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More Than 200 Educators Urge Lawmakers to Support Public Education

Classroom Experts Support Targeted Funding, Class Size Reduction, and More

(Photo top) Para Educator Doreen McGuire-Griggs talks to reporters during a May 22 news conference during the Presidents Lobby Day as part of a team including (from l.) Eric Heins, an elementary teacher and CTA Vice President; Dean Vogel, a counselor and CTA President; and Theresa Montaño, a Professor at CSUN. The educators stressed the importance of providing targeted funding for students who are more costly to educate, the philosophy behind the governor’s local control funding formula. The educators are also supporting the governor’s plan to allocate one billion dollars to help implement the Common Core State Standards and his proposal to begin paying back money owed to schools after cuts of more than $20 billion. More than 200 educators convened near the state Capitol Wednesday morning in preparation for visits width their lawmakers in support of public education. The educators discussed key issues including the governor’s proposed Local Control Funding Formula, class size reduction, and funding to implement the Common Core State Standards. At the top of the educators’ list was securing allocations to help restore the more than $20 billion in cuts schools have suffered in recent years. CTA’s policy-making body, the State Council of Education, in April adopted budget principles that call for equitable funding for students most in need, the repayment of what schools are owed, an annual cost-of-living adjustment for all schools while the formula is being implemented over a period of several years, and full funding for the state’s K-3 class size reduction program.

lobbydeanstarts(Photo at left) CTA President Dean Vogel welcomes more than 200 educators to Sacramento for a morning briefing. During the day, the educators also heard from CTA Vice President Eric Heins (middle) and CTA Secretary-Treasurer Mikki Cichocki-Semo.

lobbybuchanan2(At board in photo at left) Assembly Education Chair Joan Buchanan (D-Alamo) and a team of educators discuss the projected impact of the Local Control Funding Formula on Bay Area schools. The educators told the lawmaker they are seeking legislative assurances that the new funds will make it to the classroom.

lobbysteinbergteamcroppedSenate President Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento) met width a team of educators, including his constituents, Maggie Ellis, a teacher from Elk Grove, and Scott Smith, a drama teacher from Sacramento, who stressed the importance of providing payback funding for schools.

lobbycooley2United behind class size reduction – (At left in photo) Assembly Member Ken Cooley (D-Rancho Cordova) speaks width Toby Boyd, an elementary school teacher, and Christine Moran, an educator from the Twin Rivers school district, about efforts to get class sizes down to 20. Assembly Member Cooley is the author of AB 558, a CTA-cosponsored class size reduction measure.

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