Tuesday is National Voter Registration Day, a non-partisan celebration of democracy and the largest one-day effort to register voters.
Under current law, more than 75 BCTA educators are classified as temporary employees with no possibility of earning due process rights. We have teachers who have worked in our district dating back to 1977 who are still classified as temporary employees. A temporary employee has no assurance of a job the following school year which puts educators in the position year after year, of waiting each spring to hear if they will be employed in the fall. Students and families depend on seeing the same high quality, caring staff in the fall that supported them the previous year. This puts undue stress on children, programs and educators.
AB1619, by Assembly Member Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego), is now making it’s way through the legislature to address this inequity. Most teachers in California can earn due process rights after a probationary period of a few years, most educators who work in each County Office of Education and educators from smaller districts are unfairly excluded. This bill is supported by CTA and CSEA in an effort to provide equal rights to all educators and stability to our schools and students.
Michael Martinez, from our Migrant Education program (also a negotiator for BCTA and our Secretary) went to Sacramento on March 26th to testify for the State Assembly Education Committee on our behalf. Michael told a compelling, and familiar story . Please take a moment and watch here the portion of the hearing about the bill begins at 2 hours 26 minutes and Michael begins at 2 hours 31 minutes. There is a short article on the CTA website about this bill with a bonus photo of Michael! BCTA would like to extend our gratitude to Michael for taking the time to share his experience with the folks at the capitol who need to hear our story!
This eye opening article about the tough times Paradise teachers have endured in the last several years will feel familiar to teachers in Butte County and across the state. We thank the Paradise teachers for taking the time to share their very personal stories with the community. They have spoken up for all teachers.
This Saturday, March 1st BCTA and CUTA will be reading to the children and families at Children’s Playground in downtown Chico from 10 am to 2 pm. Teachers, education staff, high school students and community members will read books and offer activities for children. The first 100 children to attend will receive a free book!
Dean Vogel speaks on the similarities between priorities of our founder, John Swett, and the work we are doing today in this one minute video clip from the statewide Presidents Conference.
Celebrate 150 years of CTA!
Happy Birthday to Theodor Seuss Geisel, who was born 109 years ago today!
Read Across America was a success yesterday! Dr. Seuss and life-long reading were celebrated in classrooms across our programs.
Thank a teacher for preparing literate, engaged citizens who will grow to be decision makers in California!
“A person’s a person, no matter how small.”
Horton Hears a Who
“UNLESS someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.”