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.
Regarding 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. 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.
While National School Choice Week has come and gone, there is still much work to do. 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.
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.”
On Jan. 11, Larry Sand had an article posted in City Journal about a principal paid a hefty price for protecting her teachers and students.
On Dec. 28, Larry Sand had an article posted in City Journal about armed guards at CA schools.
On July 16, Larry Sand had an article posted in City Journal about SB 1530 which would have shortened the time it takes to get rid of a criminal teacher.
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On July 4th, Larry Sand had an op-ed printed in the LA Daily News about school choice.
On June 8, Larry Sand coauthored an op-ed with former state Senator Gloria Romero that was printed in the Sacramento Bee.
On June 6, Larry Sand had an article posted in City Journal about two lawsuits that target teachers union work rules.
On May 8, Larry Sand had an article posted in City Journal about a little known open enrollment law in CA.
On April 12, Larry Sand had an op-ed printed in the LA Daily News about public education as a Titanic problem.
On February 8, Larry Sand and a local union leader discuss various education issues on KOCEs SoCal Insider.
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.
CTEN now accepts donations via PayPal. If you are willing to help CTEN with a tax deductible gift, please go here
Download the CTEN brochure by clicking here.
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