Event description

Together we’re putting schools and communities first!

California is the 5th largest economy in the world, yet our state ranks far toward the bottom in the country when it comes to per pupil spending.  A corporate tax loophole in Prop 13 has drained billions of dollars from our local schools and communities for over 40 years.

Our members and our students know all too well the harmful impact of decades of disinvestment and decimated education funding.

And, now this issue is at the forefront of public discussion in California.

The CTA Issues Conference brings together local leaders and activists to learn, discuss, and strategize so that we can organize and increase our collective voice on the state and local issues that matter most in education. 2020 presents a unique opportunity to work together to take a vital first step to significantly increase education funding.

With the Schools and Communities First Funding Act headed to the November 2020 ballot, we can close this corporate loophole and restore essential funding to California’s schools, community colleges, health clinics, and other vital local services. Imagine new resources so we can have smaller class sizes, better educator pay, and enhanced student supports!

Join us at the CTA Issues Conference 2020 and get ready to make history!

2020 Conference Highlights
The conference program includes general sessions, breakouts, and workshops.

  • Learn the latest about Schools and Communities First and prepare plans for educating and organizing in your local area to win increased education funding.
  • Select from dozens of workshops on hot topic issues and skill-building sessions to strengthen your local union.
  • Try out new training modules for Site Reps and Bargaining Team Members, designed to help build power at the local level.


Transportation Reimbursement
As a special incentive to attend this valuable training, transportation costs will be reimbursed for the following attendees:

Education Support Professionals (ESP) Leaders
Did you know that CTA will pay the conference registration fee, two nights shared room and mileage/airfare (following CTA Member Expense Statement guidelines) for up to three ESP members from your local to attend the CTA Issues Conference?
Click here for more information for ESP Leaders.
Click here to download the expense form.
University Credit Available
CTA Conferences are approved for university credit through the CSU Chico Department of Education. One unit of University Credit is available to those attending the main conference. A second unit of University Credit is available to those attending a Pre-Conference. The cost is $75 per unit. Click here to purchase the unit.
Professional Growth Hours Available
Professional Growth credit will be available at no cost for CTA members and will be emailed within two weeks of the conference.


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Date: Friday, January 17, 2020

A Simple Plan for a Happy Retirement: Pre-conference Workshop
10:00 am - 4:00 pm

We invite leaders and site reps to join us as at a complimentary 1-day workshop focused on retirement education. This a fun-filled day packed with useful information, and interactive games and activities. Empower yourself with the knowledge and resources to make sound decisions for your retirement planning. Engage your chapter by sharing the information with your members.

Learn about the CTA 403(b) Retirement Savings Plan and how it can help you achieve a long and happy retirement. The CTA Plan offers high-quality investment options, low fees, and does not use commissioned salespeople. Using a fiduciary standard of care, the CTA Plan is the only Union-endorsed plan that prioritizes your best interests. Take a simple step toward retirement by choosing the CTA Plan.

Release time (for Friday only) will be arranged and paid for by CTA for up to three leaders and/or site reps. CTA will reimburse the district directly upon the receipt of an invoice for the release time. For Issues conference only, Thursday hotel room at the negotiated rate ($79 plus taxes) will be reimbursed with submission of receipt and member expense form.

Questions? Call 650-552-5200 or write to Business_Initiatives@cta.org.

Register for this workshop during conference registration.


County Office Educators Training
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Our members in County Office Education chapters have some unique issues, including types of program, funding and organizing across large areas. This Session will focus on discussion of the latest state budget updates, bargaining issues and organizing ideas for our COE chapters.

Space is limited, register by December 17, 2020 at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/county-office-educators-training-tickets-74474424007.
If you have any questions please call Tina Martinez-Najera at (562) 478-1346.


Click here for a current list of workshop sessions and descriptions (subject to change). A few highlights include:

  • Members Own Their Union: Building Union Strength At Your Worksite
  • Introduction to Bargaining Campaigns
  • Basic Financial Aspects of Bargaining
  • Building Union Power: Multi-Chapter Coordination to Win Great Contracts Across A County
  • Strong Membership: Welcoming and Recruiting New Co-workers to Join our Union
  • Parent Conversations: Practical Steps for Building Relationships and Partnerships with Parents and Parent Groups
  • Moving the Needle: Strategies to Create Meaningful Change for Success
  • Privatization Agenda & Inland Counties: Trends and Impact on Inland and Rural Districts
  • Special Education: How Educators are Organizing & Winning Improvements
  • Legal Overview of Suspension and Expulsion, including SB 419
  • Easy-to-Make Videos to Tell Our Organizing & Bargaining Story
  • Speakers Training For Schools & Communities First: Communicating a Winning Message to Increase School Funding
  • Rights, Responsibilities, and Hot Topics for ESP Union Leaders
  • And more!

More session information will be posted as it becomes available.

AGENDA-AT-A-GLANCE (subject to change)

Friday, January 17th

4:00 PM - 9:00 PM CTA Registration Desk  & Exhibitor Showcase
4:00 PM - 9:00 PM Art Build Open Studio
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM Welcome Reception & Buffet Dinner
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM Friends of Bill W.

Saturday, January 18th

7:00 AM - 8:00 AM CA NEA Resolutions Committee Hearing
7:15 AM - 8:15 AM Breakfast
7:30 AM - 3:30 PM CTA Registration Desk & Exhibitor Showcase
7:30 AM - 8:15 AM Racial Equity Affairs Committee (REAC) Forum
8:30 AM - 9:15 AM Opening General Session & Keynote Speaker
Veronica Carrizales, Policy & Campaign Director, California Calls
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM Breakout Sessions
10:45 AM - 12:15 PM Elective Workshop 1
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM Lunch & General Session
CTA President E. Toby Boyd
1:45 PM - 3:15 PM Elective Workshop 2
3:15 PM - 3:30 PM Coffee and Tea
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM Elective Workshop 3
3:30 PM - 7:30 PM Art Build Open Studio
5:15 PM - 6:15 PM Caucuses (open to all attendees)
Dinner on Own

Sunday, January 19th

8:30 AM - 10:30 AM CTA Registration Desk
8:30 AM - 9:00 AM Coffee and Tea
8:30 AM - 10:30 AM Art Build Open Studio
9:00 AM - 10:30 AM Elective Workshop 4
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM Brunch, Closing General Session & Keynote Speakers
Teresa Knapp Gordon, President,
Little Rock Education Association (Arkansas)
Kristy Mosby, Executive Board Member,
Little Rock Education Association (Arkansas)
Door Prize Drawing
12:00 PM Conference Concludes


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