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At Capitol, Educators Advocate for Increased Funding, Mandatory Kindergarten, Secure Retirement

Approximately 200 educators from across the state went office-to-office Wednesday to talk to their local lawmakers in the state Capitol.

The CTA Chapter presidents urged lawmakers to support Gov. Jerry Brown’s May Revision of the state budget, including his plan to pay back the money owed to schools after years of devastating cuts.

The educators also asked lawmakers to help some of California’s neediest students by passing AB 1444, the CTA-sponsored bill to make kindergarten completion a prerequisite to first grade.

The teachers, instructors, and education support professionals sought support for a proposal that would eliminate the California State Teachers Retirement System shortfall over a 30-year period. CTA backs the governor’s proposal because it requires all parties to contribute--the state, school and community college districts, and employees. 

The dedicated CTA members began the day with briefings provided by CTA officers and staff, who shared with them updates about the budget and other vital legislation.

(From r.) CTA President Dean Vogel, an elementary counselor and educator, tells CTA Chapter Presidents that their efforts on Wednesday will be vital to the education of more than six million students across the state.  CTA Vice President Eric Heins, also an elementary teacher, encouraged the educators to help lawmakers understand the needs of the schools in their districts.

CTA staff, including legislative advocates and political organizers, spoke with them in regional caucuses.  Right after, the members began meeting with their lawmakers in the Capitol.

Higher education members – from both the community colleges and the California State University system – focused much of their attention on getting lawmakers to help meet the needs of their students. These education advocates raised issues including the need to increase the number of full-time faculty and provide funding for office hours, benefits, and pro-rata pay comparability for part-time instructors.

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