March 22, 2017News
Above: Members represent the largest cities in the state: Anaheim Secondary Teachers Association, Oakland Education Association, San Bernardino Teachers Association, San Diego Education Association, San Jose Teachers Association, United Educators of San Francisco, United Teachers Los Angeles, and United Teachers Richmond.
A Platform For The Schools ALL Our Students Deserve
We are a coalition of California parents, community, educators, and students united in our commitment to transforming public education in ways that contribute to a more just, equitable, and participatory society.
Together, we are fighting for well-resourced, community-centered, publicly funded and democratically run schools that prepare our students with the intellectual, social, and emotional skills necessary for success in a changing and often turbulent world.
California's eight unions include:
- United Teachers Los Angeles
- Anaheim Secondary Teachers Association
- Oakland Education Association
- San Bernardino Teachers Association
- San Jose Teachers Association
- San Diego Education Association
- United Educators of San Francisco
- United Teachers Richmond
Our Platform for The Schools All Our Students Deserve
1. Low Class Sizes: Quality instruction for all our students depends on limiting the number of students in a class. Lowering class sizes improves teaching and learning conditions leading to growth in student achievement and positive social interactions.
2. Adequate Resources for All Schools with Additional Resources for Our High Needs Schools and Students: All schools and students deserve adequate levels of funding and support, including but not limited to quality early childhood education programs, lower class size, lower Special Education caseloads, additional educators, after-school tutoring, counselors, nurses, certificated librarians, and other resources to address our students’ academic, emotional, and social needs. Schools and students with the highest need should receive additional funding and support. Site based governing bodies consisting of democratically selected staff, parents, students, and community partners should be responsible for deciding how such additional supports are to be used.
3. Shared Decision-Making at Our Local Schools: The needs of a school are best addressed by the members of the school community. Site based governance by democratically selected stakeholder representatives is a critical component for school and student success. Districts and unions should provide joint trainings to fully empower these bodies.
4. Charter Schools Accountable to Our Communities: All schools receiving public money must be held accountable and be locally and publicly controlled. Unfortunately, many privately run, under-regulated charter schools drain needed resources from neighborhood schools, are not fully transparent in their operations, and fail to provide equal access to all students. Common sense standards and adequate oversight are necessary. New charter schools should not be approved without ensuring accountability and transparency and without a comprehensive assessment of the economic and educational impact on existing public schools.
5. Safe and Supportive School Environments: All students at publicly funded schools, regardless of ethnicity, gender, economic status, religion, sexual orientation, and immigration status, have a right to an academically stimulating, emotionally and socially nurturing, and culturally responsive environment that recognizes and addresses the many stresses that affect student performance and behavior. Adequate trainings and supports for restorative justice programs must be provided as an alternative to punitive disciplinary programs.
To find out more, contact each union for more information:
- Anaheim: Grant Schuster, CTA State Council Representative on ASTA Executive Board, firstname.lastname@example.org, (562) 810-4035
- Oakland: Trish Gorham, Oakland President: (510) 763-4020, email@example.com
- San Diego: Jonathon Mello, firstname.lastname@example.org, (619) 200-0010
- San Francisco: Mathew Hardy, Communications Director, email@example.com, (415) 513-3179
- Richmond: Demetrio Gonzalez, President, firstname.lastname@example.org, (760) 500-7044
- San Jose: Jennifer Thomas, President, email@example.com, (408) 694-7393
- San Bernardino: Ashley Alcalá, SBTA President, firstname.lastname@example.org, (909) 881-6755
- Los Angeles: Anna Bakalis, Communications Director abakalis@utla,net, (213)305-9654