CTA President E. Toby Boyd Appointed to Governor Newsom’s Recovery Task Force

Education Leader Will Prioritize Safety of Students, Educators and Communities


BURLINGAME—California Teachers Association President E. Toby Boyd has been named a member of Governor Newsom’s Task Force on Business and Jobs Recovery. The task force, which will focus on short-, medium-, and long-term solutions to ensure a just and equitable recovery from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, was announced by the Governor in a news conference earlier today.

“I am honored to serve on this important group, and I will work to ensure that the concerns of students, educators and their families are represented as California explores the process for a safe recovery from the disruption and devastation caused by COVID-19,” said Boyd.

“Rapid transition to distance-learning has been challenging for everyone involved and we still have many concerns about how we are able to reach all students remotely. Educators are working tirelessly to stay connected to their students, especially those who don’t have access to the technology they need to easily connect remotely.

“Californians have seen the overwhelming commitment our state’s educators have to our students, and the critical role educators are playing in day-to-day life during this quarantine. California educators can be proud of the tremendous efforts they are making to advocate for and successfully reach their students wherever they may be sheltering in place.

“While everyone wants a return to traditional classroom settings as soon as possible, safety must remain a top priority and will be foremost in my thoughts and actions as this task force moves forward. We want to ensure that those educators, healthcare workers, first responders, grocery workers and so many more in the labor community that are on the front lines fighting this pandemic get the necessary safety support they need as they help us all through this crisis.

“I look forward to working with Governor Newsom, other labor, business leaders, and community groups, just as CTA has worked with him and other state leaders since this crisis began, to ensure that everyone’s safety, as well as effective teaching and learning continue for all California students as we move forward on the road to recovery.”

The task force is expected to meet at least twice a month and work regularly behind the scenes throughout the recovery process, initially focusing on sectors and regions hit hardest by the pandemic.

The 310,000-member California Teachers Association is affiliated with the 3 million-member National Education Association.