Achieving Change Together!
how you, your friends, colleagues, family members, teachers and parents
can get involved in your own communities to stand up for children's
interests and take action against the NEA and its affiliates.
Stand up for children's interests
Here's what you can do
some of our suggestions -- if you have had success employing other
methods, please share them with us at firstname.lastname@example.org Thank you.
- California Teachers Empowerment Network members can encourage colleagues, friends, and family to also subscribe to the CTEN monthly newsletter.
- Parents and grandparents can suggest to teachers to visit the California Teachers Empowerment Network website - www.ctenhome.org - in order to be fully informed about union membership options and other professional and educational issues.
- Help to amplify CTEN's voice and increase its influence by financially supporting the work of the organization. Click here if you'd like to help CTEN by making a donation to support our efforts.
a "CTEN Forum" in your homes for colleagues, friends, and family where
representatives of the organization can discuss the work of CTEN,
what's needed in each community, how people in that community can get
involved, etc. If you're interested in hosting a CTEN Forum in your
home or other location in your community, please contact us at email@example.com , or call us at 888-290-8471.
- During election seasons, drill any and all candidates on educational issues
and support any legislation that would legislate or enhance educational
choice for all children, and choice for teachers by making union
membership strictly voluntary.
the "eyes and ears" of CTEN at the local level by monitoring local
media reports about education issues and monitoring local teacher union
activities. This would involve formally reporting back CTEN once every
quarter, and informally keeping us up-to-date regularly via e-mail. If
you're interested in working with CTEN in this manner, please contact
us at firstname.lastname@example.org , or call us at 888-290-8471.
CTEN about possible local public speaking opportunities for
representatives of the organization in schools, clubs, etc. If you'd
like to arrange for a local public forum for CTEN, please contact us at email@example.com , or call us at 888-290-8471.
you know any people of influence - educators, philanthropists,
politicians, community leaders, members of the media, etc., please let
us know who they are and help us to reach out to them. Please contact
us at firstname.lastname@example.org , or call us at 888-290-8471 if you want to help.
- Run for your local school board or find someone who shares your values and vision and ask them to consider running.
school board meetings. You will see how important decisions are
made and if there is undue union influence, or excessive influence from
other parties. If you find things there that are troubling, please let
CTEN know by contacting us at email@example.com ,
or calling us at 888-290-8471 . Also, speak to teachers, the press,
neighbors, etc. in your own community as a way to bring this out in the
local charter school laws. Are there restrictions that you don't agree
with? See if you can find a sympathetic legislator or school board
member and try to create change.
- Pay frequent visits to the California Teachers Association legislative page - and you can see for yourself the types of legislation that CTA is
involved with - both educational and political/social. If you disagree
with the CTA 's positions, share your concerns with them politely but
firmly in writing, and copy the head of your local teachers union, your
local school board members, your local and state legislators, and your
local print and broadcast media
- Subscribe to Mike Antonucci's newsletter, which is an invaluable resource if you want to be kept informed about union goings on.
Download the CTEN brochure by clicking here.
you use a few extra hundred dollars a year? You teach in a state where
you are required to pay union dues, even if you don’t want to be a
member. However, you are not required to pay money that goes toward
political activities. Go to our "Do you know?" page to learn how
you can receive your rebate.