Frequently Asked Questions

What is LCTA’s affiliation with CTA and NEA?

LCTA is the local chapter and CTA is our state affiliate and NEA is our national affiliate. Collectively CTA represents approximately 320,000 education employees working in public school districts, community colleges, and public universities. NEA is the nation’s largest labor union with three million teachers.

How are policy decisions made at LCTA?

LCTA’s policy making body is the Representative Council. All policies and issues to be voted upon are discussed by the Executive Board and it is their recommendation that is brought to the Representative Council. There are representatives from each of the five sites and they are elected by their sites.

How are policy decisions made at CTA?

CTA’s legislative and policy-making body is the State Council of Education- a delegation of more than 700 CTA members elected by their local chapters to represent their colleagues and to promote and advance public education. State Council establishes policies, including adopting positions on pending legislation, after extensive debate. As a CTA member, you can access CTA members-only web site, (CTA.org), and learn more about this democratic process. La Canada Teachers Association is represented by one member who attends four annual meetings. If you have concerns, you should contact that representative.

What rights does a classroom teacher have when it comes to student discipline and grades?

  • According to Education Code 48910, teachers may suspend a student from class for up to two days.
  • Teachers must be informed of students’ violent, criminal or threatening conduct according to Education Code 49079.
  • Teachers are responsible for making all final decisions regarding grading. This right is guaranteed by Education Code 49066.

What rights does a teacher have when it comes to meeting with an administrator?

  • You are encouraged to ask about the meeting’s purpose before attending the meeting. If the meeting is likely to lead to disciplinary action, it is your right to be represented by a member of PR&R or a site representative.
  • You do not need to respond to an administrator until you have had the opportunity to seek advice and consult with a LCTA representative.
  • If you are accused of conduct that could to criminal prosecution, remain silent and consult a lawyer. LCTA can help you make a contact with a CTA lawyer. Contact your site representative so that you can be connected with the appropriate contacts.

What rights does a teacher have when it comes to parents?

  • The Education Code 49091.10 guarantees that teachers shall be notified within a reasonable time before a parent visits your classroom.
  • Any parent that disrupts the class or any school activity is guilty of a misdemeanor according to Education Code 48904. LCTA encourages any teacher who is confronted by an unpleasant parent interaction to immediately stop the meeting or class and demand the attendance of a union representative.
  • Teachers need to keep a written record of all parent and administrator meetings in a file at home.
  • The parental complaint procedure is outlined in the contract. Please refer to article XX, public complaints, if you have specific questions. Administrators are responsible for directing complainants directly to the employee unless a bargaining unit member wants the administrator to help resolve the issue. Bargaining unit members must respond to the complainant within three working days of receiving the complaint. If you discover the procedures are not being followed correctly, contact your site representative or PR&R member immediately.

How can I make suggestions for changes in our contract?

Prior to each bargaining cycle, the bargaining team sends out a survey. You should indicate any areas of concern on this survey or talk to your site’s member of the bargaining team. Changes are only made to the contract during the bargaining cycle. Do not hesitate to share your concerns about the contract with any member of the LCTA leadership team. Remember that we cannot represent you unless you let us know about your concerns.

NEA/CTA/LCTA Code of Ethics

The educator, believing in the worth and dignity of each human being, recognizes the supreme importance of the pursuit of truth, devotion to excellence, and the nurture of democratic principles. Essential to these goals is the protection of freedom to learn and to teach and the guarantee of equal educational opportunity for all. The educator accepts the responsibility to adhere to the highest ethical standards.

The educator recognizes the magnitude of the responsibility inherent in the teaching process. The desire for the respect and confidence of one’s colleagues, of students, of parents, and of the members of the community provides the incentive to attain and maintain the highest possible degree of ethical conduct. The Code of Ethics of the Education Profession indicates the aspiration of all educators and provides standards by which to judge conduct.

The remedies specified by the NEA and/or its affiliates for the violation of any provision of this Code shall be exclusive and no such provision shall be enforceable in any form other than one specifically designed by the NEA or its affiliates.

Principle I
Commitment to the Student

The educator strives to help each student realize his or her potential as a worthy and effective member of society. The educator therefore works to stimulate the spirit of inquiry, the acquisition of knowledge and understanding, and the thoughtful formulation of worthy goals.

In fulfillment of the obligation to the student, the educator –

  • Shall not reasonably restrain the student from independent action in the pursuit of learning.
  • Shall not unreasonably deny the student access to varying points of view.
  • Shall not deliberately suppress or distort subject matter relevant to the student’s progress.
  • Shall make reasonable effort to protect the student from conditions harmful to learning or to health and safety.
  • Shall not intentionally expose the student to embarrassment or disparagement.
  • Shall not on the basis of race, color, creed, sex, national origin, marital status, political or religion beliefs, family, social, or cultural background, or sexual orientation, unfairly
    1. Exclude any student from participation in any program
    2. Deny benefits to any student
    3. Grant any advantage to any student.
  • Shall not use professional relationships with students for private advantage.
  • Shall not disclose information about students obtained in the course of professional service unless disclosure serves a compelling professional purpose or is required by law.

Principle II
Commitment to the Profession

The education profession is vested by the public with a trust and responsibility requiring the highest ideals of professional service.

In the belief that the quality of the services of the education profession directly influences the nation and its citizens, the educator shall exert every effort to raise professional standards, to promote a climate that encourages the exercise of professional judgement, to achieve conditions that attract persons worthy of the trust to careers in education, and to assist in preventing the practice of the profession by unqualified persons.

In fulfillment of the obligation of the profession, the educator –

  • Shall not in any application for a professional position deliberately make a false statement or fail to disclose a material fact related to competency and qualifications.
  • Shall not misrepresent his/her professional qualifications.
  • Shall not assist any entry into the profession of a person known to be unqualified in respect to character, education, or other relevant attribute.
  • Shall not knowingly make a false statement concerning the qualifications of a candidate for a professional position.
  • Shall not assist a noneducator in the unauthorized practice of teaching.
  • Shall not disclose information about colleagues obtained in the course of professional service unless disclosure serves a compelling professional purpose or is required by law.
  • Shall not knowingly make false or malicious statements about a colleague.
  • Shall not accept any gratuity, gift, or favor that might impair or appear to influence professional decisions or action.

-Adopted by the NEA
1975 Representative Assembly

NEA/CTA/LCTA Union Code of Conduct

  • I will not criticize any union colleague except to the individual directly.
  • If any union colleague is being criticized in my presence, I will confront the criticism and ask that it stop.
  • I will not participate in any conversations with management that criticize, or negatively speculate about any union colleague.
  • I will settle my differences with colleagues within the union.
  • I will engage in debate, offer others every opportunity for debate and respect the minority viewpoints, but I will observe and support the majority mandate of the union.