California Educator

December/January 2019

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CTA's Disaster Relief Fund I M P A C T E D B Y W I L D F I R E S or other disasters? The fund offers four types of grants for members: • Standard: Up to $1,500 for hardship related to damage to your primary residence, or displacement. • Catastrophic: Standard grant recipients may be eligi- ble for up to an additional $1,500 if damages exceed $50,000. • Temporary displacement: Up to $500 for displacement from your primary residence for more than seven days. • School site: Up to $500 for damage to classrooms. Active CTA, Student CTA and CTA/NEA-Retired members can apply at For our story on California communities coming back from natural disas- ters, see page 30. "United States of Inequality: 2020 and the Great Divide" is a yearlong series by Capital & Main (, the California-based online publication that reports on eco- nomic, environmental and social issues. It examines how tens of millions of Americans increasingly struggle to make ends meet, and how this reality will affect one of the most consequential elections in U.S. history. Stories already published include a timeline chronicling why income equality has worsened and 10 shocking facts; among them (at right): The Facts About Inequality • An estimated 43.5 percent of the total U.S. population — 140 million people — are either poor or low-income. • The median white family has 41 times more wealth than the median black family and 22 times more wealth than the median Latino family. • CEO compensation has grown 940 percent since 1978, while typical worker compensation has risen only 12 percent during that time. • More than 30 percent of black children and over 26 percent of Hispanic kids live in poverty. • Three men own as much as the bottom half of Americans. • The richest 5 percent of Americans own 66 percent of the nation's wealth. • U.S. men have three times more than women in retirement savings. Coming Soon: CTA's New Website A R E V A M P O F is in the works, to be unveiled this spring. Expect great new features, including more accessible, useful content and state-of-the-art design and functionality. Details about the rollout and what the site offers you will be available soon. Professional Development Summit CTA is partnering with the California Association of African-American Superintendents and Adminis- trators to host CAAASA's annual conference. Titled "Strengthening an Equity Education Coalition for African-American, Latinx and Other Students of Color," it will highlight evidence-based policies and practices that will let participants apply best prac- tices to their classrooms, schools and districts. March 11-13, 2020, Sheraton Grand Hotel, Sacra- mento. 10 In the Know N E W S & N O T E S

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