California Educator

May / June 2016

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CONNECT WITH CTA ON SOCIAL MEDIA! My Story: John Peterson grew up wanting to be a record album cover designer, but fell into teaching and loved it. When he was laid off in 2003, the Bakersfield Elementary Teachers Associ- ation helped him get hired back. He had taken his union for granted, he says, but not anymore. He urges others to be active — even by simply keeping up-to-date on chapter business or attending meetings — because "it's rare that everything goes as planned." (search for #MyStoryMyUnion Peterson) The Fourth Was With Us Educators, parents and students across California participated in the National Day of Action to Reclaim Our Schools on May 4. The "walk-ins" demonstrated support for public education, educational justice and equity, and access to school resources and oppor- tunities. The date coincided with "May the Fourth Be With You" Star Wars fan day, which led to some fun photos. #reclaimourschools For our full social media directory, see Clockwise from top le: Bridge Street Elementary in Los Angeles, Bret Harte Middle in Oak- land, Two Rivers Elementary in Sacramento, Longfellow Elementary in San Francisco. CONNECT WITH CTA ON SOCIAL MEDIA! #OurVoiceOurUnion #WeAreCTA wearecta @WeAreCTA @WeAreCTA californiateachers 10

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