The Public Education

All California Students Deserve

The California Teachers Association Advocacy Agenda

The advocacy agenda is based on education research and created with input and the expertise from thousands of educators across the state.


9 million students in California

9 million reasons to support learning and growth.

These ten initiatives outline the California Teachers Association’s expectations for a quality public education based on student-centered proven strategies from preschool through higher education.

Our Ten Measures Are...


1 l A Well-Rounded Education

Access to a varied curriculum:
  • Art
  • Music
  • Dance
  • Theater
  • History
  • Physical education
  • World languages
  • Career-technical education
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Learning over testing.

A focus on standardized testing has narrowed expectations and learning.

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A fully-staffed library in every school.
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Freedom for teachers to reach their culturally diverse students through a variety of teaching methods.
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2 l Class Size Matters

California has some of the largest class sizes in the country, which greatly inhibits our students’ ability to thrive.
Smaller class sizes enable growth in students.
  • More time for one-on-one instruction
  • More opportunity for communication between teachers and families
  • These benefits are particularly important for students who are ethnic minorities or English-language learners
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3 l Access to Preschool

Lifetime learning should start early, during critical development years.

All California kids deserve access to high-quality early childhood education.

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4 l Safe Learning and Teaching Environments

Students and staff deserve safe, well-maintained buildings that show respect for those who learn and work there.
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5 l Teaching All Students

The chances of a child’s success should not depend on that child’s zip code.
Principles shaping public education in California:

Social justice





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6 l Leading the Profession

Education professionals:
  • Commit to the success of every student
  • Should be recognized as the experts they are
  • Establish high standards of quality for the teaching profession
They deserve:
  • Teacher-directed professional development
  • Time to plan lessons and collaborate with their colleagues
  • Shared decision-making to determine the most effective teaching methods, curriculum, assessment and evaluation systems
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In order to attract and retain quality educators, schools must be able to offer salaries and benefits comparable to others with the same education and experience.
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7 l Family and Community Engagement

Parents and family members are an integral part of a child's education.

Educators should have time to communicate with parents regularly to develop a shared vision for student learning.

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Public schools should serve as centers of community and adult learning.
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8 l Health and Support Services

California has the country’s lowest rank in the ratio of counselors, nurses and social workers per student. Adequate support professionals are critical to student success.
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Kids cannot come to school ready to learn without sufficient health care, including eye and dental care.
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Some students also require free and reduced meal programs and free transportation.
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9 l Access to Affordable College and Careers

All students deserve access to:
  • Career and technical training
  • Education opportunities to prepare them for the workforce
  • Affordable college
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10 l Fully Funded Education

California has the eighth-largest economy in the world, but continues to run well below the national average in per-student funding.
Public education:

The great equalizer


The cornerstone of our democracy


An opportunity to invest in our future