As the California Teachers Association celebrates its hundred fifty year anniversary, for teachers, setting an example outside the classroom has always been just as important as what's taught inside:
In eighteen sixty-six, we took a stand: passing the law that established the first free public schools.
CTA also won the fight to guarantee funding for all kids, including schools for nonwhite students.
In nineteen twenty-seven, the CTA stood strong so female teachers couldn't be fired simply because they got married.
During World War Two, it was the CTA who spoke-out against internment of Japanese-Americans.
And in 1947, we joined the lawsuit to de-segregate schools for Mexican-Americans.
This is Dean Vogel, president of the California Teachers Association. Today our values of fairness, public service...and commitment to all of our children remain exactly the same.
And that's why the California Teachers Association paid for this message -- celebrating 150 years advocating for all students, educators -- and our public schools.