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We at the California Teachers Empowerment Network are teachers. CTEN is a non-partisan, non-political group dedicated to providing teachers and the public at large with reliable and balanced information about professional affiliations and positions on educational issues. CTEN believes that advocating for open dialogue and informed choices will empower teachers to experience greater satisfaction and success in their profession and will also help the general public understand the array of educational issues facing our country today.

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Regarding CTA agency fee payers - we sincerely hope that if you are an existing agency fee payer, you have sent in a request for your rebate. The November 15th deadline has passed and if you haven't filed by now, you will not get your rebate this year. However, if you are a first time filer, you may resign from the union after the 15th. However, you will not get the full amount, but rather a prorated one, depending on how long after the 15th you file. For more information, please go here

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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.

The nonprofit organization Students Matter is currently building a coalition of supporters who are invested in fixing California's education system. They believe strongly in including the voices of teachers in the reform discussion. To learn more, go here.

 CTEN now has a YouTube page. To view our informative videos, go here.

CTEN now has a blog. Please go here to access it.

CTEN is now on Facebook! If you have a Facebook account, please go here.

Please visit our new ACT NOW! page to see what you can do to stand up for children's interests and take action against the NEA and its affiliates.

Data you need: An Honest Cheat Sheet


On February 16th, CTEN board member Rebecca Friedrichs wrote an op-ed in the Orange County Resister about a teacher’s stand against tyranny.

On February 14th, Larry Sand wrote a rebuttal to an LA Times op-ed about teacher pay and tenure.

On Jan. 31, Larry Sand participated in a discussion about school choice with Andrew Campanella, Lisa Keegan, Lance Izumi and Lisa Snell.

On Jan. 29th, Larry Sand had an op-ed printed in the Orange County Register about school choice.

On November 26, Larry Sand had an article posted in City Journal about California’s new “bathroom law.”

On Sept. 19th, Larry Sand had an op-ed printed in the Orange County Register about the California Teacher Freedom Project.

On July 11, Larry Sand had an article posted in City Journal about a lawsuit in California could spell the end of union collective-bargaining fees.

On June 20, Larry Sand had an op-ed printed in Investor’s Business Daily about National Employee Freedom Week.

On May 16, Larry Sand had an article posted in City Journal about a CTA resolution that condemned two prominent reform groups and their leaders.

On February 21st , Larry Sand had an op-ed printed in the Orange County Register about Michigan becoming a RTW state.

On February 8th , CTEN board member Rebecca Friedrichs wrote a rebuttal to an op-ed  in the Orange County Resister which attacked RTW “freeloaders.”



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