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We at the California Teachers Empowerment Network are teachers. CTEN is a non-partisan, non-political group dedicated to providing teachers and the public at large with reliable and balanced information about professional affiliations and positions on educational issues. CTEN believes that advocating for open dialogue and informed choices will empower teachers to experience greater satisfaction and success in their profession and will also help the general public understand the array of educational issues facing our country today.

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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.

CTEN's internal poll on Common Core.



On August 19, in honor of National Employee Freedom Week, Larry Sand had an op-ed posted on about the free rider/forced rider issue.

On July 1, Larry Sand and Alan Bonsteel coauthored an op-ed in the Los Angeles Daily News on the progress of school choice across the country.

On July 1, Larry Sand spoke to KFI’s Bill Handel about the Friedrichs v. CTA lawsuit.

On May 19, Larry Sand had an op-ed published in the Press Enterprise about the difficulty in trying to effect any reasonable education reform in CA.

On January 31, Larry Sand and parent advocate Julie Collier talked about various reform issues and school choice with Mark Isler on KRLA in Los Angeles.

On January 26, Larry Sand participated in an Amplify School Choice Q&A.

On January 24, Larry Sand and Alan Bonsteel coauthored an op-ed in the Orange County Register on school choice.

On January 16, Larry Sand had an op-ed published by U-T San Diego about the problems with teacher tenure laws.

On January 7, Larry Sand had an article posted in City Journal about a lawsuit that could curtail union power in the U.S..

On November 14, Larry Sand had an article posted in City Journal about the resignation of LAUSD chief John Deasy.

On October 30th, Larry Sand appeared on KOCE in Orange County and discussed the future of education in Los Angeles.

On September 21, Larry Sand had an article posted in City Journal about the California Teachers Association preparation for life as a voluntary association.

Aug.10th to Aug. 16th, CTEN participated in National Employee Freedom Week. During the week, CTEN board member Rebecca Friedrichs participated in a Heritage Foundation event which was televised on C-SPAN. She also wrote an op-ed for the Orange County Register. I had an op-ed placed in Investor’s Business Daily. CTEN also ran a 30-second ad which ran all week on KABC in Los Angeles.


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