Advocacy

Join the National Celebration of American Education Week, Nov. 16-22: Take Part in CTA’s Community Engagement Day, Wed., Nov. 19

Throughout California and the nation, communities are observing the 93rd annual American Education Week, a time to honor students, teachers, education support professionals, parents, and community members who help our students succeed.

And on Wed., Nov. 19, CTA is asking non-educators to “put on a teacher hat” for Community Engagement Day.
Here’s what it’s all about.

AEW began in 1921, with the NEA and the American Legion as sponsors of an event designed to help combat illiteracy.

This year and every year on the week before Thanksgiving, the nation pauses to honor students’ hard work, educators’ professionalism, and parents’ and community members’ support for schools.

Overall, the ongoing aim of the week is to rally support for our public schools and the professionals who provide a high quality education to all of our students.

In California on Community Engagement Day, community members are being invited into schools to teach classes, perform lunch and hall duty, and supervise recess – to spend a day in neighborhood schools.

It’s a great way to learn what it’s like to be a school educational professional.

It’s also a great way to strengthen the links between our schools and our communities.

Learn about American Education Week and about NEA’s Educator for a Day event, which is similar to our own Community Engagement Day. In fact, you can use NEA's Educator for a Day Promotional Kit when planning your November 19 Community Engagement Day!

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CSU Students Protest "Student Success Fees"

As part of “Degrees not Debt” actions this week, students from several CSU campuses and community colleges rallied outside the CSU Board of Trustees in Long Beach Thursday to protest so-called “student success fees” being considered by the board and already in effect on 11 campuses. The fees, totaling nearly $800 per student, are viewed by many as tuition hikes.

Protesters had support from CSU faculty members as well as CTA Board members. The event was organized by NEA, the California Faculty Association (CFA) and Students for Quality Education (SQE).

Inside the trustee meeting, while a few students from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo spoke in favor of maintaining local control of the use of student fees and seemed to support what their campus was using them for, the majority of students criticized the fees as an unfair tuition hike that is putting a university education out of reach for many current and prospective students.

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Temecula Students' Trick-Or-Vote Campaign a Success

Trick or vote

As part of the Get Out the Vote effort, the Temecula Valley Educators Association (TVEA) lent assistance and space to local Temecula Valley High School (TVHS) students in their Trick-Or-Vote campaign as it trained and prepared volunteers to go out on Halloween night in various neighborhoods and engage in a non-partisan GOTV canvassing campaign.

“Students and members canvassed neighborhoods as community ambassadors, providing additional safety with our flashlights, and reminding parents that Election Day is Tuesday, November 4," stated National Honor Society (NHS) Community Service President and TVHS senior Julian Sibby. “We were excited to participate in something we had fun with and at the same time got to be involved in the 2014 Election. NHS is charged to engage in community service, so we thought that dressing up for Halloween would be a great way to do it.”

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The Latest Time Cover is a Sensationalist Outrage

Suggesting that due process makes it nearly impossible to fire teachers, Time's latest cover purposefully leaves the impression that there are many, many teachers in our public schools who should be fired, but are not, solely because of due process laws. Nothing could be further from the truth!

On Monday, Nov. 3, this cover will be in every supermarket checkout line and newsstand across the country—and it’s already online.

TIMEfail

Since when do tech millionaires know anything about teaching children? Why should they determine the lives and careers of educators? Why don’t they volunteer to teach for a week and then share their new wisdom?

 

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Student CTA President Speaks Out on the College Affordability Crisis

Every American deserves a fair shot at higher education. But student debt has become a barrier to accessing the American Dream. Listen to Student CTA President and CSU San Bernardino student Jess Sanchez talk about how student loan debt impacts him.

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San Ysidro Educators Call Strike

Teachers of the San Ysidro School District will officially strike this week in protest of the planned imposition of a 6.5% pay cut, among the county’s worst health benefits, and a present lack of respect by SYSD officials. The San Ysidro Education Association (SYEA) received notification from the school district’s attorney that the SYSD will meet in special session either Tuesday or Wednesday, to impose provisions of the contract in dispute. SYEA’s Executive Board voted to call the strike unless a settlement is reached with the district beforehand. Issues include the district’s determination to cut salaries across the board using dubious and inaccurate projections that even the state-appointed fact-finder admitted has been an ongoing practice of the District.

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California Educators Meet with Congressional Black Caucus in DC

Congressional Black Caucus Karen Bass

California educators are in Washington DC this week for the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s Annual Legislative Conference, explaining that we support the Common Core State Standards but are deeply troubled by how they are being implemented. A fast-tracked, chaotic implementation will hurt our students and our schools. We must get it right.

CTA’s delegation includes CTA Secretary/Treasurer Mikki Cichocki-Semo and Board members Terry Jackson, Curtis Washington, and E. Toby Boyd who met with Congresswoman Karen Bass (photo) to share how California’s Local Control Funding Formula is improving education by helping students who need it most, while supporting continuous improvement and transparency.

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Seven California educators win $2,000 and $5,000 grants from The NEA Foundation

The NEA Foundation

Seven CTA members have received grants from the NEA Foundation! Learn about the programs and activities that netted your colleagues from Merced, Concord, Huntington Beach and Fremont $2,000 and $5,000 grants.

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NEA President-Elect Lily Eskelsen García Tours California

NEA President Dennis Van Roekel and NEA President-Elect Lily Eskelsen García

Van Roekel Lily Eskelsen GarciaNEA's new top leader-elect, Lily Eskelsen García, is touring California where she is meeting with educators, CTA leaders and State Superintendent Tom Torlakson.

On her "Back to School" tour, Eskelsen García is focusing on Great Public Schools for All, toxic testing, teacher-led change and the student loan crisis.

More on the tour.

 

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California Educators Call for Duncan Resignation

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Because of his ongoing lack of leadership and advocacy on what is really needed to help our schools succeed, the California delegation to the NEA Representative Assembly has submitted a New Business Item calling for Duncan's resignation

His department's failed education agenda has focused on more high-stakes testing, grading and pitting public school children against each other based on test scores, and for continuing to promote policies and decisions that undermine public schools and colleges, the teaching profession, education professionals and education unions.

Teachers are not the problem. Teachers are part of the solution. And it’s time we have a Secretary of Education who understands and believes that.

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