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October 09

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>>>> Making history: CTA publications through the years Over the history of the CTA, the association’s publications have been there chronicling the times. Here’s a look at some of the highlights from The California Teacher: A Journal of School and Home Education in 1863 to the California Educator of present day. 1863 1944 1988 While the country was embroiled in the Civil War, what became CTA was founded in San Francisco in May 1863. Its first act was to establish a professional journal ti- tled The California Teacher: A Journal of School and Home Education, whose first issue appeared in July 1863 and con- tained the new organization’s constitu- tion. Subscription was $1 per year. In 1909, as the newly incorporated CTA was preparing to form a permanent statewide structure, it purchased Sierra Educational News. Shown here is a cov- er from November 1944. As World War II continued far away, CTA urged mem- bers to stump for Proposition 9 to in- crease state funding for public schools. It passed overwhelmingly. The headline says it all: “Going for the gold.” The November 1988 issue of CTA Action touted the statewide CTA cam- paign to pass historic Proposition 98. Teachers campaigned tirelessly, led by President Ed Foglia. Voters approved the landmark ballot measure, which guaran- tees minimum funding for public schools. 1989 C T A M E M B E R 2005 B E N E F I T S A N N U A L R E P O R T S — S E E P A G E 3 9 California Teachers Association September 2005 Volume Ten Issue 1 UNITED THAN EVER VOTE NO ON WE’RE MORE PROPOSITIONS 74, 75, 76 FOR CALIFORNIA’S PUBLIC SCHOOLS QEIA MAKING PROGRESS > Page 24 ON CALIFORNIA BUDGET CUTS INFLICT PAIN SCHOOLS > Page 18 TEACHING IN TOUGH THE NEW POOR ECONOMIC TIMES > Page 6 2008 California Teachers Association November 2008 Volume 13 Issue 3 The watershed nine-day strike by United Teachers Los Angeles in May 1989 was “a breakthrough for the professionalization of teachers,” said UTLA’s then-president Wayne Johnson, who went on to become president of CTA. As the CTA Action re- ported, UTLA members won “revolution- ary reforms,” along with a 24 percent sal- ary increase over three years. The California Educator magazine cover for September 2005 captured the solidar- ity of CTA members marching in down- town Los Angeles against the governor’s three propositions to silence the political voices of public workers and attack teachers’ due process rights. After a year of relentless campaigning against Props. 74, 75 and 76 led by CTA President Bar- bara E. Kerr, voters soundly defeated the governor’s measures at the polls. The mortgage meltdown and its devastating effects on schools was the subject of the No- vember 2008 edition of the California Educa- tor magazine. It was the first publication in the state to describe how the housing crisis and economic downturn was impacting schools in communities with high foreclosure rates. The article, “The New Poor, Teaching in Tough Economic Times,” told the story of how schools were losing students whose families had lost their homes and how newly poor students could not afford the basics. 38 California Educator | october 2009

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