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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.

Midnight Monday is Voter Registration Deadline for November Election

That clock you hear ticking loudly is the one marking the close of voter registration for the November 4 election.

The Secretary of State’s office reminds would-be voters they have until midnight tonight either to register online or to have their snail-mail registration postmarked.

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CTA President Urges Region II Members to Speak Our Truth to Voters

(Photo above) CTA President Dean E. Vogel, a kindergarten teacher from Vacaville, tells several hundreds of CTA members at the Region 2 Leadership Conference that voters overwhelmingly trust teachers and want to hear from them as they prepare to vote on Nov. 4.

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Sacramento Educators Gear Up to Elect First-rate School Board

(Photo above) Sacramento City Teachers Association phone bankers reach out to frequent voters in support of four school board candidates who will make the classroom the district’s top priority, follow the law, and treat employees with respect.

Hundreds of members of the Sacramento City Teachers Association (SCTA) have been working hard to elect a better school board, one that will support educators in their efforts to provide every student with a first-rate education.

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Governor Heads to Irvine to Support Assembly Member Sharon Quirk-Silva

Gov. Jerry Brown is slated to be in Irvine today in a visit that will help a CTA-backed Assembly candidate facing a tight race.

The Sacramento Bee reports that the governor will be in Southern California to visit the site of a future Veterans Cemetery, a development made possible by the governor’s signing of a measure by Assembly Member Sharon Quirk-Silva (D-Fullerton).

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Stockton Teachers File Charges Against City School Board; Will Rally Thurs. Against Fiscal "Piracy"

Parents, Teachers to Press Board to Put Students, Classrooms First

The Public Employment Relations Board (PERB), the state agency that oversees public sector bargaining, could soon brand the Stockton Unified School District a “renegade” district that is violating the law, instead of bargaining in good faith to reach a contract agreement with its 1850 educators.

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Governor Vetoes CTA-sponsored Mandatory Kindergarten Bill

In a disappointment to educators, Gov. Jerry Brown has vetoed AB 1444, the CTA-sponsored measure by Assembly Members Joan Buchanan (D-Alamo) and Shirley Weber (D-San Diego) that would have ensured that all youngsters secure the educational advantages provided by the modern kindergarten curriculum and experience.

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Supt. Torlakson Congratulates 24 California Schools That Win National Recognition

Supt. of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson on Tuesday extended his congratulations to 24 California public schools that were singled out by the Federal Department of Education as 2014 National Blue Ribbon Schools. They are among 337 schools in 47 states so honored.

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Governor Signs CTA-backed Language Acquisition Bill

The governor has signed SB 1174, a CTA-supported measure that will help all students acquire English language proficiency.

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The 2014 Election is a big one for Education in California... a Lot is at Stake!

Tuesday, September 23, is National Voter Registration Day, a time educators throughout California are being asked to encourage their family, friends, colleagues, and students who will be 18 by November 4, 2014 to register. Some CTA Chapters already have plans to remind voters to register.

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Does Your Vote Matter? Theres a Link for That!

Ever wondered if your vote really matters?  Some folks at the Douglas County, NV Elections Center have put together some historical information that provides an answer to that oft-asked question.  The short answer: a resounding “yes.”

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