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November 26, 1997 | ERIC BAILEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The powerful California Teachers Assn. joined with a coalition of education groups Tuesday to denounce a June ballot proposal that seeks to dismantle bilingual education in the state. State education groups called the planned initiative an extremist measure that will end up hurting California's 1.4 million students who speak little or no English.
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September 29, 2006 | Nancy Vogel, Times Staff Writer
In a rare defeat for teachers' unions, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed a bill Thursday to make it easier for some principals to reject incompetent teachers. The new law won't make it easier to fire public school teachers -- something the governor sought and failed to win with an initiative last November -- but it eliminates one escape route for teachers facing bad reviews. SB 1655 by Sen.
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February 7, 2001
Wayne Johnson has been reelected to a second two-year term as president of the 300,000-member California Teachers Assn. He ran unopposed, as did Vice President Barbara E. Kerr and Secretary-Treasurer Davis A. Sanchez. Johnson, 60, was a high school social studies teacher in Los Angeles Unified School District. He started his teaching career in 1962 at Hamilton High School in West Los Angeles. The influential union imposes a two-term limit on its top officers.
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June 20, 2006 | Duke Helfand and Nancy Vogel, Times Staff Writers
Seeking to jump-start his stalled bid for control of the Los Angeles public schools, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa sought a compromise Monday with an old ally that has become his chief nemesis, the state's largest teachers union. But even as leaders of the powerful California Teachers Assn. signaled a willingness to talk, Villaraigosa faced questions and doubts from fellow Democrats in the Legislature about the benefit of his taking over the Los Angeles Unified School District.
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June 20, 2006 | Duke Helfand and Nancy Vogel, Times Staff Writers
Seeking to jump-start his stalled bid for control of the Los Angeles public schools, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa sought a compromise Monday with an old ally that has become his chief nemesis, the state's largest teachers union. But even as leaders of the powerful California Teachers Assn. signaled a willingness to talk, Villaraigosa faced questions and doubts from fellow Democrats in the Legislature about the benefit of his taking over the Los Angeles Unified School District.
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January 30, 2006 | From Times Staff Reports
The California Teachers Assn. on Saturday endorsed state Treasurer Phil Angelides in the Democratic primary for governor, offering a big boost to his campaign against rival Steve Westly, the state controller. The union is expected to spend millions of dollars this year in an effort to unseat Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, and some of that money now could be put behind Angelides' bid for the Democratic nomination.
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May 14, 2002 | NICHOLAS RICCARDI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Republican gubernatorial nominee Bill Simon Jr. on Monday lashed out at the fund-raising practices of the man he hopes to replace, criticizing Gov. Gray Davis for soliciting $1 million in campaign contributions from the state teachers union at a meeting in his Capitol office. The president of the California Teachers Assn. told The Times that the solicitation occurred during a February meeting in the governor's office at which legislation was discussed.
NEWS
April 13, 1996
California schools got $360 million worth of good financial news Friday with the announcement that the Wilson administration and the California Teachers Assn. have agreed on an out-of-court settlement to a 3-year-old lawsuit. The CTA, the state's largest teachers union, had objected in the 1993 lawsuit to a decision by Wilson to treat $1.8 billion in education spending as loans that were to have been repaid out of future budgets.
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July 8, 1996 | GEORGE SKELTON
Now that we've had a long weekend and the chance to take a deep breath, the fair thing would be to look again at who really deserves credit for reducing class sizes in California's elementary schools. It isn't only--or even mostly--Gov. Pete Wilson, despite a masterful spin by the governor and his staff. Wilson deserves credit for finally seeing the light and illuminating the issue. But first he was made to feel the heat, as Ronald Reagan would say.
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August 29, 1997 | ERIC BAILEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
State legislators have undertaken an ambitious effort to join local school districts and developers in financing $42 billion worth of school repairs and construction over the next 10 years. The push, which could become one of the top legislative priorities in the final weeks of the session, marks one of the state's most concerted efforts to tackle school financing on a long-term basis.
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June 5, 2006 | Joe Mathews, Times Staff Writer
In a move that could ease organizing in charter schools and preschools, leaders of the state's largest teachers union announced Sunday that they have opened their ranks to school secretaries, bus drivers and other education professionals who aren't teachers. The vote by the State Council of Education, the top policy-making body of the powerful California Teachers Assn., immediately turns about 5,000 support staff into full CTA members.
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January 30, 2006 | From Times Staff Reports
The California Teachers Assn. on Saturday endorsed state Treasurer Phil Angelides in the Democratic primary for governor, offering a big boost to his campaign against rival Steve Westly, the state controller. The union is expected to spend millions of dollars this year in an effort to unseat Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, and some of that money now could be put behind Angelides' bid for the Democratic nomination.
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November 10, 2005 | Mark Z. Barabak, Times Staff Writer
It was late October, 13 days from the special election, and the forces arrayed against Arnold Schwarzenegger faced a key decision: how best to close their TV broadside against the governor and his slate of ballot measures. For half an hour, tethered via conference call, strategists in Washington and Sacramento weighed their options.
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September 23, 2005 | Jordan Rau, Times Staff Writer
Aided by an anti-union legal organization, a group of teachers sued the California Teachers Assn. on Thursday, trying to force it to return a $60 dues increase that is financing its fight against Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's special election agenda. The plaintiffs attempted to announce the lawsuit at a news conference in front of the CTA's Sacramento headquarters, but were drowned out by chanting union supporters.
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September 3, 2005 | Dan Morain, Times Staff Writer
In a single afternoon of money transfers, the California Teachers Assn. poured $21 million into the campaign to defeat Republican-backed initiatives on the Nov. 8 ballot, donating nearly as much in one day as Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has raised so far this year. The donations, which became public late Thursday, underscored the influence of the teachers union in California politics and pushed its political spending for the year to $45 million.
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August 10, 2005 | Evan Halper, Times Staff Writer
The California Teachers Assn. on Tuesday sued Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger in an attempt to force the state to increase spending on schools by $3.1 billion. The suit, which the teachers union filed together with State Supt. of Public Instruction Jack O'Connell in Sacramento County Superior Court, charges that the budget the governor signed last month deprives schools of funds guaranteed by the state constitution.
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October 29, 1997 | NICK ANDERSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
California's largest teachers organization came out Tuesday against an initiative proposed by a Silicon Valley businessman and an Orange County schoolteacher to dismantle bilingual education. The announcement by the California Teachers Assn. was a significant counterpunch for opponents of the "English for the Children" initiative, who had been struggling in recent weeks.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 29, 1997 | NICK ANDERSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
California's largest teacher organization came out Tuesday against an initiative proposed by a Silicon Valley businessman and an Orange County schoolteacher to dismantle bilingual education The announcement by the California Teachers Assn. was a significant counterpunch for opponents of the "English for the Children" initiative, who had been struggling in recent weeks.
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October 30, 2003 | Duke Helfand, Times Staff Writer
California's largest teachers union said Wednesday that it will ask voters next year to alter Proposition 13 and levy higher taxes on commercial property than on houses to generate billions of dollars for teachers' salaries, smaller class sizes and expanded preschools. The California Teachers Assn. is proposing a state constitutional amendment on the November 2004 ballot to raise basic property taxes on businesses from the 1% that all property owners pay to 1.55%.
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March 6, 2003 | Claire Luna, Times Staff Writer
Orange County teachers union leaders said Wednesday that some school districts are overreacting to the proposed education budget cuts with their threats to fire teachers and end class-size reduction. At their monthly meeting, California Teachers Assn.
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