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What happens in the state legislature, in the governor's office, and at state agencies can affect every teacher, education support professional, and student in the state. Find out what is going on at the state Capitol. For more information, view the legislative calendar.

September 15, 2017

Legislative Update as Session Adjourns for 2017

Headed to the Governor for His Signature

Bills Stalled

Charter School Bills Update

May 18, 2017

Governor Releases May Revision to the State Budget

Brief Update on a Few Key Bills 

May 23, 2016

State Budget Update

Together We Will Protect School Funding

School Accountability and Continuous Improvement

Affordable Housing

Joint Legislative Committee to Vote on Alliance Audit

April 29, 2016

Legislative Update

Teacher Pipeline

Affordable Housing

Employee Rights

Teacher Evaluation and Dismissal


Community College

Charter Schools

Student Safety

Minimum Wage

CAVA Teachers Want Improvements to Their Schools and You Can Help!

November 2, 2015

CTA's NEW Voter Guide helps with November school board elections

Help protect Medicare beneficiaries from cost hikes

Tell Congress: Get ESEA done — and get it done RIGHT

Legislative Update: Governor Signs Motor Voter, Approves Some, Vetoes Other Key Bills

September 25, 2015

Cap on School District Reserves

Bills Awaiting Governor's Approval

Bills of Interest Governor has Already Signed, Enacted

Bills Defeated by CTA and Member Lobbying Efforts

And in Washington D.C.

June 25, 2015

Gov. Jerry Brown Signs State Budget

Key Bill Awaits Governor's Signature

Education Bills Continue to Move Through Legislative Process

Member Lobby Days

CalSTRS Divests in Firearms Illegal in California

Congress Delays Debating 'No Child Left Behind,' Again

June 1, 2015

State Budget Must be Adopted by June 15 

Important Legislation

Two-Year Bills

May 15, 2015

Governor's May Revision Released

Member Lobbying Helps Defeat Bad Measures

Update on Co-Sponsored Charter School Legislation

Health and Healthcare

On the Federal Front

April 23, 2015

Lawmakers Considering Hundreds of Bills Important to Educators, Students, Working Families 

Battle Continues to Secure Post-Probationary Status for Small District, County Office Certificated 

CTA Supports Senator's Move to Suspend Misaligned High School Graduation Test

State Council Considered Key Legislative Issues: Mandatory Kindergarten, Epi Pen Follow-Up Bills

CTA Advocates for Reduced Costs, More Aid for New Teachers

Association Presses for Ethnic Studies Curriculum, Unconstitutional Deportations History Lesson

August 27, 2014

Charter Schools Bill Headed to Governor

School Bond Bill Stalls in Senate

Urge Assembly to Oppose SB 52, Bill That Would Have Detrimental Impact on Our Voice

Online Anti-privacy Bill Not Going Forward

CTA-sponsored Mandatory Kindergarten Measure Goes to Governor

Assembly to Act on CTA-backed Bill that Authorizes Parents to Select Language Acquisition Program, Bilingual Education Included

NEA Directors Work to Pare Down Federal Testing Requirements

Epi-Pen Bill Moves to Governor

Bill to Track Student Absenteeism and Truancy Headed to Governor

Governor Signs CTA-backed Bill to Help Fight Child Abuse 

CTA-opposed Concurrent Enrollment Bill Dies in Senate Appropriations Committee 

June 17, 2014

CTA Wins Key Budget Battles: Spending Plan Provides Increased School Funding, Protects CalSTRS

CTA's Sponsored Kindergarten Bill Up for Crucial Vote on Wednesday, June 18

CTA-backed Bill to Streamline Dismissal to Protect Students and Profession Goes to Governor

Battle Continues to Defeat Bill to Turn Educators into Nurses

Lawmakers to Begin Summer Recess on July 3

May 14, 2014

Happy Day of the Teacher! 

