The sharp decrease in the number of pink slips from 20,000 last year to 3,000 this March can be directly attributed to the historic passage of the CTA-supported Proposition 30 in November.
So stated CTA President Dean E. Vogel during remarks to the State Council of Education Saturday morning, April 6 in Los Angeles.
"We not only changed the number of pink slips that were sent out this year, we have changed the public conversation," Vogel said. "Just this week, the New York Times
editorialized: 'California has recently shown signs of coming to its senses. Last fall, voters approved Proposition 30, which raises taxes and directs most of the proceeds to education.' "
He added, "That was you, each of you, getting out, talking to friends, neighbors, one voter at a time, that turned the tide."
As CTA embarks on its 150th anniversary celebration this year, Vogel noted, the organization has always stood up for the cause of public education. As CTA founder John Swett
"If one state in the union needs a system of free schools more than any other, that State is California. Her population is drawn from all nations. The next generation will be a composite one, made up of the heterogeneous atoms of all nationalities. Nothing can Americanize these chaotic elements and breathe into them the spirit of our institutions but the public schools."
That's one of the reasons CTA is joining the National Education Association, other labor unions and community groups in support of reforming our shattered immigration system
"The children of these immigrants are our students, who, width our guidance, will become the leaders, the business owners, the workers and the teachers of the future," Vogel said.
While Gov. Brown also believes every student is entitled to educational equality, CTA has some concerns about aspects of his Local Control Funding Formula submitted in his state budget
. The formula is designed to provide base level founding to all students and additional funding for English learners, students living in poverty and foster youth. Under the new proposal, many categorical programs would be consolidated, and funds to implement programs like the Common Core State Standards would be decided at the local level. This necessitates that local chapters be involved in those decisions.