California Teachers Association Ousts Executive Director

The state’s largest teachers’ union has sacked its executive director.

Joe Nuñez’s contract was terminated last week, following a vote by the California Teachers Association’s Board of Directors. According to EdSource, the move took most observers, including many in the CTA, by complete surprise.

Nuñez was appointed head of the CTA in 2013. He was a teacher in the Santa Maria-Bonita School District near San Luis Obispo for two decades prior and served on the State Board of Education until 2007. His departure comes less than a month after E. Toby Boyd took over as president of the CTA. Boyd was elected to replace Eric Heins in March.

“This is not personal, and not a reflection on the work Joe has done with CTA,” spokesperson Claudia Briggs told EdSource regarding Nuñez’s ouster. “Clearly his legacy has improved the lives of educators and students. The board simply felt it was the right time to make a change in direction.”

Boyd concurred, saying “his leadership and contributions over the last 25 years have left a lasting mark on this state and created a brighter future for millions of students.”


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