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06.27.19
Elk Grove teacher takes over as California Teachers Association’s new president

E. Toby Boyd takes over 325,000-member union in a time of increased labor activism.

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05.29.19
Unchecked, decades-long experiment with charter schools yields unintended consequences

Must-read by Erika Jones, elementary school teacher and CTA Board Member.

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05.22.19
‘Starvation diet’ for schools protested by California teachers, officials, students at Capitol

California teachers, students and school district administrators marched in downtown Sacramento and rallied at the state Capitol on Wednesday afternoon.

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05.16.19
Why local control is needed for charter schools

"Now is the time for the Legislature to tackle this important issue and restore local control and accountability to the charter school creation process"

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05.16.19
Teachers union delays May 22 strike at Sacramento City Unified

The teachers union at Sacramento City Unified School District on Thursday night said it will delay its second one-day strike, which had been planned for May 22.

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05.08.19
Great teaching is never forgotten

California celebrates Day of the Teacher.

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04.30.19
Teachers announce second strike at Sacramento City Unified School District

Sacramento City Teachers announced they are ready to strike if needed on May 22.

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04.23.19
How Trump factors into California's charter school wars

"Charter schools are public, tuition-free and use taxpayer dollars like traditional schools, but don’t have to follow the same rules, particularly around teacher hiring."

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04.16.19
Black Caucus Chair: Charter School Bills Overlook Too Many Crucial Questions

"If they pass the legislature, the three bills would set off drastic changes to California’s Charter school law which was signed in 1992. Supporters say the main intentions of the bills are to increase accountability and strengthen oversight of charter schools."

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04.11.19
Efforts to restrict charter school growth in California inch forward in state Legislature

Against the backdrop of rallies, protests and press conferences, three bills that would impose significant restrictions on charter schools in California took a small step forward when they were approved by the Assembly Education Committee in the state Capitol.

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04.10.19
Charter-mageddon: Lawmakers advance a raft of union-backed charter school curbs

A wave of high-profile teacher strikes this year in Los Angeles and Oakland put the spotlight on unions’ claim that the growth of charter schools, which are mostly nonunion, has financially stressed traditional public schools, siphoning enrollment and public funding.

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04.10.19
Crackdown on California charter schools brings out hundreds to protest at Capitol

Dozens showed up to the committee hearing to support the bills; supporters included organizations like the California Teachers Association, members of school boards, school district employees, teachers, parents and students.

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03.11.19
Oakland teachers strike infuses union talks at districts across Bay Area

"Oakland teachers took a risk by going on strike and came back with more than double what the school district originally offered."

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03.10.19
Charter schools soon will have open meetings and records. Gavin Newsom says that’s just a ‘start’

“We’ve been trying to push for more of this accountability that’s really sorely missing”

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11.28.18
Paradise educators work to get kids back in school

They can’t dwell on what the fire has taken from them, or the losses still to come.

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11.28.18
Plans come into focus for California schools ravaged by wildfires

With less than a week to go before their target date to resume classes, officials in the fire-ravaged Paradise

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11.26.18
Oakland teachers, without a contract for more than a year, threaten to strike

She teaches English and history at Coliseum College Prep Academy in East Oakland, but Becca Rozo-Marsh knows how to do the math.

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11.10.18
Teacher: Bus drivers evacuated students amid California fire

Teachers, aides and bus drivers in Northern California loaded more than 100 school students into cars and school buses as a fast-moving wildfire approached,

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10.28.18
Donations reach $50 million in race for California state superintendent of schools

Heading down the stretch in a record $50 million campaign for state superintendent of public instruction,

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10.23.18
California Schools Race Sets Record for Most Expensive

California is again recording the most expensive state superintendent election in history, with a cast of billionaires

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08.19.18
San Jose district draws the line — to no avail — on adding another charter school

The school board of the East Side Union High School District in San Jose defied state law last year

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08.19.18
California inches closer to requiring ethnic studies for graduation

As a teacher in Los Angeles county, Jose Lara has fought for years to have ethnic studies taught in high schools across the state.

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08.18.18
It’s Back to School Time, But Martinez Teachers Are Not Happy With Their Wages

Classes begin next Monday at most public schools in Martinez. Many teachers say they have spent weeks in the classroom

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08.18.18
State schools chief forms team to update charter school law

It’s 26 years old and needs a tune-up. Perhaps even an overhaul. State Superintendent of Public Instruction

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06.25.18
How some elite charter schools exclude minorities

This clearly was no ordinary public school. Parents of prospective students converged on Lake Oconee Academy for an open house

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06.25.18
Poll finds Newsom has a commanding lead over Cox in California governor's race

Democrat Gavin Newsom has a dominant lead over Republican John Cox in California’s race for governor,

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06.21.18
What is at stake in Supreme Court ruling on Janus vs. AFSCME

Monica Ruiz grew up the daughter of immigrant farmworkers in the Central Valley.

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06.20.18
Richmond teachers go from among the lowest to highest salaries in Contra Costa

Teachers at the West Contra Costa Unified School District will soon be the highest paid in the county following a

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06.18.18
Reaching Out to Younger Hearts and Minds About L.G.B.T.Q. People

The author M.G. Hennessey remembers the moment a few years ago, after reading a book with a disappointed 9-year-old.

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02.26.18
Court case could 'financially cripple' California unions

Thirteen years ago, California’s teacher union went toe-to-toe with the state’s movie star governor

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11.08.17
Schools in Farming Communities Surrounded by Dangerous Pesticides

Driving through the streets of Salinas, Calif., teacher Oscar Ramos is never far from a field, or a school.

