The California Teachers Association is one of the most powerful lobbying forces in the Golden State.
This is common knowledge not just because repeated attempts to implement teacher tenure reforms, as well as paycheck protection, merit pay for teachers, and school choice meet untimely defeat, but because state senator Ben Allen (D-Santa Monica/South Bay) affirmed their support as crucial for certain types of legislation.
On the CTA website, any cursory review will find a list of legislative proposals and initiatives opposed or promoted by the union. Their politicized opposition to certain bills, plus their partisan pandering to other pieces of legislation, beg the question:
Where's the Education?
Two bad bills would repeal the cap on school district reserves
Help Defeat AB 1048 (Baker) and SB 774 (Fuller)
Why would the state teachers union want to make it hard for school districts to be responsible with taxpayer funds? Every time a district runs desperately low on revenues, massive layoffs and cuts ensue. Why make it harder for teachers to stay employed? Why make it harder for students to get a quality education?
Cosponsor and Support the Social Security Fairness Act of 2015
Excuse me? What does Social Security have to do with educating young people? Social Security Fairness - isn't that the purview of AARP? Are there not other interest groups which can (and should?) focus on retirement of the elderly?
Oppose private school vouchers
Oppose GOP Budget that cuts education
Urge Congress to Extend the Educator Tax Deduction
Tell Congress to raise the federal minimum wage
Tell your Representative to support immigration reform (H.R. 15)
Tell Congress to support the Voting Rights Amendment Act (S. 1945)
Extend unemployment benefits
Tell your Senators that charter schools should be more transparent and accountable
Students need good nutrition to succeed
Certainly, but who will pay for it? Where are the parents, where are the private charities, the churches, and the local community leaders to step in and parent those kids who have no parents at home to care for them? Does the CTA really believe that public schools should turn into overburdened community centers which take over parental control of the parents?