November 2020 Endorsements

After extensive interviews with every Vacaville School board candidate, most of the candidates for the Solano County Board of Education, and many candidates for the Vacaville City Council, the Vacaville Teachers Association is proud to share these endorsements with the community we serve.

We’d like to thank every candidate seeking our endorsement for taking the time to interview with us and we look forward to continuing the rewarding dialogue we started during this election about something we all care deeply about, the education of all of Vacaville’s children.

Areas 2 and 4 for the Vacaville School Board and area 4 for the County Board of Education will not be appearing on the ballot, so no campaign sites are available.

Please consider the rest of the Union Endorsements for Napa and Solano Counties when you cast your vote. Click here to see them.

In addition, CTA has provided an online, personalized voting guide. Click here to see it.

Vacaville School Board – click on the blue links to learn more about the candidates!

Area 2 – Daniel Santellan 

Area 4 – Cecil Conley

Area 6 – Kelly Welsh 

Area 7 – Michael Kitzes 

Solano County Board of Education – click on the blue link to learn more about the candidate!

Area 2 – Dr. Bonnie Hamilton

Area 4 – Teresa Lavell 

Vacaville City Council – click on the blue link to learn more about the canidate!

District 3 – Michael Silva

Paid for by VTA-PAC FPPC# 1222549

Yes on Prop 15, No on Prop 22!

Prop 15: Schools & Communities First will ensure that our schools & communities DO come first with enough resources to truly educate all of our kids and services to support all of our families. 

  • RECLAIMS $12 billion every year to fund neighborhood schools and strengthen local economies to lift up all Californians.
  • CLOSES commercial property tax loopholes and ends shady schemes that big corporations and wealthy investors use to avoid paying their fair share of property taxes.
  • PROTECTS all homeowners & renters by maintaining tax protections for ALL residential property.
  • LEVELS the playing field for businesses that already pay their fair share.
  • EXEMPTS smaller businesses valued at under $3 million.
  • EXEMPTS all agricultural land.

YES on 15 would mean an additional investment of $6,915,000 in VUSD students’ education every year! This could be negotiated by VTA for professional pay, smaller class sizes, more resources & supports, etc. and could prevent potential layoffs and drastic cuts during the economic recovery.  

Can we count on you to stand together with other VTA/CTA members for our students and their future? 

Commit today at 
 Follow the campaign on social media (@Schools1stCA) 

You can get more information and initiative resources at and at 

September Rep Council Meeting Minutes w/ Equity Team Report

Click here to read the minutes!

Equity Team Report –  Please read the attached report from NEA edjustice regarding the June, 2020 U.S. Supreme Court decision.
The reference guide was developed by NEA’s Center for Social Justice and General Council to help inform educators about their rights as LGBTQ employees.

Thank you
VTA Equity Team

Reopening Bargaining Update #1

Click here to read the update!

Rep Council meeting agenda for Sept 22nd at 3:30 pm

Advocating for the Public Education ALL Students Deserve

Rep. Council Agenda

Sept. 22nd by Zoom

  1. Approval of the minutes 
  2. Approval of the agenda  
  3. President’s Report: Todd Blanset
  4. Treasurer’s report: Brenda Hensley  
  5. Bargaining: Brenda Hensley
  6. Grievance: Lisa Cusi

 7) Committee/Chair Reports

-Equity Team: Alyson Brauning  

-Member Engagement: Alyson Brauning 

-Labor Council: Corey Penrose

-Action: Corey Penrose  

-PAC: Corey Penrose & Ariel Ray (PAC treasurer) 

-Special Ed: Open   

-Leave Bank: Christine Williams

– Membership: Tracy Begley

8) New and continuing business: 

9) Conference reports

10) Other: 

– Adjournment 

CTA Auto & Home Insurance Program – sign up now!

For a limited time, our local Field Manager Tami Phillips at California Casualty is offering CTA members a free $25 gift card when you complete a new auto quote. Click Here to get started.

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