Revised Budget Spells Good News for Schools

Educators Urge Lawmakers to Mandatory Kindergarten Legislation, President Vogel Pens Editorial 

Legislature Proposes at Least Some Changes to Proposition 13

Chapter Presidents Head to Capitol to Lobby Lawmakers on Budget, Key Bills

May 7, 2014

Educators to Lobby in Support of CTA-Sponsored Mandatory Kindergarten Bill

2014-2015 May Budget Revision Expected Next Week

Rainy Day Fund Should Not Impact Education Funding

CTA-backed Bill to Protect Students Clears Assembly Education

Educators Press Lawmakers to Ensure Stability of Retirement System

Contacting a Lawmaker Really Does Matter!

May 1, 2014

Bill to Streamline Teacher Dismissal Process Passes Unanimously Out of Senate Education Committee

Mandatory Kindergarten Bill Passes Out of Assembly Education Committee

Two Measures Attacking Teacher Experience Killed in Committee

Bill That Would Undermine Online Course Quality Control Moves on with Amendments Addressing CTA Concerns

Assembly Education Okays Bill to Provide Educational and Support Services to Pregnant and Parenting Teens

CTA Battles Use of Classroom Personnel to Deliver Medical Services

Association Works to Help Control Healthcare Costs

Bill to Secure Health Care for All

Common Core

March 21, 2014

CTA Urges Lawmakers to Protect Retirements and School Funding

Assembly Ed Committee Ready to Hear Professional Rights Bill

State's Employment Attorneys Join CTA in Supporting Leave Expansion Bill

State Board Action Voted to Extend Testing Accountability Grace Period

Judge Rejects San Jose Mayor's Suit on Pension-Killing Ballot Measure; Reed Gives Up

Assembly Vote Makes It Official: Assembly Member Atkins is Next Speaker

Cyberbullying Task Force Tackles Issue of Sexual Imaging of Students

March 10, 2014

Vergara Trial Update—Week 2 of Defense Presenting Case

Panel Talks to Education Committee about Teaching in the 21st Century

Legislature Commends CTA/NEA for Read Across America

CTA-sponsored Bill Would Provide Kindergarten for All Students

CTA-sponsored Measure Would Shore up Educators' Professional Rights in Smaller Districts

All Educators Should Have Rights to Taking Family Care Leave

Supt. Torlakson Unveils 2014 Legislative Priorities

Bill Introduction Deadline Passes: CTA State Council Faces Heavy Workload

February 19, 2014

Assembly's First Hearing on CalSTRS held Wednesday

Vergara Lawsuit Update: State and CTA to Begin Presenting Case in Court

CTA Set to Testify on Needs of Boys and Men of Color

Supt. Torlakson Joins CTA in Support of Bill to Help Protect Children

Protecting Pensions and Collective Bargaining Rights of Public Charter School Educators

The Bills are in the Mail (Sort of....)


February 5, 2014

CTA State Council Supports Ballot Measure to Force Full Disclosure of Contributions

Council Votes to Oppose Two Deceptive Ballot Measures

Education Chair Buchanan Agrees to Author CTA-sponsored Kindergarten Bill

New Legislative Task Force Will Work to Prevent Cyberbullying

Vergara Trial Continues

Important Dates

January 29, 2014

Court Battle over Key Rights for Educators, Schools Continues

Public Pension Systems Earn Double Digit Returns in 2013

Assembly Leaders Announce Plans to Address CalSTRS Funding Stability

CTA State Council Votes to Support Candidates in Key Races

First Major Legislative Deadline Approaches

January 22, 2014

Gov. Brown Content with California's Comeback, Educators Urge Lawmakers to Stay the Course 

State Board Adopts Emergency LCFF Regulations 

Governor: Hallelujah for Proposition 30 and Thank You, CTA

Community Colleges to Benefit from Proposition 30 Revenues

CTA Efforts Help Defeat Two Bad Bills

Association Help Moves Bill to Shore Up Student Safety

Supt. Torlakson Announces Availability of First Common Core Math Materials 

January 10, 2014

Governor's Budget Would Give Schools $10B in Additional Funding 

California Falls to 50th in School Funding in Education Week Survey 

CTA Supports Proposed Regulations for Local Control Funding Formula: Educators to Testify Next Week 

