California Teachers Association to Spend $3 Million Against High Quality Teachers Act
posted at 1:48 pm on February 5, 2014 by Mike Antonucci
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.