California Educator

March 09

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MARCH 09 MARCH 09 CONTENTS FEATURES 8 School behind bars Members of Los Angeles County Education Association teach incarcerated youth at Nidorf Juvenile Hall. 15 Members fight charter at juvenile detention facilities An impending charter conversion has Los Angeles County Education Association members battling Los Angeles County supervisors. 18 Virtual field trips While some schools use virtual field trips to save money, others view them as a great way for students to see faraway places they might otherwise never visit. TAKING A STAND 22 PERB rules in favor of San Diego teachers 23 San Francisco charter creates own union, enlists CTA for help On the cover: English language development teacher Valerie Garcia, a member of Los Angeles County MAKING A DIFFERENCE 24 Read Across America a huge hit 26 Two recipients of NEA Human and Civil Rights Awards 26 Organizing seminar proves helpful for members 27 Oakdale Unified wins CTA’s State Gold Award 28 Members use Pink Friday site to organize and mobilize g ACTION R ead Acr oss America March 2, 2009 California Teachers Association 30 CTA beats back attack on Prop. 98, but budget cuts will still hurt schools 31 CTA stops catastrophic cuts-only solution 32 Ballot measures are slated to go to the voters May 19 33 CTA sponsors bill to stop needless, costly second-grade testing 34 Local chapters fight for smaller class sizes 35 Court backs teachers’ rights to determine final grades 37 IPD’s Culture of Success strand at Summer Institute Education Association, teaches male students in the general units at Nidorf Juvenile Hall. Story on page 8. R e I d in a s C o o l

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