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As many of you know, the California Teachers Associate dumped one million dollars into the No on 8 campaign.  In protest my children (one in middle school, one in elementary school) are absent from school today (October 21).  I of course debated the merit and effectiveness of this protest.  It doesn’t directly impact the CTA, but it’s the only way we can exhibit our disapproval of the action.  We had  a wonderful discussion at home about unions and how they sometimes don’t represent the will of their members.  If you’ve joined in this protest today please add a comment.  We don’t mind standing alone, but it’s more fun with friends.


Edit: Thanks for all of the posts thus far.  Please see beetlebabee’s blog for additional post on the CTA Protest (  Incidentially we did get a call from our principle asking how many days our daughter would be out.  Only one we informed her.  My son also got a supportive email from one of his teachers which was nice. 


P.S.  Only positive comments will be allowed on this post.  I’m not looking for an argument regarding our choice and don’t care is this case to debate it.



    • beetlebabee
    • Posted October 21, 2008 at 10:45 pm
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    I’m keeping track of a few responses I’ve gotten from across the state here:

    • A Valusek
    • Posted October 21, 2008 at 11:44 pm
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    Our family was very happy to support yes on 8 today. We even made our donation with CTA writen in the comment box.

  1. My 1st grader stayed home from school today making a stand against the donation from the CTA…..even though we aren’t part of the CTA union here in Cameron Park I think we can all agree that their contribution (if this doesn’t pass) will effect children ALL OVER California, not just in the CTA union parts of California.

    • Anna Kimball
    • Posted October 22, 2008 at 12:30 am
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    Absolutely! 3 of them. Felt great about it, I could stand up as an American and let my voice be heard!

  2. Our 3rd grader stayed home today and we made another donation to combat the CTA spending money against Prop 8, instead of on the students or on the schools.

    Stand up, tell the truth to everyone you know. Vote Yes on Prop 8.

  3. Hi, we had some folks who wanted to stay home but didn’t check their email in time an some other people who weren’t sure if the request came from an authorized source but would have participated if they were sure it had. Thanks for all you’re doing to help spread knowledge about prop. 8. I’ve visited and tons and hope readers who are undecided go there too. Thanks!

  4. I only heard about the student strike-out yesterday. But, when I did – I posted it immediately on Facebook. I don’t have a count of all those who participated, but I am certain many did.

    My son, and quite a few of his Church friends, were happy to stand with their parents, for something so important, as defending marriage. Because for all of us – that is exactly what this meant.

    These great young people, were texting all of their friends, following early morning seminary:-)


  5. Thank you for your great post! If you know to stop at a red light, you’d agree it’s unreasonable to say to your child would you like an apple or an apple when you’re holding up 1 apple and 1 banana!!

    For a changing society, we need NEW TERMS to describe the types of relationships people have the free choice to form – not new laws that will put us all in speech & religious bondage.

    Vote not with emotion but with reason; get the facts:,, and Let’s you , me, and our same-sex friends unite to vote Yes! on Prop. 8.

    • momwithavoice
    • Posted October 22, 2008 at 11:45 pm
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    Here’s another way to protest, in addition to the Sick Out.

    • momwithavoice
    • Posted October 22, 2008 at 11:46 pm
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    Please join with Californians everywhere in protest by joining a donation blitz to the Yes on 8 campaign. If only half of the 600,000 people who already donated money gave an additional $10, we would raise $3 million and effectively negate the CTA’s efforts. Imagine what would happen if they donated $20 each. Or $100? To donate, go to and follow the link Donate Now.

    • standingfortruth2008
    • Posted October 26, 2008 at 6:00 am
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    Curahee! (“Stands alone”) You don’t have to, we stand with you.

    Good post, Keep blogging. We are sprinting towards Nov 4. Vote yes on Prop 8!

    The Skinny on Schools and Prop 8.

    1 – Public schools in California are not required to teach anything about marriage.

    2 – 96 percent of California public schools teach a Health and Sex Ed Curriculum, which is my understanding is required under law (but I cannot find that online yet from the State, I am still looking).

    3 – If a public school teaches Health and Sex Ed, they are required to teach the following :

    “Instruction shall be appropriate for students of all genders, sexual orientations, and ethnic and cultural backgrounds…Instruction shall encourage communication between students and their families and shall teach respect for marriage and committed relationships.

    4 – This means that schools that teach Heath and Sex Ed will now be required to teach that Gay Marriage is the same as Marriage between a Man and a Woman.

    • beetlebabee
    • Posted October 26, 2008 at 6:33 am
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    my good friend Rita is a middle school science teacher. She and I were talking today and she said that several teachers at her school made arrangements to have the political parts of their union dues sent somewhere else. I’m not sure the specifics of how that works, but she said they could do it without quitting the union and jeopardizing their jobs. Anyway, at least one of the teachers who took this action is actually a no on 8 voter who is livid because when they took votes during an internal union meeting, the teachers overwhelmingly decided that they needed to focus union funds on smaller class sizes because of budget woes and all of that. Then to have the union turn around and pull this, she was spitting nails mad. So, anyway, that’s the report from Rita.

    • beetlebabee
    • Posted October 26, 2008 at 6:34 am
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    Update–oh, and David Sanchez actually wrote Rita back! He said it wasn’t his call to make, that the board made the call to spend the million plus on gay marriage. So. There you go. They ignored the teachers, and they went with the higher ups.

    • Brenda Crosier
    • Posted October 27, 2008 at 7:14 pm
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    I have already voted YES ON *!

  6. Its very important now to take a stand on how the CTA 800 member board has abused its power especially this time on Prop. 8 the truth is it was closer to 1.3 million that the CTA approved in donating and opposing Prop. 8 the fact is that there are 340,000 teachers in California and I quite confident there is at least 160,000 who are angry with what they did and because they didn’t have the full endorsement of all of its teachers it is time to do more then just complain, its time to tell the CTA you do not support your money going to any political campaign, and that you need to opt out. We need to get the message out, via e-mail and calling and start a moment against the CTA see this site CTEN it has useful info. Action speaks louder the words…

  7. So this week the Camilla Letter came out, a letter from a teenage girl in Sacramento area to the CTA during the sick out. They actually responded, but their response is quite eye popping.

    “Thanks, Sweetie, but it’s over for now. And it’s really none of your business.”

    Nice huh? How great of a guy can you be when you’re sniping at some girl for a thoughtful letter.

    Aren’t we supposed to be encouraging literary skills here? Political involvement? Making a difference and all that? Except when it comes to me, don’t question me. It’s actually quite a symbolic little exchange there between emails. Microcosm of the bigger problem.

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