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Charter Schools

Inherent in the concept of charter schools is the belief that meaningful educational reform must be developed at the local site level and with the full participation of all “stakeholders”. More

Collective Bargaining

On Sept. 22, 1975, then-Gov. Jerry Brown signed CTA-sponsored Senate Bill 160 by state Sen. Al Rodda, known as the Educational Employment Relations Act or the Rodda Act, to give California public school teachers collective bargaining rights. More

Common Core State Standards

Common Core State Standards are K-12 English Language Arts/Literacy and Math standards that will create a clear, consistent level of knowledge for our public school students no matter where they live. More

Class Size Reduction

CTA believes that small class sizes, particularly in grades pre-kindergarten through 12, allows for the optimum development of a student’s potential and ensures individual attention to each student. More

Education Improvement

There is a great deal of discussion about education "reform" in the national media. Everyone seems to have an idea about how we should improve our public education system. More

Educator Rights

As a California education employee you have certain rights guaranteed by law with respect to your employment. CTA works tirelessly in a variety of ways to preserve and enhance your employment rights and to protect you against certain acts of discrimination. More

ESEA - No Child Left Behind

ESEA has not been reauthorized since passage of No Child Left Behind in 2002, but now an effort to reauthorize is fully underway in the 114th Congress. More

Immigration Reform

CTA believes every student attending a public school in California is entitled to equal access to all educational opportunities. This access shall not be denied because of gender discrimination, ethnicity, language, special needs, socio-economic or immigration status. More


Monitoring the legislative process and advocating for laws that achieve gains for students, teachers and public education are among the cornerstones of CTA's mission. More

Quality Education Investment Act

QEIA is helping schools that are serving a higher percentage of low income, minority and English learners to close the achievement gap. More

Parent Trigger

CTA opposed the parent trigger law when it was proposed for a number of reasons, none of which included any desire to exclude meaningful parent participation in struggling schools. More

Race to the Top

The Race to the Top regulations are more of the same one-size-fits-all approach of No Child Left Behind that has failed California students and schools for the last several years.

School Funding

Having lost access to most local funding, as a result of Prop 13, it is incumbent on the state to uphold the California Constitution that states that public education has first call on state moneys. More

School Safety

California’s educators overwhelmingly support stronger laws to ensure school safety and prevent gun violence. More

Special Education

CTA believes that students with exceptional needs must be educated in the most appropriate placement and that many of these children can benefit by instruction in regular education classes. More

State Budget

On January 9, Gov. Jerry Brown unveiled his proposed state budget for 2015-16 which includes $7.8 billion in new funding for K-12 schools and community colleges. More

Tax Fairness

California has long relied on mostly short-term solutions to our budget problems, which has done us no long-term favors. The health of California's public schools depends on stable tax revenues. It is time to demand action to restore fairness to the system and make sure everyone is paying their fair share. More

Teacher Quality

CTA believes that teacher quality is a result of pre-service preparation, professional development, and the occupational environment in which teaching occurs. More

Testing and Standards

CTA responds to a controversial series of articles promoting the use of student test scores to measure an individual teacher's effectiveness. More


Studies continue to show there have been no significant improvements in student achievement in voucher schools. More

Every child deserves a chance to learn and no child succeeds alone.

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