Together WE are the collective voice of 325,000 teaching and support professionals statewide, and 3.2 million in the U.S. on issues that impact your students’ success, working conditions, professional development, competitive wages, and quality benefits.


Membership keeps us connected. Our association routinely provides you with what’s happening locally, statewide, and nationally. It also   gives you an opportunity to network with other educators.



Over 150 years CTA has won battles for:

  • Universal public education for all children regardless of gender, race or ethnicity

  • Class size reduction

  • Protections against gender discrimination 

  • Legislation to create the community college system

  • Guaranteed state funding for all K-14 public schools

    • 1866- CTA sponsors legislation for all children in the state to be educated

    • 1895 and 1995 CTA sponsors legislation to lower class sizes- both in the one-room schoolhouse era in 1885, and in

    • 1995 with class size reduction grants

    • 1927- CTA supported and CA State Supreme Court ruled a woman cannot be fired from her assignment when she is married

    • 1911- CTA leads state funding fight for establish of the community college system

    • 1946- Prop. 3 Guaranteed funding amount for each student in the state, 1983- SB 813 equalized funding in the state, adding categorical programs, lengthened the school year, and increased teacher pay.


And protections for students:

  • All students regardless of their zip code.

    • 1915- CTA leads the fight against child labor in helping pass legislation making the practice illegal

    • 1947- CTA is among only a few organizations that protested the internment of Japanese-Americans during WWII

    • 1967- CTA leads the effort that will bring bilingual education to California schools1994- Prop. 187 CTA helped successfully defeated this proposition that would have denied access to public services such as medical care and education to undocumented workers and their families

    • 2011- CTA supports & Governor Brown signs the California Dream Act to assist students of immigrants brought to the U.S. before age 16, allowing them access to apply for State Cal-Grants and private scholarships


And protections for Educators:

  • Educators whose voice would otherwise be silenced

    • 1890- CTA wins State Supreme Court ruling on “Fair dismissal” thus ending the unilateral power of capricious local politicians and school boards.

    • 1913- CTA leads in the establishment of the State Teachers Retirement System (STRS) 22 years BEFORE the creation of the Social Security system


And protections for Schools:

  • Schools whose funding would otherwise be reduced

    • 1988-Proposition 98 created guaranteed percentage of funding expenditures on K-14 schools statewide

    • 2012- Proposition 30 went against the national trend to increase taxes to fund schools that had been devastated by the recession and has added billions in new school revenues

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