Call to Action: Today and Wednesday

Meet at Trinity Hall at Chico State from noon to 1 pm today to show support for Chico State Classified staff.  See you there!
Many of us work on Chico Unified campuses with Chico Unified staff.  We have children at Chico Unified schools and have gone through those schools ourselves, sometimes generations of our families have connections to these schools and teachers.
Our CUSD brothers and sisters are in the thick of it, as so many of us in Public Education are.  We are all fighting for the kids, the schools and the profession.  This Wednesday, February 18th show up at the Chico City Council chambers from 5:30 to 7:00 pm in solidarity with these folks who are protecting and educating our children.
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National Voter Registration Day

Tuesday is National Voter Registration Day, a non-partisan celebration of democracy and the largest one-day effort to register voters.

The coming fall election will have a tremendous impact on students, teachers and schools, so it is vitally important that everyone who supports public education turns out to vote if eligible. National Voter Registration Day can help us make that happen. Click through to the National Voter Registration page below:

 

BCTA Member Testifies About Teacher Rights

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!

Two thoughts from Dr. Seuss

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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.”

The Lorax