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Progress Report on Legislative Action

 

Grade Scale

A standard educational grading scale is used.

Calculations are based upon the number of favorable votes as compared to the number of opportunities to vote. Each favorable vote gets one point. Abstention/Absence gets zero.

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Making the Grade and CTA’s Organizational and Legislative Priorities are tools that provide information on every bill on which CTA’s State Council of Education has taken a position.

Bills that we are “just watching” are not posted in these reports. The State Council of Education votes on every bill position and must use approved CTA policy as its guide in taking positions for the organization.

Each year at CTA State Council meetings, our elected teacher leaders analyze hundreds of bills moving through the California State Legislature and determine their impact on issues affecting all aspects of the education environment.

Our Legislative Advocates write letters of support and opposition, testify with CTA members at the Capitol and work to ensure our state legislators understand CTA’s policy and positions, and vote in favor of students and teachers.

Both, Making the Grade and CTA’s Organizational and Legislative Priorities provide links to bill analyses, voting records and a progress report on how legislators are voting on CTA bills.

As this legislative cycle begins, we will continue to track how your legislators are voting on CTA’s positions. Check back often to see whether or not your legislators are “Making the Grade" and support “CTA’s Organizational and Legislative Priorities.”

Please note that this is a numerical calculation tool as legislators vote on policy and fiscal issues.

Legislators are given a point for every vote that favors CTA members as compared to the number of times they had the opportunity to vote.

This tool does not have the ability to measure leadership and collegiality that is often a measure of a successful legislator.

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