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What happens in the state legislature, in the governor's office, and at state agencies can affect every teacher, education support professional, and student in the state. The Capitol News blog aims to provide members with timely information about what is going on in the state capitol.

CTA Representatives Work on Health Issues at Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute


Members of the CTA delegation meet with Congressman Juan Vargas (2nd from right) during the 2015 Public Policy Conference in Washington, D.C.

During October 2015 – Hispanic Heritage Month – a delegation of CTA representatives is in Washington D.C., taking part in the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute’s (CHCI) 2015 Public Policy Conference.

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New Test Scores Just One Measure of Student Learning

Supt. of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson on Wednesday released the first-ever results from the new California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP).

The 2015 results from the new online assessment become the baseline for future assessments and students.

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Paradise Teachers Say District is Shortchanging Students

They File Unfair Labor Practice Charge

Members of the Teachers Association of Paradise (TAP) are taking their fight to improve their students’ education to Public Employment Relations Board, the state agency that oversees public sector collective bargaining.

The chapter has filed an unfair labor practice charge against the district for its failure to bargain in good faith on issues including how best to use Proposition 30 moneys approved by voters to help schools prepare students to meet the challenges of the 21st century.

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Hundreds of Val Verde Teachers March for Their Students

Hundreds of Val Verde teachers marched to support better teaching and learning conditions to benefit their students.

PERRIS – More than 300 Val Verde teachers participated in a rally and march during the mediation session between the Val Verde Unified School District School Board (VVUSD) and the Val Verde Teachers Association (VVTA) Wednesday, Aug. 26.

Teachers braved temperatures in excess of 100 degrees as they marched from the VVUSD office to the four corners of Ramona Expressway and Webster Ave.

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Gov. Brown to Sign Measure Setting Aside Exit Exam Requirement

Thousands of high school seniors who were finding their path into college or the military blocked by the cancellation of the state’s High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE) will have their pathway cleared, thanks to speedy legislative action and a pledge by the governor to sign Senate Bill 725 by Sen. Loni Hancock (D-Oakland) that suspends the requirement that students pass the CAHSEE in order to graduate.

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Val Verde Teachers Rally at Special Session of School Board

(Photo above) Naree Yang Pygott and Kayla Bui and other members of the Val Verde Teachers Association press the district for a contract settlement that will put teachers and students first on the priority list.


Perris CA -- Val Verde Teachers rallied at a special session of the local school board meeting Thursday night to protest the district’s actions that are making it difficult to retain and attract the highly qualified teachers needed to provide all students with the excellent education they deserve.

Val Verde educators have been making the case that low salaries are costing the district too many of its current highly qualified teachers and undercutting the ability to attract new ones who are equally skilled.

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Lt. Gov. Newsom: Nothing is More Important Than What Teachers Do

Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom (r.) talks with CTA President Eric Heins just prior to addressing more than 1,000 participants at CTA’s Summer Institute.

Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom offered some high praise to educators and to CTA during his Aug. 6 speech at the Association’s Summer Institute on the UCLA Campus.

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Summer's a Great Time to Press Congress to Improve Elementary & Secondary Ed. Act

Now is a great time to meet with your member of the House of Representatives on a key issue: passing S. 1177 that would make vast improvements to the current federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA).

Congress is in recess until Sept. 8, and lawmakers are expected to continue their work on the bill soon after they return. In the meantime, they are spending time in their district offices throughout California.

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Help NEA Win Renewal of Educators' Tax Credit

Are you dipping into your own pocket to purchase items for your classroom? As a public school educator or education support professional, you’re not alone. On average, classroom professionals spend some $1,000 annually of their own money to help meet their students’ needs.

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Middle Class Put at Risk by New "Pension Reform" Initiative

Californians for a Secure Retirement (CRS) is warning in an opinion piece published in Monday’s Sacramento Bee that the so-called “Voter Empowerment Act” is actually another disguised attacked on the pensions of the state’s middle-class working women and men.

In “Latest measure from pension attackers threatens middle class,” CRS Chair David Low argues forcefully that “pension attackers are back, using new poll-tested language and focus-grouped talking points to undermine retirement security for millions of working families.”

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