California Teachers Association

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  • The California Teachers Association (CTA) is a powerful union of California's teachers that has a large influence on state policy and politics. It is affiliated with the National Education Association and is widely considered to be the most powerful union in the most populous state in the United States. As of 2009, the CTA had approximately 325,000 members. The CTA was established in 1863 as a teacher's institute, set up to coordinate with the superintendent of public instruction to further the education of the new state's children. After only three years of existence, the CTA pushed the state legislature to pass a law mandating and providing free public education to the state's children—a reform that was sweeping through the nation at the time. In addition, ...

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