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CTA Applauds Appellate Ruling in Vergara Case
The California Court of Appeal on April 14 unanimously reversed a lower court decision in the deeply flawed Vergara v. California lawsuit, essentially affirming that due process protections for educators do not harm students. Although the case did not directly affect community college faculty, it was a damaging attack on educators' rights by wealthy anti-union “education reformers” to bypass voters, parents, and the legislature with harmful education policy changes.
In a press statement, CTA President Eric C. Heins said the decision "overwhelmingly underscores that the laws under attack have been good for public education and for kids, and that the plaintiffs failed to establish any violation of a student's constitutional rights." 
Californians Favor Extending Prop. 30, Poll Shows
In a statewide poll conducted by the Public Policy Institute of California, (PPIC), most Californians say state funding for their local public schools is inadequate, and most favor two proposals that are likely to be on the November ballot to increase it: the Children’s Education and Health Care Protection Act, which would extend the Proposition 30 tax increase on higher incomes, and a bond measure to pay for school construction projects. Petitions to qualify the Prop. 30 extension initiative for the ballot have now been turned into the California Secretary of State’s office.
Vote for the Candidates Who Support Public Education
CTA’s State Council of Education voted to recommend dozens of candidates on the June ballot who have made a commitment to support public education. For an extensive list of candidates for state assembly, senate and federal offices, as well as information on ballot measures, check out CTA’s campaign website. It's also critical to elect local trustees who are friendly to California's community colleges, public schools, educators and students. CTA's voter guide can help you to elect the best candidates for our students!
Spotlighting Our Members Around the State
Interested in knowing what your community college colleagues are doing across the state? Check out Spotlight on Our Members, a new section of the CCA website. If you have a member or program on your campus you think is worth spotlighting, contact Advocate Editor Cynthia Menzel at cmenzel@cta.org
Check Out the Latest Advocate
Find out the latest ‘news you can use’ in the April Advocate. It’s out now!
Strike Averted as CFA Reaches an Agreement with CSU
In the wake of a threatened five-day strike, the California Faculty Association reached an agreement with the California State University that secures gains for the more than 26,000 tenure-track faculty, lecturers, coaches, counselors and librarians it represents.

Friedrichs: U.S. Supreme Court's Tie Vote Affirms Lower Court Decision in Favor of CTA
The U.S. Supreme Court issued a judgment March 29 affirming the lower court ruling in favor of CTA in the Friedrichs lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of fair share fees. 
Board of Governors Votes to Replace ACCJC
The California Community Colleges Board of Governors has voted to seek a new accreditor to replace the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC), which has come under fire from faculty organizations throughout the state. During the transition period – anticipated to take a few years – the board expects the ACCJC to make improvements in its current process.
"We have moved from fear and intimidation to empowerment. This is a testament to democracy, where all segments of the community college system worked together to bring about change, change which will above all benefit our students," said CCA President Lynette Nyaggah.
Support Student Success by Supporting Part-time Faculty
CCA/CTA has joined Assembly member Jose Medina (D-Riverside) in co-sponsoring AB 1690, a bill that creates minimum standards including evaluation procedures, workload distribution and seniority rights for part-time faculty within the community college system. Download this sample resolution and ask your local boards of trustees to support this important legislation.
CCA Responds to Governor's Budget
On the whole, Gov. Brown’s 2016-17 budget proposal is positive and reflects his overall support for the community college system, however, CCA has a number of considerations for the Legislature as budget discussions proceed. See more details in the latest budget memo from CCA/CTA’s legislative advocate Jennifer Baker to the chairs of the state Senate and Assembly Budget Committees.  
There's Value in Your CCA/CTA Membership
Did you know there are over 325,000 members of CTA? Because of our purchasing power, we are able to negotiate valuable benefits, programs and services for our members. Learn more about the benefits of your membership. Don’t miss out!
Strengthen Chapter Relationships with the Labor Community
CCA chapters, like the Long Beach City College Part-time Faculty (CHI-LBCC) and the Southwestern College Education Association are joining their local Central Labor Councils. See Our Labor Partners to learn more about strengthening your labor relationships. 
Supporting Campus Equity
San Joaquin Delta College faculty (from left) Marcos Contreras, Wes Swanson, Cirian Villavicencio and Ed Torres display their support for Campus Equity. You can show your support by displaying the CCA Campus Equity poster below designed by CCA member Denise Johnson. Also check out NEA's poster that asks a thought-provoking question. 
Stay Tuned for Future CCA Conferences

CCA's three conferences are over for this year, but circle your calendar for the 2016-17 conferences. The Fall Conference is Oct. 7-9 in Sacramento; the Winter Conference is Feb. 24-26, 2017 in Los Angeles; and the Spring Conference will take place April 21-23 in Manhattan Beach. Stay tuned for more details.

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