A standard educational grading scale is used.
Calculations are based upon the number of favorable votes as compared to the number of opportunities to vote. Each favorable vote gets one point. Abstention/Absence gets zero.
Making the Grade is a tool that provides information on every bill on which CTA’s State Council of Education has taken a position. Bills that we are “just watching” are not posted in this report. The State Council of Education votes on every bill position and must use approved CTA policy as its guide in taking positions for the organization.
Each year at CTA State Council meetings, our elected teacher leaders analyze hundreds of bills moving through the California State Legislature and determine their impact on issues affecting all aspects of the education environment. Our Legislative Advocates write letters of support and oppose, testify with CTA members at the Capitol and work to ensure that our state legislators understand CTA’s policy and positions, and vote in favor of students and teachers.
Making the Grade provides links to Capitol staff analyses, voting records and a progress report on how legislators are voting on CTA bills.
As this legislative cycle begins, we will continue to track how your legislators are voting on CTA position legislation. Check back often to see whether or not your legislators are “making the grade."
Please note that this is a numerical calculation tool as legislators vote on policy and fiscal issues. Legislators are given a point for every vote that favors CTA members as compared to the number of times they had the opportunity to vote. This tool does not have the ability to measure leadership and collegiality that is often a measure of a successful legislator.
Go to Making the Grade: A Progress Report on Legislative Action