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CTA Hosts Meeting of Community of Practice, Advocates for Youth with Disabilities

(Photo below)  At right, Ed Amundson, the CTA Liaison to the California Community of Practice (COP), a coalition advocating on behalf of youth with disabilities and their families, arranged for the organization to hold its August 13 meeting at the CTA Governmental Relations Office in Sacramento.

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Legislators Beat One Key Deadline in August as Second One Looms

On the legislative schedule, Friday, August 15, is listed as the last day for state Senate and Assembly fiscal committees to meet and send measures to the floor of their respective houses. This year, lawmakers wrapped up that duty a day early.

 

Facing long agendas, the two key “money” committees – the Assembly Appropriations Committee and its Senate counterpart, the Senate Appropriations Committee -- reviewed and winnowed down the number of bills in their suspense files.

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At San Jose Conference, Chapter Presidents Master New Skills, Discuss Challenges with Supt. Torlakson

More than 700 new and experienced CTA Chapter Presidents gathered in San Jose this past weekend to network, learn new skills, and find out more about the challenges facing our schools and educators in the years ahead.

The 60th annual Presidents Conference gave the presidents a chance to work with CTA leaders and staff on issues ranging from bargaining and education reform to political action.

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CTA/NEA Retired Presents Scholarships Honoring Russo

CTANEA Scholarship RussoMembers of the CTA/NEA Retired Association presented two $1,000 scholarships Thursday to two college students in a Bay Area ceremony. This was the first annual awarding of the Sharilynn Gardella Russo Memorial Scholarship to honor the education contributions of Russo, who worked for over 35 years as a speech and language pathologist and audiologist for the Contra Costa County Office of Education.

There is currently a shortage in California of speech and language pathologists and their assistants. “With these CTA scholarships we hope to encourage students to enroll in these programs,” the CTA/NEA Retired said in a statement, and the two students receiving the scholarships are going on to study in this field. The award event was held in the Sharilynn Gardella Russo Conference Room at the CTA Regional Resource Center office in Concord. Russo died in a car accident in 2012 shortly after being elected president of CTA/NEA Retired.

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Educators Urge Senate Education Members to Vote for Key Cosponsored Bills

(From right) Sen. Marty Block (D-San Diego) discusses two key CTA cosponsored bills with three educators, Liz Esquiel Waterman, a fourth-grade teacher at Terra Bella Elementary in Terra Bella;  Chantaine Fauntleroy, a teacher at Bret Harte Middle School in Hayward; and Deborah Adams Behm, a fifth-grade teacher at Stone Elementary in Alvord.

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CTA-sponsored, Cosponsored Measures Gain Floor Approval

Thanks to your efforts in the field, CTA has won two major victories recently, following up on battles won just prior to a key legislative deadline.

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Help Pass CTA-sponsored Mandatory Kindergarten Bill

Hundreds of bills are on the Assembly and Senate suspense files, dozens of which are bills CTA supports.  

Right now, CTA-sponsored AB 1444, the mandatory kindergarten bill by Assembly Education Chair Joan Buchanan (D-Alamo) and Assembly Member Shirley Weber (D-San Diego), is in the Assembly Appropriations Committee, where it is scheduled for a hearing next week.

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Want youngsters to succeed? Kindergarten is a good place to start!

What more fitting tribute to teachers on the Day of the Teacher than our seeing an educator – our CTA President Dean E. Vogel – doing what teachers do: spending time advocating for children.

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Early Child Educators Urge Lawmakers to Make Kindergarten Mandatory

At the state Capitol, Assembly Education Chair Joan Buchanan (D-Alamo), a coauthor of CTA’s sponsored mandatory kindergarten bill, discusses the measure with members of CTA’s Early Childhood Education Committee: Ruthie Fagerstrom, Carole Delgado, and Marie Ibsen.

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Educators to Urge Support for CTA Kindergarten Bill during May 13 Capitol Visits

Members of the CTA State Council of Education Early Education Committee are set to lobby 17 members of the Assembly Appropriations Committee at the state Capitol on Tuesday, May 13, for a very important purpose: to gain further legislative support for a measure to ensure that all California youngsters benefit from kindergarten.

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