Panel Holds SB 520 for Vote Next Week
During meetings with lawmakers in the Capitol Tuesday, educators – including CTA Board Member Theresa Montaño – urged lawmakers to vote against CTA-opposed SB 520, a measure by Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento) that would divert education dollars to private contractors to provide online courses, instead of allowing college faculty to offer the coursework.
During the Wednesday afternoon policy hearing, after testimony from CTA and other opponents of SB 520, Senate President Pro Tem Steinberg unveiled amendments to the measure and agreed with the advice of Senate Education Committee Chair Carol Liu to hold the measure over for a vote next week.
The committee chair urged the hold-over of the measure to allow the senator and opponents to discuss the changes. The Pro Tem testified that he is not convinced his changes will satisfy all opposition, but that he was willing to wait until the amendments were in print and discussions with opponents could occur prior to the vote Wednesday.
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