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You are no longer required to pay any money to a teachers union

On June 27th the Supreme Court ruled in favor of the plaintiff in the Janus v. AFSCME case. The decision means that no public school teacher or any other government worker in the U.S. has to pay money to a union as a condition of employment.

Effective immediately, nonmember agency fee or fair share payers should have no more money taken from their monthly checks by their school district and union. CTA has sent a letter stating as such. If anyone has not received this missive, please let us know and we will email you a copy. We have not seen nor heard about any such communication from CFT, however. If any AFT/CFT agency fee payer has received a “sayonara” letter from that union, please scan and email a copy to CTEN.

Because agency fee payer status is now a thing of the past, there is no need to send in a yearly rebate/objection letter any more. (The yearly letter required to be submitted by November 15th each year applied to the existing school year in which it was submitted.)

While you will lose liability insurance and legal representation if you leave the union, there are alternative ways to secure this coverage. You can join the Association of American Educators
(www.aaeteachers.org) or the Christian Educators Association International ( www.ceai.org) for your insurance and legal needs. These are professional organizations, not unions. Also, teachers who mention CTEN when they sign up with AAE for the first time will get a $30 discount off the regular $198 first year membership.

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National School Choice Week is time that is set aside to shine a positive spotlight on the need for effective education options for all children . To learn more, go here.

California Independent Teachers is a local-only, independent alternative to your teachers union. For more info, go here.

CTEN conducted an internal poll on Common Core.

CTEN now has a blog. Please go here to access it.

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Please visit our new ACT NOW! page to see what you can do to stand up for children's interests and take action against the NEA and its affiliates.

 

 

On August 9th, Larry Sand appeared on KABC in Los Angeles with Doug McIntyre and talked about the looming teachers’ strike in Los Angeles.

On July 22, Larry Sand had an op-ed published by the Orange County Register. “To be a right-of-center teacher in California"

On July 12, Larry Sand had an article posted in City Journal. “Still Pulling the Strings

On June 27th, Larry Sand appeared on KABC in Los Angeles with Doug McIntyre and talked about the Janus case.

On June 10, Larry Sand had an op-ed published by the Orange County Register. “United Teachers Los Angeles wants respect … and money"

On June 3, Larry Sand had an op-ed published by the Orange County Register. “California’s teachers’ unions dig in as Janus decision nears”

On May 14, Larry Sand had an article posted in City Journal. “Teachers Aren’t Victims."

On March 13th, Larry Sand appeared on KABC in Los Angeles with Doug McIntyre and talked about teachers carrying guns in school.

On March 11, Larry Sand had an op-ed published by the Orange County Register. “It’s time to arm teachers to better protect students.”

On February 25, Larry Sand had an op-ed published by the Orange County Register. “‘Bargaining for the common good’ could come back to haunt the unions in Janus v. AFSCME.”

On February 21st, Larry Sand appeared on Fox 11 in Los Angeles and talked about teachers carrying guns in school.

On February 20, Larry Sand had an article posted in City Journal. “Hypocrisy, Inc.”

On January 21, Larry Sand had an op-ed published by the Orange County Register. Too many kids are failing in California, and so is the education establishment.

On January 9th, Larry Sand talked about the alarming trend of poorly educated teachers with Heartland Institute’s Teresa Mull.

On December 17th, Larry Sand had an op-ed published by the Orange County Register. Overturning the teacher turnover fables.

On December 6th, Larry Sand appeared on air with John Loeffler and talked about various education issues.

On October 22nd, Larry Sand had an op-ed published by the LA Daily News. The step-and-column method of teacher pay is obsolete and on print page

On October 2nd, Larry Sand had an article posted in City Journal on “The Truant Teacher Problem.”

On September 12th, Larry Sand had an article posted in City Journal on “The Teacher Shortage Myth.”

On August 18th, Larry Sand had an op-ed published by the Orange County Register. Mandatory public employee union orientation now on the books in California.

On July 31st, Larry Sand had an article posted in City Journal on “Randi Goliath.”

On July 20th, Larry Sand had an op-ed published by the Orange County Register about School Inc., a three-part documentary that looks beyond one-size-fits-all education.

On July 18th, Larry Sand recorded a podcast with Mark Isler and talked about a variety of education issues.

On June 30th, Larry Sand had an article posted in City Journal on “Janus and Worker Freedom. 

On June 15, Larry Sand appeared on PBS’s Studio SoCal and talked about the big changes at LAUSD.

On June 8th, Larry Sand had an op-ed published by the Orange County Register which claims that, “Trump’s education budget cuts are minimal.”

On June 5th, Larry Sand had an article posted in City Journal about the “School Board Shakeup in Los Angeles."

On April 7th, Larry Sand had an op-ed published by the Orange County Register which asks why teachers need tenure.

On March 26th, Larry Sand had an op-ed published by the Orange County Register which asks, “Is teacher shortage a union-created problem?”

On March 22nd, Larry Sand had an article posted in City Journal about the “Reality Gap."

On Feb 21 Larry Sand had an article posted in City Journal about “Betsy DeVos v. the Education Monopolists."

On February 8, Larry Sand appeared on KABC with Doug McIntyre and talked about Betsy DeVos, the brand new U.S. Secretary of Education.

On January 26th, Larry Sand had an op-ed published by the Orange County Register about school choice, the backbone of our country.

On Jan 22nd, Larry Sand appeared on air with Brad Dacus and talked about school choice.

On January 18th, Larry Sand had an op-ed,co-written with Gloria Romero, posted by USA Today on Betsy DeVos’ nominationfor Secretary of Education

 


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