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Urge the Legislature to Pass Pregnancy Leave for Educators Act

The Pregnancy Leave for Educators Act (AB 2901) will fix a broken system for public school educators who go without any paid disability related to pregnancy. Add your name to support the passage of this AB 2901!

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Fully Repeal Unfair Social Security Penalties

Support the Social Security Fairness Act to fully repeal both the GPO and WEP.

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Explore the California Reads Selections

CTA’s California Reads program promotes reading year-round with teacher-approved quarterly book recommendations for multiple age groups. Check out the latest picks for 2023-24!

Book Recommendations for 2023-24

Support LGBTQ+ Students And Educators

Sign the pledge to support LGBTQI students and educators.

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Update and Upgrade School Buildings: Support the Rebuild America’s Schools Act of 2023

This bill would create a $100 billion grant program and $30 billion tax-credit bond program targeting high-poverty school buildings that pose health and safety risks to students and staff.

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Students in Rural Communities Deserve a Well-Rounded Education

The Secure Rural Schools Act of 2023 will provide rural school districts with crucial support for students and educators. Urge your senators and representative to cosponsor the legislative act (S. 2581/H.R. 503) now!

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Protect the Freedom to Vote

The Freedom to Vote Act (S. 1/H.R. 11), reintroduced by Democrats in the Senate and House, will help ensure that we all can vote on the decisions that impact our lives and our children’s future.

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Invest in Public Education

Urge your senators and representative to support the largest possible increases in education funding.

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Support Dignity & Fairness for Student Mistakes and Missteps

Every student has a right to a quality education, to be treated with dignity, and to be provided with the opportunity to learn. Join educators to disrupt the school-to-prison pipeline.

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Fulfill the Promise of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act

Urge your senators and representative to support the IDEA Full Funding Act (S. 2217/H.R. 4519) to give all students can get the support and attention they deserve.

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Improve Training for School Food Service Workers

Cosponsor the Improving Training for School Food Service Workers Act to ensure training is available during the paid work day and that it maximizes hands-on opportunities.

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Support the Equality Act

The Equality Act would give LGBTQ Americans explicit protection from discrimination in key areas of life.

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Fully Fund IDEA & Title I

Support the Keep Our PACT Act which would create a path to fully fund the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) & Title I of the Every Student Succeeds Act—providing critical programs for special education.

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Ban Assault Weapons

Banning assault weapons will help our students and loved ones feel more secure to go about their daily lives and pursue their dreams.

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Support Honesty in Education

Sign the pledge to demand that our schools have the resources to meet every child’s needs and a curriculum that imparts honesty about who we are, integrity in how we treat others, and courage to do what’s right.

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Learn More About Community Schools

A community school is a place and a set of partnerships with an integrated focus on academics, health, social services, leadership, and community engagement.

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Community Schools: Building the Heart and Hub
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Community Schools: Building the Heart and Hub

Racial Justice In Education

Pledge to grow the movement for racial justice in education.

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Support Indigenous Peoples’ Rights

Sign the pledge in support of the representation of Native American history and culture in our schools.

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Support Honest & Accurate Education

Pledge your voice so students can learn from the past, make sense of the present, and prepare for the future.

Commit to #TeachTruth!

Background Checks for All Gun Sales

Homicide is the leading cause of death for children and young people in America, and in most cases, firearms are to blame.

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Confirm Judicial Nominees NOW

Tell senators to confirm President Biden’s judicial nominees.

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Demand a Fair and Safe Immigration Process

Together, we can make this a place that honors all families, no exceptions.

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Support Inclusive, Aspirational, and Affirmative Public Education

Urge your representative to support the Bill of Rights for Students and Parents resolution (H. Res. 219)

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Demand the Freedom to Learn

Demand an inclusive, culturally responsive public education system in which every student and educator is treated with dignity and respect, no exceptions.

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Strengthen America’s Most Effective Anti-Hunger Program

Urge your senators and representative to protect and strengthen the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.

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Provide Healthy School Meals to All Students

Email your senators and representative and ask them to support universal school meals.

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Family and Medical Leave for Education Support Professionals

Email members of Congress and urge them to co-sponsor the ESP and School Support Staff Family Leave Act that provides educator support professional access to the same FMLA protections that other working families receive.

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Raise Educator Pay

Poor pay and stressful working conditions are making educator shortages even worse.

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Stay Well

Making wellness an integral part of our lifestyle — particularly in the face of pandemic-related stress — is an active process. Check out our wellness resources for educators.

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Confirm Julie Su as Secretary of Labor

Urge your senators to VOTE YES on Julie Su’s nomination for U.S. Secretary of Labor.

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Download a Guide to Racial Justice in Education

NEA’s resource guide on racial justice provides tools for assessment, strategic planning and action.

Racial Justice Resource Guide

Download Social Justice Resources

Check out social justice posters and graphics on topics including free public education, human rights and more.

Social Justice Shareables

Follow Local CTA Chapters on Social Media

Show your support for local chapters by following them on social media.

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Celebrate Education Support Professionals

Education support professionals make up one-third of the entire education workforce, and our schools could not run without them. Learn more about the important work they do for public education.

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Making an Impact Since 1863

We believe our public schools are worth fighting for. That belief has driven the California Teachers Association since 1863.

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Teachers with Alhambra Teachers Association march for social justice.

Billions of dollars secured for public schools statewide over the years, thanks to CTA’s advocacy.

158 years of advocacy for our profession, our students and our public schools.

In 1866, CTA’s first legislative win establishes free public schools in California.

In 1867, CTA secures public funding for schools that educated students of color.

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