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California Teachers Association to Spend $3 Million Against High Quality Teachers Act

posted at 1:48 pm on February 5, 2014 by

The California Teachers Association will set aside up to $3 million to spend on three proposed statewide ballot initiatives in 2014. Currently only one of the three is in the signature-gathering phase.

CTA supports “The Nonprofit Donor Full Disclosure Act of 2014,” which would require “persons engaged in issue advocacy and lobbying to disclose the top funding sources to the organization responsible for the communication on communications sent to the public related to pending legislation and administrative action, and issue advocacy.”

Its language is awaiting approval by the state attorney general.

CTA opposes an initiative that would eliminate “constitutional protections for vested pension and retiree healthcare benefits for current public employees, including teachers, nurses, and peace officers, for future work performed” and would permit “government employers to reduce employee benefits and increase employee contributions for future work if retirement plans are substantially underfunded or government employer declares fiscal emergency.”

This initiative has been cleared for circulation and must gather 807,615 valid signatures by June 5.

CTA also opposes the “High Quality Teachers Act of 2014,” which would establish a teacher evaluation system based on multiple factors, including student performance, and require school districts to use those teacher assessments, rather than seniority, as the basis for layoff decisions.

The language of this initiative is also awaiting approval by the attorney general.

CTA has a proposal under consideration that should the High Quality Teachers Act qualify for the ballot the union would sponsor a competing initiative to create a teacher evaluation system based upon the CTA Teacher Evaluation Framework.

Each year, each of CTA’s 300,000 members contributes $36 to the union’s ballot initiative fund. This money is rolled over year-to-year if not spent and can be augmented by grants from NEA’s national ballot measure fund.

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God forbid we have high quality teachers who are held accountable.

rbj on February 5, 2014 at 1:58 PM

If there’s one thing teachers hate, it’s being evaluated and graded. The irony!

Dead Hand Control on February 5, 2014 at 3:04 PM

So the teachers union is against cutting benefits even if there’s no funding for them and also holding their own accountable in anyway? Shocka!

Kataklysmic on February 5, 2014 at 3:19 PM

If there’s one thing teachers hate, it’s being evaluated and graded. The irony!

Dead Hand Control on February 5, 2014 at 3:04 PM

“Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?”

Who grades the graders? LOLZ (<-Because I can.)

Fallon on February 5, 2014 at 3:20 PM

$3 million, eh? Seems to me the CTA is collecting to large of dues.

sadatoni on February 5, 2014 at 3:46 PM

…keep them stupid…so they can vote!

KOOLAID2 on February 5, 2014 at 4:53 PM

sadatoni on February 5, 2014 at 3:46 PM

#1 is obviously anti Cit United
#2 is obviously in response to how to minimize the real threat of public employee unions on state/local budgets (heaven forbid they have to do what the private sector has had to do for 15 years or more)
#3 is a joke…the employees get to decide their own performance goals?

I’ve given up any hope that either coast can be saved so I have moved to praying for the big quakes that will make them somebody else’s problem.

teejk on February 5, 2014 at 5:24 PM

Whenever I hear a political ad on the radio sponsored in part by the CTA, I know immediately that it is on the WRONG side of the issue. It’s sad that teacher’s associations are so politically wrong ALL of the time.

mydh12 on February 5, 2014 at 5:43 PM

They should make bumper stickers….

“We’re Dumb as Sh*t, and Proud of it”

ToddPA on February 6, 2014 at 8:56 AM

Teacher Unions are a boon to the administrators, teachers, part-time & retired; unfortunately, the Unions are NOT for great teachers, the children, good programs, efficiency, quality, basic learning, high tech techniques nor anything related to a quality product-& we pay for all this!

usmcRazor on February 6, 2014 at 10:53 AM

The irony is no long hilarious! It’s sad!

vnohara on February 6, 2014 at 11:46 AM

Teacher Unions are a boon to the administrators, teachers, part-time & retired; unfortunately, the Unions are NOT for great teachers, the children, good programs, efficiency, quality, basic learning, high tech techniques nor anything related to a quality product-& we pay for all this!

usmcRazor on February 6, 2014 at 10:53 AM

Not entirely true. School administrators’ jobs are made more difficult with union involvement (which, from experience, isn’t necessarily a bad thing…).

However, the rest is spot on. State and national teachers’ unions have no regard for parents (or their rights), for taxpayers that aren’t parents in the school, advocate programs that increase the number of teachers (at our expense while lining union execs pockets), and provide less-than-stellar education to our children, all while foisting anti-American propaganda.

mrteachersir on February 6, 2014 at 12:40 PM