CTA spent $1 million a month to restrict charter schools

The state’s biggest teacher union spent more than $1 million a month since April to influence lawmakers as it pushed bills aimed at cracking down on charter schools, financial disclosure forms filed ahead of a Wednesday deadline show.

The California Teachers Association has spent a total $4.3 million on lobbying this year, the most of all groups employing lobbyists at the state Capitol. That’s about as much as the union spent during the entire two-year legislative session from 2017-2018, when it was the 10th biggest spender.

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