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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.


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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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Stockton Teachers Talk to Parents about Engaging with Their Schools

(Photo above) During the second of two parent forums sponsored by the Stockton Teachers Association, a sixth-grade student translates for her mother the information provided by STA members and CTA staff about how parents can get more involved in local decisions that affect their children.

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Stockton Teachers, District Reach Tentative Agreement

Accord Achieved at 1:22 AM Friday in Session that Began Thursday Morning

(Photo above) Just hours before the tentative contract agreement was reached, Stockton Teachers Association President John Steiner tells a group of reporters that teachers have battling for more than 32 months to ensure every student a high quality education and to foster collaboration with parents and the community.

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Stockton Teachers Build Momentum for Community Meetings Aimed at Making Classroom and Students the District’s Top Priority

(Photo above) Stockton Teachers Association Negotiations Chair Ed Auerbach, a teacher at Health Careers Academy, briefs Matt Maurin, a teacher at Edison High School, about the school district’s stalling that has kept a settlement out of reach for more than 32 months. Maurin is one of a contingent of teachers who picked up flyers detailing problems spawned by the district’s head negotiator, Craig Wells, both in Stockton and two other districts.

Stockton Teachers Association members stopped by the Association office on Monday, their first day back after Spring break, to pick up flyers inviting parents and other interested parties to two meetings scheduled for Thursday of this week and Tuesday of next.

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Lawmakers, Educators Propose Comprehensive Changes to Boost Charter Accountability, Transparency, and Fair Access to All Students

(Photo above) Backed by teacher representatives and charter school teachers, Sen. Leno spells out that his SB 322 “helps ensure that admission requirements for charter schools encourage equal access for all students….”

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More Than 120 Marysville Teachers and Supporters Battle to Make Students the Top Priority

(Photo above) As cameras from Channel 13 and Channel 40 roll, more than 120 Marysville teachers and supporters cheer on Marysville United Teachers Association President Inge Schlusser as she derides Supt. Gay Todd and the school board for failing to make classrooms the top funding priority.

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