Acronym
Complete Name
Definition
 AAA American Arbitration Association The association from which arbitrators are usually selected.
 AAUP  
American Association of University Professors  
 ABC
Association for Better Citizenship
Political action committee that provides financial resources for CTA and locallly endorsed political candidates, initiatives and bond elections
 ACSA Association of California School Administrators
 
 ADA 
Average Daily Attendance
The total average daily enrollment reduced by unexcused absences and divided by the minimum number of legally required days. state support for public schools is on a per ADA basis
ADA  Americans With Disabilities Act
A federal law requiring access and inclusion of workers with disabilities
AFL/CIO
American Federation of Labor/ Congress of Industrial Organizations
A broad based organization composed of labor unions. Formed in 1955 through the merger of the AFL and CIO. NEA and its affiliates are not members of the AFL/CIO.
 AFTAmerican Federation of Teachers
 A competing organization representing certificated school employees
APLS
Appeal Panel for Legal Services
A CTA committee designated to review a member's appeal for legal services that have been previously denied
AR
Association Representative
Same as building, site of faculty representative
AUTOC
Alliance of Urban Teachers of California
A voluntary alliance composed of urban affiliates of CTA/NEA
BCLAD
Bilingual Cross-Cultural Language Academic Development
Bilingual teaching certificate
BR    Building Representative
Same as association or faculty representative
BRL
Base Revenue Limit
The income limit for each school district which is used to determine its general fund income and future inflation allowances
BU
Bargaining Unit
The defined group of workers covered by a collective bargaining agreement
C&I  
Curriculum & Instruction
Many locals have C&I committees
Cal - ESP/NEAEducational Support Professionals (classified school employees) organization 
 
CALOSHA
California Occupational Safety & health Act or California Office of Safety and Health Administration
The California state agency charged with the responsibility of enforcing federal and state statutes for safety and health in the workplace in California
 CAPCrisis Assistance Panel 
Advisory group to assist in screening chapter requests for financial assistance
CAS
California Associate Staff
The union which represents all association staff employed by CTA which is affiliated with the NSO 
CAPE
Coalition of American Public Employees
 
CBA
Collective Bargaining Agreement
Also referred to as the contract or the agreement
CBEST
California Basic Educational Skills Test
The examination that must be passed by a person applying for a credential, permit, certificate, authorization, or renewal of emergency credential
CCA  
Community College Association
Statewide affiliate of CTA/NEA. Represents faculty in the California community colleges
CCTC
California Commission on Teacher Credentialing
Provides information on state credentialing procedures, regulations and examinations
CDC  
Child Development Center(s)
Preschool programs and after school programs in the public schools. Also knows as Children's Centers
CDE
California Department of Education
California agency that oversees public education
CFA
California Faulty Association
Statewide affiliate of CTA/NEA (and other organizations). Represents faculty at all Cal State University campuses with one statewide collective bargaining agreement.
CFTCalifornia Federation of Teachers   The California State affiliate of AFT
CLAD
Cross-Cultural Language Academic Development
Teaching certificate to work with limited English speaking students
COE    County Office of Education

COLA
Cost of Living Adjustment
Periodic monetary adjustments based on changes in the Consumer Price Index, usually according to an escalator clause in a contract or a piece of legislation
CPI
Consumer Price Index
Index utilized by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics to measure changes in costs of specified items on a nationwide and regional basis
CSBA
California School Boards Association
 
CDE
California Department of Education

CSEA
California State Employees Association
A union representing non-certificated school employees in California
CSO
California Staff Organization
The union which represents all professional staff employed by CTA which is affiliated with the NSO
CTA
California Teachers Association
 
CTA-R
CTA Retired
 
DFEH
Department of Fair Employment Housing
California agency that administers discrimination claims
DFR
Duty of Fair Representation
Duty of fair representation, the statutory duty of the bargaining agent to fairly represent all bargaining unit members
DHRM
Department of Human Resources Management
CTA Department
DOE
Department o Education
Usually refers to the Department at the Federal level (see CDE for California)
ECE
Early Childhood Education
 
EEOC
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
A Federal agency charged with enforcing non-discrimination laws (see also DFEH)
EERA
Educational Employment Relations Act
The section of the California Government Code which provides the right of California school employees to engage in collective bargaining
ELD
English Language Development
Relates to credential preparation for teachers
EMAC
Ethnic Minority Affairs Committee
CTA committee making recommendations to the CTA Board of Directors
ERA
Equal Rights Amendments
 
ERISA
Employee Retirement Income Security Act
 
ESSA 
Every Student Succeeds Act 
"No Child Left Behind Act"
ESP
Educational Support Professionals
Non-certified (classified) employees in a public school district
FACT
Foundation to Assist California Teachers
A CTA sponsored charitable organization to assist teachers in need. The Foundation is funded for the most part through payroll deductions of CTA members
FEHA
Fair Employment and Housing Administration
California agency formed to enforce non-discrimination laws
FMLA
Federal Family & Medical Leave Act

