Prepare for next year’s battles
Nearly 700 educators from across the state set their sights on the busy year ahead this weekend at the first CTA State Board of Education meeting of the school year.
Meeting virtually for the sixth time in a row due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the State Council voted on Saturday to recommend incumbents and candidates for constitutional office statewide in the November 2022 elections. .
“We are proud to announce educator support for these proven partners in public education who share our values ââin the work we do every day for the six million students in California,” said the president of CTA, E. Toby Boyd. âIt is important to elect leaders who understand the value of public education and who will stand alongside educators and parents against the forces that want to privatize our schools or promote risky voucher systems that will take money away from the schools. taxpayers to our public schools. “
CTA recommends the following for next year’s election: Gavin Newsom for governor; Eleni Kounalakis for Lieutenant Governor, Shirley Weber for Secretary of State; Rob Bonta for the Attorney General; Fiona Ma for the treasurer; Ricardo Lara for the insurance commissioner; Tony Thurmond for the state superintendent of public instruction; and Alex Padilla for the US Senator.
In his address to the State Council, Boyd thanked educators across the state for their Herculean efforts despite many challenges.
âSecurity concerns, quarantine issues and staff shortages,â Boyd said. “We have a growing shortage of educators, with a record number of resignations and retirements linked to the stress of teaching and learning during the pandemic.”
Many educators have reported that this school year was even more difficult than the last, from the health measures needed to safely resume face-to-face teaching to managing the politicization of these safety standards.
âSometimes our locals have been in the political crosshairs of community members, or even other educators,â Boyd said. âThat is why solidarity and the basis of our decisions about science and what is safe for students, staff and communities must avoid politics and disinformation. “
Boyd warned of a number of initiatives that could be presented to California voters next year, including another school voucher proposal that would use public funds to pay for private and religious schools. Just as educators weathered the pandemic together, Boyd said our unit will also enable CTA to meet these challenges.
âIt’s so important that we continue to be united and strong,â Boyd said. âEducators who speak with one voice are a force to be reckoned with. We must stand together in stopping any effort to privatize one of California’s oldest and most valuable resources: our public schools. “
In anticipation of next year’s election battles, the State Council has approved the use of up to $ 5 million to support CTA’s positions on statewide initiatives. Members of the State Council also elected the following members to CTA’s ABC Committee: Roger McCoy, District D; Ed De La Vega, District H; and Anthony Garcia, District O.
CTA’s State Board of Education will meet January 14-16, 2022, currently scheduled for an in-person meeting in Los Angeles. President Boyd has said that next year is already shaping up to be an important one.
âWe’re going to fight, guys,â Boyd said. âAnd we have to be ready. “