Middle Class Put at Risk by New "Pension Reform" Initiative

Californians for a Secure Retirement (CRS) is warning in an opinion piece published in Monday’s Sacramento Bee that the so-called “Voter Empowerment Act” is actually another disguised attacked on the pensions of the state’s middle-class working women and men.

In “Latest measure from pension attackers threatens middle class,” CRS Chair David Low argues forcefully that “pension attackers are back, using new poll-tested language and focus-grouped talking points to undermine retirement security for millions of working families.”

Read more »

Smart ALECs or Wise Guys? Either Way, They Pose a Threat to Public Education

A syndicate of self-styled rich, smart guys has in mind killing off public education, public pension systems, and public and private unions.

CTA and its labor allies are hard at work trying to keep this group, the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), from gaining a foothold in California. ALEC is an organization funded by corporate entities to formulate anti-union and anti-public education proposals into language that would become state legislation.

Read more »

UC System Will Boost Minimum Wage of Its Employees

In a major victory for working women and men, the University of California has agreed to raise the minimum wage of its employees to $15 an hour over a three-year period.

The action, reported in the Sacramento Bee, is an important step to help ensure dedicated higher education employees can afford the basics of life.

Read more »

Head ‘em Up, Move ‘em On: Time to Get Those Ducks in a Row

[Multi-media - Cue music, Frankie Laine's Song "Rawhide"….]

If you’ve ever had a hankering for riding roughshod on your herd of undisciplined ducks, CTA has training for you. Consider it a “dude ranch” for duck wranglers.

Seriously, if your efforts to lasso internal and external communications have you climbing your rope, you need only sign up for the Communications Strand at CTA’s Summer Institute, Aug. 2-6 on the UCLA campus.

Read more »

Governor Signs CTA-backed Bill to Provide Credential in Native American Culture

Gov. Brown has signed CTA-supported AB 163, by Assembly Member Das Williams (D-Carpinteria). The bill creates a Native American language-culture credential that authorizes holders to teach Native American culture, Native American language, or both.

Read more »

Panels Approve Two More CTA Co-sponsored Charter School Measures

Three CTA Co-sponsored bills to provide greater charter school accountability and transparency are now cued up for passage in the state Legislature.

Earlier this week, the Senate Education Committee approved AB 787 by Assembly Member Roger Hernandez (D-West Covina).

Read more »

Governor Signs CTA-backed Bill Ending Outdated Travel Restrictions for School Employees on Workers' Comp

(Photo above) Assembly Majority Leader Chris Holden authored the CTA-supported measure.

K-12 and community college classified and certificated employees on specific leaves will no longer have to clear with their employers out-of-state travel, thanks to Gov. Brown’signing of CTA-supported AB 915, by Assembly Majority Leader Chris Holden (D-Pasadena). The measure eliminates outdated travel restrictions that prohibit employees who are receiving workers’ compensation payments to travel outside California without the approval of their governing board.

Read more »

Pico Rivera Educator Receives NEA Social Justice Activist Award

CTA congratulates Pico Rivera Educator Jose Lara for being awarded the first-ever NEA Social Justice Activist Award today at the #‎NEARA15in Orlando.
Lara is a social studies teacher at Santee Education Complex High School in Los Angeles, recognized for his work in educational justice.

Read more »

Educators Want the Confederate Battle Flag Barred from Public Schools and Public Places

Delegates spent more than 90 minutes on Saturday discussing New Business Item 11 that directs the NEA to support, in ways it finds appropriate and effective, efforts to remove the confederate battle flag from public schools and public places.

“Removing the confederate flag from our public schools is just one of the many steps we must take to address the institutional racism that continues to exist across our nation. The flag, instead, belongs in history books and museums,” said CTA President Eric C. Heins. “There is no place in our schools and communities for objects that hurt and divide rather than promote unity and growth as a society. We have made some progress, but the shootings in Charleston remind us of the work we have to do as a nation. Approval of this motion is just one step.”

Read more »

Educators from Across the Nation Commit to Fighting Racism in Light of Recent Shootings in North Carolina Church

(Photo above) More than 8,000 educators attending the National Education Association (NEA) Representative Assembly (RA) in Orlando, Florida, convened for its 153rd annual meeting Friday immediately taking time to honor the victims gunned down in a Charleston, South Carolina Church June 17.

After a touching tribute to the victims, RA delegates adopted a motion that redoubles the NEA’s efforts to fight institutional racism.

Read more »

Every child deserves a chance to learn and no child succeeds alone.

© 1999- California Teachers Association