California Educator

June/July 2019

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"A teachers union is as only as strong as its members. We need to continue to know our worth, the worth of our students, and the worth of our profession." —TIFFANY FUHRMEISTER, Lincoln Unified Teachers Association president, after ratifying a deal in late April ending more than 15 months of negotiations. N U M B E R O F A P P L I C A N T S for the federal Public Service Loan Forgiveness program, established in 2007 for teachers, police officers, firefighters and other public servants. Fewer than 300 applications have been approved — less than 1 percent. 38,000 "We've had 100 percent success in every place where teachers have raised their voices and thrown on their #RedForEd T-shirts and gone to the public. [It's about ending] the absolute neglect of education funding and giving kids the programs and services they need." —NEA President LILY ESKELSEN GARCÍA, at the Education Writers Association's National Seminar in May. S T A T E S T H A T R E C E I V E D a "mediocre" or better rating for charter school oversight laws from NEA. California was rated "worst." Only one state, Maryland, was "adequate." 217,000 N U M B E R O F N E W N E A M E M B E R S since the Janus decision on June 27, 2018. Like most unions nationwide, NEA has experienced a net gain since the controversial Supreme Court decision. N U M B E R O F S T A T E S where former residents of Paradise and Butte County have relocated after fleeing last year's devastating Camp Fire. C A L I F O R N I A ' S R A N K out of 50 states and D.C. in per-student spending, according to a new "Quality Counts" report. Last year, we were 44th. —Mt. Diablo Education Association member SHELLEY PHO at an April 22 rally for the resources Mt. Diablo students need to succeed. "We're not asking for the moon. Just enough to make our students stars." "We've got your back, we're going to fully fund education, and we're going to make sure you have the tools to do your job." —State Sen. CONNIE LEY VA (D-Chino) at CTA's May 22 #RedForEd Day of Action. 42 39 th 5 44 Compiled by Julian Peeples 12 Quotes & Numbers In the Know

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