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Make Public Higher Education Public: Report calls for Free Tuition for California Students in the UC, CSU and Community College Systems

Reclaim Higher Education

The $48 Fix: Reclaiming California’s Master Plan for Higher Education explains how a “tuition-free” college education in California is possible today. The plan was unveiled during a California Faculty Association (CFA) news conference. CFA President Jennifer Eagan called the $48 fix “a concrete, fair and realistic solution. California can’t afford to abandon brilliant and financially struggling students” because higher education is unaffordable and inaccessible.

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Take Action: Commit to Student Success

Betsy DeVos

The recent nomination of Betsy DeVos as U.S. secretary of education is a step in a dangerous direction. DeVos is an anti-public education activist who has spent two decades trying to dismantle the American public school system. In so doing, she has harmed our students.

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Parents, Educators Walk in Thurs. to Reclaim Schools and Promote Proposition 55

Parents and teachers at Gardner Elementary in Los Angeles were among thousands statewide who demonstrated Thursday morning in support of public education and Proposition 55, which will prevent more than $4 billion in cuts to schools. Around California and the nation on Thursday, hundreds of thousands of parents, educators, and community members were “walking into” their local schools as a way of urging more support for students and public education.

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Educators, Parents, and Community Coalition Urge Voters to Support Proposition 55 to Help Children

CTA President Eric Heins, who is an elementary teacher, other educators, parents and community members used a Los Angeles news conference on Monday morning as the opportunity to ask voters to support Proposition 55.

That measure will prevent nearly $4 billion in cuts to education and boost child healthcare services by approving the ballot measure that would keep in effect current income tax rates on the wealthiest Californians.

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Board of Education Must Adopt Wider Criteria than Standardized Testing in State's Accountability System, CTA Members Urge

At its July meeting next week, the State Board of Education will take more action regarding the Local Control Funding Formula Evaluation Rubrics that will be used to assess student and school progress as part of the state's new accountability system.(Photos courtesy of the State Board of Education.)

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Children's Education and Health Care Protection Act Has a Number: 55

The CTA and coalition-sponsored initiative to help protect youngsters’ education and health care programs now has a number. It’s Proposition 55 on the Novembr 7 ballot.

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Children's Education and Health Care Protection Act Qualifies for Nov. 7 Ballot

CEHCP qualifies

Efforts by thousands of CTA and coalition members around the state have begun to pay off.  The vital Children’s Education and Health Care Protection Act (CEHCPA) has officially qualified for the ballot.

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CTA Gains Approval of Bill to Bar For-profit On-line Charter School Companies

(Center) Stacey Preach, a former teacher at the California Virtual Academy and a parent, and other educators testify in support of CTA-backed AB 1084 (Bonilla).

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Educators Defeat Bill to Weaken Teacher Protections and Harm Students

Getting ready to testify. (From l.) Deborah Behm, Dan Reynolds, and other education community representatives wait for their chance to testify before the Senate Education Committee against CTA-opposed AB 934 (Bonilla).

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CTA Members Go to Capitol to Battle for Students and Educators

(At right) Dan Reynolds, a classroom teacher and CTA member lobbyist, and other educators – including charter school teachers – take notes during a morning briefing on three key bills they will be talking to lawmakers about during Tuesday and Wednesday meetings.

About a dozen teachers from around the state are in the Capitol on these two days to discuss a crucial ballot measure and three CTA-position bills. They include members of four CTA State Council of Education committees: Professional Rights and Responsibilities, Civil Rights in Education, Teacher Evaluation and Academic Freedom, and Negotiations.

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