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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.

Smart ALECs or Wise Guys? Either Way, They Pose a Threat to Public Education

A syndicate of self-styled rich, smart guys has in mind killing off public education, public pension systems, and public and private unions.

CTA and its labor allies are hard at work trying to keep this group, the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), from gaining a foothold in California. ALEC is an organization funded by corporate entities to formulate anti-union and anti-public education proposals into language that would become state legislation.

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Head ‘em Up, Move ‘em On: Time to Get Those Ducks in a Row

[Multi-media - Cue music, Frankie Laine's Song "Rawhide"….]

If you’ve ever had a hankering for riding roughshod on your herd of undisciplined ducks, CTA has training for you. Consider it a “dude ranch” for duck wranglers.

Seriously, if your efforts to lasso internal and external communications have you climbing your rope, you need only sign up for the Communications Strand at CTA’s Summer Institute, Aug. 2-6 on the UCLA campus.

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Governor Signs CTA-backed Bill to Provide Credential in Native American Culture

Gov. Brown has signed CTA-supported AB 163, by Assembly Member Das Williams (D-Carpinteria). The bill creates a Native American language-culture credential that authorizes holders to teach Native American culture, Native American language, or both.

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Panels Approve Two More CTA Co-sponsored Charter School Measures

Three CTA Co-sponsored bills to provide greater charter school accountability and transparency are now cued up for passage in the state Legislature.

Earlier this week, the Senate Education Committee approved AB 787 by Assembly Member Roger Hernandez (D-West Covina).

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Governor Signs CTA-backed Bill Ending Outdated Travel Restrictions for School Employees on Workers' Comp

(Photo above) Assembly Majority Leader Chris Holden authored the CTA-supported measure.

K-12 and community college classified and certificated employees on specific leaves will no longer have to clear with their employers out-of-state travel, thanks to Gov. Brown’signing of CTA-supported AB 915, by Assembly Majority Leader Chris Holden (D-Pasadena). The measure eliminates outdated travel restrictions that prohibit employees who are receiving workers’ compensation payments to travel outside California without the approval of their governing board.

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Pico Rivera Educator Receives NEA Social Justice Activist Award

CTA congratulates Pico Rivera Educator Jose Lara for being awarded the first-ever NEA Social Justice Activist Award today at the #‎NEARA15in Orlando.
Lara is a social studies teacher at Santee Education Complex High School in Los Angeles, recognized for his work in educational justice.

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Educators Want the Confederate Battle Flag Barred from Public Schools and Public Places

Delegates spent more than 90 minutes on Saturday discussing New Business Item 11 that directs the NEA to support, in ways it finds appropriate and effective, efforts to remove the confederate battle flag from public schools and public places.

“Removing the confederate flag from our public schools is just one of the many steps we must take to address the institutional racism that continues to exist across our nation. The flag, instead, belongs in history books and museums,” said CTA President Eric C. Heins. “There is no place in our schools and communities for objects that hurt and divide rather than promote unity and growth as a society. We have made some progress, but the shootings in Charleston remind us of the work we have to do as a nation. Approval of this motion is just one step.”

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Educators from Across the Nation Commit to Fighting Racism in Light of Recent Shootings in North Carolina Church

(Photo above) More than 8,000 educators attending the National Education Association (NEA) Representative Assembly (RA) in Orlando, Florida, convened for its 153rd annual meeting Friday immediately taking time to honor the victims gunned down in a Charleston, South Carolina Church June 17.

After a touching tribute to the victims, RA delegates adopted a motion that redoubles the NEA’s efforts to fight institutional racism.

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Charter Educators, State Council Committees Lobby for More School Accountability

(Photo above from left) Sen. Richard Pan (D-Sacramento) and Jeff Johnston, an area high school teacher and vice chair of CTA State Council Negotiations Committee, discuss some of the key elements of CTA co-sponsored bills that would make charter schools more accountable to the public.

Educators working for the California Virtual Academy (CAVA), a statewide charter school, and members of several key CTA State Council committees were meeting with lawmakers in the state Capitol Tuesday afternoon in support of a package of bills aimed to increase accountability and transparency at charter schools and to ensure that their focus is on students, not profit.

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U.S. High Court to Consider Fair Share Lawsuit Next Session

Sally Fields in her role of Norma Rae makes it clear that without unions, working women and men have no voices. (Image used with permission.)

On Tuesday morning, the U.S. Supreme Court announced it has agreed to hear the Friedrichs vs. CTA case during its next session, which means the court could issue a decision in June 2016.

The lawsuit addresses two issues: does the First Amendment prohibit fair share fees in the public sector; and, second, may a union use an opt-out procedure to collect fair share fees.

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