The Blog at CTA

What the NEA RA is Really Like From a First Time Delegate


First time delegate and CTA member, Renata Sanchez shares her experience at the NEA Representative Assembly 2017.

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Tale of Two Presidents: Priority of Relationship-Building Impacts Policy Outcomes


Two recent presidential biographies – one by a hard-bitten journalist and the other by an admiring son – provide an important nonpartisan learning from the Oval office: effective relational organizing can help advocates achieve their policy objectives.

Chuck Todd, in his biography of Pres. Barack Obama entitled The Stranger, and former Pres. George W. Bush, in his memoir about his dad, 41: a Portrait of My Father, agree about the importance of relationship building to the to the successes of the two presidents’ agendas.

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Capitol News: State Council and Legislation - Educators Could Review Several Hundred Bills in April

CTA's State Council of Education could review more than 150 bills during the three-day session that begins April 5. The 800-member policymaking body of the 325,000-member CTA has primary responsibility for reading through bills, weighing their implications for public education, students and educators, and deciding which measures to support, oppose, or just track.

Elected Council members — including classroom teachers, nurses, counselors, higher education faculty, and education support professionals — vet the bills in subject-matter committees, including Curriculum and Instruction, Financing Public Education, and Professional Rights and Responsibilities. These panels propose positions on the legislation, recommendations that ultimately are voted upon by all State Council members.

The result is a rigorous examination of bills pending in the Legislature and a comprehensive and consistent decision-making process that has the welfare of students and the learning and teaching environment as top priorities.

Positions taken will be online shortly after State Council. This will be a good resource to keep track of important legislation.

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