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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.

Early Child Educators Urge Lawmakers to Make Kindergarten Mandatory

At the state Capitol, Assembly Education Chair Joan Buchanan (D-Alamo), a coauthor of CTA’s sponsored mandatory kindergarten bill, discusses the measure with members of CTA’s Early Childhood Education Committee: Ruthie Fagerstrom, Carole Delgado, and Marie Ibsen.

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CTA Congratulates New Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins

Educators are eager to work with her on behalf of California’s students and schools

When new Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins was sworn in earlier today, CTA President Dean E. Vogel, an elementary educator and counselor, was among those guests invited to witness the ceremony.

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Educators to Urge Support for CTA Kindergarten Bill during May 13 Capitol Visits

Members of the CTA State Council of Education Early Education Committee are set to lobby 17 members of the Assembly Appropriations Committee at the state Capitol on Tuesday, May 13, for a very important purpose: to gain further legislative support for a measure to ensure that all California youngsters benefit from kindergarten.

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Support Legislation to Streamline Teacher Dismissal Process to Keep Students Safe

Call and Email Members of the Senate Education Committee in Support of AB 215

Lawmakers in Sacramento need to hear from you on AB 215 by Assembly Member Joan Buchanan and principal co-authors Senator Lou Correa and Senator Alex Padilla. CTA-supported AB 215 seeks to protect students, streamline the teacher dismissal process, safeguard the integrity of the profession, and protect our due process rights. CTA has always supported changes to the dismissal process that protect students and are fair to educators. That is why CTA worked with education stakeholders, lawmakers and the governor's office on this measure. It is extremely important for lawmakers to hear from educators on AB 215!

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Educators Urge Lawmakers to Support Bill to Protect Students and Due Process

(Photo above from r.) CTA educators Don Bridge, Deborah Adams, and Mary Jan Roberts learn during a Tuesday meeting with Sen. Correa’s chief of staff, Amy Jenkins, that the senator is not only supporting the CTA-backed measure, but he’s also agreed to sign onto the bill as a principal co-author.


A team of CTA members was in the state Capitol on Tuesday meeting with legislators and legislative staff in support of a measure backed by CTA and EdVoice that would protect students by streamlining the dismissal process for certificated employees who have been charged with egregious misconduct, including specific drug crimes, child abuse and sexual misconduct.

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April 30 is Key Date for Important CTA Position Bills

Care about making sure students are safe and can benefit from the experience of seasoned educators? You can take some action to help that happen CTA will be urging lawmakers to approve two supported measures and to defeat three opposed bills in legislative committees on Tuesday, April 30. All CTA members can help win the battles by using the CTA Legislative Action Center  to contact your lawmakers electronically.

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Bay Area Educators Seek Legislative Support for Keeping Students Safe and Prepared

(Photo above) Center – Ann Katzburg, from San Ramon, and a team of educators discuss AB 215 with its author, Assembly Education Chair Buchanan during a Tuesday morning meeting. This team and other teams met with more than a dozen lawmakers with a focus on the two important CTA-backed bills.

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School Districts to Get $372 Million for 105 Construction Projects, Supt. Torlakson announces

The sounds of hammering and sawing could soon be welcome noise in more 43 school districts that are receiving more than $372 million for new construction and modernization projects, reports State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson.

The districts are receiving funding as a result of disbursement decisions made today by the State Allocation Board (SAB).

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Supt Torlakson: $33 Million More Available to Help Schools Go "Green"

State Supt. of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson - -a former teacher and coach – has announced that qualified school districts and county offices can submit their requests for a share of $33 million more in funding to cover the costs of energy efficiency projects.

The funds are part of the moneys for this purpose voters approved in November 2012 by passing Proposition 39.

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Active and Retired Educators Urge Lawmakers to Help Shore Up CalSTRS

(From r.) Maggie Ellis, an elementary educator from Elk Grove and chair of CTA State Council’s Retirement Committee, stresses to members of the Senate Public Employment and Retirement Committee that a secure retirement is critical to attracting and keeping quality teachers in the profession. Ellis and Paula Weiss, a retired educator, reminded lawmakers that the CalSTRS shortfall didn’t occur overnight and can’t be addressed overnight.

Two dozen retired and active educators are spending Wednesday in the state Capitol pressing their legislators to take the steps necessary to ensure the stability of the State Teachers’ Retirement System (CalSTRS) into the future.

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