Welcome to the website designed especially for K-12 educators within Merced and Mariposa Counties! We act as a body to further the goals established by the participating local chapters, the California Teachers Association (CTA), and the National Education Association (NEA).
Re: SENATE ESEA VOTES LOOM –Your Advocacy and “Wave of Action” Needed!
As noted in my March 10 tele-town-hall, we are preparing for what may be “make or break” action in the Senate on ESEA reauthorization. We expect the Senate HELP Committee mark-up will begin April 14thand that ESEA could then go to the full Senate as soon as the following week. Chairman Alexander and Ranking Member Murray continue working toward a bi-partisan bill to bring to the committee.
Thank you for your extraordinary work and leadership in helping to raise our members’ voices through back home meetings, digital action, emails, robo calls, paid ads and Uniserv-coordinated 10-minute meetings. We must re-double our efforts now if we are to influence the Senate bill.
Our Urgent Push: The Senate will begin a 2-week back-home recess on March 28th. During this critical time we are asking for state affiliate collaboration on three key tactics to urge the Senate to get ESEA right.
What Getting ESEA Right Means: A final bill must reflect our members’ demand for more opportunity for all students, as well as providing more time and support for students to learn and teachers to teach.
We need educators to raise their voices!
Recess Actions Needed:
Kids Need More Opportunity, Not More Tests: April Wave of Action
NEA is supporting and coordinating a Wave of Action in April to demonstrate that parents, students and educators are demanding an end to the misuse and overuse of high-stakes and standardized tests. The April Wave of Action will call for more time to teach and learn, a return of joy to learning, and real measures in each school district in America that will ensure equal opportunity for all students to have great public schools. C4O is coordinating this effort through their High Standards, Fair Testing team, though all are welcome to participate. Please see the attached flyer.
The April Wave of Action will:
· Give members space for action and engagement on testing issues in the midst of testing season
· Create clear opportunities for local/state/national collaboration with parent and community groups
· Impact the national narrative and state legislative campaigns on testing, ensuring opportunity and providing timely support to our continuing efforts to reauthorize ESEA.
Fifty years ago, on April 11, 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. NEA will be encouraging and supporting Teach-Ins at the state and local level to mark the 50th anniversary of ESEA and its original intent to drive more equity in public education and drive participants to action.
In order to draw greater attention to the anniversary and support our reauthorization efforts in the Senate, NEA plans to tie the original intent of ESEA as laid out at its inception with the reality faced by students today, and the opportunities to the federal government to chart a new course that addresses the needs of students today. We will be coordinating and providing support to educator led teach-ins as well as a host of digital engagement. These teach-ins could be part of already planned activities as part of the Wave of Action and could engage other state and local partners.
Attached you will find a sample sign-on letter in support of NEA’s Opportunity Dashboard proposal for ESEA that you may customize to share with your diverse set of state partners. Please also find attached the Opportunity Dashboard one-pager.
Please share copies of sign-on letters being sent to Congress by April 11thand direct any additional questions to Mary Kusler at firstname.lastname@example.org or Marc Egan at email@example.com.
Spotlight on State Actions
The connection between the state actions on testing continues and ESEA is building state momentum while also adding energy to the national narrative around ESEA. The Connecticut Education Association has launched two powerful new videos featuring their members speaking about the impacts of too much testing on students.
To CTA Chapter Presidents, from Dean Vogel, CTA President
The development of new leadership is one of the cornerstones of a strong local and a strong statewide organization. Many CTA chapters and Service Center Councils offer programs locally to identify and develop new leadership.CTA leadership has recognized the need to support these local efforts to surface and encourage potential ethnic minority leaders.