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California Teachers Association Declares “State of Emergency,” Plans Occupation of State Capitol

posted at 1:56 pm on April 11, 2011 by

The California Teachers Association is planning a week of rallies, protests and an occupation of the state Capitol by 300 volunteers, scheduled for May 9-13.

Approved unanimously by the union’s 800-member State Council, the plan is designed to “force legislature to pass tax extensions” and “educate and convince communities to change tax structure and achieve tax fairness in order to achieve adequate, stable and ongoing funding for public education and essential public services.”

The “State of Emergency” plan – posted for your examination on EIA’s web site – calls for various protest actions over the five-day period:

“The week begins and ends with a group of educators (with others invited to join) taking over the State Capitol.” (emphasis in original)

Each day will have a different focus – from lobbying legislators, to “letters home” to parents, to “Refrain from Shopping Day.” On Friday May 13, regional protests will also be organized throughout the state.

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Looks like they could stand to have some history teachers among their ranks. This tactic already proved pointless in Wisconsin. I imagine their zombie rally would have better special effects.

StubbleSpark on April 11, 2011 at 2:22 PM

Looks like they could stand to have some history teachers among their ranks. This tactic already proved pointless in Wisconsin. I imagine their zombie rally would have better special effects.

StubbleSpark on April 11, 2011 at 2:22 PM

As blue as Wisconsin traditionally has been, it’s redder than a commie when compared to California. And let’s not forget who runs that state. The governor and legislative majority are Dems. They’ll give the unions almost anything they demand.

Doughboy on April 11, 2011 at 2:32 PM

That will show them. No shopping day! Just think about all of that lost tax revenue used to pay the teachers’ bills. Whatever will CA do when the only folks left in the state are the teachers, the state workers and the welfare folks? Who will they eat then. I left Calif. years ago, half of our friends have left, of those that are left there about a quarter of them are trying to get out. Most of our friends were either self employed or worked in the private industry.. My dad a retired state worker left for NV years ago too.

kringeesmom on April 11, 2011 at 2:34 PM

As an ex-Californian, the only thing CA and WI have in common is the two-letter abbreviation designation. Those voters in both parties who would vote with the future generation of taxpayers in mind, i.e., their kids and grandkids, etc., are vastly outnumbered by the ones who love the handouts from Uncle Sugar.

TeeDee on April 11, 2011 at 2:38 PM

Copycats.

MadisonConservative on April 11, 2011 at 2:42 PM

May 9-13, eh? Seems to me that that will take up an entire week when school is in session. How very, very unfortunate.

Mary in LA on April 11, 2011 at 2:43 PM

we are using the acronym
L.E.A.R.N.
Legislative Every Parent Appreciation and Allies Revenue Not Business as Usual

Good grief.

Feedie on April 11, 2011 at 2:44 PM

“educate and convince communities to change tax structure and achieve tax fairness in order to achieve adequate, stable and ongoing funding for public education and essential public services.”

Translation: Repeal Proposition 13 and enact massive property tax increases that will hit only working homeowners and landlords.

rockmom on April 11, 2011 at 2:44 PM

Robert A. Heinlein said,
“A committee is a life form with six or more legs and no brain.”
But this:

“Approved unanimously by the union’s 800-member State Council

is beyond ridiculous.

mrt721 on April 11, 2011 at 3:00 PM

Translation: Repeal Proposition 13 and enact massive property tax increases that will hit only working homeowners and landlords.

rockmom on April 11, 2011 at 2:44 PM

EXACTLY. But you can’t squeeze money out of people who currently pay taxes using credit cards and are living paycheck to paycheck. Now that we have the highest gas in the nation and have to use more “renewable” resources for energy (hydropower isn’t considered renewable by the freaks out here)-our energy rates are going even higher. They are trying to collapse it.

NTWR on April 11, 2011 at 3:03 PM

And our kids can’t even read after making it through the CA education system!

NTWR on April 11, 2011 at 3:04 PM

Umm , they have a Democrat Gov and legistlature, so this push is to give politcal cover for the Democrats.

The Conservatives and other moderates in Cali better counter

LeeSeneca on April 11, 2011 at 3:11 PM

Whatever will CA do when the only folks left in the state are the teachers, the state workers and the welfare folks? Who will they eat then. kringeesmom on April 11, 2011 at 2:34 PM

don’t forget the actors :)

cmsinaz on April 11, 2011 at 3:16 PM

Come on Jerry, man up! You know you’re going to raise taxes on everyone earning over 80k. Think of the children, man! Keep these teachers in the classroom and do it already!

Nevada, Arizona, and Oregon can roast marshmallows on the flames.

BKeyser on April 11, 2011 at 3:35 PM

The governor and legislative majority are Dems. They’ll give the unions almost anything they demand.

Doughboy on April 11, 2011 at 2:32 PM

If this were a sure thing, why have the demonstrations at all?

I think the cracks are beginning to show.

cthulhu on April 11, 2011 at 3:59 PM

I think it’s cute, and rather telling, that teachers’ unions have been relagated to protesting against the most union friendly state in the country.

uknowmorethanme on April 11, 2011 at 6:35 PM

It is a truly sad day when a union pits teachers against families.

crosspatch on April 11, 2011 at 7:47 PM

I am a public school teacher in CA, hence the InTheBellyOfTheBeast name.

Wouldn’t it be fun to find out what percentage of CA spending is already allotted to education? It is very high, so what is all the fuss about folks? Are teachers afraid of losing their strangle hold on the CA legislature? Sad thing is, the teacher’s unions are responsible for the current legislature and much of the fiscal irresponsibility that created this mess.

One of the ironies of the May dates for protest is that many schools will be doing state mandated testing that week, and we have been told that children do better on these tests when their regular teacher is present. So, who is going to abandon their students to join a meaningless protest?

No, I am not a member of the CTA, NEA or the local teacher’s union. Guess I’ll be the only one who shows up at school.

InTheBellyoftheBeast on April 13, 2011 at 8:04 PM