Inherent in the concept of charter schools is the belief that meaningful educational reform must be developed at the local site level and with the full participation of all “stakeholders”.
On Sept. 22, 1975, then-Gov. Jerry Brown signed CTA-sponsored Senate Bill 160 by state Sen. Al Rodda, known as the Educational Employment Relations Act or the Rodda Act, to give California public school teachers collective bargaining rights.
Class Size Reduction
CTA believes that small class sizes, particularly in grades pre-kindergarten through 12, allows for the optimum development of a student’s potential and ensures individual attention to each student.
The intent of the Human Rights Department is to promote positive human relations and improve the education of all students with a focus on equitable access to public education.
Race to the Top
The Race to the Top regulations are more of the same one-size-fits-all approach of No Child Left Behind that has failed California students and schools for the last several years.
Having lost access to most local funding, as a result of Prop 13, it is incumbent on the state to uphold the California Constitution that states that public education has first call on state moneys.
CTA believes that students with exceptional needs must be educated in the most appropriate placement and that many of these children can benefit by instruction in regular education classes.
CTA believes that teacher quality is a result of pre-service preparation, professional development, and the occupational environment in which teaching occurs.
Testing and Standards
CTA responds to a controversial series of articles promoting the use of student test scores to measure an individual teacher's effectiveness.