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NEA and CTA Laud Friday's High Court Ruling Preventing States from Barring Same Gender Marriages

(Photo above) NEA President Lily Eskelsen García is praising the U.S. Supreme Court ruling. NEA and 22 state affiliates were part of a labor coalition that filed amicus briefs in support of the efforts to protect the rights of same gender couples to marry. CTA President Eric C. Heins has also praised the ruling in his contacts with the media.

Forty-eight years after it struck down state laws barring inter-racial marriage, the U.S. Supreme Court on Friday handed down an equally important decision, one that allows persons of the same gender to wed and invalidates state laws barring such marriages.

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CTA Officers Lead 1,000 Delegates to NEA RA

(Photo above) Billed as the “World’s largest Democratic Deliberative Assembly,” the annual NEA Representative Assembly brings together more than 8,000 elected educator-policymakers. Last year, delegates met in Denver. This year, they will assemble in Orlando, FL beginning in the last week of June.

Led by its newly elected team of officers, about 1,000 CTA members will be heading to the 94th annual National Education Association’s Representative Assembly in Orlando, FL this week.

CTA President Eric Heins, an elementary teacher, Vice President Theresa Montaño, a community college professor, and Secretary-Treasurer David Goldberg, an elementary teacher, will lead this year’s delegation.

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Lawmakers to Review Three CTA-cosponsored Charter School Accountability Bills on July 1

(Photo above) At a news conference last week at the state Capitol, Assembly Member Roger Hernandez (at podium) and charter school parents and teachers spelled out how a lack of transparency and a for-profit motive are harming students at a statewide charter school, the California Virtual Academy). They urged lawmakers to approve measures designed to increase charter school accountability.

Three CTA-cosponsored measures to increase charter school accountability and transparency are scheduled for hearings in two legislative committees on Wednesday, July 1.

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Senate Education Approves Two CTA-Cosponsored Charter School Measures

(Photo above) CTA Member Lobbyist Jeff Johnson, a teacher and vice-chair of the State Council Negotiations Committee, and Peter Minett, a teacher and member of the committee, discuss CTA-cosponsored charter school bills with a legislative staffer on Tuesday prior to a meeting with lawmakers in support of the measures.

(SACRAMENTO, Calif.) -- CTA members came back from the state Capitol on Wednesday having won a small victory in an ongoing battle to increase accountability and transparency at the state’s public charter schools.

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Assembly Member Alejo, CTA Press for Ethnic Studies Framework

 

(Photo above, from l.) Assembly Member Luis Alejo (D-San Luis Obispo) introduces his AB 101, a measure emphasizing the importance of ethnic studies, to the Assembly Education Committee as UTLA/NEA Vice President Cecily-Myart-Cruz and Student Moriela Pizarro, of the Arisal Dream Academy in Salinas prepare to testify in support of the CTA-backed bill.

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Assembly Panel Approves Two Key CTA-backed Measures

(Photo above) Backed by three lawmakers, labor and education coalition members, and her colleagues, California Virtual Academy’s Sara Vigrass, an elementary teacher; (at podium) tells reporters during a recent Capitol news conference that without due process and other protections, teachers’ ability to advocate for their students is undermined.

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CTA Officers, Board Seek Support for Students, Educators, Schools on Lobby Day

 

(Photo above) During the CTA Board Lobby Day, CTA Vice President Eric Heins (gesturing), CTA Board Member David Goldberg (at left), and Manager of Legislative Relations Lori Easterling speak with Assembly Member Patrick O’Donnell (D-Long Beach) about the need for increased school funding.

CTA leaders and board members were in the state Capitol all day on Feb. 17, urging lawmakers to help boost California from its dismal 46th place nationally in per-student spending and to support efforts to rebuild the teacher workforce.

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Legislature Lauds CTA on Read Across America Day

(Photo above) Assembly Member Patrick O’Donnell (D-Long Beach), a former educator and CTA State Council representative, presents an Assembly Resolution on Read Across America Day to CTA Board Member Toby Boyd, an Elk Grove kindergarten teacher, during ceremonies on Monday.

For the first time, both Houses of the California legislature on March 2 celebrated Read Across America Day by presenting the California Teachers Association and our national affiliate resolutions honoring the organizations’ efforts to encourage parents and community members to read to children.

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Thousands Rally to Support Los Angeles Teachers

(Photo above) CTA President Dean E. Vogel, a kindergarten teacher, tells more than 15,000 Los Angeles teachers and community members that their 325,000 CTA colleagues stand with them.

Approximately 15,000 members of United Teachers Los Angeles (UTLA) and supportive parents, community members, and students packed Grand Park in downtown Los Angeles Thursday for a massive rally spotlighting the union’s “School’s LA Students Deserve” campaign and the bargaining stalemate that caused Los Angeles educators to declare negotiations impasse last week.

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Former Vice President Talks to CalSTRS Board about Environmental Dangers

(Photo above) CalSTRS Board Members and CTA members Dana Dillon and Harry Keiley focus intently on the presentation by Former Vice President Al Gore to the retirement system governing body about the threat posed by carbon emissions and steps being taken to move the nation and the world toward “green energy.”

On Friday in West Sacramento, former Vice President Al Gore made a powerful and detailed presentation to the governing board of the California State Teachers’ Retirement System (CalSTRS), which has been leading discussions on sustainable investing at a global level for almost a decade. CalSTRS was the first U.S. institutional client in the Vice President’s company, Generation Investment Management. in 2007.

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