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New Test Scores Just One Measure of Student Learning

Supt. of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson on Wednesday released the first-ever results from the new California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP).

The 2015 results from the new online assessment become the baseline for future assessments and students.

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Lawmakers Return to Capitol for Last Three Weeks of Session

The state Senate and Assembly came back into session on Monday, with only three weeks to finish up this year’s work.

Lawmakers have just until September 11 to act on pending legislation, including a package of CTA-sponsored bills designed to increase transparency and accountability at the state’s charter schools.

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Lt. Gov. Newsom: Nothing is More Important Than What Teachers Do

Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom (r.) talks with CTA President Eric Heins just prior to addressing more than 1,000 participants at CTA’s Summer Institute.

Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom offered some high praise to educators and to CTA during his Aug. 6 speech at the Association’s Summer Institute on the UCLA Campus.

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Summer's a Great Time to Press Congress to Improve Elementary & Secondary Ed. Act

Now is a great time to meet with your member of the House of Representatives on a key issue: passing S. 1177 that would make vast improvements to the current federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA).

Congress is in recess until Sept. 8, and lawmakers are expected to continue their work on the bill soon after they return. In the meantime, they are spending time in their district offices throughout California.

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Head ‘em Up, Move ‘em On: Time to Get Those Ducks in a Row

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If you’ve ever had a hankering for riding roughshod on your herd of undisciplined ducks, CTA has training for you. Consider it a “dude ranch” for duck wranglers.

Seriously, if your efforts to lasso internal and external communications have you climbing your rope, you need only sign up for the Communications Strand at CTA’s Summer Institute, Aug. 2-6 on the UCLA campus.

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Governor Signs CTA-backed Bill Ending Outdated Travel Restrictions for School Employees on Workers' Comp

(Photo above) Assembly Majority Leader Chris Holden authored the CTA-supported measure.

K-12 and community college classified and certificated employees on specific leaves will no longer have to clear with their employers out-of-state travel, thanks to Gov. Brown’signing of CTA-supported AB 915, by Assembly Majority Leader Chris Holden (D-Pasadena). The measure eliminates outdated travel restrictions that prohibit employees who are receiving workers’ compensation payments to travel outside California without the approval of their governing board.

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Pico Rivera Educator Receives NEA Social Justice Activist Award

CTA congratulates Pico Rivera Educator Jose Lara for being awarded the first-ever NEA Social Justice Activist Award today at the #‎NEARA15in Orlando.
Lara is a social studies teacher at Santee Education Complex High School in Los Angeles, recognized for his work in educational justice.

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Educators Want the Confederate Battle Flag Barred from Public Schools and Public Places

Delegates spent more than 90 minutes on Saturday discussing New Business Item 11 that directs the NEA to support, in ways it finds appropriate and effective, efforts to remove the confederate battle flag from public schools and public places.

“Removing the confederate flag from our public schools is just one of the many steps we must take to address the institutional racism that continues to exist across our nation. The flag, instead, belongs in history books and museums,” said CTA President Eric C. Heins. “There is no place in our schools and communities for objects that hurt and divide rather than promote unity and growth as a society. We have made some progress, but the shootings in Charleston remind us of the work we have to do as a nation. Approval of this motion is just one step.”

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Educators from Across the Nation Commit to Fighting Racism in Light of Recent Shootings in North Carolina Church

(Photo above) More than 8,000 educators attending the National Education Association (NEA) Representative Assembly (RA) in Orlando, Florida, convened for its 153rd annual meeting Friday immediately taking time to honor the victims gunned down in a Charleston, South Carolina Church June 17.

After a touching tribute to the victims, RA delegates adopted a motion that redoubles the NEA’s efforts to fight institutional racism.

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Charter Educators, State Council Committees Lobby for More School Accountability

(Photo above from left) Sen. Richard Pan (D-Sacramento) and Jeff Johnston, an area high school teacher and vice chair of CTA State Council Negotiations Committee, discuss some of the key elements of CTA co-sponsored bills that would make charter schools more accountable to the public.

Educators working for the California Virtual Academy (CAVA), a statewide charter school, and members of several key CTA State Council committees were meeting with lawmakers in the state Capitol Tuesday afternoon in support of a package of bills aimed to increase accountability and transparency at charter schools and to ensure that their focus is on students, not profit.

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