CTA is turning 150!

The 325,000-member CTA is affiliated with the 3.2 million-member National Education Association, and both are among the largest unions in the country.  CTA was founded with less than 100 members and has accomplished much to be proud of along the way.  Some of these accomplishments and milestones will be highlighted here and on the CTA website over the next year.

Founded in 1863 during the Civil War as the California Educational Society, CTA won its first major legislative victory in 1866 with a law providing free public schools to California children. A year later, public funding was secured for schools that educated nonwhite students.

CTA led efforts to outlaw child labor in the state and enact other protections for children (1915), and to strengthen the teacher due process law (1921). In the 1940s, the union was the only major organization in California to protest against the internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II.

Much of this is an excerpt from a longer article, read more here.

There will be a variety of ways to engage with the celebration this year, come here for regular updates!



Teacher’s Professional Rights

Do you know your rights regarding parent meetings?  Do you have final say over student grades?  How much information are you entitled to know about incoming students?

The Teacher’s Rights Mini Guide gives a short answer and cites the CA Education Code item number for each of these situations and many more.

When you log in to My CTA, this page has the Mini Guide and several other informative publications for CTA Members.

If you would like to read the source material, you can click for the complete  CA Ed Code, there is always something interesting to be found there.