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CTA Leader to Legislature: Teachers' Voices Must Be Heard and Valued

(Photo above) CTA Vice President Eric Heins (c.) and a team of CTA staff, including (from l.) Legislative Advocate Patricia Rucker, IPD Consultant Norma Sanchez, and Legislative Advocate Isabelle Garcia listen and communicate about the testimony being heard by the Senate Education Committee during its informational hearing on “Teaching in the 21st Century” on March 5.

(Photos by Len Feldman)

During his own testimony, the elementary school teacher stressed that implementing the Common Core State Standards and the state Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) requires that the voices of teachers be heard and valued.

In his testimony and his answers to lawmakers’ questions, the CTA vice president emphasized that efforts to transform the teaching profession must recognize the “power of teachers working together, collaborating, learning and making professional decisions based on their collective experience and judgment, a strategy of improvement that has been termed building professional capital.”

Both Heins and Sanchez testified before the committee.  We have been communicating with lawmakers about our positions on these key issues of attracting and retaining high-quality educators.

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