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