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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.

More Than 120 Marysville Teachers and Supporters Battle to Make Students the Top Priority

(Photo above) As cameras from Channel 13 and Channel 40 roll, more than 120 Marysville teachers and supporters cheer on Marysville United Teachers Association President Inge Schlusser as she derides Supt. Gay Todd and the school board for failing to make classrooms the top funding priority.

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38 Resolute Vineland Teachers Win 3.6 Percent Salary Boost, Benefit Upgrades

(Photo above) Labor Leader Dolores Huerta (front, center) joined Vineland Teachers' Association President Kara Ranney, the 37-other VTA members, and parents and community members at a school board meeting in February, denouncing the district’s earlier refusal to offer the educators a fair contract that puts students and teachers at the top of the priority list.

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Lodi Educators Organize to Get More Funds to the Classroom

(Photo above) Members of the organizing team of the Lodi Education Association coordinate calendars during an afternoon meeting at the chapter.

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Stockton Teachers March for Students Outside of Fact Finding Hearing

(Photo above) A child leads them: Two members of the Stockton Teachers Association family lead a column of parents, teachers, and students who marched on Monday at the site of the fact-finding hearing at the district headquarters. The demonstration of solidarity and community support aimed at convincing the district to come back to the table and agree to allocate more funds to support students and the teachers they depend upon.

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Stockton Teachers Rally in Walking Boots for Students, Classrooms

(Photo above) A Channel 3 reporter does a live stand-up as an estimated half-thousand Stockton Teachers Association members march in their "boots" on March Lane and Pacific to demonstrate their willingness to strike if the district doesn't agree to a contract that puts students and teachers first.

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CTA Officers, Board Seek Support for Students, Educators, Schools on Lobby Day

 

(Photo above) During the CTA Board Lobby Day, CTA Vice President Eric Heins (gesturing), CTA Board Member David Goldberg (at left), and Manager of Legislative Relations Lori Easterling speak with Assembly Member Patrick O’Donnell (D-Long Beach) about the need for increased school funding.

CTA leaders and board members were in the state Capitol all day on Feb. 17, urging lawmakers to help boost California from its dismal 46th place nationally in per-student spending and to support efforts to rebuild the teacher workforce.

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400 Santa Rosa Teachers Tell Board: Make Students, Teachers -- Not Consultants -- No. 1

 

(Photo above) Backed by more than 400 teachers, community members, and students, Amy Stern, a teacher and president of the Santa Rosa Teachers Association, tells school board members that the district’s refusal to use Proposition 30 funds to support the classroom is harming students.

An estimated 400 members of the Santa Rosa Teachers Association jammed the February 11 meeting of the local school board to deliver a simple message: it’s time to make students and teachers the district’s top funding priority.

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Community Outpouring Supports Ripon Teachers' Battle for Students

(Photo above) More than 250 Ripon parents, students, and teachers jammed the Monday night meeting of the Ripon Unified School District Board to show their support for the 140-member teachers association. The Association has been trying since May to get the school board to put Proposition 30 moneys into the classroom. When RUDTA President Rod Wright (standing) asked audience members to raise their hands if they were at the meeting to support the chapter, every hand went up.

Hundreds of parents, students, and community members joined members of the Ripon Unified Teachers Association in a march to and “jam” of the Monday evening meeting of the district’s school board.

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Legislature Lauds CTA on Read Across America Day

(Photo above) Assembly Member Patrick O’Donnell (D-Long Beach), a former educator and CTA State Council representative, presents an Assembly Resolution on Read Across America Day to CTA Board Member Toby Boyd, an Elk Grove kindergarten teacher, during ceremonies on Monday.

For the first time, both Houses of the California legislature on March 2 celebrated Read Across America Day by presenting the California Teachers Association and our national affiliate resolutions honoring the organizations’ efforts to encourage parents and community members to read to children.

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Access, Accountability are Key Issues for California Charter Schools, Legislative Staff Learn

Dr. Michelle Renee, an Annenberg Institute of School Reform researcher, tells California legislators’ staff members at an informational briefing Friday that charter schools are public schools that should be open to all state youngsters. The briefing was hosted by CTA, the California Federation of Teachers, the California Labor Federation, the American Civil Liberties Union, and Public Advocates.

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