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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.

Unions are Vital to Freedom, a Former US President Declared

“Where free unions and collective bargaining are forbidden, freedom is lost,” one recent American leader said in 1980, citing the role of Polish unions in fighting the Communist Party’s iron fist.

Richard D. Kahlenberg, a senior fellow at the Century Foundation, in a Jan. 12 New York Times think piece reminds us that the American leader was not the head of the AFL/CIO or the National Education Association.

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Pres. Obama: Attacks on Collective Bargaining Must Not Go Unanswered

Pres. Obama tells Congress and the American people Tuesday night that a battle must be fought to protect the voices of working women and men and collective bargaining. (Photo: courtesy of the White House.)

In his last State of the Union Address, Pres. Barack Obama on Tuesday night underscored the importance of unions and collective bargaining to help correct the economic imbalance that has seen the rich get richer and the middle class and working women and men get poorer.

“But after years of record corporate profits, working families won’t get more opportunity or bigger paychecks by letting big banks or big oil or hedge funds make their own rules at the expense of everyone else; or by allowing attacks on collective bargaining to go unanswered,“ the president said during his one-hour address to the nation.

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Temecula Teachers Celebrate Student Success during Local Holiday Parade


Dozens of students tapped for their outstanding performance by their teachers, members of the Temecula Valley Educators Association, led the TVEA delegation in Saturday night’s holiday parade through the center of the city.

TEMECULA, Calif. – Wearing Santa hats and carrying safety lights provided by their teachers, Temecula students and Temecula Valley Educators Association members marched side by side through downtown Saturday night in the annual Holiday Electric Parade.

TVEA used the annual event to honor their students’ success by highlighting “Student Standouts” from public schools throughout the district.

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Times Exposé Spotlights Charter PAC’s “Shielding” of $2.3 Million in Political Donations

The identities of donors who contributed more than $2.3 million to the May 19 Los Angeles Unified School Board race were not unveiled until months after the election, according to the Los Angeles Times. (Graphic courtesy of Bing Images free clipart.)

It took months after last May 19th’s election for Los Angeles voters to learn the hidden identities of billionaire donors whose $2.3 million in political contributions underwrote the most expensive school board race in the nation, a new Los Angeles Times exposé reveals.

The story by Times Education Writer Harold Blume reports that “The contributions -- from philanthropist Eli Broad, heirs to the Wal-Mart fortune, former New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and others -- were made to California Charter Schools Assn. Advocates, a political action committee in Sacramento, before the May 19 election. That group then forwarded those funds to a local committee, which poured the money into the campaigns of pro-charter-school candidates.”

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That Sound You're Hearing is Applause for You

Today is the last day of American Education week, a time set aside to honor our dedicated school professionals for their commitment to students at all levels of public education. (Graphic courtesy of NEA.)

Throughout California, millions of parents and community members are cheering CTA members for your dedication and hard work in classrooms and schools across the state.

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Feeling You’re Being Followed? It May Be the Koch Intelligence Agency (KIA)!

A new expose in Politico reveals that the radical right billionaires, Charles and David Koch, have set up an “intelligence” unit designed to collect information about progressive political activists.

The brothers Koch view it as “competitive intelligence,” and they’ve hired a team of 25, including a former Central Intelligence Agency operative, to keep tabs on political opponents.


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California Faculty Association Takes Its Fight for Fairness to CSU Trustees’ Meeting

(LONG BEACH, Calif.) -- More than 1500 California Faculty Association members and students from all 23 Cal State campuses converged on the Office of the Chancellor in their Fight for Five Campaign in Long Beach California.

Students and faculty delivered their message “loudly and clearly” to the CSU Board of Trustees on Tuesday.

With signs reading “Cheating Faculty is Cheating Students,” the higher education faculty and students marched around Long Beach before rallying at the site of Tuesday’s meeting of the CSU Board of Trustees.

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US High Court Gets 24 More Briefs Supporting CTA Fair Share in Friedrichs Case

The men and women in black: the nine-member U.S. Supreme Court is expected to release its ruling on Friedrichs v. CTA in 2016. (Photo: BBC.)

A plethora of Civil rights organizations, academicians, public officials, hospitals, and government agencies are joining CTA in its battle to defeat a court case underwritten by radical-right billionaires, the Koch brothers.

Friedrichs v. CTA, which is pending before the U.S. Supreme Court, aims at stifling the voices of working women and men, further undermining the economic security of the nation’s middle class, and reducing vital public services, including police, fire, and emergency medical services.

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US Secretary of Labor Perez Warns: Bad Friedrichs Ruling Would Block Efforts to Make Economy Work for All

Secretary Perez is urging union members and progressives to help educate the public about the threats posed by the pending Friedrichs v. CTA case.

As part of a week of action activities against a legal attack on unions, U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez, a Harvard-educated attorney and former law school professor, is warning that a bad ruling in the Friedrichs v. CTA lawsuit pending before the U.S. Supreme Court could derail efforts to achieve economic equality for working women and men.

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At Education Forum, CTA Stresses: Our Power Comes from Our Members

Sacramento Bee Columnist Dan Walters (at left) poses a question about CTA v. Friedrichs to Teri Holoman (at right), CTA’s political action manager, during a Thursday afternoon panel on Political Forces at the Capitol Weekly/UC Center forum, as Richard Zeiger, a retired chief deputy superintendent of public education, ponders his own response.

Teri Holoman, CTA’s new political action manager, helped educate reporters and the public about CTA’s working structure during a Thursday afternoon forum hosted by Capitol Weekly and the University of California Center.

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