The Blog

Help Children Succeed: Urge Governor to Sign CTA-sponsored Kindergarten Bill!

As educators, we know that an early start helps children succeed in school and in life. That’s the principle behind AB 1444, the CTA sponsored measure by Assembly Education Chair Joan Buchanan (D-Alamo) and Assembly Member Shirley Weber (D-San Diego) that would require all students to complete kindergarten before tackling the increasingly rigorous academic tasks they face in first grade.

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CTA, Learning First Call for Thoughtful Implementation of Common Core Standards

Dean Vogel, former kindergarten teacher and now CTA president, and Cheryl Scott Williams, the executive director of Learning First Alliance, a non-profit based in Virginia, are urging districts to implement the new Common Core State Standards thoughtfully by learning from teachers about what works for students, in an Op-Ed published in The Sacramento Bee.

The two call on parents and community members to give districts time to implement the new curriculum effectively before insisting on new testing programs.

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Handling Stress, Year After Year

It was a while ago. I was working on a story on class size reduction. A chapter president had recommended I visit a teacher he knew with a crowded classroom. I arranged to visit with a photographer and asked the teacher to notify his principal, which is standard procedure. The principal in the Sacramento school came out to greet me as I was signing in and asked us to step into his office. I figured he was going to offer some background about the school and additional information.

Was I in for a surprise!

How dare I interfere with instructional minutes, he scolded me. I’d better be quick, he let me know, adding that he resented the intrusion. I explained that our purpose was to increase awareness so the state would provide more money for class-size reduction, and he called me a liar.

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State Schools Chief Tom Torlakson Releases Statement on Vergara Lawsuit

"We do not fault doctors when the emergency room is full. We do not criticize the firefighter whose supply of water runs dry. Yet while we crowd our classrooms and fail to properly equip them with adequate resources, those who filed and support this case shamelessly seek to blame teachers who step forward every day to make a difference for our children."

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Seven California educators win $2,000 and $5,000 grants from The NEA Foundation

The NEA Foundation

Seven CTA members have received grants from the NEA Foundation! Learn about the programs and activities that netted your colleagues from Merced, Concord, Huntington Beach and Fremont $2,000 and $5,000 grants.

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Well-intentioned Political “Reform” Bill Would Undercut Our Voices

In the last days of the legislative session, lawmakers in the Assembly are poised to take up a CTA- and labor-opposed bill that could undermine the ability of organizations like teacher unions to speak out in the political arena for public education, students, and our members.

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School Facilities Bond Measure Stalls in Legislature

The reports are heart-rending.  Classrooms that are super-hot in the spring and summer and freezing in the winter.  Computers and other materials ruined because of leaky roofs. Students crowded into classrooms and temporary structures because there aren’t enough classrooms to go around.

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CTA Fights Efforts to Force Applicants to Give Up Social Media Privacy

In order to protect employee rights, CTA is now opposing AB 25 (Campos), a bill that would originally have prohibited employers from forcing applicants and employees to give management access to their Facebook and other social media accounts.

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Decrying $12 Trillion in Student Debt, NEA, CTA and Affiliates Press for Degrees Not Debt during Statewide Tour

(Photo above) Lily Eskelsen García, president-elect of the National Education Association, tells reporters in Los Angeles on Thursday morning that NEA, California Teachers Association, the Community College Association, the California Faculty Association, and Student CTA are working together on the “Degrees, Not Debt” program to help increase student aid and reduce student debt. The efforts are being supported by Supt. of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson, who joined the NEA and CTA leaders at an afternoon news conference in Oakland.

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NEA President-Elect Lily Eskelsen García Tours California

NEA President Dennis Van Roekel and NEA President-Elect Lily Eskelsen García

Van Roekel Lily Eskelsen GarciaNEA's new top leader-elect, Lily Eskelsen García, is touring California where she is meeting with educators, CTA leaders and State Superintendent Tom Torlakson.

On her "Back to School" tour, Eskelsen García is focusing on Great Public Schools for All, toxic testing, teacher-led change and the student loan crisis.

More on the tour.

 

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