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APRIL 2010

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State Council announces election endorsements ACTION LEFT: The 2009 Education Support Professional of the Year, Mike Shantel- er of the Redlands ESP Association (second from left), joins CTA Vice Presi- dent Dean Vogel, CTA President David A. Sanchez, and CTA Secretary-Trea- surer Gail Mendes. on page 26. For further informa- tion, see Action/Election-2010.) The release of the Obama ad- cation voted on March 27 to support state Attorney General Jerry Brown in his bid for gover- nor, state Sen. Tom Torlakson for superintendent of public instruction, and other candi- dates for constitutional offices. “Jerry Brown is the choice of I educators because he has shown himself to be committed to ensuring all students have a quality education and provid- ing public schools and colleges with the resources they need to succeed,” said CTA President David A. Sanchez. “California needs a leader who fully under- stands the problems that threaten the stability of our state and who knows what is needed to resolve them.” State Council also voted to 30 California Educator | APRIL 2010 n advance of the gubernato- rial election in November, CTA’s State Council of Edu- support state Sen. Tom Tor- lakson for superintendent of public instruction. “Tom is a former teacher who has been a true champion of public ed- ucation as a legislator,” said Sanchez. “He has carried leg- islation to increase funding for education, and worked with CTA to sponsor the Quality Education Invest- ment Act, which has directed nearly $3 billion for proven classroom reforms to assist low- er-performing schools, rather than sanctions. CTA whole- heartedly gives its support to his campaign.” In other races, Council voted to support San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom for lieutenant RIGHT: United Teachers Los Angeles member Floyd Worsham addresses Council. governor; Assembly Member Dave Jones for insurance commis- sioner; and Chris Parker and Je- rome Horton for the State Board of Equalization, 2nd and 4th Dis- trict seats, respectively. Council took an “Oppose” position on Proposition 14, the Open Prima- ries initiative. (See CTA’s recom- mendations for the June primary ministration’s blueprint for the reauthorization of the Elemen- tary and Secondary Education Act earlier in March was also a major topic of concern for Council during its two-day meeting. Sanchez said CTA will work with the National Educa- tion Association as well as the American Federation of Teach- ers to push back the punitive as- pects of the plan. Council urged that CTA provide teachers across the state with as much in- formation as possible regarding the blueprint. In anticipation of the recommendation, the CTA CTA photos by Dave Earl Carpenter

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