AB 215 by Assembly Member Joan Buchanan (D-Alamo), designed to streamline the teacher dismissal process while keeping students safe and protecting the due process rights of educators, received unanimous, bipartisan vote by the Senate Education Committee 9-0 Wednesday evening. CTA has supported changes to the dismissal process that protect students and are fair to educators. CTA worked with a diverse group of education stakeholders such as EdVoice, lawmakers and the governor's office on this measure. Many supporters spoke in favor of the bill including Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson, the California Labor Federation, and the California Federation of Teachers.
In a clear show of support and change of direction, Assembly Member Lou Correa withdrew his competing dismissal bill (CTA-opposed SB 843) and joined AB 215 as co-author, as did four other committee members – Senators Alex Padilla, Bill Monning, Marty Block, and the committee chair, Carol Liu. The bill now goes on to the Senate Appropriations Committee before a full vote of the Senate and then back to the Assembly.
Here is more information about AB 215: talking points, fact sheet, a comparison sheet of current law vs. AB 215, and a closer look at the two hearing processes.