Posts Tagged: California Teachers Association

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Speculation still swirls over CTA chief’s firing

Joe Nuñez , former executive director of the California Teachers Association. (Image: Screen capture from CTA video)

California’s education and political worlds are abuzz with speculation about three recent developments, little of which has to do with schools. What led to the abrupt firing of Joe Nuñez as executive director of the 325,000-member California Teachers Association, one of the biggest and most powerful labor groups in California?

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California confronts lack of qualified teachers

Students participating in a discussion with their teacher. (Photo: Alex Brylov, via Shutterstock)

California is experiencing a lack of qualified teachers even as enrollment rates in preparation programs rise. “Growth in teacher demand as the economy has improved has collided with steep declines in the supply of new teachers, leading to significant increases in the hiring of underprepared teachers, especially in districts serving high-need students,” the Learning Policy Institute reported last year.

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Capitol Weekly profile: Gale Kaufman

Political consultant Gale Kaufman at her Sacramento office. (Photo: Scott Duncan, Capitol Weekly)

Gale Kaufman was campaigning in California before Arnold Schwarzenegger was Conan the Barbarian. Kaufman, a bare-knuckled Democratic strategist, is as little known to the public as she is famous among political pros. When talk in the political world turns to “Gale,” everyone knows it’s a reference to Kaufman.

Opinion

Online charter schools under attack

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OPINION: Imagine enjoying your summer holiday vacation only to learn that special interest lawmakers beholden to the California Teachers Association are voting to close down your child’s school. As a parent, you’ve never received any school closure information or a single news report.

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