It is obvious that tough economic times have come to the United States, with California being the hardest hit of all states. We hear almost daily how California's budget crisis threatens to devastate a public education system that once led the nation. However, the California Teachers Association, the state's 340,000-member teachers union and state affiliate of the National Education Association, seems unfazed by this grim reality.
There are few surprises in this piece for readers of this blog, but it's a timely and worthwhile column nonetheless, and I encourage you to read it.
I encourage my fellow California teachers to consider becoming agency fee payers instead of full union members. Information on how to do so can be found here. Full union dues will still be deducted from your paycheck, but you can request a partial refund (usually about 30%) each fall. CTEN can help you with this.