Education Committees to Hear CTA-opposed Bills 

Assembly Member Pushes Bill to Protect Student Safety 

October 18, 2013

"Pension Reform" Initiative Filed with Attorney General

Governor Acts on 80 CTA Position Bills Prior to October 13 Signing Deadline

Educators Fight School Bullying During National Bullying Prevention Month

September 25, 2013

CTA, Allies Continue to Fight Two-Tiered Tuition, Fees

CTA-Backed Special Education Authorization Measure Goes to Governor

Legislature Sends Union Rep Confidentiality Bill to Governor for Action

Bill Prohibiting Nonprofits' Use of Public Resources for Political Activities on Governor's Desk

Senate Confirms Former CTA Asst. Chief Counsel Winslow to PERB

Study: CalSTRS Retiree Spending Annually Provides $11 Billion to Economy 

CalSTRS Presentation on New Federal Accounting Standards Spotlights "Inflated" Shortfall 

Legislature Recesses at End of First Half of Two-Year Session

September 23, 2013

Governor Expected to Sign AB 484—Suspends Current Assessments to Make Way for Common Core

Bill to Streamline and Shorten the Dismissal Process Sent to Governor

August 27, 2013

CTA remembers 50th anniversary of March on Washington

August 23, 2013

Bill Aimed at Keeping Students Safe Headed to Governor for Signature

Law to Allow Transgender Students to Choose Restroom, Sports

CTA-Opposed Bill to Make Significant Changes to Adult Ed System Now a Two-Year Bill

CTA-Co-Sponsored Measure to Expand Student Visual Testing Gains More Time for Consideration

California Supreme Court Gives Go-Ahead to School Employees to Administer Insulin Shots

Governor Signs Association-Supported Measure to Protect Election Rights of Legal Immigrants

Bills to Ease Voting Expected to be Signed by Governor

Local Control Funding Formula Implemented Statewide

National Public Poll Shows Public Trusts Teachers, Local Schools, But Not High-Stakes Testing

August 1, 2013

Federal Lawmakers Need to Fix Pending ESEA

CTA-backed Streamlined Dismissal Bill Stalls in Senate Education

Coalition Continues Effort to Fix or Kill Bill to Privatize Higher Education Online Courses

June 28, 2013

Governor Brown Signs Budget

Alternative Suspension Bill Moves out of Senate Education Committee 

Broad-based Coalition Comes Together to Lobby Against Higher Ed Privatization Bill 

CTA: High Court Rulings on Same-Sex Marriage A Teachable Moment About Equality for All 

Experts Debunk New "Study" Slamming Teacher Preparation Programs

School Pensions to Cost Less in 2013-14, CalPERS Reports

Political Pranks

June 20, 2013

Legislature Sends Budget, Trailer Bills to Governor

CTA Co-Sponsored Bill to Protect Students from Misconduct Approved by Senate Education Committee 

CTA Seeks Approval of Two Measures to Encourage Voting

Higher Education Panel Passes Two-Tiered College Bill

CTA-Supported Bill to Bar Social Media Access by Employers Advances

Senate Education Committee Approves CTA–Backed Bill to Allow All Students to Participate in All School Activities

June 14, 2014

Legislature Approves State Budget: California Educators Are Encouraged by the New Compromise on the Local Control School Funding Formula

Assembly Overwhelmingly Approves CTA-cosponsored Misconduct Reporting Bill

CTA and Measure Agree: Being Homeless is Not a Criminal Offense

State Supreme Court Hears Arguments over Administration of Insulin

May 23, 2013

Presidents' Lobby Day a Success

Senate Health Committee Approves CTA-supported Insurance Rate Measure

CTA/CCA and Allies Defeat Effort to Move Funds from Classrooms to Management

Fiscal Committees Will Make Final Decisions on Costly Bills When Available Funding is Known

