Parents, Community Members, Educators Battle Rocketship Charter’s Efforts to Overturn Local Decisions

(From r.) Led by Terri Jackson, a sixth-grade history and math teacher at Stewart Elementary School in the West Contra Costa Unified School District and CTA Board Member, and Guy Moore, a high school teacher and president of the Mt. Diablo Education Association, some of the more than two dozen parents, community members, administrators, and classroom educators prepare to urge the California Board of Education in Sacramento not to overturn two local decisions barring a notorious charter school company from taking over a local site.

Two local school boards – the Mt. Diablo and the Contra Costa Board – both turned down efforts by the Rocketship Charter School company for opening a charter school in a low-income area in Contra Costa. Despite the fact both decisions were unanimous, operators of the charter schools are taking their case to the California State School Board in Sacramento on Thursday.

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Today is International Women’s Day – A Time to Fight for Parity

March 8 is this year’s #InternationalWomensDay, a day to celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women.

We must also take the day to reflect on the challenges facing working women across the United States and the world. This year’s theme focuses on the ongoing battle toward full gender equity.

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Sac City Leaders Join Thousands in Read Across America

Nikki Milevsky, a school psychologist and president of the Sacramento City Teachers Association, reads about the achievements of the lovable pachyderm, Horton, during Wednesday’s Read Across America event.

Sacramento City Teachers Association (SCTA) leaders were among the thousands of Californians who took time out of their day to read to students as part of Read Across America.

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Assembly Commemorates March 2nd as Read Across America Day

(From l.) Assembly Education Chair Patrick O’Donnell, a former teacher and CTA member, presents a member’s resolution to CTA Board Member Toby Boyd honoring the Association’s efforts to boost literacy through California Reads and Read Across America.

The California Assembly on a unanimous vote adopted a resolution proclaiming March 2, 2016, as Read Across America Day in the state. The measure was authored by Assembly Education Chair Patrick O’Donnell (D-Long Beach), who was himself a teacher before being elected to the legislature.

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Civil Rights Warrior Huerta, Educators, and Community Backers Urge Appeals Court to Overturn Error-Ridden Ruling that Would Hurt Children

Just before attorneys representing more than 400,000 educators in CTA and CFT headed into a court of appeal, Civil Rights Icon Dolores Huerta, educators, and community members educated reporters about what is at stake. In a morning news conference in Los Angeles, they told the media that they are asking the California 2nd District Court of Appeal to overturn the wrong-headed June 2014 ruling in Vergara v. California that could harm more than 6,000,000 students.

Civil Rights Icon Dolores Huerta denounces the Vergara suit and the dishonest tactics used by its supporters. She is flanked by educators including (from l.) CTA President Eric C. Heins and Vice President Theresa Montaño.

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CTA, Union Representatives to Take Part in Thursday Pension Forum

In Sacramento last year, hundreds of working women and men turned out for a demonstration against Wall Street-proposed cuts in public employee pensions (Photo from CTA archives.)

Pension experts from the California Teachers Association (CTA), the California School Employees Association (CSEA), the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), and the California Professional Firefighters (CPF) will take part in several panels during Thursday’s Public Pension Forum in Sacramento.

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Faculty Association Announces Likely Start Date for First Statewide Strike at CSU

After two years of fruitless negotiations aimed at making faculty and students a top budget priority, California Faculty Association President Jennifer Eagan, a CSU professor of Philosophy and Public Affairs & Administration, tells reporters that the union has called its first statewide strike to begin in mid-April for five days. She is flanked by CFA members and supporters including (from r.) CTA Board Members Curtis Washington and Leslie Littman.

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San Diego Elementary Teacher Pens Powerful Defense of Fair Share

(Photo) During a recent education conference in Sacramento, Panelist Lindsay Burningham stresses the importance of legislators, school boards, and administrators hearing teachers’ voices, something their unions facilitate.

The conservative San Diego Union Tribune has published an eloquent and powerfully written think piece by Lindsay Burningham, an elementary teacher, that defends the principle of all persons paying a fair share for the services they receive.

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In State of State, Gov. Reiterates Commitment to Schools, Educators, and Pension Stability

The governor delivers his State of the State message to the legislature on Jan. 21. (Photo: courtesy of the governor’s press office.)

Gov. Jerry Brown delivered his State of the State Address to the Legislature on Thursday morning and used it to underscore his commitment to public education. He also decried the economic inequality that has enhanced the wealth of the top 1% while undermining the fiscal stability of the rest of the state.

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Senate Panel Explores How to Head off Teacher Shortage

Providing Higher Pay, Better Preparation, Improved Working Conditions, Loan Forgiveness, and Good Principals and Listening to Teachers are Keys to Beating Teacher Shortage

Prof. Darling-Hammond, both a highly regarded education expert and chair of the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing, warned committee members that the state is heading for “déjà vu all over again,” another teacher shortage.

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