Teachers Seek Charter Accountability, Employment Fairness
(Photo above) CTA Legislative
Advocate Seth Bramble explains some of the finer points of two CTA-backed
measures to a group of educators, including (from r.) Deborah Adams Behm, a
fifth-grade teacher at Stone Elementary in Alvord, Chantaine Fauntleroy, a
teacher at Bret Harte Middle School in Hayward, and (not pictured) Liz Esquiel
Waterman, a fourth-grade teacher at Terra Bella Elementary in Terra Bella.
The teachers came to Sacramento
today in support of two CTA-backed measures that will separately increase
transparency and accountability for charter schools and provide employment
equity to a small group of educators not now receiving fair treatment.
Later in the day, the educators
were slated to meet with members of the Senate Education Committee, which will
be hearing the two CTA-backed measures.
AB 913 (Chau) is a bill CTA is
cosponsoring with the California School Boards Association (CSBA). This
CTA-cosponsored bill would require charter schools to comply with four
provisions of law that govern other public entities, including schools: the
Brown Act (open meeting laws); the Public Records Act (governing finances); the
Political Reform Act (barring conflict-of-interest); and Government Code 1090
(providing for criminal prosecution for self-dealing).
The measure aims to hold public
charter schools to the same disclosure, transparency, and conflict-of-interest
standards as other public schools.
AB 1619, the second measure
that is cosponsored with the California School Employees Association, grants
the ability to earn permanent status to certain employees of small school
districts, county offices of education, and regional Occupational Centers or
Programs. These employees are currently barred from earning permanent status
solely because of the size of their employer.
Both measures are expected to
be heard in the Senate Education Committee on Wednesday.
The teachers in Sacramento
represent two key policy committees on CTA’s 800-member State Council of
Education: the Professional Rights and Responsibilities Committee and the