Teachers Union Talks Money in 2016

The next election cycle will be huge for California schools. One of Sacramento’s biggest unions, the California Teachers Association is facing a heap of ballot measures that could determine its fate.

CTA has spent about $200 million dollars in Sacramento in 15 years, but current measures are aiming to change the way the union is funded. Additionally, after the 2016 elections, an open seat in the state Assembly will not become available for eight years unless it is voluntarily vacated or a heated scandal forces a resignation, making this election all that more vital.

Two separate lawsuits that will determine how the CTA is operated are also occurring simultaneously. One case will determine whether or not the 300,000 teachers in the union will still be required to pay any union dues, which could affect essentially all public employee unions. The other case claims that tenure for teachers creates a disadvantage for students. However, CTA Union President Eric Heins disagrees.

“Those lawsuits are political attacks on us,” Heins said. “They’re funded by people who don’t like unions. They haven’t been able to get their way through the Legislature or the ballot box, so now they’re trying the courts.”

Pension restrictions for public employees are also on the ballot, a measure that teachers are likely to oppose. Curriculum has been a hot topic as Common Core standards are being implemented, meaning teachers will also have a hand in policy making for how the state’s children continue to learn.

Teachers are hoping all these changes and decisions can be funded with a tax measure that and other proposals to raise a minimum of $5 billion dollars.

Read more at CALmatters


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