Cynthia Menzel, Editor in Chief
Cartoon by Richard Crowson
This election is so important. We have an opportunity to fight attacks on public education, stave off budget cuts and protect the middle class WHEN YOU VOTE.
Have you seen those misleading ads about Prop. 32, funded by secretive corporative interests and Super PACs? The Washington Post fact-checker called an American Future Fund ad “over the top” and “erroneous,” adding, “There is no excuse for these kinds of ads, which take facts out of context or simply invent them.” You’ll see the same thing on Prop. 30, and some ads say nasty things about your CTA.
We’ve worked hard to explain the impact of the ballot measures and to include your colleagues’ and local leaders’ takes on this election. You’ll also find CTA’s recommendations on the propositions and candidates, plus the basics of CTA’s recommendation process. It’s very democratic, and I hope you honor your colleagues’ good work by voting for their recommended candidates.
Register to vote — online!
You can now register to vote online at registertovote.ca.gov. Registering to vote has never been easier, so make sure you, your family and friends are registered to vote. The last day to register to vote is Oct. 22.
The Ballot is Different
This is the first year for open primaries — your ballot will look different. Your incumbent may not be listed because of redistricting. You may see two Democrats or two Republicans running for the same seat. Read more about this and find a voter checklist and election information in the Voter Guide. Pull it out and review the information with your friends and family.
Advocacy in Action
There are many ways CTA members across California advocate for their students and for public schools. This Election Guide highlights the voices of a few of your advocates — your colleagues in CTA who are spending their time outside of their workday to get out the vote.
From juggling new parent responsibilities and campaigning online to phone banking and walking neighborhoods, CTA members across California are outstanding role models.
If you have a chance, you might thank them. Better yet — vote.