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Teacher's mistreatment leaves reporter more committed than ever to unionism

I’ve had some mean bosses. Back in the days when I worked in newspapers there were a few. It was a world of deadlines, working in a pressure-cooker environment where everyone competed for space and stories and bylines at the top of the page.  I started at 6 a.m. and the only other person in my department who started that early was my boss. She was so mean that when she walked in, I usually engaged in imaginary phone conversations as she passed by to avoid having to talk to her.

But schools are supposed to be different. Schools are about nurturing, caring and a collaborative environment where staff pulls together for the common good of the students.

Right? Well sometimes.

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Assembly, CTA Honor Educators on Day of the Teacher and California ESP Day

(Photo above) From r., Assembly Education Chair Patrick O’Donnell (D-Long Beach), CTA President-elect Eric Heins, and Assembly Member Jose Medina (D-Riverside) display the Assembly resolution that officially proclaimed, Wednesday, May 13, as the 2015 Day of the Teacher. The day is set aside in honor of the dedicated classroom and school personnel who work to help students succeed. CTA and California celebrated May 19 as California ESP Day as a tribute to the hard-working women and men who help ensure student success.

Over a two week period, CTA and the state celebrated two important days, the Day of the Teacher on May 13 and California Education Support Professional Day, honoring the vital support professionals who help our schools promote student success. California ESP Day came during the May 17-23 celebration of ESP Week.

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Educators Outline Lasting Effects of Budget Cuts on Schools

(Photo above) During a Monday media briefing in Sacramento, CTA Legislative Advocate Estelle Lemieux (at podium) details the $59 billion that will be required to fund educators, school programs, and services for students that were cut during the Great Recession. Educators are hopeful that funding due schools through the Prop. 98 guarantee will restore appropriations to pre-Recession levels.

Members of the Education Coalition on Monday urged lawmakers to keep the promise to California’s students that Proposition 98 provides and to restore $59 billion to fund educators, school programs and services slashed during the Great Recession.

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Hundreds Turn Out at Capital Middle School to Fight for Fair Taxation

(Photo above) Don Stauffer, a school science teacher at River City High school in the Washington school district, tells a crowd of about 200 Thursday morning that California corporations are ducking more than $9 billion annually of their fair share of property taxes, funds that are desperately needed for children’s education, healthcare, infrastructure, and other vital needs.

(SACRAMENTO, Calif.) More than 200 educators, clergy, parents, retirees, labor union representatives, and others convened in front of Sutter Middle School to announce the creation of a coalition dedicated to making California’s property tax structure fairer.

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Charter School Operators Charged with Interfering with, Coercing Employees Seeking to Form Union

(Photo above) Flanked by charter school teachers and other supporters, Assemblymember Roger Hernandez (at podium) talks to reporters during a recent Capitol news conference about his CTA-cosponsored measure to shore up the rights of charter school employees to organize. The measure also aims to block charter school management companies to profit at students’ expense.

The employees of Los Angeles’ largest charter school management organization are charging the chain’s management with using coercion and trying to undermine the educators’ right to form a union.

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Senate Education Approves Two CTA-Cosponsored Charter School Measures

(Photo above) CTA Member Lobbyist Jeff Johnson, a teacher and vice-chair of the State Council Negotiations Committee, and Peter Minett, a teacher and member of the committee, discuss CTA-cosponsored charter school bills with a legislative staffer on Tuesday prior to a meeting with lawmakers in support of the measures.

(SACRAMENTO, Calif.) -- CTA members came back from the state Capitol on Wednesday having won a small victory in an ongoing battle to increase accountability and transparency at the state’s public charter schools.

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Charter Teachers Urge Lawmakers to Approve CTA-cosponsored Accountability Bills

(Photo above) Four CTA member lobbyists – including teachers at the California Virtual Academy Charter School (CAVA) – explain to a key staff member of Sen. Marty Block (at right) the reasons the CTA-sponsored charter school measures are so important to charter school teachers, parents, and students.

A team of CTA members from around the state headed to the state Capitol on Tuesday to ask lawmakers to support two elements of a CTA-sponsored legislative package aimed to increase transparency and accountability at public, charter schools that are scheduled for a hearing in the Senate Education Committee on Wednesday.

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Stockton Teachers Prepare to Vote on Tentative Contract with 12.5% Increase, New Duties

(Photo above) Hundreds of members of the Stockton Teachers Association give their bargaining team, their organizing team, their executive team, and their staff team a standing ovation for the combined efforts that led to a tentative agreement including a multi-year 12.5% compensation increase, more time for collaboration with each other and parents, and individualized student instruction.

FLASH: MEMBERS OF THE STOCKTON TEACHERS ASSOCIATION RATIFIED THE TENTATIVE AGREEMENT FRIDAY BY A 97% VOTE. THE TA IS SLATED FOR A RATIFICATION VOTE BY THE STOCKTON SCHOOL BOARD ON MONDAY EVENING.

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Assembly Member Alejo, CTA Press for Ethnic Studies Framework

 

(Photo above, from l.) Assembly Member Luis Alejo (D-San Luis Obispo) introduces his AB 101, a measure emphasizing the importance of ethnic studies, to the Assembly Education Committee as UTLA/NEA Vice President Cecily-Myart-Cruz and Student Moriela Pizarro, of the Arisal Dream Academy in Salinas prepare to testify in support of the CTA-backed bill.

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Assembly Panel Approves Two Key CTA-backed Measures

(Photo above) Backed by three lawmakers, labor and education coalition members, and her colleagues, California Virtual Academy’s Sara Vigrass, an elementary teacher; (at podium) tells reporters during a recent Capitol news conference that without due process and other protections, teachers’ ability to advocate for their students is undermined.

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