California Educator

February/March 2023

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C A L I F O R N I A E D U C A T O R S are leading the fight for the schools all students deserve and walking the walk when it comes to equity and social justice, CTA President E. Toby Boyd told the State Council of Education at its first meeting of the calendar year. "We keep marching forward for our students and each other," Boyd said. "And we never, ever turn back." During his report to State Council , Boyd addressed the recent rash of tragic mass shoot- ings in Monterey Park, Half Moon Bay and Oakland, stating unequivocally that we cannot and will not accept gun violence as normal. " We must continue to demand that lawmakers rise to the challenge to keep our schools, colleges and communities safe," Boyd said. "We have to move beyond the 'tragedy of it all' and elect leaders who will take action." is sentiment was echoed by NEA President Becky Pringle, who visited CTA State Council for the first time since 2019. Prin- gle delivered an inspiring speech, highlighting victories powered by CTA members during the past year and underscoring our collective power as educators. "It's all of us, three million strong, with righteous indignation, fighting for the freedom to be our authentic selves; for the freedom to make decisions about our own bodies and health; fighting for the free- dom to teach and the freedom to learn," she said. " We will always stand up for our students, for each other and for what is right. Onward, CTA!" Joining Pringle in Los Angeles were fellow NEA officers, Vice President Princess Moss and Secretary-Treasurer Noel Candelaria. It was the first time that executive officers for both CTA and NEA were on stage at State Council together. "Working together, CTA and NEA will continue to be unapol- ogetic and relentless in our fight for students, public education and our members who fight for them all," Moss said. is was Candelaria's first visit to CTA State Council as NEA Secretary-Treasurer, and he congratulated CTA for lead- ing the way nationally on important education issues like Lifting Up Students, Protecting Public Education CTA State Council of Education sets course for year ahead By Julian Peeples This was the first time that executive officers for both CTA and NEA were on stage at State Council together. From left to right: CTA Vice President David Goldberg, NEA Secretary- Treasurer Noel Candelaria, NEA Vice President Princess Moss, NEA President Becky Pringle, CTA Secretary-Treasurer Leslie Littman, CTA President E. Toby Boyd. "We keep marching forward for our students and each other. And we never, ever turn back." —CTA President E. Toby Boyd 45 F E B R U A R Y / M A R C H 2 0 2 3 CTA & You

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