As a teacher, community leader and proud CTA member, students are at the center of everything I do. I am deeply committed to the success of every student!
1. A Well-Rounded Education
Access to Preschool
Learning begins before students enter kindergarten. All California kids deserve access to high-quality early childhood education.
Safe Learning and Teaching Environments
Students need to be taught in facilities that are safe, well-maintained and show respect for those who go to school and work there.
We must invest in learning over testing. Invest to ensure that all students and schools have access to art, music, theater, dance, physical education, and career-technical education classes. All students should have access to world languages, a variety of subject choices and advanced placement classes. Every school should have a library with librarians to staff them. The focus on standardized testing has narrowed expectations and learning. Teachers need the freedom to use a variety of teaching techniques that are culturally relevant to the diverse students they teach.
2. Class Size Matters
Leading the Profession
Education professionals are deeply committed to the success of every student, should be recognized for the experts they are and responsible for establishing the highest standards of quality for students and the profession. Teachers deserve teacher-directed professional development, time to plan lessons and collaborate with their colleagues and shared decision-making to determine the most effective teaching methods, curriculum, assessment and evaluation systems. Educators also need salaries comparable to others with the same education and experience to attract and retain quality educators for students.
California has the largest class sizes in the country, which greatly inhibits the ability of our students to learn and thrive. Smaller class sizes give teachers more time to provide one-on-one instruction, significantly improve student learning – particularly for ethnic minority students and English learners – and allow for more communication between teachers and families.
3. Family and Community Engagement
Parents and family members are an integral part of a child’s education. Educators should have time to
communicate regularly with parents to develop a shared vision for student learning. Public schools
should serve as centers of community and adult learning.
Access to Affordable College and Careers
All students deserve access to affordable college. Students should also have access to career and technical training programs, and other educational opportunities that will prepare them for the workforce.
Health and Support Services
California ranks dead last in the number of counselors, nurses and social workers per student. Adequate health care, including eye and dental care, is essential to ensuring kids come to school ready to learn. Free and reduced meal programs and free transportation must be available to all students who need them. California schools need adequate counselors, nurses and other education support professionals to help meet the needs of all children.
Fully Fund Education
Public education continues to be the great equalizer and the cornerstone of our democracy. California is the eighth largest economy in the world, but continues to rank well-below the national average in per-student funding. Investing in public education is an investment in our future.