California Educator

February / March 2018

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CTA's Recommendation Process C T A I N T E R V I E W T E A M S , compris- ing 30 CTA leaders and members from throughout the state, interview candidates and evaluate them on a variety of criteria, including: 1. Their position on and vision for K-12, community college and higher education issues. 2. Their historical support for public education, students and educa- tors, including education funding, budget stability, safe schools and campuses for all students, collective bargaining, educa- tor professional rights, charter school accountability, and equal access to higher education. 3. Their viability for success in the office that they are seeking. After the inter views , teams make their recommendations . Tho se that are approved by the C TA Board of Direc tors are sent on to C TA State Counc il 's 800 dele gate s , who debate them and make f inal recommendations . T H E 2 0 18 E L E C T I O N will be critical. All statewide offices are up for election, including governor and super- intendent of public instruction (SPI), along with state Senate, Assembly and local school board seats. Who wins these races and their views on public educa- tion will have a direct impact on students and educators. A lot is at stake. We're seeing threats of vouchers and public school privatization, threats to immigrant stu- dents, and our state's teacher shortage, among other California education issues. To fight the attacks on public education that are com- ing from multiple fronts, we need leaders, champions and allies. And we need to make our voices heard. Our collective political voice matters greatly to our students, our profession, and our communities that depend so much on strong schools and a well-educated workforce to thrive. CTA recommends Gavin Newsom for governor, and Tony Thurmond for SPI. You can find a complete list of other recommended candidates for state office at For your personalized recom- mendations in state and local races, go to CTA's Voter Guide at and enter your address. CTA makes it easy for you to stay informed and get involved. Check out for ways to take action, volunteer, and get links to voter information, resources and election data. #VotePublicEd Correction In our December/January issue, we erroneously listed Scott Svonkin as a CTA-recommended candidate. CTA has made no recommendation for Board of Equalization District 3. A Crucial Election 31 F E B R U A R Y / M A R C H 2 018 Thurmond Newsom

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