California Educator

February / March 2019

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QUOTES & NUMBERS QUOTES & NUMBERS Compiled by Mike Myslinski 15 hours Amount of time Oakland high school teacher Cristopher Bautista works every weekend as a barista at a Starbucks in Fremont to make ends meet financially, due to poor pay by Oakland Unified School District, the Los Angeles Times reported Jan. 27. $2.3 billion Increase in K-12 education funding in Gov. Newsom's proposed state budget, a spending plan that state Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond called a "home run" for public schools in a Jan. 10 statement. 50 years Average age of an American public school nationwide, as reported in a January NEA Today article about the need for states to invest more in public school infrastructure. 56 million Number of children and adults who spend time in a U.S. public school on a typical weekday, according to the NEA Today article. $46 billion Gap between what is currently spent nationwide and what is needed to meet modern building standards, according to the NEA Today article. " We did not win because of a single leader. We did not win because of a small group of leaders. We won because you — at 900 schools across the entire city, with parents, with students, with community organizations — you walked the line." — United Teachers Los Angeles President ALEX CAPUTO-PEARL, speaking to a jubilant rally of UTLA members on Jan. 22 about the triumphant UTLA strike. " UTLA's fight has been all our fight. The strike put the national spotlight on the multiple challenges facing public education, and on the historical failure of society to provide educators with the resources needed to ensure their students get the best education possible." — CTA President ERIC C. HEINS, in a Jan. 22 statement on the day of the tentative agreement that ended the historic six-day strike. " I look forward to working with the Legislature to provide flexibility for schools to hire more counselors and nurses and to better support our neediest kids, including those in special education." — Governor GAVIN NEWSOM, in a Jan. 22 statement on the UTLA agreement. " What we are witnessing is not a moment but a movement of and by educators who are fighting for the public schools our students deserve. We're raising our voices together for our students, for our schools and for ourselves as educators." — NEA President LILY ESKELSEN GARCÍA, in a Jan. 22 statement as news of the successful UTLA tentative agreement riveted the nation. " Teachers are fed up with the poor working conditions and salaries, and with the learning conditions that our students are having to endure." — Oakland Education Association President KEITH BROWN, in a Jan. 24 story by NBC on teacher uprisings nationwide. OEA members were completing a four- day strike authorization vote on Feb. 1. 14 In the Know

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