Thanks to your efforts in the field, CTA has won two major
victories recently, following up on battles won just prior to a key legislative
CTA’s only 2014 sponsored bill, which would mandate
kindergarten attendance, and a second cosponsored measure, which would support
employees of small and rural schools districts, were among the dozens of
approved and moved by the legislature’s fiscal committees by their Friday, May 23rd, deadline.
CTA-sponsored AB 1444 not only cleared the Assembly
Appropriations panel’s suspense file, it also passed the full Assembly on a 54-24 vote last week. The measure, by
Assembly Education Chair Joan Buchanan (D-Alamo) and Assembly Member Shirley
Weber (D-San Diego), now moves to the Senate, for a
hearing in the Senate Education Committee.
Help win passage of AB 1444 by contacting your State Senator through the CTA Legislative Action
AB 1444 would help all students succeed by making sure they
all have gained the advantages of kindergarten prior to starting first
grade. Currently, about 90% of
students attend kindergarten in high quality free public schools or in
parochial or private schools. Kindergarten teaches them important basic skills,
including math and reading skills that serve them throughout the rest of their
careers. Studies demonstrate students from fiscally
disadvantaged families do better in school if they attend kindergarten.
The second bill, CTA-cosponsored AB 1619 by Assembly Member
Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego), aims to ensure permanent status for certificated
educators in small school districts and small county offices of education,
including those in nonteaching positions in county offices of education, and
those in regional occupational centers or programs.
The bill flew through the Assembly Appropriations Committee
and later passed off of the Assembly floor by a party line vote of 52-24. The
bill’s next stop is the Senate Education Committee, where CTA and its
cosponsoring partner, California School Employees Association (CSEA), will
press for fair treatment for the four classifications of employees covered by