California Educator

October/November 2019

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13 O C T O B E R / N O V E M B E R 2 019 I Compiled by Julian Peeples Mom, if they don't think you're valuable enough for a raise, they must not know what you do." — Wyatt Shelton, son of Patsy Shelton, member of Del Norte Teachers Association, which is at impasse with school district managers who refuse to negotiate a fair contract. A M O U N T A California public school teacher spends of their own money per year on classroom supplies, according to a study by the Economic Policy Institute. The amount is the highest in the country, more than $200 higher than the national average of $459. " It's time for immediate action to make our communities safe again. … Words alone won't fix anything; it will take action. Something is fundamentally broken when a trip to the mall, a festival or a night out with friends could end in a hail of gunfire." — CTA President E. Toby Boyd in the wake of senseless gun violence in Gilroy, El Paso and Dayton. " We did this victory the old-school style, with solidarity. What happened was the most amazing and inspiring thing of our careers. I watched young teachers grow into leaders overnight. It changed their lives." — Forestville Teachers Association President Gina Graziano, speaking at a Labor Day event about FTA's successful strike in August. "This is the most comprehensive reform in close to 30 years. We are making a difference for millions and millions of kids." — Gov. Gavin Newsom, after signing into law CTA-sponsored AB 1505, which increases accountability and transparency for charter schools. C O S T P E R S T U D E N T to implement a simple 30-minute writing exercise that according to a recent study increases well-being, sense of belonging and academic performance for incoming middle schoolers. Researchers estimate that some of the most popular social- emotional interventions cost more than $580 per student. Find out more: $1.35 $664 N U M B E R O F loan forgiveness requests approved out of 53,523 submitted from May 2018 to May 2019 through the Temporary Expanded Public Service Loan Forgiveness program. The federal Department of Education has denied 99 percent of applications, according to the Government Accounting Office. 661 $97 million T H E T O T A L C O S T to Los Angeles, Oakland and San Diego school districts due to privately managed charter schools disproportionately underserving special education students, according to "State of Denial," a newly released report by CTA and United Teachers Los Angeles. Quotes & Numbers 82% P E R C E N T A G E O F public school special education teachers who are white, according to the most recent federal data. Only about half of students receiving special education services are white. 74% P E R C E N T A G E O F parents nationwide who support a strike by teachers in their community for higher pay, according to the 51st annual PDK Poll of the Public's Attitudes Toward the Public Schools. See page 12 for related findings.

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