California Educator

September 2016

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S E P T E M B E R 2 0 1 6 V O L U M E 2 1 I S S U E 2 Politics in the Classroom Plus: Campaign 2016 Finding teachable moments in a crazy election year Page 22 Your guide to the candidates and initiatives, including Prop. 55 Page 27 Artificial turf fields: Safe? Page 18 Charter school accountability Page 36 Site Reps: Unsung heroes Page 46 Teacher pensions Page 50 the Classroom VOTE 2016 CAMPAIGN contents In the Know 8 Calendar 10 News & Notes 13 Ideas 14 Quotes & Numbers 15 Digital Buzz Perspectives 16 MEMBER SPOTLIGHT: Ardelia Aldridge 17 YOUR VOICE: Leslie Young Advocacy 36 CHARTER SCHOOLS: Kids Not Profits 38 BARGAINING: Statewide roundup Teaching & Learning 40 TRAVEL: What educators did last summer 44 TECH TIPS: 5 ways Twitter can help your PLN CTA & You 45 GOOD WORKS: Chris Stanley teaches kids to fish 46 SITE REPS: Unsung heroes and protectors 50 RETIREMENT: CalSTRS is healthy and on track 52 MEMBER BENEFITS: Access to Savings TURF WARS How safe are crumb rubber fields? PA G E 1 8 POLITICS IN THE CLASSROOM Finding teachable moments in a crazy election year. PA G E 2 2 3 Feedback 5 President's Message 7 Editor's Note 28 18 C O V E R : Clockwise from top right, educators Jennifer Elemen, David Knatcal, Jasmin Brown and Andy Gibson. T H I S PA G E : Top left, students practice on artificial grass. Top right, Sierra Vista Elementary School celebrates its reopening. E L E C T I O N I S S U E CAMPAIGN 2016 • Focus on the future. PA G E 2 7 • Schools need stable funding to thrive. PA G E 2 8 • Yes on Prop. 55: Can't ever go back! PA G E 3 0 • Yes on Propositions 58 and 52. PA G E 3 2 • Hillary Clinton and Kamala Harris. PA G E 3 4 • CTA Voter Guide. PA G E 3 5 2 F E A T U R E S D E P A R T M E N T S VOTE

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