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April/May 2021

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CTA's Advocacy Campaign 2020-21 OCTOBER 2020: CTA State Council calls for a suspension of state testing. NOVEMBER 2020: CTA calls on SBE to seek a testing waiver. DECEMBER 2020: CTA creates petition calling for state testing waiver. JANUARY 2021: • Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos resigns. • CTA again calls on SBE to seek a testing waiver. • NEA issues letter to Education Secretary-nominee Miguel Cardona. FEBRUARY 2021: • CTA sends letters to SBE and ED expressing concerns. • ED sends letter to all states rejecting blanket waivers but offering "significant flexibility " on testing. • CTA sends amended letter to SBE, urging state to apply for a waiver. • CTA petition reaches 40,000 signatures. • SBE directs staff to prepare application to ED for maximum flexibility, and to draft proposal allowing use of local assessments. MARCH 2021: • Miguel Cardona is sworn in as new secretary of education. • Congressional Democrats call on Biden administration to suspend testing. • CTA and partners send letter to SBE urging flexibility to use local assessments, and also meet with SBE members to lobby for use of local assessments. • CTA petition reaches 60,000 signatures; educators send almost 6,000 emails directly to SBE members. • SBE votes unanimously to apply for federal waiver, approves expanded testing flexibility so school districts can use local assessments in lieu of administering state tests. • CTA petition reaches 70,000 signatures as California awaits official Cardona decision. Opting Out Families can opt out their students from standardized assessments. California Education Code 60615 allows parents/guardians to submit written requests to school officials to excuse students from state-mandated tests. Visit for more and for educators' rights regarding testing. 39 A P R I L / M AY 2 0 21 The R.E.A.D. Part I Series are flexible independent study courses designed for educators to use their reading to launch critical dialogue on today's issues and concerns that affect our schools, portrayed in one or more of our preselected book titles from a variety of educational categories. Available in convenient Online Self Paced format. Additional units can be taken with R.E.A.D. Part II Series, or by taking multiple Part I courses. Read, Empower, Act, Discover (R.E.A.D.) Series To learn more visit

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