Volume 17, Issue 14
July 17, 2013
Save the Date for the Labor Day Working Families Picnic
The Sacramento Central Labor Council AFL-CIO will hold it traditional Labor Day event on September 2nd, 2013, from 3:30PM to 7:30PM at William Land Park in the Village Green. Please join SCTA and other local unions for a fun day in the park building common understanding and solidarity among all union members in the Sacramento Region. There will be food, drinks and entertainment free of charge for all union members and their families. Hope to see you there!
|ESEA Reauthorization Bill, the Student Success Act (HR5)
|This week the United States House of Representatives is likely to take up its version of an ESEA Reauthorization Bill, the Student Success Act (HR5). NEA opposed the bill in committee, and CTA shares concerns about several troubling aspects of the proposed legislation. HR5 would erode the role of the federal government in targeting resources to marginalized student populations as a means of ensuring equity for all students. The bill also erodes collective bargaining protections around teacher evaluation, and continues the reliance on high stakes testing that is undermining teaching and learning.
NEA is now working to stop amendments that would add private school vouchers to the bill, restore bargaining rights and reverse the focus on high stakes tests. Amendments will take place over the next few days but in its current form the bill is unacceptable.
Congress needs to hear from educators now!
Here’s what you can do:
Please contact your Member of Congress at 1-866-420-3592 and tell them:
· ESEA needs to adhere to its original purpose of ensuring equity for all students.
· It must recognize educators’ role in student success, which means stopping the push for high stakes testing and including the voice of teachers in their profession through collective bargaining.
· Lawmakers should oppose any effort to divert public education funding to private school vouchers.
We may be contacting you later in the week for additional action on specific amendments. This is a great opportunity for us to be heard and weigh in on legislation that will impact all of us and our students for years to come.