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CTA (CA Teacher’s Assoc.) getting active!

May 10, 2011

Interesting story over at The Nation (see link above).  It seems that the CTA is getting active (I say: It’s about time): they have Wisconsin style campaign planned in which they are going to protest ANY more cutting in the state’s already devastated education funding.  Remember, for those of you who are uninformed on this, there are a group of GOP state senators in Sacramento who refer to themselves as the “GOP Five” who have blocked all attempts to keep Arnold’s temporary taxes from going on a ballot to be voted on.  What this does is hold up thousands of teacher’s jobs because local school districts do not know how much funding they will receive.  Nice guys huh?

“Following the Wisconsin tradition of meaningful protest, the California Teachers Association is planning a weeklong “State of Emergency” campaign designed to focus on budget cuts in schools and the need to avoid further reductions to spending.

CTA President David Sanchez told delegates to the state Democratic Party convention last weekend that protesters will stage “daily sit-ins” inside the Capitol.

State of Emergency hopes to convince legislators to pass a state budget with tax extensions estimated to generate some $12 billion for the state and local governments, and also to change the tax structure in order to support stable funding for public education.”

In the last three years, California school funding has been cut by $20 billion.


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