“The National Education Association Representative Assembly–the RA–is the highest decision-making body within the over 3 million-member NEA. With over 8,000 delegates, the RA is also the world’s largest democratic deliberative body.
Over the course of eight business sessions spanning four days, RA delegates debate the vital issues that impact American public education and set Association policy and activities for the year ahead.”
California Casualty is giving away a 2017 Ford Focus! The long-standing and popular CTA-endorsed auto & home insurance provider cares about CTA Members and their students. California Casualty feels it is their role to focus on you so you can focus on the students. The company is keenly aware that the commitment of our members extends beyond school to home and family. The California Casualty Promise to Drive Focused campaign allows educators, like you, to join the movement to drive undistracted for a chance to win a new 2017 vehicle. It is free to enter. You may also request a rate quote if you’d like. Wouldn’t it be fun one of our members to win a new car? Make your promise and enter to win right away. www.drivingfocused.com
OSCC honors and thanks leaders who make a difference for students and instructors.
OSCC could not be the successful organization it is without the leadership of hundreds of local members who work tirelessly at the bargaining table, reaching out to members, providing guidance on grievances, campaigning for education-friendly trustees, and in general strengthening their chapters. These local education and union activists were honored at the Spring OSCC WHO Awards Dinner in Costa Mesa.
Tammia Aho – Travis Ranch Elementary
Gloria Johnson – Golden Elementary & Executive Board Elementary Director
Dave Tennant – Esperanza HighSchool
|March 19, 2017
President Trump’s initial budget proposal for FY2018 slashes funding for the Department of Education by $9 billion (a 13.5% cut) which would roll back education funding (excluding Pell Grants) to pre-2002 levels (in current dollars), despite 8.6 million more students in our classrooms. The budget is the opening salvo in the Trump/DeVos school privatization agenda. While short on details, it is long on ways to undermine public education. It adds $1.4 billion for “school choice,” with plans to ramp up to $20 billion over time; $1 billion for Title I portability; $250 million for a new private school voucher program; and a $168 million increase for charter schools. Meanwhile, the budget calls for eliminating a $2.3 billion professional development, teacher training and class size reduction program, eliminates a $1.2 billion after-school program, and slashes grant aid for low-income students to attend higher education. Check out NEA President Lily Eskelsen Garcia’s statement, and Click on the take action button to tell members of Congress to oppose the Trump/DeVos anti-public education agenda.
Hearings on Judge Gorsuch to begin Monday
Educators who work with students with disabilities will be meeting with their senators in Washington while the Senate Judiciary Committee holds hearings, starting March 20, on Judge Neil Gorsuch, nominated by President Trump to fill the vacancy on the Supreme Court. NEA strongly opposes Judge Gorsuch. He has repeatedly ruled against students with disabilities who seek a public education, consistently sided with big business at the expense of working people, and embraced extreme views that could endanger workers’ rights on issues like employment discrimination, worker safety, and wages. Tell both of your senators to vote NO on Judge Gorsuch – click on the take action button to email them, or call them at 1-855-632-1921.
GOP health bill provides $883 billion in tax cuts, strips 24 million of health coverage
The American Health Care Act, the GOP’s “replacement” for the Affordable Care Act (also known as Obamacare), provides $883 billion in tax cuts while taking health coverage away from 24 million of the most vulnerable among us – children, the poor, the sick, and the elderly – by 2026, according to the analysis released March 13 by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office. Nevertheless, the House Budget Committee approved the bill by a vote of 19-17 (all Democrats and three Republicans voted no), and the bill will be on the floor of the House on Thursday. NEA strongly opposes the American Health Care Act because it threatens health care for the 36 million children now covered by Medicaid. Click on the take action button and tell members of Congress to vote NO on the American Health Care Act.
Cheers and Jeers
Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), James Inhofe (R-OK), and Jack Reed (D-RI) for helping to secure an exemption (for up to 700 staff) for Department of Defense school employees from the Trump administration’s freeze on federal hiring
Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District holds high expectations for all students through rigorous and relevant educational experiences that challenge them to become responsible, ethical and engaged citizens. Today, PYLUSD has a richly deserved reputation for providing outstanding educational opportunities for all students. This has not come by happenstance, but through a steadfast resolve to being a dynamic learning community that prepares each and every student for success now – and in the future.
We also congratulate Rosemary Pang for being honored by Dr. Erica and Keira Howell.