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Buoyed by Fact Finders Report, CFA Reiterates It Will Strike to Correct CSU's Course

Members of the California Faculty Association on Monday morning told reporters at a news conference at Sacramento State that the neutral fact-finder has sided with the educators, concluding that management can and should boost instructors’ pay and make students and teachers a top budget priority.

(From l.) CFA President Jennifer Eagan tells a radio reporter that educators will engage in the first statewide strike in the system’s history beginning on April 13 unless management agrees to make students and faculty its top fiscal priority.

“We are very gratified that the neutral fact-finder has recommended the salary package we have been pushing for in bargaining over the last nine months,” said Jennifer Eagan, a CSU East Bay philosophy professor and president of the CFA. “The factfinder [also] agreed with us that this package ‘is in the interest of students, who need caring faculty and certainly in the public interest as our country needs a well-educated population.’”

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Lincoln Teachers Augment Students' Reading with Holocaust Survivor's Presentation

(From r.) Lincoln High School English Teacher Janet Smith speaks with Herbert Heller, a Holocaust survivor who spoke to more than 50 students and another 300 Placer County residents about his experiences and the importance of staying in school.

Two English teachers from Lincoln High School in Placer County – CTA Members Janet Smith and Kari Koche – gave more than 50 of their students a chance to pair their classroom reading with real life. The teachers escorted the students to a presentation by Herbert Heller, a survivor of the Nazi Terezin camp in Czechoslovakia who later escaped during a “march to nowhere” from the Auschwitz death camp.

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Assembly Member Medina Honors Barbara Kerr as District's Woman of the Year

(From l.) Barbara Kerr, a former CTA president, receives Assembly District 61 recognition from Assembly Member Jose Medina . (Photo courtesy Assembly Member Medina’s office.)

Former CTA President Barbara E. Kerr has just added another impressive award to her long list of recognitions.

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CTA Congratulates McGuire-Grigg, NEA’s ESP of the Year

(Photo courtesy of NEA.)

On behalf of CTA’s 325,000 members, President Eric C. Heins has congratulated CTA/NEA Board Member Doreen McGuire-Grigg upon her selection by the National Education Association as its Educational Support Professional (ESP) of the Year.

The award is the second in as many years for the Lakeport Unified Classified member, who has served Special Education students for more than 28 years. Last year, CTA named her its ESP of the Year.

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State Board Overturns Local Decisions, Approves Rocketship Charter in Contra Costa

(From l.) CTA members, including Shirley Thornton and Terri Jackson, an elementary teacher and CTA Board Member, prepare to enter the State Department of Education on the way to Thursday’s State Board of Education meeting.

The California State Board of Education on Thursday voted to overturn two local decisions barring the notorious Rocketship Charter organization from opening another charter institution in the Contra Costa area.

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Sac City Leaders Join Thousands in Read Across America

Nikki Milevsky, a school psychologist and president of the Sacramento City Teachers Association, reads about the achievements of the lovable pachyderm, Horton, during Wednesday’s Read Across America event.

Sacramento City Teachers Association (SCTA) leaders were among the thousands of Californians who took time out of their day to read to students as part of Read Across America.

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Assembly Commemorates March 2nd as Read Across America Day

(From l.) Assembly Education Chair Patrick O’Donnell, a former teacher and CTA member, presents a member’s resolution to CTA Board Member Toby Boyd honoring the Association’s efforts to boost literacy through California Reads and Read Across America.

The California Assembly on a unanimous vote adopted a resolution proclaiming March 2, 2016, as Read Across America Day in the state. The measure was authored by Assembly Education Chair Patrick O’Donnell (D-Long Beach), who was himself a teacher before being elected to the legislature.

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Civil Rights Warrior Huerta, Educators, and Community Backers Urge Appeals Court to Overturn Error-Ridden Ruling that Would Hurt Children

Just before attorneys representing more than 400,000 educators in CTA and CFT headed into a court of appeal, Civil Rights Icon Dolores Huerta, educators, and community members educated reporters about what is at stake. In a morning news conference in Los Angeles, they told the media that they are asking the California 2nd District Court of Appeal to overturn the wrong-headed June 2014 ruling in Vergara v. California that could harm more than 6,000,000 students.

Civil Rights Icon Dolores Huerta denounces the Vergara suit and the dishonest tactics used by its supporters. She is flanked by educators including (from l.) CTA President Eric C. Heins and Vice President Theresa Montaño.

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CTA, Union Representatives to Take Part in Thursday Pension Forum

In Sacramento last year, hundreds of working women and men turned out for a demonstration against Wall Street-proposed cuts in public employee pensions (Photo from CTA archives.)

Pension experts from the California Teachers Association (CTA), the California School Employees Association (CSEA), the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), and the California Professional Firefighters (CPF) will take part in several panels during Thursday’s Public Pension Forum in Sacramento.

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Faculty Association Announces Likely Start Date for First Statewide Strike at CSU

After two years of fruitless negotiations aimed at making faculty and students a top budget priority, California Faculty Association President Jennifer Eagan, a CSU professor of Philosophy and Public Affairs & Administration, tells reporters that the union has called its first statewide strike to begin in mid-April for five days. She is flanked by CFA members and supporters including (from r.) CTA Board Members Curtis Washington and Leslie Littman.

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