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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.

CTA-sponsored, Cosponsored Measures Gain Floor Approval

Thanks to your efforts in the field, CTA has won two major victories recently, following up on battles won just prior to a key legislative deadline.

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California Civil Rights Hero Opened State's Public Schools to Native Americans


If Californians ever doubt the power of one person to change history, they need only reflect on the life of Alice Piper, whose courageous insistence on her right to attend public schools led to a state Supreme Court decision that for the first time allowed Native Americans like Alice to go to local public schools instead of “separate but hardly equal” Indian schools.

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At Capitol, Educators Advocate for Increased Funding, Mandatory Kindergarten, Secure Retirement

Approximately 200 educators from across the state went office-to-office Wednesday to talk to their local lawmakers in the state Capitol.

The CTA Chapter presidents urged lawmakers to support Gov. Jerry Brown’s May Revision of the state budget, including his plan to pay back the money owed to schools after years of devastating cuts.

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Help Pass CTA-sponsored Mandatory Kindergarten Bill

Hundreds of bills are on the Assembly and Senate suspense files, dozens of which are bills CTA supports.  

Right now, CTA-sponsored AB 1444, the mandatory kindergarten bill by Assembly Education Chair Joan Buchanan (D-Alamo) and Assembly Member Shirley Weber (D-San Diego), is in the Assembly Appropriations Committee, where it is scheduled for a hearing next week.

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Supt. Torlakson Joins Association in Honoring Educators' Achievements on "Our Day"

(Photo above) At lectern, Supt. of Public Instruction Torlakson helps honor teachers during a visit to Concord on Wednesday, the day of the Teacher.

Happy Day of the Teacher to you and thank you for all that you do for our students, our state, and our Association!









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Want youngsters to succeed? Kindergarten is a good place to start!

What more fitting tribute to teachers on the Day of the Teacher than our seeing an educator – our CTA President Dean E. Vogel – doing what teachers do: spending time advocating for children.

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Early Child Educators Urge Lawmakers to Make Kindergarten Mandatory

At the state Capitol, Assembly Education Chair Joan Buchanan (D-Alamo), a coauthor of CTA’s sponsored mandatory kindergarten bill, discusses the measure with members of CTA’s Early Childhood Education Committee: Ruthie Fagerstrom, Carole Delgado, and Marie Ibsen.

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CTA Congratulates New Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins

Educators are eager to work with her on behalf of California’s students and schools

When new Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins was sworn in earlier today, CTA President Dean E. Vogel, an elementary educator and counselor, was among those guests invited to witness the ceremony.

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Educators to Urge Support for CTA Kindergarten Bill during May 13 Capitol Visits

Members of the CTA State Council of Education Early Education Committee are set to lobby 17 members of the Assembly Appropriations Committee at the state Capitol on Tuesday, May 13, for a very important purpose: to gain further legislative support for a measure to ensure that all California youngsters benefit from kindergarten.

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Support Legislation to Streamline Teacher Dismissal Process to Keep Students Safe

Call and Email Members of the Senate Education Committee in Support of AB 215

Lawmakers in Sacramento need to hear from you on AB 215 by Assembly Member Joan Buchanan and principal co-authors Senator Lou Correa and Senator Alex Padilla. CTA-supported AB 215 seeks to protect students, streamline the teacher dismissal process, safeguard the integrity of the profession, and protect our due process rights. CTA has always supported changes to the dismissal process that protect students and are fair to educators. That is why CTA worked with education stakeholders, lawmakers and the governor's office on this measure. It is extremely important for lawmakers to hear from educators on AB 215!

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