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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.

Lawmakers to Review Three CTA-cosponsored Charter School Accountability Bills on July 1

(Photo above) At a news conference last week at the state Capitol, Assembly Member Roger Hernandez (at podium) and charter school parents and teachers spelled out how a lack of transparency and a for-profit motive are harming students at a statewide charter school, the California Virtual Academy). They urged lawmakers to approve measures designed to increase charter school accountability.

Three CTA-cosponsored measures to increase charter school accountability and transparency are scheduled for hearings in two legislative committees on Wednesday, July 1.

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Assembly Member, Parents and Virtual Educators Charge: For-profit Charters are Failing Students, Violating Law

(Photo above) Flanked by educators, including educators teaching at California Virtual Academies (CAVA), CAVA parents and students, Assembly Member Roger Hernandez (D-West Covina) during a Thursday morning news conference slams the for-profit charter company for putting corporate interests above those of students and teachers.

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Assembly, CTA Honor Educators on Day of the Teacher and California ESP Day

(Photo above) From r., Assembly Education Chair Patrick O’Donnell (D-Long Beach), CTA President-elect Eric Heins, and Assembly Member Jose Medina (D-Riverside) display the Assembly resolution that officially proclaimed, Wednesday, May 13, as the 2015 Day of the Teacher. The day is set aside in honor of the dedicated classroom and school personnel who work to help students succeed. CTA and California celebrated May 19 as California ESP Day as a tribute to the hard-working women and men who help ensure student success.

Over a two week period, CTA and the state celebrated two important days, the Day of the Teacher on May 13 and California Education Support Professional Day, honoring the vital support professionals who help our schools promote student success. California ESP Day came during the May 17-23 celebration of ESP Week.

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Educators Outline Lasting Effects of Budget Cuts on Schools

(Photo above) During a Monday media briefing in Sacramento, CTA Legislative Advocate Estelle Lemieux (at podium) details the $59 billion that will be required to fund educators, school programs, and services for students that were cut during the Great Recession. Educators are hopeful that funding due schools through the Prop. 98 guarantee will restore appropriations to pre-Recession levels.

Members of the Education Coalition on Monday urged lawmakers to keep the promise to California’s students that Proposition 98 provides and to restore $59 billion to fund educators, school programs and services slashed during the Great Recession.

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Hundreds Turn Out at Capital Middle School to Fight for Fair Taxation

(Photo above) Don Stauffer, a school science teacher at River City High school in the Washington school district, tells a crowd of about 200 Thursday morning that California corporations are ducking more than $9 billion annually of their fair share of property taxes, funds that are desperately needed for children’s education, healthcare, infrastructure, and other vital needs.

(SACRAMENTO, Calif.) More than 200 educators, clergy, parents, retirees, labor union representatives, and others convened in front of Sutter Middle School to announce the creation of a coalition dedicated to making California’s property tax structure fairer.

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Charter School Operators Charged with Interfering with, Coercing Employees Seeking to Form Union

(Photo above) Flanked by charter school teachers and other supporters, Assemblymember Roger Hernandez (at podium) talks to reporters during a recent Capitol news conference about his CTA-cosponsored measure to shore up the rights of charter school employees to organize. The measure also aims to block charter school management companies to profit at students’ expense.

The employees of Los Angeles’ largest charter school management organization are charging the chain’s management with using coercion and trying to undermine the educators’ right to form a union.

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Senate Education Approves Two CTA-Cosponsored Charter School Measures

(Photo above) CTA Member Lobbyist Jeff Johnson, a teacher and vice-chair of the State Council Negotiations Committee, and Peter Minett, a teacher and member of the committee, discuss CTA-cosponsored charter school bills with a legislative staffer on Tuesday prior to a meeting with lawmakers in support of the measures.

(SACRAMENTO, Calif.) -- CTA members came back from the state Capitol on Wednesday having won a small victory in an ongoing battle to increase accountability and transparency at the state’s public charter schools.

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Charter Teachers Urge Lawmakers to Approve CTA-cosponsored Accountability Bills

(Photo above) Four CTA member lobbyists – including teachers at the California Virtual Academy Charter School (CAVA) – explain to a key staff member of Sen. Marty Block (at right) the reasons the CTA-sponsored charter school measures are so important to charter school teachers, parents, and students.

A team of CTA members from around the state headed to the state Capitol on Tuesday to ask lawmakers to support two elements of a CTA-sponsored legislative package aimed to increase transparency and accountability at public, charter schools that are scheduled for a hearing in the Senate Education Committee on Wednesday.

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Stockton Teachers Prepare to Vote on Tentative Contract with 12.5% Increase, New Duties

(Photo above) Hundreds of members of the Stockton Teachers Association give their bargaining team, their organizing team, their executive team, and their staff team a standing ovation for the combined efforts that led to a tentative agreement including a multi-year 12.5% compensation increase, more time for collaboration with each other and parents, and individualized student instruction.


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Assembly Member Alejo, CTA Press for Ethnic Studies Framework


(Photo above, from l.) Assembly Member Luis Alejo (D-San Luis Obispo) introduces his AB 101, a measure emphasizing the importance of ethnic studies, to the Assembly Education Committee as UTLA/NEA Vice President Cecily-Myart-Cruz and Student Moriela Pizarro, of the Arisal Dream Academy in Salinas prepare to testify in support of the CTA-backed bill.

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