California Teachers Association (CTA) protects 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 and to ensure that the human dignity and civil rights of all children and youth are protected. Headquartered in Burlingame, Calif., CTA is California s largest professional employee organization, representing more than 335,000 teachers, counselors, psychologists, librarians and other non-supervisory, certified personnel. More than 1,100 chapters and local teachers associations are chartered as CTA affiliates. Two unique CTA chapters are statewide affiliates: The California Faculty Association is the bargaining agent for professors in the California State University system, and the Community College Association represents members in 42 bargaining chapters who work in 72 community college districts. The CTA s top policy-making body is the State Council of Education. The council s nearly 800 delegates meet four times a year in Los Angeles. These delegates elect the three state-level CTA officers and the CTA Board of Directors. Founded in 1863 by John Swett, the state s fourth superintendent of public instruction, the CTA is affiliated with the 2.7 million member National Education Association.