The Help Organize for Public Education site ( a.k.a. HOPE )is CUEA's affiliate political action committee whose
primary purpose is to to make political and legislative gains for students, teachers, and public education.

This politics and legislation page is your access to information about CUEA's efforts in this regard. It's purpose
is also to inform the teacher and the community about ways in which they can affect the legislative process.

Yes On Proposition 55 - Help Our Children Thrive!Proposition 55 Flyer

 

California students, schools and colleges can’t afford to go back to the days of massive teacher and staff layoffs, larger class sizes, and cuts to programs like art and music, and the state should protect essential services. Proposition 55 does not raise taxes on anyone; it simply maintains the current income tax rates on the wealthiest Californians. Prop. 55 prevents nearly $4 billion in funding cuts to public education and protects other vital services, like children’s health care. Money goes to local schools and the Legislature can’t touch it. Prop. 55 contains strict accountability requirements to ensure funds designated for education go to classrooms, not to bureaucracy or administrative costs.

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Proposition 30 Is Working For CaliforniaProposition 30 Flyer

 

The last recession caused more than $56 billion in cuts to education, and critical services like health care. Voters thankfully passed Prop 30 in 2012, which (so far) has generated over $24 billion for CA. We’ve hired teachers, brought additional books and supplies into classrooms, and improved community colleges. It also helped prevent more devastating cuts to services for seniors and low-income children, including health care programs.

 

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Educators Applaud Appellate Ruling in Meritless Vergara Lawsuit

LOS ANGELES – In a sweeping victory for students and educators, the California Court of Appeal today reversed a lower court decision in the deeply flawed Vergara v. California lawsuit. The unanimous appellate opinion is a stinging rebuke to Judge Rolf M. Treu’s poorly-reasoned ruling, and to the allegations made and millions of dollars spent by wealthy anti-union “education reformers” to bypass voters, parents, and the legislature with harmful education policy changes. The reversal affirms the arguments of educators, civil rights groups, legal scholars and education policy experts that the state statutes affirming educator rights do not harm students.

"This is a great day for educators and, more importantly, for students," said California Teachers Association President Eric C. Heins. "Today’s ruling reversing Treu’s decision overwhelmingly underscores that the laws under attack have been good for public education and for kids, and that the plaintiffs failed to establish any violation of a student’s constitutional rights. Stripping teachers of their ability to stand up for their students and robbing school districts of the tools they need to make sound employment decisions was a wrong-headed scheme developed by people with no education expertise and the appellate court justices saw that."

SCOTUS decision is a victory for students, educators and working families.

 

On March 29, 2016,  the U.S. Supreme Court sent a victory to our students, our communities and working families everywhere. With a 4-4 decision in Friedrichs v. CTA the lower court ruling is affirmed and 40 years of common sense law stands. The decision allows educators across California the opportunity to come together and make our voices heard on issues that affect all of us such as providing quality public schools and colleges for all students.

 

This case was never about doing what's best for students, it was a political ploy by the wealthy corporate special interests backing this case to make it harder for working families and the middle class to come together, speak up and get ahead. CTA will continue to advocate for the public education all California students deserve, fight for social justice, and secure better learning and working conditions for students and educators.