Legislation

Stockton Teachers File Charges Against City School Board; Will Rally Thurs. Against Fiscal "Piracy"

Parents, Teachers to Press Board to Put Students, Classrooms First

The Public Employment Relations Board (PERB), the state agency that oversees public sector bargaining, could soon brand the Stockton Unified School District a “renegade” district that is violating the law, instead of bargaining in good faith to reach a contract agreement with its 1850 educators.

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Governor Vetoes CTA-sponsored Mandatory Kindergarten Bill

In a disappointment to educators, Gov. Jerry Brown has vetoed AB 1444, the CTA-sponsored measure by Assembly Members Joan Buchanan (D-Alamo) and Shirley Weber (D-San Diego) that would have ensured that all youngsters secure the educational advantages provided by the modern kindergarten curriculum and experience.

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Supt. Torlakson Congratulates 24 California Schools That Win National Recognition

Supt. of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson on Tuesday extended his congratulations to 24 California public schools that were singled out by the Federal Department of Education as 2014 National Blue Ribbon Schools. They are among 337 schools in 47 states so honored.

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Governor Signs CTA-backed Language Acquisition Bill

The governor has signed SB 1174, a CTA-supported measure that will help all students acquire English language proficiency.

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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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The 2014 Election is a big one for Education in California... a Lot is at Stake!

Tuesday, September 23, is National Voter Registration Day, a time educators throughout California are being asked to encourage their family, friends, colleagues, and students who will be 18 by November 4, 2014 to register. Some CTA Chapters already have plans to remind voters to register.

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Does Your Vote Matter? Theres a Link for That!

Ever wondered if your vote really matters?  Some folks at the Douglas County, NV Elections Center have put together some historical information that provides an answer to that oft-asked question.  The short answer: a resounding “yes.”

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Charter School Educators Come Back to Capitol for Day 2 of Meetings with Lawmakers and Staff

(Photo above) Assembly Majority Leader Manuel Perez (D-Indio) asks teachers at the California Virtual Academy to give him additional examples of situations they point to that are hampering the educational success of the students they serve.

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Charter Teachers Lobby to Protect Right to Organize

Jason Spadaro, (at left) a high school English teacher, and six other teachers from California Virtual Academy (CAVA), a statewide charter school, speak to Sara Arce, staff for Assembly Member Das Williams, on the importance of charter school teachers having the rights enjoyed by other public school teachers.

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Journalist, Educator Derides "Shibboleths" about Due Process

Steve O’Donoghue, a long-time journalism teacher who now leads the California Scholastic Journalism Initiative, warns readers in an op-ed published in Sunday’s Sacramento Bee, Focus on teacher tenure distracts from schools’ real problems, that the Vergara lawsuit and the focus on changing “tenure” are diverting attention from the actual challenges facing public education.

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