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Educators Must be Involved in Decision-Making

The CTA Association for Better Citizenship (CTA/ABC) Committee works to make sure the voices of students and teachers are heard in our local schools and communities throughout the state. 

Over the years, elected officials supported by CTA/ABC have helped change the face of public education in California, scoring wins for students, local schools and teachers. Whether it’s a local bond issue or establishing new state educational standards, teachers must be involved in the decisions that directly affect our public schools and students. CTA/ABC makes sure our message is heard.

Roles & Responsibilities

The CTA/ABC Committee is the political action arm of CTA, providing campaign funding for our local affiliates. Meeting several times a year, the CTA/ABC Committee screens applications from local chapters for campaign funding that can be used for mailings, advertisements and other costs of a local campaign. Members of the CTA/ABC Committee are elected by the State Council of Education.  The Committee recommends funding to the CTA Board of Directors. The CTA Board makes all final funding decisions.

Requesting Funding for Your Local Election

To request funding for your local election, complete the appropriate CTA/ABC forms. For questions, call 916-325-1594. 

Communicating with Your Local CTA/ABC Committee Member 

Your CTA/ABC Committee member is waiting to help you through every step of applying for chapter funds. Call or email your CTA/ABC Committee member as soon as you are aware of a local election in which your chapter may become involved. Discuss the issues you are facing in the election, whether it’s a much needed school bond or an educator-friendly school board. Your CTA/ABC Committee member will help you suggest an amount that would be reasonable to expect considering the size of your chapter and special circumstances of the election.

CTA/ABC contact: 916-325-1594, CAlexander@cta.org 

District A: Corey Penrose, Recording Secretary, coreypenrose@icloud.com

District B: Heather Mumy, Vice Chair, rjaackpass@yahoo.com

District C: Laura Finco, lfinco@aol.com 

District D: Rebecca Marquez-Cihak, rcihak1961@gmail.com 

District E: Owen Jackman, obruin@aol.com 

District F: Jennifer Wilkin, jennwinLB@hotmail.com 

District G: Luciano Ortiz, luckyljo@yahoo.com 

District H: Nora Allstedt, nallstedt@msn.com

District I: Hilary Hall, onehil@aol.com 

District J: Wade Kyle, wade.kyle@utla.net

District K: Wendy Eccles, Chair, wendiie74@gmail.com

District L: Lorraine Richards, richards.lorraine.mhs@gmail.com 

District M: Alan Underwood, Alanunderwoodabcm@gmail.com 

District: N: Juli Stowers, julistowers@gmail.com

District O: James Benanti, jamesbenanti77@gmail.com 

District P: Jessica Merschtina, jessicamerschtina@gmail.com 

District Q Higher Ed At-Large: Patrick Mitchell, Patrick.mitchell72@gmail.com 

At-Large: Andrea Reyna, andrea.reyna@gmail.com 

At-Large: Gretel Rodriguez, gretellianarodriguez@yahoo.com 

CTA/ABC Forms

Please see the CTA/ABC Calendar and Deadlines.  Send completed forms to your CTA/ABC Committee member with a copy to your Regional Political Organizer. For more information or questions, call 916-325-1594.

STEP 1: Review the Local President Checklist for Preparing and Submitting a Request for CTA/ABC Funding Assistance.

STEP 2: Review the Funding Formula. PAC grants are based on the application type’s formula.

STEP 3: Complete and submit the CTA/ABC Application for CTA/ABC Funds and the included PAC Budget: Chapter PAC Packet [K-12] [Community College] [County] by the deadline.

STEP 4: A campaign plan and the last two FPPC forms must be submitted with this application packet. If you don’t have a campaign plan, you can use the Optional Campaign Plan Template.

If you have funding from a local PAC and can demonstrate an extraordinary condition/situation, you may also submit an application for a Special Circumstances Grant or the Special Circumstance Grant for County Board of Education.

STEP 1: Review the Local President Checklist for Preparing and Submitting a Request for CTA/ABC Funding Assistance.

STEP 2: Review the Funding Formula. Direct grants are based on membership size of the local.

STEP 3: Complete and submit the appropriate application form below.

After you submit your application, GR will let you know if there are any inaccuracies or missing information. We must receive the correct or missing information before the meeting date for the application to be considered.

After the committee approved your application, they make the recommendation to the CTA Board of Directors. Once the Board approves, GR works to get the checks processed and sent out.

You have 100 days after the election to submit your evaluation form at the links below based on your application type. The evaluation form is required and could affect future funding if not submitted.

  • Always keep you CTA/ABC member, political organizer and board member in the loop.
  • You need a physical address (not just a PO Box) for CTA to write a check.
  • Make sure that you are using the correct form for bond/parcel taxes versus candidates.
  • If the candidate is not accepting contributions to avoid filing a 460, you need to know.
  • If a candidate is running unopposed, CTA/ABC cannot fund them.
  • If there is a contribution limit, CTA/ABC cannot fund over that amount.
  • For county office races, CTA procedures require that all locals within the county have an opportunity to weigh in on the recommendation of the candidate(s).
  • New local PAC’s must provide a statement of organization to be considered for funding.
  • Local PAC’s must be formed either as a county or city PAC (not state).
  • Local PAC’s cannot make direct contributions with CTA/ABC PAC funds to other CTA affiliated PACs, candidates, central committees, or labor councils.