Mar 27-April 5 – Voting for TALB Delegates to the NEA

Mar 27-April 5 – Voting for TALB Delegates to the NEA

Get Involved!


There will be 23 TALB Delegates to the NEA Representative Assembly in Philadelphia, PA.

Nominations are open to all TALB members to serve a single term for 2024.
The term for each NEA Representative is July 2 – July 6, 2024

Click Here to Download the Full NEA Representative Assembly Guidelines

Click Here to Download Declaration of Candidacy

Important Dates:

  • Declaration of Candidacy: 6:00 a.m. Wednesday, March 13 – 4:30 p.m. Friday, March 22, 2024. 

  • Notification of Candidates on the ballot: Monday, March 25, 2024. 

  • Election: 6:00 a.m. Wednesday, March 27, 2024 – 4:30 p.m. Friday, April 5, 2024. 

Anyone interested in running for office should file a Declaration of Candidacy form (see download link below) so that it is received by Friday, March 22, 2024, at the TALB office, 4362 Atlantic Ave., Long Beach, CA 90807 no later than 4:30 PM. Post-marked dates will not be accepted.


All candidates may provide TALB with a statement in PDF format. All candidates will be limited to 250 characters. Characters are letters, numbers and punctuation. 

Example: I love TALB! = 10 characters. 

The candidate statement must be in PDF format and emailed or hand delivered to Blanca Paredes at Statements are due in the TALB office on Friday, March 22, 2024, by 4:30 P.M. Declarations of Candidacy forms are available through, or at the TALB office. 

NEA-RA Representatives are elected by a plurality of votes. 

Plurality Vote – The greatest number of votes cast by persons legally entitled to vote, excluding blank or illegal ballots 

 Thank you for participating in this election.
You help make TALB a stronger voice for teachers, counselors, speech pathologists, psychologists, nurses and librarians. 


TALB Counselors Corner: School Counseling is Essential and Not a Luxury

TALB Counselors Corner: School Counseling is Essential and Not a Luxury

TALB Counselors Corner: School Counseling is Essential and Not a Luxury

by Kennedy Dixon, Counselor

School counseling is often perceived as a luxury rather than an essential service for student success. However, this perspective is narrow-minded, contradicts research and best practices, and fails to acknowledge the crucial role that school counselors play in supporting students’ academic, social, and emotional development, as well as their readiness for college/career and post-secondary options.

Research indicates that school counseling significantly impacts students’ overall well-being and academic achievement. As fellow educators, it is our shared responsibility to change this narrative and advocate for adequate school counseling services to ensure that every student has access to counseling support.

School districts statewide are following the recommendations of state and national agencies, university scholars, and other experts in the field of school counseling. They are reducing student-to-counselor ratios and implementing school counseling standards. In August 2022, California Governor Gavin Newsom announced the “Master Plan for Kids’ Mental Health” in California to address this crisis and facilitate children’s access to mental health and substance abuse services. Increasing the number of counselors in our schools is one of Governor Newsom’s priorities in achieving this ambitious goal. School counselors possess a unique ability to provide the necessary support to students due to their holistic, whole-child approach. However, we must address the current imbalances in student-to-counselor ratios and assigned responsibilities.

A first-class education system cannot exist without a first-class school counseling program. This requires professionally trained school counselors who implement comprehensive and evidence-based school counseling programs and curricula. Otherwise, our students will be at a severe disadvantage when transitioning from high school to postsecondary options, as many students from other districts will have had access to these supports.

The recommended student-to-counselor ratio is 250:1, while our elementary ratios are 704:1, K-8 ratios are 884:1, and middle school ratios are 727:1. The current practice of schools “buying” school counselor time one year and diverting the funds to other initiatives the next prevents consistency in student services and highlights the flaw in determining and prioritizing counseling services at the site level.

Together, we must make it abundantly clear that school counselors are not expendable; they are essential members of the educational team who are invaluable to the success and well-being of our students. Their support is vital to student success and should not be considered a luxury.

In solidarity,




Mar 7 @ 5pm – General Membership Meeting to Discuss Tentative Agreement

Mar 7 @ 5pm – General Membership Meeting to Discuss Tentative Agreement

Summary Details of Tentative Agreement and MOUs
and Calendar for Ratification

Click on the links below to download Tentative Agreement and MOUs

Summary Details of Tentative Agreement Compensation & Contract Language 2023-24 – CDC/Head Start & ETK-12


MOU:  Protocols for the District Wide Implementation of Full Day Kindergarten – February 26, 2024

MOU:  Protocols for the District Wide Implementation of Full Day Transitional Kindergarten – February 26, 2024

MOU: K-12 Implementation of Transfer Process Changes – February 26, 2024

Safety Memorandum of Understanding – February 26, 2024


Calendar for Ratification

General Membership Meeting to discuss the Tentative Agreement – Q&A with your bargaining team.
TRC | ABC Room | 1299 E 32nd St, Signal Hill, CA 90755 | Thursday, March 7 @ 5:00 p.m.

Voting on the Tentative Agreement
Voting begins Wednesday, March 13 at 6:00 a.m. through Friday, March 15 @ 4:30 p.m. (Electronic Voting through Simply Voting) Voting results will be sent to the membership in the electronic newsletter in the early evening on Friday, March 15.

Do we have your personal e-mail? That is where your ballot will be sent. If you have a voting question call Ingrid Perez at 562-426-6433 or email

Only members may vote on ratification.
CDC – Head Start members will vote for changes in their contract.

K-12 members will vote for changes in their contract.



Farewell Joe Boyd

Farewell Joe Boyd

Joe Boyd is hanging up his saddle after more than 30 years as an advocate for public education. He was a student in LBUSD and taught here briefly before moving up to the bay area. In 2008, he came back to Long Beach and served as TALB’s Executive Director until 2014. Joe is my mentor and more importantly a friend. I owe a great amount of my success to the tutelage of Joe Boyd. If you’ve got 23 minutes to spare and would like to see his swan song, watch it below. It is a tear-jerker. Happy trails my friend… – Chris Callopy