Take Away Educators' Rights and Negatively Impact Students

Corporate millionaires and special interests have mounted an all-out assault on educators by attempting to do away with laws protecting teachers from arbitrary firings, providing transparency in layoff decisions and supporting due process rights.

Because they failed in the courts, they are now trying to push their agenda through lawmakers—an agenda that negatively impacts student learning.

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Vote Today as If Your Future Depends on It

P.S. – It Does…. A lot is riding on the outcome of today’s balloting for the state and for the nation. If you’ve already voted, thank you! You’ve made your voice heard. If you haven’t yet, poll are open until 8:00 P.M.

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Budget Panel Hears State Could Suffer $4B in Education Cuts without Income Tax Extension on Top 2%

Philip Ting

The ten-member panel working on a final state budget has begun meeting in the state Capitol. The state Senators and Assembly Members are charged with producing one budget document from the separate budget bills approved by each house. At the outset of the first hearing, which focuses on education spending including child care, the governor’s Department of Finance and the nonpartisan Legislative Analyst’s Office warned that their projections show the state running a multi-billion budget deficit if voters don’t approve an extension of the current income tax rates on the wealthiest 2% of Californians. Education could suffer more than $4 billion in cuts, hurtling public schools back into the devastated landscape created during the Great Recession.

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CA Department of Education is Looking for Content Reviewers and Scorers

The California Department of Education is looking for qualified educators who would like to serve as either content reviewers for a variety of assessments or hand-scorers for the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments for English Language Arts or mathematics.

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New Survey Finds Voters Support Tax Extension on Wealthy by Overwhelming Margin

A whopping 64% of all voters support extending the current Prop. 30 income tax levels affecting the top 2% of wealthy Californians. (Graphic courtesy of the PPIC.)

A new poll released Wednesday by the nonpartisan Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC) finds that an overwhelming majority of Californians voters – by a 64-32% margin – support extending the current level of income taxes being levied on the wealthiest 2% of Californians.

The poll, part of the PPIC’s Californians and Their Government survey series, cites voters’ passage of Prop. 30 in 2012 and asks respondents whether they would support extending the high-income tax levels for an additional 12 years.

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Chapter Leaders Urge Lawmakers to Protect School Funding and Head off Shortfall

On behalf of CTA President Eric Heins, Vice President Theresa Montaño and Secretary-Treasurer David Goldberg prepare to speak to the 120 CTA chapter leaders who came to the Capitol on May 24.

More than 100 CTA local presidents gathered near the state Capitol on Tuesday, May 24, for the annual Presidents’ Lobby Day. They spent the day talking to their legislators about critical issues including the state budget, the teacher shortage, early childhood education, and funding for the community colleges and higher education.

A key focus of the discussions was the effort to extend the Prop. 30 income tax rates on the state’s wealthiest 2%. That money has helped pay back our schools after years of devastating budget cuts.

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Imperial Charter School Teachers Beat Back Attack on Their Union as They Battle for Students

Current and former ISTA members and charter school teachers celebrate the victory. They include (from l.) Karina Renteria, ISTA Vice President Leonor Noris, Francisco Montaño, Elizabeth Godoy; and Rebecca Veliz.

Determined members of the Imagine Schools Teachers Association (ISTA) have beaten an attempt by anti-union forces to sever their affiliation with the California Teachers Association and the National Education Association.

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On Day of Teacher, Superintendent’s Accountability Task Force Presents Findings to State Board of Education

(From l.) CTA President Eric Heins points to some key elements of the task force report to a Capitol Television News Service reporter following his presentation to the State Board of Education on May 11, the Day of the Teacher.

Three words summarize the recommendations of Superintendent Tom Torlakson’s Advisory Task Force on Accountability and Continuous Improvement: “performance, equity, and improvement.”

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