The Blog at CTA

Acting Gov. Torlakson Proclaims July 26 as "Change Lives -- Be a Teacher Day"

During a legislative reception, Supt. of Public Instruction (l.) touches base with CTA President Eric Heins, an elementary school teacher.

With Gov. Jerry Brown and other state officials higher in the line of succession at the Democratic National Convention, Supt. of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson is the state’s acting governor. On Tuesday, he used those temporary powers for an important cause – to declare the day “Change Lives – Be a Teacher Day.”

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Educators Defeat Bill to Weaken Teacher Protections and Harm Students

Getting ready to testify. (From l.) Deborah Behm, Dan Reynolds, and other education community representatives wait for their chance to testify before the Senate Education Committee against CTA-opposed AB 934 (Bonilla).

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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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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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No Tricks: Chico Educators Urge CTA Members to Vote for Supt. Torlakson in GOTV Efforts

(Photo above) A costumed Susan Green and her daughter, Clara, reach out to CTA members by phone, urging them to support an educator, Tom Torlakson, for re-election as State Superintendent of Public Instruction.  Green, who teaches at Cal State University Chico, is a member of CTA’s State Council of Education and statewide Treasurer of the California Faculty Association. She is supporting Supt. Torlakson because of his years as a classroom teacher, coach, and higher education instructor and his courageous advocacy for public education during his legislative career.

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Write the Chronicle to Let Readers Know Why Entrepreneur Tuck, the Would-be Superintendent, is Wrong

Marshall Tuck, the entrepreneur who would like to be the state’s education chief, has fired off another attack on our basic rights, rights hit by a recent flawed ruling by a Los Angeles Superior Court judge. The ruling, in Vergara v. State of California, attacks teachers’ job protections, due process, and seniority rights.

 

In an opinion piece that is an insult to all of our highly dedicated colleagues, Tuck praises the bad ruling.

 

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Guest Blogger: Jacquella (Angel) Payne describes a "Call to Action"

Denver Convention CenterWhat Does a Call to Action Look Like? A call to action looks like NEA's annual Representative Assembly where more than 8,000 educators from 51 states show up to take action on behalf of students across the country.  A group of dedicated people who were willing to drop everything and converge on Denver, Colorado, which is where the RA is taking place this year.  Willing to stand in long lines while waiting to get checked into their hotels.  Willing to miss spending the 4th of July with their family and friends.

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Devastating Cuts Reduced Faculty: Recovery Will Take Time

A new report from the Sacramento Bee based on data from the state credentialing agency paints a stark picture of how years of underfunding have decimated California’s teaching ranks.

The Bee finds that from 2008 to 2013, funding cuts reduced the number of new teachers by more than 40%.   The Bee concludes the layoff had a corollary effect on teacher recruitment by discouraging enrollment in teaching programs in the state by about 41%.

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Write the Bee to Let Readers Know Rep. Miller is Wrong on Vergara Case

Undeterred by the facts, U.S. Congressman George Miller and an educator coauthor have authored a Sacramento Bee Op-Ed that slams teachers for having due process rights.

The retiring congressman and one Los Angeles Unified School District educator have teamed up to declare that the Vergara v. State of California assault on teachers’ due-process protections is a good thing.

Unlike the congressman, teachers know that these procedures have for more than 80 years protected academic freedom and helped attract and keep highly qualified teachers for our students.

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Where We Stand: Educators Support Finding Solutions to CalSTRS Unfunded Liability

As the governing board of the California State Teachers’ Retirement System (CalSTRS) begins its two-day meeting today, our CTA members will be among those expressing the organization’s ongoing commitment to work with the pension system and other stakeholders to ensure its long-term viability.

A great deal is happening in Sacramento on a key issue affecting the public pension system and its members, the issue of “unfunded liability.”

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