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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

CVEA

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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Supt. Torlakson Congratulates 24 California Schools That Win National Recognition

Supt. of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson on Tuesday extended his congratulations to 24 California public schools that were singled out by the Federal Department of Education as 2014 National Blue Ribbon Schools. They are among 337 schools in 47 states so honored.

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Governor Signs CTA-backed Language Acquisition Bill

The governor has signed SB 1174, a CTA-supported measure that will help all students acquire English language proficiency.

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How do we do a Point/Counterpoint?

I was asked this question recently by the editor of the NEA affiliate in New York, and probably gave her more information than she expected. After all, it’s such a little column. It looks so easy. But looks are deceptive. Every month, we wonder if we’ll be able to pull it off, and my editor worries about having an empty page right before we go to press.

Part of the challenge: It’s extremely difficult to find people who are willing to spill their guts on controversial issues in a public forum read by 325,000 of their closest friends – along with administrators and parents lucky enough to land a copy of the California Educator. It’s a very brave undertaking to speak out publicly about whether schools should hand out condoms, cursive should be eliminated entirely from the classroom, football should be banned or test scores should be tied to evaluations.

But don’t let that stop you.

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California Educators Meet with Congressional Black Caucus in DC

Congressional Black Caucus Karen Bass

California educators are in Washington DC this week for the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s Annual Legislative Conference, explaining that we support the Common Core State Standards but are deeply troubled by how they are being implemented. A fast-tracked, chaotic implementation will hurt our students and our schools. We must get it right.

CTA’s delegation includes CTA Secretary/Treasurer Mikki Cichocki-Semo and Board members Terry Jackson, Curtis Washington, and E. Toby Boyd who met with Congresswoman Karen Bass (photo) to share how California’s Local Control Funding Formula is improving education by helping students who need it most, while supporting continuous improvement and transparency.

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CTA Pres.: Watershed Events Remind Us of the Importance of Voting

On a day set aside to remind the country of the importance of voting and to encourage every eligible voter to register, CTA President Dean Vogel, an elementary teacher, writes in a Capitol Weekly op-ed, “In our civics classes across the state, California’s teachers discuss these and other watershed moments to inspire students to vote and help shape their communities and futures. And today, educators are talking about this national day of action as the Nov. 4 California general election looms and politics fill the headlines.”

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The 2014 Election is a big one for Education in California... a Lot is at Stake!

Tuesday, September 23, is National Voter Registration Day, a time educators throughout California are being asked to encourage their family, friends, colleagues, and students who will be 18 by November 4, 2014 to register. Some CTA Chapters already have plans to remind voters to register.

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