California Educator

August/September 2023

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Compiled by Julian Peeples Quotes & Numbers " Educators have champions in the White House. I know the last three years have been so difficult — we asked so much of you. I want you to know I see you, we see you, and we thank you." — President JOE BIDEN, in a message to delegates at the 2023 NEA Representative Assembly. " We are not just asking about needs. What are our community's assets? We have to ask that question because we want to have our babies experience the absolute joy of a thriving place to grow and learn." — CECILY MYART-CRUZ, United Teachers Los Angeles president, during a forum on community schools at the 2023 NEA Representative Assembly. " It was wonderful. I was shaking. I cried. Mostly because as teachers we are not in this work for the recognition, and because all teachers work so hard and do good. I knew this would mean stepping into a space to uplift that and make sure every teacher's work is given the attention, respect and celebration it deserves." — JASON TORRES-RANGEL, UTLA member and 2023 California Teacher of the Year, on learning he had won the honor. " California's educators are beyond disappointed with the latest rulings from an out-of-touch Supreme Court. Striking down affirmative action nationwide is a blow to racial justice. The ruling in 303 Creative v. Elenis is nothing less than legalized discrimination against LGBTQ+ Americans. An injury to one is an injury to all and we are more committed than ever to protecting all our educators, students and loved ones against these attacks on their civil rights." — CTA President DAVID B. GOLDBERG in response to late-June rulings from SCOTUS. 11 Percent of California schools that offer a comprehensive arts program, according to a study by SRI Education. 36,000 Number of schools nationwide that need to replace or update their heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems, according to the U.S. Government Accountability Office. $2.57 billion Amount of federal Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief funds allocated to Los Angeles Unified School District — $959 million of which had been spent as of June 14, according to EdSource; funds must be spent by fall 2024. 16 Percent decline in the number of teachers receiving credentials in 2021- 22, the latest year data is available, compared to the year before, according to " Teacher Supply in California," an annual report from the Commission on Teacher Credentialing. 12 In the Know

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