Those Who Can’t Teach Math: California Teachers Association’s Massive Drop in Membership

By California Policy Center
06/14/2022
Internal California Teachers Association documents reveal the union has far fewer members than it claims – and that union leaders expect that number to drop farther. Investigative journalist Mike Antonucci reports that union’s 2022-23 fiscal year budget has the number at 267,270 – a loss of 42,730 members or nearly 14 percent. The California Teachers...

TAGS: California Teachers Association, California teachers unions, CTA, Janus, Janus vs AFSCME

The teachers unions’ misbegotten efforts have ignited the push for educational freedom

By Larry Sand
12/14/2021
The California Teachers Association fights parental choice with deeply flawed arguments. As this troubling year moves to a conclusion, there is certainly one thing worth celebrating: the great leap forward for educational freedom throughout the country. As I wrote last week, the countrywide union-mandated school shutdowns have had major consequences, and perhaps none more prominent...

TAGS: California Teachers Association, CTA, school vouchers

An indecent proposal

By Chantal Lovell
10/01/2021
When reflecting on Governor Gavin Newsom’s recent recall victory, a friend of the California Policy Center reminded me of a scene in the film Indecent Proposal. Woody Harrelson’s character had just been left by the love of his life, who’d run off with another man. Before handing divorce papers over to his soon-to-be ex, played...

TAGS: campaign expendtiures, CTA, newsletter, public sector unions

Orange County Classical Academy Excels Despite COVID

By Edward Ring
12/02/2020
When the COVID-19 pandemic struck hard back in April 2020, California’s teachers’ unions went into overdrive. The United Teachers of Los Angeles (UTLA) released a lengthy document outlining what they believed to be “Safe and Equitable Conditions for Starting LAUSD in 2020-21.” In a report published by the California Policy Center that same month, Larry Sand explained the deal...

TAGS: Charter schools, CTA, LAUSD, orange county classical academy, teachers unions

Teachers Union Promotes Property Tax Increase

By Edward Ring
02/06/2020
Last week what is arguably California’s most powerful political special interest, the California Teachers Association (CTA), or teachers union, held its quarterly State Council of Education meeting at the plush Westin Bonaventure Hotel in downtown Los Angeles. The CTA reported revenues of $209 million on their most recent IRS Form 990 (results through 8/31/2018), and their total assets increased...

TAGS: CTA, Edward Ring, Edward Ring, Prop. 13, teachers union

Chartering an Alternate Path

By Koppany Jordan
04/03/2019
Charter school leaders and supporters took aim at Assemblymember Kevin McCarty during a March 13 protest on the steps of the state capitol in Sacramento. McCarty, a Sacramento Democrat, found himself under fire for sponsoring a bill to cap the number of public charter schools in California. Public charter schools, which are privately operated public...

TAGS: CCSA, Charter schools, CTA, Democrats, education reform, Kevin McCarty, Sacramento, Shirley Weber

In light of union’s journalism awards, we offer our own suggestions

By Steven Greenhut
10/12/2018
Sacramento The state’s largest public-sector union, the California Teachers’ Association, hands out annual journalism awards, which are named after John Swett. He is known as the father of California public school system and as CTA’s founder. Swett was the state’s fourth superintendent of public instruction, from 1863 to 1867, and his vision clearly embodies the views...

TAGS: CTA, Janus

Can Janus Unravel the “Solidarity” Between PORAC and the CTA?

By Edward Ring
07/03/2018
The reactions from representatives of California’s public sector unions to the Janus ruling are revealing. For any member thinking about quitting these unions, these reactions, and the political agenda they epitomize, bear close scrutiny. Here are excerpts from a press release regarding Janus on the California Teachers Association website: “Today’s ruling is an attack on...

TAGS: California Teachers Association, CTA

Teachers Unions Double Down on Charter Vilification

By Larry Sand
09/06/2016
UTLA and CTA’s anti-charter school obsession has reached epidemic proportions.  Just weeks after United Teachers of Los Angeles president Alex Caputo-Pearl threw his if-we-don’t get-our-way-we’re-going-to-create-a-state-crisis tantrum, the teachers union has hit the streets with a media campaign. Empowered by a massive dues increase, UTLA is spreading its venom via billboards, bus benches and the media....

TAGS: accountability, Alex Caputo-Pearl, California Teachers Association, Cecily Myart-Cruz, charter school, CTA, Eli Broad, Kids Not Profits, Larry Sand, school choice, teachers union, United Teachers of Los Angeles, UTLA