May 3, 2013

Legislative Wins for Students and Teachers: Bad Evaluation Bill Defeated, Win for Students and Teachers

April 26, 2013

Higher Education Coalition Comes to Capitol to Urge Lawmakers to Defeat Online Education Bill

Rhee, StudentsFirst Launch More Attacks on Teachers, Public Schools

Assembly Education Hears Measure Protecting Class Size Reduction Program

Assembly Judiciary Set to Take Up CTA-backed Teacher Dismissal Bill on April 30

April 19, 2013

Making Superintendents Accountable: CTA Seeks to Help Protect Students from Abuse

Assembly Education Panel Nixes Idea of Gun-Toting Teachers

Panels Defeat Two CTA-Opposed "Parent Trigger" Bills

State Democratic Party Slams "Corporate" Reformers, as Rhee Reels Under Cheating Accusations

Despite Cuts, Schools Continue to Make Gains: Graduation Rate Grows by 1.4%

April 4, 2013

State Council: Elected Representatives to Deliberate on Legislative Measures

CTA and NEA Press for Immigration Reform and Educational Financial Aid for All Residents

CTASearch: Helpful Resources to Prepare for Negotiations

March 28, 2013

Education Coalition Issues Statement of Principles on State Budget Proposal

Assembly Budget Subcommittee Urges Rejection of Governor's Adult Education Proposal

Legislature Set to Work to Meet Measure Deadlines When Lawmakers Return on April 1

March 22, 2013

Assembly Education Chair Buchanan Introduces Two Bills Aimed at Protecting Children, Speeding Up Dismissals; Senator Padilla Drops his SB 10, Signs on as Co-author CTA Adopts "Support" Position

CTA Hosts Briefing on Bills to Educate Legislative Staff as Part of Lobbying Efforts
Teacher Dismissals Topic of March Presentation

Steinberg Introduces Controversial Online Bill

Joint Committee Discusses CalSTRS Shortfall

Common Message Delivered to Lawmakers on Implementation of Standards - Time and Money Needed to Implement Common Core State Standards Successfully

March 13, 2013

CTA Members Testify before Assembly Education Panel as it Weighs Challenges of Implementing Common Core State Standards 

Medi-Cal Expansion Moving Through Special Session

Parent Trigger: False Promises, Divided Communities and Disrupted Young Lives - Video exposes Parent Trigger as "a wolf in sheep's clothing"

State Council and Legislation: Educators Could Review 300 Bills in April

March 6, 2013

Bill Would Undermine Collective Bargaining and Educator Involvement in Key Decisions

New Huff Measure Would Shorten Layoff Notification Lead Time

CTA, Legislative Analyst Express Concerns about Governor's Adult Education Proposal

March 1, 2013

Governors Office Releases New Details about Local Control Funding Formula 

Senate Education Set to Hear CTA opposed Teacher Dismissal Bill on March 20

Deadline for Preliminary Layoff Notices Approaching

Legislature Approves Resolution Declaring March 1 Read Across America Day

February 21, 2013

Ten CA School District Chiefs to Press U.S. Sec. Duncan to Approve Waivers

CTA/NEA Directors Urge Congress to Protect School Funding, Boost School Safety, Approve Dream Act 

Association Representatives Meet with Legislator on Higher Education Affordability

Everything They Wanted to Know About Pensions – But Might Have Been Afraid to Ask 


February 12, 2013 

LA District's Own Misdeeds Spark New Legislation on Misconduct Charges 

State Teachers' Pension System Readies Report on Making Ends Meet 

Governor's Special Session Aims to Take on Federal-State Healthcare Issues

New Lawmakers Becoming Familiar with Legislative Deadlines

February 6, 2012

CTA Supports Safe Schools, Opposes Arming Teachers and School Volunteers

Teachers' Retirement System Votes to Divest Gun Stocks

Most Pension System Changes Affect New Hires

CTA Opposes Sen. Padilla's Dismissal Bill (SB 10)


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