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CTA Member and Dept. Chair Urges: It’s Imperative to Involve Parents, Communities in Our Schools

(At center) Angela Stegall, a CTA member and Dept. Chair at Marysville High School, stresses Thursday during a Capitol Weekly/UC Center panel on the new Common Core Standards that bringing parents, community, and business leaders into schools is crucial to the success of students. Other members of the panel include (f. right) Hilary McLean of Capitol Impact, Andrea Venezia of EdInsights, and Moderator Tom Chernow, a reporter for the Capitol Report (not pictured).

Angela Stegall, a teacher at Marysville High school, told participants in Thursday’s panel on Common Core Standards, that another positive spinoff of the new standards is more parents wanting to become involved in their schools.

“It’s imperative that we continue to involve our parents and local stakeholders including businesses, and the media,” Stegall said.  She noted that schools face a challenge of informing the public about why the results from the new Smart Balance Assessments and prior California assessments aren’t comparable. 

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CTA President denounces billionaire Eli Broad’s scheme to move half the students in LA Unified into unregulated charters

CTA President Eric Heins

CTA President Eric Heins addresses crowd at protest where he denounced billionaire Eli Broad’s scheme to move half the students in Los Angeles Unified School district into unregulated charters.

CTA President Eric Heins joined UTLA President Alex Caputo-Pearl, CFT President Josh Pechthalt and dozens of teachers, parents, and students this morning for a protest and news conference denouncing billionaire Eli Broad’s recently unveiled scheme to move half the students in Los Angeles Unified School district into unregulated charters run by private management companies. Broad has set an eight year timeline for the raid on LAUSD and has begun enlisting other wealthy allies like the Walton (Walmart) Foundation to help fund the multibillion dollar effort. 

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From Freedom Rides to Farmworker Battles: Famed Organizer Inspires CTA Educators

(From r.) Legendary Organizer Marshall Ganz encourages State Council members to use storytelling to help organize chapters and win additional social justice battles, as CTA President Eric Heins looks on.

He dropped out of Harvard to battle for full equality and voting rights for Black Americans in Mississippi.  He and his colleagues continued their work despite the murder of three of them. When the battle was won, he joined Cesar Chavez to help galvanize California farmworkers into a powerful labor force.


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CTA Files Charge Against San Lorenzo District For Union Interference Amid Contract Showdown

San Lorenzo

Educators hold protest rally on Oct. 20 amid bargaining showdown in San Lorenzo

Amid an ongoing bargaining showdown over fair salaries for the low-paid educators here, CTA has filed an unfair labor practice charge against the San Lorenzo Unified School District for interfering with a peaceful lunch hour union meeting at a high school and trying to have a union organizer escorted off campus by three Alameda County sheriff’s deputies.

Meanwhile, a second, separate incident added insult to injury, educators say, when the school board refused to allow a high school student who supports teachers to speak at a packed public meeting – the board adjourned the public comment portion of the meeting instead, but the student delivered his speech anyway. Both incidents occurred Tuesday, Oct. 20, the same day that more than 600 teachers, students and parents held a protest rally at the district’s offices against the disrespect shown by the school board and Superintendent Fred Brill at the bargaining table.

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Signing of Anti-Racial Mascot Bill is Union Values Victory

A sign at a recent rally protests the use of Native American caricatures as the symbol of school and professional sports teams.

Key provisions of the California Teachers Association’s Mission Statement spell out the organization’s commitment to protecting human dignity: “The California Teachers Association exists ….to ensure that human dignity and civil rights of all children and youth are protected and to secure a more just, equitable, and democratic society.”

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CTA Representatives Work on Health Issues at Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute


Members of the CTA delegation meet with Congressman Juan Vargas (2nd from right) during the 2015 Public Policy Conference in Washington, D.C.

During October 2015 – Hispanic Heritage Month – a delegation of CTA representatives is in Washington D.C., taking part in the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute’s (CHCI) 2015 Public Policy Conference.

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New Test Scores Just One Measure of Student Learning

Supt. of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson on Wednesday released the first-ever results from the new California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP).

The 2015 results from the new online assessment become the baseline for future assessments and students.

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Lawmakers Return to Capitol for Last Three Weeks of Session

The state Senate and Assembly came back into session on Monday, with only three weeks to finish up this year’s work.

Lawmakers have just until September 11 to act on pending legislation, including a package of CTA-sponsored bills designed to increase transparency and accountability at the state’s charter schools.

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Lt. Gov. Newsom: Nothing is More Important Than What Teachers Do

Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom (r.) talks with CTA President Eric Heins just prior to addressing more than 1,000 participants at CTA’s Summer Institute.

Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom offered some high praise to educators and to CTA during his Aug. 6 speech at the Association’s Summer Institute on the UCLA Campus.

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Summer's a Great Time to Press Congress to Improve Elementary & Secondary Ed. Act

Now is a great time to meet with your member of the House of Representatives on a key issue: passing S. 1177 that would make vast improvements to the current federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA).

Congress is in recess until Sept. 8, and lawmakers are expected to continue their work on the bill soon after they return. In the meantime, they are spending time in their district offices throughout California.

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