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California Teachers Association

Founded in 1863, the California Teachers Association has become one of the strongest advocates for educators in the country.

CTA includes teachers, counselors, school librarians, social workers, psychologists, and nurses. These educators in the K-12 school system are joined by community college faculty, California State University faculty, and education support professionals to make CTA the most inclusive and most powerful voice of educators in the state.

CTA is also a powerful and passionate advocate for students and public education. Our 325,000 members not only make us strong, they make us the state’s largest professional employee organization. And, as the largest affiliate in the 3.2 million-member National Education Association, our voice is also heard as far away as Washington, DC. 

All together – and throughout our history – we have worked to improve the conditions of teaching and learning in California. 



The California Teachers Association exists to protect and promote the well-being of its members; to improve the conditions of teaching and learning; to advance the cause of free, universal, and quality public education; to ensure that the human dignity and civil rights of all children and youth are protected; and to secure a more just, equitable, and democratic society.



For more information about the CTA, visit the California Teachers Association website

For detailed information on CTA member benefits, visit

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