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Founded in 1863, the California Teachers Association has become one of the strongest advocates for educators in the country. CTA includes teachers, counselors, school librarians, social workers, psychologists, and nurses. These educators in the K-12 school system are joined by community college faculty, California State University faculty, and education support professionals to make CTA the most inclusive and most powerful voice of educators in the state.

Degrees Not Debt

Every American deserves a fair shot at higher education. But student debt has become a barrier to accessing the American Dream.

We believe need-based student aid must be increased, student loans must be made more affordable, public service must be encouraged through expanded loan forgiveness, institutional aid must be increased.

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CTA Members: Thank You for GOTV Efforts

A letter from CTA President Dean Vogel: 

I want to thank you all for getting out and exercising your right to vote yesterday, and for all the work you did to get colleagues, family and friends to the polls. California students and educators were victorious in all our key races. 

Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson came in first. As expected with three candidates in the race, no one got the 50 percent majority necessary to win in the primary. Torlakson will face corporate education reformer and school privatizer Marshall Tuck in November. So please, keep talking about Tom even now. This will be a big battle, and we expect a lot of outside special-interest money for Tuck.

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In Capitol Today, Educators Advocate for Increased Funding, Mandatory Kindergarten, Secure Retirement

On the 60th Anniversary of Brown vs Board of Education: Still Separate, Still Unequal

60 years ago, the Brown vs. Board of Education decision resulted in revolutionary changes in our nation, but today many say that if eliminating school segregation and inequity was the primary goal of Brown, it has failed

Public schools in America are still largely segregated by race and income. This UCLA Civil Rights Project study warns that California schools are still segregated – and that the state’s schools are the most segregated in the nation when it comes to Latino students

California has had an extremely dramatic increase in the segregation of Latinos, who on average attended schools that were 54% white in 1970, but now attend schools that are 84% non-white.

Education is the gateway to opportunity and that’s why educators are commemorating the 60th anniversary by leading efforts across the nation to focus attention on the unfinished agenda of Brown v. Board—ensuring meaningful educational opportunity for all of America’s students.


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DOT Concord

CTA Joins Movement to #BringBackOurGirls

Bring Back Our GirlsEarlier today, the CTA Board of Directors joined the worldwide #BringBackOurGirls movement and sent a letter to President Obama asking him to do everything in his power to rescue the more than 200 school girls who were kidnapped by terrorists in Nigeria and risk becoming victims of human trafficking.

According to news reports, the Nigerian government has been slow in its response since the militant group Boko Haram stormed a school and kidnapped the girls, who were there to take exams despite cultural pressures and threats from the militant group. Earlier this month a Boko Haram leader threatened to “sell” the girls.

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For 4th Year Running, High School Graduation Rates Rise, Supt. Torlakson Reports

California’s high school graduation rate has risen for the fourth year in a row, now exceeding 80.2%, Supt. of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson has announced.

The overall graduation rate is up 1.3% over last year’s number, and graduation rates for African-American and Hispanic students climbed even faster than the overall average.

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UTLA Science Teacher Victorious

Greg Schiller, the LAUSD science teacher who was removed from his school in February in a flap over science fair experiments, will be back at Cortines School of Visual & Performing Arts tomorrow. Schiller has been languishing in “teacher jail” since February, unable to help his students prepare for the AP exams or coach his fencing team.

The community, parents, and students came to Schiller’s defense, holding a series of protests demanding that the District allow him back into the classroom.

Schiller has been vocal in explaining that the two student experiments were in no way dangerous and he had not even seen them when an administrator pulled them from the science fair and sent Schiller to “teacher jail.” Many in the scientific community were in disbelief that the experiments that were built to convert one form of energy to another could be mistaken for “imitation weapons.”


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Madera Site Visit

CTA President Dean E. Vogel spent the day Tuesday paying a site visit to members of the Madera Unified Teachers Association. Along the way he took some time to serenade students with his guitar at Madera South High School and read to students at John Adams Elementary – both among his favorite things to do. All told, Dean visited six schools in the district, met with the superintendent, and spoke to a group of MUTA members in the afternoon. Accompanying the CTA president was David Holder, MUTA president, First Vice President CeCe Foley and Second Vice President Amanda Wade. It was a great day all around!

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Vergara Trial Nears End

Vergara Trial testimony wraps up this week with closing arguments scheduled for March 27. Lawyers (bankrolled by billionaire David Welch and other corporate “reformers”) representing nine student plaintiffs have charged that California statutes dealing with layoffs, dismissal, and granting permanent status after two years are all unconstitutional and inflict disproportionate harm on poor and minority students. The State of California and intervening parties CTA and CFT have responded that these statutes work well in school districts all over the state, that they help school districts attract and retain quality teachers, and in fact have nothing to say about which teachers are assigned to which schools or to which students.

While the legal arguments are firmly on our side, and hopefully the judge will agree, a quick look back at the testimony over the past two months should lead anyone with common sense—without requiring a law degree—to conclude that the plaintiffs in this case have no case. 

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