CTA Members Represented at State Convention

A contingent of our members attended the state Republican Convention in Anaheim Oct. 4-6 and reached out to other delegates on issues of importance to educators, education support professionals, students, and parents. 

They also greeted hundreds of delegates Saturday night at a special reception hosted by the Association.  The new party chairman, former state Senator Jim Brulte, attended the reception and told CTA members there that he welcomed the support the party had received from CTA and other labor unions.

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TAKE ACTION: Help Win Passage of CTA's Mandatory Kindergarten Bill

CTA believes in providing students with a quality education beginning the very moment they get to our schools. Mandatory kindergarten before first grade will help build the critical skills for student success. 

CTA is sponsoring AB 1444 (Buchanan/Weber) because kindergarten provides students with that much-needed, early learning that prepares them to succeed throughout their academic careers. Studies show students from lower socio-economic circumstances do better when they attend kindergarten. 

AB 1444 is CTA's only sponsored bill for 2014, and is scheduled for a hearing this Wednesday, June 18, in the Senate Education Committee. Please call your State Senator immediately at her/his office in your legislative district to vote for CTA-Sponsored AB 1444 and urge them to pass the bill that would require completion of kindergarten as a prerequisite to first-grade enrollment. 

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Supt. Torlakson Congratulates 24 California Schools That Win National Recognition

Supt. of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson on Tuesday extended his congratulations to 24 California public schools that were singled out by the Federal Department of Education as 2014 National Blue Ribbon Schools. They are among 337 schools in 47 states so honored.

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State Board of Education Adopts Emergency Regulations Implementing Local Control Funding

First, they listened to testimony from Gov. Jerry Brown, CTA members and more than 300 other witnesses.  Then – as the governor, CTA, and most other witnesses urged-- the State Board of Education voted Thursday afternoon to adopt emergency regulations that will provide local school districts with a template and other instructions on how to implement the state’s new Local Control Funding Formula.

These regulations aim to ensure that districts focus needed attention on the three groups of costly-to-educate students at whom the supplemental and concentration grant elements of the LCFF are targeted: English learners, foster youth, and students living at or below the poverty line.

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Poll: Californians Support Taxing Soda to Boost Funding for School Nutrition

Californians would be willing to dig into their own pockets to help fight obesity if the proceeds fund school nutrition programs, according to a newly released California Poll/California Endowment survey.

The survey finds that by a 68-29% margin, voters would support a tax on sugar-sweetened beverages if it resulted in financial support for physical education and nutrition programs for school-aged children. Voters oppose the sugar-beverages tax by 53-40% unless the funds go to schools for things like nutrition and physical education programs.

The survey polled 1,184 Californians by telephone between Oct. 7 and Oct. 24. The results have a margin of error of +/- 3.0%, according to the pollsters.

Read the full public release at the Field Poll Online.

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The End is Near: Governor Has until Midnight Sunday to Sign Key Measures

Gov. Jerry Brown has until the stroke of midnight on October 13 to sign the dozens of bills sent to him during the last weeks of the legislative session.

Our members are particularly interested in the fate of a number of the CTA-position bills that are among those.

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Senate Approves Bill to Streamline Discipline Process

Assembly Must Concur for Measure to Get to Governor

The California Senate today approved CTA-supported AB 375, by Assembly Education Chair Joan Buchanan (D-Alamo), by a vote of 25-13. 

The measure, which would streamline the teacher dismissal process to safeguard students and protect due process, now heads back to the Assembly for a “concurrence” vote, which allows the Assembly to approve the amendments made to the bill during its consideration in the Senate. 

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CTA Pres., State Supt. Mesmerize Students on Read Across America Day

(Photo Above - From l.) CTA Pres. Dean Vogel, a kindergarten teacher, and State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson read a powerful book about a young girl’s battle to overcome her reading disability – with the help of a dedicated teacher – as part of the Read Across America celebration on March 3. (Photos by Len Feldman)


The CTA leader and the superintendent read to third grade students of Catherine Boulos at David Lubin School in the Sacramento Unified School District Monday morning.

The two education leaders were among hundreds of educators, parents, and other adults who read to students at school on a national day dedicated to the vital educational “task.”

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Supt. Torlakson Announces $250M in Career Pathways Grants

Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson is urging school districts and community colleges to apply for $250 million in California Career Pathways Trust Grants that can help students prepare for success in school and careers. This effort furthers Supt. Torlakson's Career Readiness initiative to curb dropouts and support career technical education.

"This program is a great example of teamwork among educators and employers," said Supt. Torlakson. "By giving students a taste of the working world before they graduate, these programs motivate and excite students, reduce the drop-out rate, and increase the college attendance rate."

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Sacramento and Delta Educators Urge Lawmakers to Vote for Schools

(Photo above from l.) Sen. Kathleen Galgiani (D-Stockton) listens intently as John Anderson and other members of a half-dozen member team from her area talk about the importance of kindergarten in helping students – particularly those living below the poverty level and those learning English, as well as youngsters of color – master the skills that will help them succeed throughout the academic careers.


Educators from a wide area around Sacramento  – some from the Delta Service Center and others from the Capital Service Center – came to the state Capitol on Tuesday to speak with their local lawmakers.

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