The Blog at CTA

Civil Rights Warrior Huerta, Educators, and Community Backers Urge Appeals Court to Overturn Error-Ridden Ruling that Would Hurt Children

Just before attorneys representing more than 400,000 educators in CTA and CFT headed into a court of appeal, Civil Rights Icon Dolores Huerta, educators, and community members educated reporters about what is at stake. In a morning news conference in Los Angeles, they told the media that they are asking the California 2nd District Court of Appeal to overturn the wrong-headed June 2014 ruling in Vergara v. California that could harm more than 6,000,000 students.

Civil Rights Icon Dolores Huerta denounces the Vergara suit and the dishonest tactics used by its supporters. She is flanked by educators including (from l.) CTA President Eric C. Heins and Vice President Theresa Montaño.

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CTA, Union Representatives to Take Part in Thursday Pension Forum

In Sacramento last year, hundreds of working women and men turned out for a demonstration against Wall Street-proposed cuts in public employee pensions (Photo from CTA archives.)

Pension experts from the California Teachers Association (CTA), the California School Employees Association (CSEA), the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), and the California Professional Firefighters (CPF) will take part in several panels during Thursday’s Public Pension Forum in Sacramento.

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Faculty Association Announces Likely Start Date for First Statewide Strike at CSU

After two years of fruitless negotiations aimed at making faculty and students a top budget priority, California Faculty Association President Jennifer Eagan, a CSU professor of Philosophy and Public Affairs & Administration, tells reporters that the union has called its first statewide strike to begin in mid-April for five days. She is flanked by CFA members and supporters including (from r.) CTA Board Members Curtis Washington and Leslie Littman.

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Senate Panel Explores How to Head off Teacher Shortage

Providing Higher Pay, Better Preparation, Improved Working Conditions, Loan Forgiveness, and Good Principals and Listening to Teachers are Keys to Beating Teacher Shortage

Prof. Darling-Hammond, both a highly regarded education expert and chair of the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing, warned committee members that the state is heading for “déjà vu all over again,” another teacher shortage.

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CTA Vice President, San Diego Elementary Teacher Stress the Importance of Mentoring, Continuity, Teachers’ Voices

(From right) CTA Vice President Theresa Montano, a higher education professor, discusses the teacher shortage with Jill Tucker, education reporter for the San Francisco Chronicle, following their participation on a panel focused on teacher preparation and induction. The CTA vice president stressed during her presentation the importance of good working conditions and adequate salaries to helping head off a looming teacher shortage.

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Pres. Obama: Attacks on Collective Bargaining Must Not Go Unanswered

Pres. Obama tells Congress and the American people Tuesday night that a battle must be fought to protect the voices of working women and men and collective bargaining. (Photo: courtesy of the White House.)

In his last State of the Union Address, Pres. Barack Obama on Tuesday night underscored the importance of unions and collective bargaining to help correct the economic imbalance that has seen the rich get richer and the middle class and working women and men get poorer.

“But after years of record corporate profits, working families won’t get more opportunity or bigger paychecks by letting big banks or big oil or hedge funds make their own rules at the expense of everyone else; or by allowing attacks on collective bargaining to go unanswered,“ the president said during his one-hour address to the nation.

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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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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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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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