Legislation

Voters Heeded Teachers and Re-elected Teacher Torlakson as Supt of Public Instruction

(Photo above) Beaming and surrounded by supporting CTA members, Supt. of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson makes his victory speech at CTA election night headquarters in Sacramento.

"Our opponents poured more than $8 million into campaign ads to defeat the only teacher running for Supt. of Public Instruction. Aided by teachers’ recommendations, voters saw through the efforts by billionaires to buy race the race and overwhelming re-elected Supt. of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson.

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No Tricks: Chico Educators Urge CTA Members to Vote for Supt. Torlakson in GOTV Efforts

(Photo above) A costumed Susan Green and her daughter, Clara, reach out to CTA members by phone, urging them to support an educator, Tom Torlakson, for re-election as State Superintendent of Public Instruction.  Green, who teaches at Cal State University Chico, is a member of CTA’s State Council of Education and statewide Treasurer of the California Faculty Association. She is supporting Supt. Torlakson because of his years as a classroom teacher, coach, and higher education instructor and his courageous advocacy for public education during his legislative career.

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CTA Joins Labor in Walking and Talking for Pro-education Candidates

(Photo above) At Center, CTA President Dean E. Vogel, an elementary teacher; and CTA Vice President Eric Heins, also an elementary teacher, join with (from l.) Sacramento Central Labor Council Leader Bill Camp, U.S. Rep. Ami Bera and his wife, and CFT Vice representatives to rally volunteers preparing to do Election Day precinct walking on behalf of pro-education candidates.

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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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Jamming: 300 Stockton Educators Pack School Board to Demand "Classrooms First"

(Photo above) Chanting and clapping, Stockton Teachers and their supporters jam the Oct. 28th meeting of the Stockton school board to end the “fiscal piracy” that is stealing money from classroom instruction.

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Stockton Teachers Continue to Press District to Make Classroom the Top Priority

(Photo above) During a school board meeting, Stockton teachers display their resolve to fight for their students and themselves

Shouldn’t a school board use its resources to make classroom instruction its top priority?

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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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CTA President Warns: Billionaires Give Tuck More Than $6M

(Illustration above) Wealthy special interests have given Marshall Tuck, a former hedge fund manager, more than $6 million in hopes they can defeat Supt. Tom Torlakson, a long-time classroom teacher and education advocate.

In-state and out-of-state special interests – read that to mean billionaires and their slightly “impoverished” millionaire cut buddies  -- have now given Marshall Tuck more than $6 million in support of his effort to unseat Supt. of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson.

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Midnight Monday is Voter Registration Deadline for November Election

That clock you hear ticking loudly is the one marking the close of voter registration for the November 4 election.

The Secretary of State’s office reminds would-be voters they have until midnight tonight either to register online or to have their snail-mail registration postmarked.

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CTA President Urges Region II Members to Speak Our Truth to Voters

CTA President Dean E. Vogel, a kindergarten teacher from Vacaville, tells several hundreds of CTA members at the Region 2 Leadership Conference that voters overwhelmingly trust teachers and want to hear from them as they prepare to vote on Nov. 4.

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