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April / May 2019

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Highlights of March State Council CTA State Council of Education convened March 29-31 in Los Angeles President's Address: #RedForEd Moves Forward C T A P R E S I D E N T Eric Heins credited CTA's long-term strategic plan, adopted by State Council five years ago, for CTA's success in growing the #RedForEd move- ment in California and helping lead it forward. He led delegates in giving Oakland Education Association leadership a standing ovation for their successful strike and settlement. "Organizing gets the goods," said OEA President Keith Brown, explain- ing that OEA built support for their movement step-by-step, with one-on-one conversations site by site, to get the schools and resources their students deserve. Hispanic Caucus Presentation The caucus marked the Cesar Chavez holiday with a lively celebration incorporating music and dance. Morning Joe O N S U N D A Y M O R N I N G , CTA Executive Director Joe Nuñez noted that CTA has gained almost 19,000 new members since Janus v. AFSCME (the U.S. Supreme Court decision that eliminated agency fees); dropouts have been negligible. Most new members, he said, are millennials; research says they are strongly supportive of social justice and labor issues. Nuñez said these members value and want from their union authentic relationships as well as support. Here is where CTA's professional development and leadership oppor- tunities shine, including conferences and trainings, the Institute for Teaching, and the Instructional Leadership Corps (see story on page 50). OEA President Keith Brown, at mic, and OEA leadership at State Council. ESP of the Year D A N K I V E T T , president of the Redlands Education Support Professionals Association, was named the 2019 Paula J. Mon- roe ESP of the Year. (See story on page 59.) In presenting the award, Heins noted that Kivett has a rich history of involvement and activism in local, state and national issues, including serving as an NEA Board mem- ber and a CTA State Council delegate. "Dan stands for the dignity and key role of all sup- port professionals in the growth and success of students, and the importance of a strong public education system to our nation's future," Heins said. 64 CTA & You

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