FR
Faculty Representative
Same as association, building or site representative
FTE
Full-Time Equivalent
UniServ funding from CTA and NEA is based upon FTE membership
GATE
Gifted and Talented Education
Program in public schools
GLS
Group Legal Services
CTA program which provides legal services o members and chapters
GOTV
Get Out the Vote

GR
Governmental Relations
The lobbying and political action program of CTA & NEA
HEERAHigher Education Employment Relations Act
The section of the California Government Code which provides the right of California Higher Education employees to engage in collective bargaining
HR
Human Rights
CTA department
IAF    Industrial Areas Foundation  
A broad-based organization involved in community organizing throughout the country. Becoming more involved in school reform issues
IBB
Interest Based Bargaining
Bargaining process based upon so-called "win-win" bargaining. CTA has an intensive training program
ICCUFA
Independent California College and University Faculty Association
Statewide affiliate of CTA composed of faculty in private colleges and universities. Does NOT represent faculty in collective bargaining
IEP
Individualized Educational Program
An individualized plan required for every K-12 student with special needs
IPD
Instruction and Professional Development
CTA department
ISP
Internet Service Provider
 
ISSD
Integrated System & Strategies Department
CTA department which provides technological support
LEPLimited English Proficient
Refers to students
LOA
Leave of Absence
 
NCUEA
Naional Council of Urban Education Associations
Composed of urban local affiliates of NEA
NEA
National Education Association
CTA is the state affiliate of NEA. NEA is the nation's largest organization of working men and women (labor union). Not affiliated with AFL-CIO
NEA Dues-Tab
 NEA insurance program offered to all NEA members. Rewards continuous NEA membership
NEA FFCPE
National Education Association Fund For Children & Public Education
The political action committee of NEA. Campaign contributions for federal candidates are made through the fund
NEA RA
NEA Representative Assembly
The policy-making body of NEA. Delegates from all affiliates meet annually
NEP
Non English Proficient
Refers to students
NLRB
National Labor Relations Board
A Federal agency which administers labor-management relations in the private sector. PERB refers to NLRB decisions when deciding public sector cases in California
NODD
Negotiations and Organizational Development Department
CTA department providing negotiations and organizational support to the field
NSO  
National Staff Organizaion
The nation affiliate of staff unions
OSD
Office Services Department
CTA department
OSHA
Office of Safety and Health Administration
The Federal agency charge with the responsibility of enforcing Federal statutes for safety and health in the workplace
PAC
Political Action Committee
Two different committees. One controls money for contributions and expenditures. The other is a local committee which organizes and carries out the chapter political activities
PAR
Peer Assistance Review
 
PCSPrimary Contact Staff
CTA staff person assigned by CTA to a chapter or group of chapters to provide UniServ services locally
PERB
Public Employment Relations Board
The California Board which monitors Labor-management relations in public education
PERS
Public Employees Retirement System
The retirement system for public employes in California other than certificated school employees
PLS
Performance Learning Systems
A company under contract with the Institute of Teaching to provide professional development workshops to members
PN
Personal Necessity
Personal leave
PO
Purchase Order
 
PPO
Preferred Provider Organization
System of health insurance delivery
PR
Public Relations
 
PRR
Professional Rights and Responsibilities
A term applied to committees that perform work similar to grievance committees. The term is not applied as frequently as it once was
RIF
Reduction in Force
The term used when staff is reduced, generally due to elimination of programs or decreased in student enrollment
RRC
Regional Resource Center
Offices which provide staff services to chapters and members throughout California
SBDM
Site Based Decision Making
Decisions on a school site made by the school site staff
SBE
State Board of Education
 
SCC
Service Center Council
A forum for Chapter Presidents and State Council Representatives. There are 27 SCCs throughout the state
SC
State Council of Education
The representative body which establishes the policies of CTA
SEIU
Service Employees International Union
Affiliated with AFL-CIO. Represents state employees and some public school employees
SIP
School Improvement Program
State program in all elementary schools and in a few high schools 
SPI
Superintendent of Public Instruction
Constitutional elected office. heads the State Department of Education
SSA
Social Security Administration
 
SSC
School Site Council
Formed to carry out the School Improvement Program. Made up of school staff and parents
STRS
State Teachers Retirement System
The retirement system in California to which certificated employees belong and contribute
TRO
Temporary Restraining Order
A legal order from a court
TSA
Tax Sheltered Annuity
 
UDA
Urban Directors Association
Organization of primary contract staff with work in Option 1 or 2 UniServ units (National Organization)
UEP
United Education Profession
The term now used to designate NEA and its affiliates, formerly United Teaching Profession (UTP)
ULP
Unfair Labor Practices
An act or practice committed by either the Association or managment, which the Educational Employment Relations Act has specified as "unfair"
UniServ
Unified Services
Program initiated in 1970 by NEA to provide staff services to locals
VDI
Voluntary Disability Insurance
CTA disability insurance plan
VSP
Vision Service Plan
CTA vision insurance plan
 
 
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