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CTA Member and Dept. Chair Urges: It’s Imperative to Involve Parents, Communities in Our Schools

(At center) Angela Stegall, a CTA member and Dept. Chair at Marysville High School, stresses Thursday during a Capitol Weekly/UC Center panel on the new Common Core Standards that bringing parents, community, and business leaders into schools is crucial to the success of students. Other members of the panel include (f. right) Hilary McLean of Capitol Impact, Andrea Venezia of EdInsights, and Moderator Tom Chernow, a reporter for the Capitol Report (not pictured).

Angela Stegall, a teacher at Marysville High school, told participants in Thursday’s panel on Common Core Standards, that another positive spinoff of the new standards is more parents wanting to become involved in their schools.

“It’s imperative that we continue to involve our parents and local stakeholders including businesses, and the media,” Stegall said.  She noted that schools face a challenge of informing the public about why the results from the new Smart Balance Assessments and prior California assessments aren’t comparable. 

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Agency’s Historic Ruling Will Help Teachers Improve Learning Conditions at Statewide Charter

Three CTA teachers at CAVA – from r. Debbie Scoltock, an algebra and geometry high school teacher; Sara Vigrass, an elementary teacher; and Jen Shilen, a social sciences teacher – told the legislative staff they were committed to telling the story about CAVA because change is needed.

Teachers at the California Virtual Academies (CAVA) have gained a stronger voice in advocating for their 15,000 students, thanks to a decision by the Public Employment Relations Board (PERB).

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CTA President denounces billionaire Eli Broad’s scheme to move half the students in LA Unified into unregulated charters

CTA President Eric Heins

CTA President Eric Heins addresses crowd at protest where he denounced billionaire Eli Broad’s scheme to move half the students in Los Angeles Unified School district into unregulated charters.

CTA President Eric Heins joined UTLA President Alex Caputo-Pearl, CFT President Josh Pechthalt and dozens of teachers, parents, and students this morning for a protest and news conference denouncing billionaire Eli Broad’s recently unveiled scheme to move half the students in Los Angeles Unified School district into unregulated charters run by private management companies. Broad has set an eight year timeline for the raid on LAUSD and has begun enlisting other wealthy allies like the Walton (Walmart) Foundation to help fund the multibillion dollar effort. 

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American Indian/ Native Alaskan Caucus Cheers Enactment of Two Key Measures

Caucus Chair Mary Levi briefs participants in the celebration about AB 30 (Alejo), the CTA-backed bill that bars California schools and universities from using mascots that are racial caricatures.

More than 100 State Council members joined the American Indian/Alaska Native Caucus for a celebration Saturday night of two key legislative victories and a moving presentation by a renowned Chumash Storyteller, David Garcia.

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From Freedom Rides to Farmworker Battles: Famed Organizer Inspires CTA Educators

(From r.) Legendary Organizer Marshall Ganz encourages State Council members to use storytelling to help organize chapters and win additional social justice battles, as CTA President Eric Heins looks on.

He dropped out of Harvard to battle for full equality and voting rights for Black Americans in Mississippi.  He and his colleagues continued their work despite the murder of three of them. When the battle was won, he joined Cesar Chavez to help galvanize California farmworkers into a powerful labor force.


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CTA Files Charge Against San Lorenzo District For Union Interference Amid Contract Showdown

San Lorenzo

Educators hold protest rally on Oct. 20 amid bargaining showdown in San Lorenzo

Amid an ongoing bargaining showdown over fair salaries for the low-paid educators here, CTA has filed an unfair labor practice charge against the San Lorenzo Unified School District for interfering with a peaceful lunch hour union meeting at a high school and trying to have a union organizer escorted off campus by three Alameda County sheriff’s deputies.

Meanwhile, a second, separate incident added insult to injury, educators say, when the school board refused to allow a high school student who supports teachers to speak at a packed public meeting – the board adjourned the public comment portion of the meeting instead, but the student delivered his speech anyway. Both incidents occurred Tuesday, Oct. 20, the same day that more than 600 teachers, students and parents held a protest rally at the district’s offices against the disrespect shown by the school board and Superintendent Fred Brill at the bargaining table.

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For 7th Year In a Row, Vallejo Educators Donate school supplies to their students


Vallejo Education Association members distribute much-needed school supplies to hundreds of children in the community

It’s called “Helping Hands” and it’s a community outreach project that Vallejo families have come to depend on.

To give back to their community and the children they teach, members of the union representing educators in the Vallejo City Unified School District in Solano County spent two full afternoons this week providing much-needed school supplies to hundreds of their students.

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Signing of Anti-Racial Mascot Bill is Union Values Victory

A sign at a recent rally protests the use of Native American caricatures as the symbol of school and professional sports teams.

Key provisions of the California Teachers Association’s Mission Statement spell out the organization’s commitment to protecting human dignity: “The California Teachers Association exists ….to ensure that human dignity and civil rights of all children and youth are protected and to secure a more just, equitable, and democratic society.”

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300 Santa Ana Teachers Rally for Students and Against Board Member's Disparagement

During last Tuesday’s school board meeting, hundreds of Santa Ana educators call out a local school board member whose anti-educator remarks have promoted the teachers association to file unfair labor practice charges with the state agency that monitors public sector bargaining.

More than 300 members of the Santa Ana Educators Association (SAEA) rallied at last Tuesday’s meeting of the Santa Ana Unified School District Board to press for a new contract settlement that will make classroom instruction the district’s top priority.  The educators also protested a consistent stream of inaccurate and disparaging comments about educational personnel made by Board Member Cecelia Iglesias.

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Black Oak Teachers Urge District to Use Funds to Help Students

The leaders of the Black Oak Mine Teachers Association are leading efforts to get the local district to use new state funding to support a high quality education for every student.

Members of the Black Oak Mine Teachers Association are pressing the local school district to use funds generated by voter-approved Proposition 30 for the purpose the electorate approved: helping students in their classrooms.

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