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California Educators Agree: Vaccines, PPE and other Safety Measures are Essential for In-Person Instruction

SACRAMENTO, CA – Today the California Federation of Teachers released the results of a recent poll of 1,217 of its members who are educators and classified professionals across California. The poll found teachers and school workers are eager to return to in-person instruction and agree by overwhelming margins that vaccines and multi-layered mitigation strategies must […]

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California’s 5 Statewide Teachers of the Year for 2018 Endorse Tony Thurmond for State Superintendent

BURLINGAME, Oct. 17, 2018 – Saying he is a “genuine leader” and the best candidate by far for students, educators and the future of our public schools, the five statewide 2018 California Teachers of the Year are endorsing Assembly Member Tony Thurmond for the state’s top education office – superintendent of public instruction. The five […]

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Educators, students file lawsuit against Education Department, DeVos

WASHINGTON, Aug. 23, 2018 — Educators and students, backed by the National Education Association and the California Teachers Association, today sued the U.S. Department of Education and Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos after they moved to illegally delay rules meant to protect students enrolled in online education programs. The individual plaintiffs, NEA and CTA are represented […]

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On 19th Anniversary of Columbine Massacre, CA’s Educators Stand with Students and Say NO MORE

BURLINGAME, April 19, 2018 – California Teachers Association members and leaders joined by elected officials and community supporters will take part in multiple statewide events on Friday, April 20, demanding that action be taken to end the school shootings that have been devastating American schools. The National Day of Action Against Gun Violence in Schools, […]

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Eric Heins: California’s Educators Oppose Dangerous Idea of Arming Teachers

BURLINGAME, Feb. 23, 2018 – In response to President Trump’s misguided ideas about arming educators to prevent mass shootings, CTA President Eric Heins issued this statement: Arming educators or other school employees with guns to prevent mass shootings does nothing to protect students. Bringing more guns into schools is a misguided and dangerously flawed idea. […]

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New Test Scores Show Stable Progress, Not Whole Picture of Student Learning

BURLINGAME , Sept. 27, 2017– California Teachers Association President Eric Heins issued this statement today about the California Department of Education’s release of 2017 student test scores from the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) standardized testing exams measuring English language arts/literacy and mathematics: “While educators and parents will always know that our […]

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Coalition Backs 3 Bills to Stop California Charter School Waste, Fraud and Abuse

SACRAMENTO, April 24, 2017 – Lawmakers, educators, parents and a broad coalition of community supporters joined for a news conference today in the State Capitol to shed light on a very important package of bills that must be enacted to ensure California charter school accountability and transparency and to also ensure unbiased access to all […]

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California’s Educators: Unqualified Education Secretary Nominee Betsy DeVos Disastrous for Students, Public Schools

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 28, 2017 – California’s educators say White House nominee for U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos would be a disaster for California’s students and public schools. Flanked by the nearly 800 delegates to the CTA State Council of Education, CTA President Eric Heins held a news conference today calling for the rejection […]

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Educators Disappointed Gov. Brown Vetoed Legislation to Ensure Accountability and Transparency at Charter Schools

SACRAMENTO, Sept. 30, 2016 – CTA President Eric Heins issued the following statement disappointed in Gov. Jerry Brown’s veto of AB 709 – a bill that would have required all charter schools to be transparent and accountable to parents and to disclose how they spend taxpayer money, including budgets and contracts. It sought to prohibit […]

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