California Educator

October 2012

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Welcome to the Special Election Issue THE ISSUES Have you seen those misleading ads about Prop. 32, funded by secretive corporative interests and Super PACs? The Washington Post fact-checker called an American Future Fund ad "over the top" and "erroneous," adding, "There is no excuse for these kinds of ads, which take facts out of context or simply invent them." You'll see the same thing on Prop. 30, and some ads say nasty things about your CTA. We've worked hard to explain the impact of the ballot measures and to include your colleagues' and local leaders' takes on this election. Inside you'll also find CTA's recommendations on the propositions and candidates, plus the basics of CTA's recommenda- tion process. It's very democratic, and I hope you honor your colleagues' good work by voting for their recommended candidates. You can now register to vote online at Registering to vote has never been easier, so make sure you, your family and friends are registered to vote. The last day to register to vote is Oct. 22. REGISTER TO VOTE – ONLINE! THE BALLOT IS DIFFERENT Alturas Palo Cedro Lodi San Francisco Modesto Coarsegold San Ramon San Jose Santa Maria Montebello Imperial Capistrano Oceanside October 2012 9 Whittier Redlands Bear Valley This is the first year for open primaries — your ballot will look different. Your incumbent may not be listed because of redistricting. You may see two Democrats or two Republicans running for the same seat. Read more about this and find a voter checklist and election information in the Voter Guide, which is in the middle of the magazine. Pull it out and review the information with your friends and family. ADVOCACY IN ACTION There are many ways CTA members across California advocate for their students and for public schools. This Election Guide high- lights the voices of a few of your advocates — see the map at left — your colleagues in CTA who are spending their time outside of their workday to get out the vote. From juggling new parent responsibili- ties and campaigning online to phone banking and walking neighborhoods, CTA members across California are outstand- ing role models. If you have a chance, you might thank them. Better yet — vote. Cynthia Menzel Editor in Chief California Educator This election is so important. We have an opportunity to fight attacks on public education, stave off budget cuts and protect the middle class WHEN YOU VOTE.

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