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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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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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CTA Officers, Board Seek Support for Students, Educators, Schools on Lobby Day

 

(Photo above) During the CTA Board Lobby Day, CTA Vice President Eric Heins (gesturing), CTA Board Member David Goldberg (at left), and Manager of Legislative Relations Lori Easterling speak with Assembly Member Patrick O’Donnell (D-Long Beach) about the need for increased school funding.

CTA leaders and board members were in the state Capitol all day on Feb. 17, urging lawmakers to help boost California from its dismal 46th place nationally in per-student spending and to support efforts to rebuild the teacher workforce.

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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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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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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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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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CTA State Council Votes Overwhelmingly to Recommend Joan Buchanan in SD 7

(Photo above) Then-Assembly Education Chair Joan Buchanan (at right) discusses key budget and education issues with a team of CTA member advocates at the state Capitol last year.
Representing more than 325,000 educators, the 800-member governing body of the California Teachers Association at its January meeting in Los Angeles overwhelmingly voted to support former Assembly Education Chair Joan Buchanan for State Senate District 7.

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Governor Proposes $7.8 Billion in New Funding for K-14 Schools in 2015-16 Budget Plan

(Photo above) Governor Jerry Brown unveils his 2015-16 fiscal year budget proposal during a Friday morning webcast.

On Friday, Gov. Jerry Brown unveiled his 2015-16 state budget proposal that would boost school funding by $7.8 billion.

The governor released the budget proposal during a morning news conference that was webcast by the California Channel, and he warned that despite a strengthening economy and voter approval of temporary tax increases in Proposition 30, the “carefully balanced” proposal was still “more precarious than I’d like.”

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