California Educator

March 2015

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CTA Board Member Terri Jackson and Sen. Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) discuss funding and recruitment issues. C T A L E A D E R S A R E S P E N D I N G time in the state Capitol urging lawmakers to help boost California from its dis- mal 46th place nationally in per-student spending and to support efforts to rebuild the teacher workforce. Speaking with Republican and Democratic state senators and Assembly members in February, CTA Board members stressed that while Proposition 30 funds have been helping schools recover from nearly a decade of horrific cuts, schools and students still have vital unmet needs, and still lag behind most of the country in per-pupil funding. experiences, educating lawmakers about the challenges students and teachers are facing every day in schools in their legislative districts. A key challenge facing schools is to replenish the According to the most recent annual report on school funding by Education Week, California has been spending $3,427 per student less than the national average and $10, 574 per student less than the top-ranked state, Vermont. The CTA educators spoke from their hearts about their classroom by Len Feldman CTA leaders urge lawmakers to fully fund schools, get 'teacher pipeline' flowing Advocacy Legislative 30

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