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Community Outpouring Supports Ripon Teachers' Battle for Students

(Photo above) More than 250 Ripon parents, students, and teachers jammed the Monday night meeting of the Ripon Unified School District Board to show their support for the 140-member teachers association. The Association has been trying since May to get the school board to put Proposition 30 moneys into the classroom. When RUDTA President Rod Wright (standing) asked audience members to raise their hands if they were at the meeting to support the chapter, every hand went up.

Hundreds of parents, students, and community members joined members of the Ripon Unified Teachers Association in a march to and “jam” of the Monday evening meeting of the district’s school board.

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Legislature Lauds CTA on Read Across America Day

(Photo above) Assembly Member Patrick O’Donnell (D-Long Beach), a former educator and CTA State Council representative, presents an Assembly Resolution on Read Across America Day to CTA Board Member Toby Boyd, an Elk Grove kindergarten teacher, during ceremonies on Monday.

For the first time, both Houses of the California legislature on March 2 celebrated Read Across America Day by presenting the California Teachers Association and our national affiliate resolutions honoring the organizations’ efforts to encourage parents and community members to read to children.

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Access, Accountability are Key Issues for California Charter Schools, Legislative Staff Learn

Dr. Michelle Renee, an Annenberg Institute of School Reform researcher, tells California legislators’ staff members at an informational briefing Friday that charter schools are public schools that should be open to all state youngsters. The briefing was hosted by CTA, the California Federation of Teachers, the California Labor Federation, the American Civil Liberties Union, and Public Advocates.

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Thousands Rally to Support Los Angeles Teachers

(Photo above) CTA President Dean E. Vogel, a kindergarten teacher, tells more than 15,000 Los Angeles teachers and community members that their 325,000 CTA colleagues stand with them.

Approximately 15,000 members of United Teachers Los Angeles (UTLA) and supportive parents, community members, and students packed Grand Park in downtown Los Angeles Thursday for a massive rally spotlighting the union’s “School’s LA Students Deserve” campaign and the bargaining stalemate that caused Los Angeles educators to declare negotiations impasse last week.

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San Diego teachers rally to improve student learning

San Diego

Teachers from multiple schools throughout San Diego Unified School District (SDUSD) rallied outside several sites Thursday and Friday mornings to generate support for their Fight for 5 campaign to ensure student improvement and success.

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Anaheim Board Rejects “Parent Trigger” Attempt

Anaheim Board Rejects “Parent Trigger” Attempt

An attempt by a "Parent Trigger" group to shut an elementary school in Anaheim and have it re-opened as a charter school was thwarted after it was determined that petitioners failed to meet the required 50 percent parental threshold, petitions failed to include all information required by law, and the school wasn’t eligible to be targeted.

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Five Teachers of the Year and All California Educators to be Honored on Feb. 16

Five California teachers will be honored by Supt. Tom Torlakson and hundreds of others who will be attending the annual Teacher of the Year Gala to be held Monday, Feb. 16, in Sacramento.

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Former Vice President Talks to CalSTRS Board about Environmental Dangers

(Photo above) CalSTRS Board Members and CTA members Dana Dillon and Harry Keiley focus intently on the presentation by Former Vice President Al Gore to the retirement system governing body about the threat posed by carbon emissions and steps being taken to move the nation and the world toward “green energy.”

On Friday in West Sacramento, former Vice President Al Gore made a powerful and detailed presentation to the governing board of the California State Teachers’ Retirement System (CalSTRS), which has been leading discussions on sustainable investing at a global level for almost a decade. CalSTRS was the first U.S. institutional client in the Vice President’s company, Generation Investment Management. in 2007.

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Small Chapter Captures Attention of Three TV Stations in Battle for Students

(Graphic above) Efforts by the 38-member Vineland Teachers' Association to make gains for students and for classrooms have captured the interest of local television news crews.

CTA Chapters come in all sizes, but it is usually our larger ones – with members in the thousands – that are featured on the evening television news.
But one CTA Chapter with just 38 members attracted the attention of three stations from the nearest big city – Bakersfield – in their battle to make students the district’s top priority.

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New Study: Growing Numbers at Risk of Money Shortfalls in Retirement

A new study by the Center for American Progress has found that an ever larger number of Americans will likely not have enough money in retirement to maintain their standard of living.

The tome, The Reality of the Retirement Crisis, by Keith Miller, David Madland, and Christian E. Weller, concludes that the two points are abundantly clear:

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