Grassroots Efforts Help Defeat CTA-Opposed Bill to Shorten Layoff Notice
Sen. Bob Huff (at podium) and Sacramento Educator David Fisher testify in the Senate Education Committee Wed. morning during the panel’s consideration of the CTA-opposed bill by the Senator.
Responding to communications from educators around the state, members of the Senate Education Committee on Wednesday defeated a CTA-opposed bill that would have given certificated educators less time to find new jobs when layoffs are threatened.
SB 559, by Sen. Bob Huff (R-Diamond Bar), would have allowed districts to send out preliminary notices before May 15, compared to the current March 15 deadline. The bill would have delayed the current final notification deadline from May 15 to June 15.
David Fisher, a local 18-year elementary school teacher, testified powerfully against the bill. He told lawmakers that he has shared tears and anxiety with colleagues who received pink slips and emphasized the Huff bill would have added insult to injury.
During the panel hearing, Sen. Marty Block (D-San Diego) also spoke in opposition to the bill. He cited the importance of Prop. 30 and adequate school funding to prevent layoffs and expressed concerns that SB 559 would “move this process into the summer” when school staff may be unavailable to participate in hearings and teachers would have less time to seek employment.
The measure received “aye” votes only from Sen. Huff, Panel Chair Sen. Carol Liu (D-La Canada/Flintridge), Sen. Lou Correa (D-Santa Ana), and Sen. Mark Wyland (R-Mission Viejo). Refusing to vote for the bill were Senators Block, Loni Hancock (D- Oakland), Ben Hueso (D-San Diego), Bill Monning (D-Carmel), and Norma Torres (D-Pomona).