CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 12, 2013 |
Interest in teaching is steadily dropping in California, with the number of educators earning a teaching credential dipping by 12% last year -- marking the eighth straight annual decline. The California Commission on Teacher Credentialing reported this month that 16,450 educators earned their credential in 2011-12, compared with 23,320 in 2007-08. The number of students enrolling in teacher preparation programs has also decreased, to 34,838 in 2010-11 from 51,744 in 2006-07. Dean Vogel, president of the California Teachers Assn., said several factors have made teaching careers less attractive.
March 7, 2013
In California, teachers whose students include English learners are required by state law to have special certification. That's sensible, given the special challenges that come with running a classroom in which not all children are equally proficient in the language being spoken. There are two ways to secure that certification: by graduating from a college or university that grants such a certificate, or by attending a program that educates would-be teachers in that specialty. The teachers certified by the latter route receive what is called an "intern credential.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 17, 2012 |
SACRAMENTO - Labor unions are unloading tens of millions of dollars against a ballot measure that could limit their political clout in California, but the spending could come at a cost for one of their biggest allies: Gov. Jerry Brown. The unions are pooling their money to fight Proposition 32, which would eliminate their primary political fundraising tool - paycheck deductions - at the same time Brown is counting on their support for his tax-hike initiative also on the ballot next month.
August 25, 2012
Re "A Capitol force," Aug. 20 Without doubt the California Teachers Assn. is a big dog in California politics, and The Times does a good job describing the clout the CTA has had over the years. However, the article seems to take at face value the claims by so-called education reformers who criticize the CTA. There is no proof that their ideas - merit pay, value-added assessment, reduced seniority rights and charter schools - will actually improve educational outcomes if only the "big bad union" were cut down to size.
August 24, 2012 |
Michael Hiltzik infers in his column Sunday that Proposition 32 is a big lie -- because it prohibits both corporations and labor unions such as the California Teachers Assn. from extracting involuntary political contributions from the paychecks of workers. Hiltzik argues that its prohibition of corporate deductions is of minor impact, but that union political fund-raising will be crippled. He is amazingly untroubled by the fact that taking such payroll deductions for political purposes without consent is patently immoral.
August 22, 2012
Re "Prop. 32: A wolf in sheep's clothing," Column, Aug. 19 The next time Michael Hiltzik writes about how powerless unions are in California compared to corporations, I suggest that he check his paper's front page. In the same edition of The Times that ran Hiltzik's pro-union column, there was a front-page headline, "A Capitol force. " Were Hiltzik to read the article, he would discover that contrary to being powerless, the state of California and its Democratic-majority Legislature are largely controlled by very powerful unelected forces, namely select public employee unions like the California Teachers Assn.