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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

(Photo above) 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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Sacramento Educators Gear Up to Elect First-rate School Board

(Photo above) Sacramento City Teachers Association phone bankers reach out to frequent voters in support of four school board candidates who will make the classroom the district’s top priority, follow the law, and treat employees with respect.

Hundreds of members of the Sacramento City Teachers Association (SCTA) have been working hard to elect a better school board, one that will support educators in their efforts to provide every student with a first-rate education.

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CA STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: INSTRUCTIONAL QUALITY COMMISSION

The Instructional Quality Commission, an advisory body to the State Board of Education (SBE), is looking for teachers with expertise in science, history, social science, world languages and/or health.

Individuals appointed to the IQC will serve a four-year term commencing January 2015. All applications must be received by 5:00 p.m. on October 20, 2014.

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Governor Heads to Irvine to Support Assembly Member Sharon Quirk-Silva

Gov. Jerry Brown is slated to be in Irvine today in a visit that will help a CTA-backed Assembly candidate facing a tight race.

The Sacramento Bee reports that the governor will be in Southern California to visit the site of a future Veterans Cemetery, a development made possible by the governor’s signing of a measure by Assembly Member Sharon Quirk-Silva (D-Fullerton).

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San Ysidro Educators Call Strike

Teachers of the San Ysidro School District will officially strike this week in protest of the planned imposition of a 6.5% pay cut, among the county’s worst health benefits, and a present lack of respect by SYSD officials. The San Ysidro Education Association (SYEA) received notification from the school district’s attorney that the SYSD will meet in special session either Tuesday or Wednesday, to impose provisions of the contract in dispute. SYEA’s Executive Board voted to call the strike unless a settlement is reached with the district beforehand. Issues include the district’s determination to cut salaries across the board using dubious and inaccurate projections that even the state-appointed fact-finder admitted has been an ongoing practice of the District.

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Stockton Teachers File Charges Against City School Board; Will Rally Thurs. Against Fiscal "Piracy"

Parents, Teachers to Press Board to Put Students, Classrooms First

The Public Employment Relations Board (PERB), the state agency that oversees public sector bargaining, could soon brand the Stockton Unified School District a “renegade” district that is violating the law, instead of bargaining in good faith to reach a contract agreement with its 1850 educators.

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Chula Vista Educators Reach Tentative Agreement

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After seven years without a pay increase and having to manage growing class sizes with reduced resources, representatives of the Chula Vista Education Association (CVEA) have agreed to a Tentative Agreement with the school district that calls for a 7% pay increase from 2013-16.

In the coming days, CVEA members will vote on the Agreement and local leaders are optimistic that CVEA members will strongly support the Agreement.

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Governor Vetoes CTA-sponsored Mandatory Kindergarten Bill

In a disappointment to educators, Gov. Jerry Brown has vetoed AB 1444, the CTA-sponsored measure by Assembly Members Joan Buchanan (D-Alamo) and Shirley Weber (D-San Diego) that would have ensured that all youngsters secure the educational advantages provided by the modern kindergarten curriculum and experience.

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