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CTA President Urges Region II Members to Speak Our Truth to Voters

(Photo above) CTA President Dean E. Vogel, a kindergarten teacher from Vacaville, tells several hundreds of CTA members at the Region 2 Leadership Conference that voters overwhelmingly trust teachers and want to hear from them as they prepare to vote on Nov. 4.

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Sacramento Educators Gear Up to Elect First-rate School Board

(Photo above) Sacramento City Teachers Association phone bankers reach out to frequent voters in support of four school board candidates who will make the classroom the district’s top priority, follow the law, and treat employees with respect.

Hundreds of members of the Sacramento City Teachers Association (SCTA) have been working hard to elect a better school board, one that will support educators in their efforts to provide every student with a first-rate education.

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Governor Vetoes CTA-sponsored Mandatory Kindergarten Bill

In a disappointment to educators, Gov. Jerry Brown has vetoed AB 1444, the CTA-sponsored measure by Assembly Members Joan Buchanan (D-Alamo) and Shirley Weber (D-San Diego) that would have ensured that all youngsters secure the educational advantages provided by the modern kindergarten curriculum and experience.

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Governor Signs CTA-backed Language Acquisition Bill

The governor has signed SB 1174, a CTA-supported measure that will help all students acquire English language proficiency.

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Governor Signs Opposed Seizure Medicine Injection Bill

More teachers may to have perform tasks better left to trained medical personnel as a result of the governor’s signing of SB 1266.

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Teachers’ Voices Will Matter in Superintendent of Public Instruction Race

Voters trust teachers, and they want advice from educators on election issues that affect public schools.

This year more than ever, teachers’ voices will be highly valued as parents and other voters decide how to vote in the race for Superintendent of Public Instruction.

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Educators Appeal Meritless Vergara Lawsuit, Say Ruling Hurts Students and Teachers

The organizations representing more than 400,000 California educators today filed an appeal of L.A. Superior Court Rudy Treu’s meritless ruling in Vergara v. State of California.

The notice of appeal filed by CTA and the California Federation of Teachers asks the appeals court to reverse the ruling that undermines students’ education in California by striking down five provisions of the Education Code.

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Help Children Succeed: Urge Governor to Sign CTA-sponsored Kindergarten Bill!

As educators, we know that an early start helps children succeed in school and in life. That’s the principle behind AB 1444, the CTA sponsored measure by Assembly Education Chair Joan Buchanan (D-Alamo) and Assembly Member Shirley Weber (D-San Diego) that would require all students to complete kindergarten before tackling the increasingly rigorous academic tasks they face in first grade.

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CTA, Learning First Call for Thoughtful Implementation of Common Core Standards

Dean Vogel, former kindergarten teacher and now CTA president, and Cheryl Scott Williams, the executive director of Learning First Alliance, a non-profit based in Virginia, are urging districts to implement the new Common Core State Standards thoughtfully by learning from teachers about what works for students, in an Op-Ed published in The Sacramento Bee.

The two call on parents and community members to give districts time to implement the new curriculum effectively before insisting on new testing programs.

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Well-intentioned Political “Reform” Bill Would Undercut Our Voices

In the last days of the legislative session, lawmakers in the Assembly are poised to take up a CTA- and labor-opposed bill that could undermine the ability of organizations like teacher unions to speak out in the political arena for public education, students, and our members.

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