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11.06.17
Sacramento teacher strike averted. Union, city district reach deal ahead of planned walkout

The Sacramento City Unified School District and its teachers union reached an agreement Monday on a new contract that gives teachers

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08.15.17
Study: If fewer teachers quit, the shortage would end

Teachers in America are dropping out, leaving the profession at twice the rate of teachers in high-achieving school systems like

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08.14.17
Charter schools take a hit in nationwide poll

The public’s support for charter schools fell significantly from a year ago nationwide and among both Democrats and Republicans,

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08.11.17
Bay Area teacher shortage has districts looking for alternatives ahead of school year

It's that time of year again, school is about to start and some districts are still recruiting teachers. Many districts are finding new ways

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08.09.17
On first day of school, Bay Area districts still seeking teachers

As Emerald To prepared to face students Wednesday at Andrew Hill High in her first full-time teaching job, it was no surprise the 25-year-old

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06.22.17
Senate Obamacare repeal bill would slash federal healthcare funding for Medicaid

Senate Republicans unveiled a draft bill on Thursday to roll back the Affordable Care Act, including a drastic reduction

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06.21.17
Sacramento City school district, teachers union reach impasse in contract negotiations

With negotiations between the Sacramento City school district and its teachers union apparently at an impasse,

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06.20.17
Alum Rock school board defiant, secretive toward state audit warning of misspending

A defiant majority of the Alum Rock Union School District board is ignoring pleas for reform and transparency,

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06.20.17
For Homeless Families in San Diego County, Schools Provide Far More Than Education

Mirinda Quillopo keeps baby wipes in her office, just in case students don’t have a place to shower.

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05.17.17
DeVos’ First 100 Days Marred By Rollbacks, Missteps And Blunders

US Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has insulted educators, rolled back student protections,

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04.03.17
More teachers wanted across California

A bipartisan group of Sacramento legislators are polishing up a bushel of apples in the form of bills intended to increase

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04.01.17
Local California schools once again forced to tighten belts, weigh cuts

The recession is long over and California continues to boost spending on schools, but education officials are scrambling to deal with skyrocketing costs that are

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04.01.17
South City teachers get raises: Tentative agreement comes after months of rough bargaining talks

Following a contentious bout of negotiations over the past year, the South San Francisco Unified School District

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03.31.17
Advocates mark Chavez’s birthday by demanding pesticide ban

Over two dozen community organizers and farm worker advocates marked Cesar Chavez Day on Friday by demanding that the state ban chlorpyrifos,

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03.22.17
Meet teacher paid family leave advocate Jennifer Thomas

Why you want to know her: California parents who work in education now have more paid family leave thanks to Jennifer Thomas, president

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03.02.17
Annual ‘Read Across America’ event a hit at Laurel Creek Elementary

Longtime educator Theresa Montano, seated in an oversized gray chair fit for a giant, held a happy court Thursday afternoon for nearly 50 first-

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02.10.17
DeVos confirmation triggered outpouring of support for public education system

In this unusual political season, marked by one unexpected turn after another, the emergence of Betsy DeVos,

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02.09.17
PTA accuses charter school association of trafficking on its name for political gain

The PTA, the real PTA, issued what it called an "information alert" Thursday about campaign mailers in L.A. school board races

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02.08.17
Groups urge FUSD to become safe haven, but Ashjian says immigration ‘not our business’

Immigration advocates asked Fresno Unified trustees to make schools “safe havens” for undocumented students and their parents,.

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02.08.17
California choral director awarded Grammy Music Educator of the Year

Chosen from more than 3,300 nominees, the winner of the Grammy Music Educator of the Year presented by The Recording Academy

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02.03.17
How Betsy DeVos Ignored and Targeted Michigan Republicans to Advance Her Hardline Education Ideology

With Senate confirmation of Donald Trump’s education secretary nominee Betsy DeVos now hanging by the thread

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02.02.17
Locals raise concerns over secretary of education nominee Betsy DeVos

President Trump's nominee for secretary of education is facing a confirmation battle in the Senate. Here in the Valley,

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01.26.17
More than 1 million emails sent to senators urging a vote against DeVos

The National Education Association, the nation’s largest labor union, says that more than 1 million people have used an online form

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01.11.17
Gov. Jerry Brown warns of uncertainty, unveils cautious state budget proposal

As California steels itself for the fiscal implications of a Trump presidency and the possibility of another economic downturn,

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01.10.17
DeVos' other passion: ending restrictions on campaign contributions

In addition to Betsy DeVos’ decades-long push for vouchers to underwrite tuition at private schools, another less publicized passion has been her

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01.09.17
Senate postpones confirmation hearing for Betsy DeVos, Trump’s education pick

The Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions has postponed the confirmation hearing for Betsy DeVos,

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01.06.17
Trump will have big impact on state’s schools, but so will the courts

The first week in January is like the first day of spring training: Everyone’s an expert on predicting what Gov. Jerry Brown will sign and veto and who’ll win the World Series.

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01.03.17
Community School District Movement Launches in LA

In a sign that California is quickly emerging as the nation’s progressive conscience-in-exile, a new Los Angeles education-reform group has launched an

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01.02.17
Temecula Valley Educators Association holds Local Control and Accountability Plan community forum

The Temecula Valley Educators Association conducted a community forum at Margarita Middle School Tuesday, Dec. 6.

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08.30.13
A Labor Day Reflection

Labor Day is the one day of the year when we celebrate the historical achievements of the labor movement and honor those who contributed to the labor movement.

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