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Supt. Torlakson Joins Association in Honoring Educators' Achievements on "Our Day"

(Photo above) At lectern, Supt. of Public Instruction Torlakson helps honor teachers during a visit to Concord on Wednesday, the day of the Teacher.

Happy Day of the Teacher to you and thank you for all that you do for our students, our state, and our Association!









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Want youngsters to succeed? Kindergarten is a good place to start!

What more fitting tribute to teachers on the Day of the Teacher than our seeing an educator – our CTA President Dean E. Vogel – doing what teachers do: spending time advocating for children.

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Early Child Educators Urge Lawmakers to Make Kindergarten Mandatory

At the state Capitol, Assembly Education Chair Joan Buchanan (D-Alamo), a coauthor of CTA’s sponsored mandatory kindergarten bill, discusses the measure with members of CTA’s Early Childhood Education Committee: Ruthie Fagerstrom, Carole Delgado, and Marie Ibsen.

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CTA Congratulates New Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins

Educators are eager to work with her on behalf of California’s students and schools

When new Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins was sworn in earlier today, CTA President Dean E. Vogel, an elementary educator and counselor, was among those guests invited to witness the ceremony.

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Educators to Urge Support for CTA Kindergarten Bill during May 13 Capitol Visits

Members of the CTA State Council of Education Early Education Committee are set to lobby 17 members of the Assembly Appropriations Committee at the state Capitol on Tuesday, May 13, for a very important purpose: to gain further legislative support for a measure to ensure that all California youngsters benefit from kindergarten.

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Support Legislation to Streamline Teacher Dismissal Process to Keep Students Safe

Call and Email Members of the Senate Education Committee in Support of AB 215

Lawmakers in Sacramento need to hear from you on AB 215 by Assembly Member Joan Buchanan and principal co-authors Senator Lou Correa and Senator Alex Padilla. CTA-supported AB 215 seeks to protect students, streamline the teacher dismissal process, safeguard the integrity of the profession, and protect our due process rights. CTA has always supported changes to the dismissal process that protect students and are fair to educators. That is why CTA worked with education stakeholders, lawmakers and the governor's office on this measure. It is extremely important for lawmakers to hear from educators on AB 215!

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Educators Urge Lawmakers to Support Bill to Protect Students and Due Process

(Photo above from r.) CTA educators Don Bridge, Deborah Adams, and Mary Jan Roberts learn during a Tuesday meeting with Sen. Correa’s chief of staff, Amy Jenkins, that the senator is not only supporting the CTA-backed measure, but he’s also agreed to sign onto the bill as a principal co-author.


A team of CTA members was in the state Capitol on Tuesday meeting with legislators and legislative staff in support of a measure backed by CTA and EdVoice that would protect students by streamlining the dismissal process for certificated employees who have been charged with egregious misconduct, including specific drug crimes, child abuse and sexual misconduct.

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April 30 is Key Date for Important CTA Position Bills

Care about making sure students are safe and can benefit from the experience of seasoned educators? You can take some action to help that happen CTA will be urging lawmakers to approve two supported measures and to defeat three opposed bills in legislative committees on Tuesday, April 30. All CTA members can help win the battles by using the CTA Legislative Action Center  to contact your lawmakers electronically.

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For 4th Year Running, High School Graduation Rates Rise, Supt. Torlakson Reports

California’s high school graduation rate has risen for the fourth year in a row, now exceeding 80.2%, Supt. of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson has announced.

The overall graduation rate is up 1.3% over last year’s number, and graduation rates for African-American and Hispanic students climbed even faster than the overall average.

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UTLA Science Teacher Victorious

Greg Schiller, the LAUSD science teacher who was removed from his school in February in a flap over science fair experiments, will be back at Cortines School of Visual & Performing Arts tomorrow. Schiller has been languishing in “teacher jail” since February, unable to help his students prepare for the AP exams or coach his fencing team.

The community, parents, and students came to Schiller’s defense, holding a series of protests demanding that the District allow him back into the classroom.

Schiller has been vocal in explaining that the two student experiments were in no way dangerous and he had not even seen them when an administrator pulled them from the science fair and sent Schiller to “teacher jail.” Many in the scientific community were in disbelief that the experiments that were built to convert one form of energy to another could be mistaken for “imitation weapons.”


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