We at California Teachers Empowerment Network are teachers, just like you.
As fellow educators we value and respect you and the work you do. This organization, CTEN for short, is a non-partisan, non-political group dedicated to providing teachers with reliable and balanced information about professional affiliations and positions on educational issues.
We believe that advocating for open dialogue and informed choices will empower all of us to experience greater satisfaction and success in our profession.
From National School Choice Week
Free Online Resources for Schools Shifting Online During Coronavirus Pandemic
As the new coronavirus, COVID-19, spreads throughout the country, more and more schools are canceling classes and shifting their in-person instructional time online. Many classroom teachers are now trying to understand the ins-and-outs of distance learning for the first time and looking for free online resources for schools. What does instruction look like? How do I ensure my students are still receiving high-quality education? Will I be able to track the learning that is taking place?
The good news is: help is available! Many companies are offering teachers and schools access to their online platforms for free for the duration of their closure. In the short term, a new education landscape is forming, and we have put together a list of free online resources for schools, educators, and administrators to help them navigate these unfamiliar waters.
You are no longer required to pay any money to a teachers union!
On June 27, 2018 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.
If you have been a union member and decide you want out, and pay no more money to the union, you must let your union know that in writing. The National Right to Work Foundation has provided teachers with an easy-to-fill-out template that you can use to resign. To access the form letter, go here. Please send copies by certified mail, return receipt requested to:
-- your local union
-- CTA Member Services at 1705 Murchison Drive, Burlingame, CA 94010
-- your school district
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 or the Christian Educators Association International 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.
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.