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Educators Battle Bill That Would Harm Students and Gain Approval of Measure Expanding Parental Leave

Sen. Bob Huff (R-Diamond Bar) meets with a team of educators, including Maria Elena Cabellero and Deb Behm, on issues including parental leave during a member lobby day in the state Capitol. (Photo by Seth Bramble.)

Three teams of educators, including education support professions, K-14 teachers, and higher education faculty, worked closely with lawmakers early this week on a range of key education issues. Much of their focus was on three measures –a CTA-cosponsored bill that would expand parental leave programs to cover education support personnel, a second CTA-cosponsored measure that would help provide fair treatment for part-time community college faculty, and a bad one that would undermine student learning.

The educators brought their expertise gained in the classroom and as members of several key State Council of Education policy committees, including Professional Rights and Responsibilities and Negotiations.

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Governor Signs Opposed Seizure Medicine Injection Bill

More teachers may to have perform tasks better left to trained medical personnel as a result of the governor’s signing of SB 1266.

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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.

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Legislature’s Education Committees Refuse to Pass Parental Trigger Expansion Bills

The Senate Education Committee and its Assembly counterpart on Wednesday each gave only two votes to a pair of CTA-opposed measures that would expand the universe of parental trigger schools.

Both SB 452, by Senate Republican Leader Bob Huff (R-Diamond Bar), and AB 815, by Assembly Republican Chair Connie Conway (R-Tulare), would have allowed private charter school operators to persuade local parents to turn a public school over to these operators.

CTA and other pro-public school groups made the case that parental triggers have proven to be divisive, pitting groups of parents against each other and distracting the students.

While the voting rolls were kept open until the end of the day – and while the committee chairs allowed each author to bring the bills up at some future time for a “reconsideration” vote – for all intents and purposes, the bills are dead for this legislative year.

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Nearly 30 Educators from Alameda and Concord Counties Urge Lawmakers to Vote for Public Schools

More than two dozen educators -- representing hundreds of their colleagues -- journeyed by bus to the state Capitol on Tuesday for a very important reason: to urge their 10 lawmakers to support key pro-education legislation and to vote against counterproductive measures. They also spoke about other education issues, such as funding, that are vital to their students.

Educators from the area head to the Capitol annually to talk to their legislators about education and labor issues.

During their meetings, the teachers and other educators asked lawmakers to support:

CTA-sponsored AB 449, by Assembly Member Al Muratsuchi (D-Torrance).  This measure will close a loophole that will allow the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing to revoke the credentials of superintendents who fails to report to the CCTC accusations of child abuse or misconduct that have resulted in an “adverse” action against an employee. The bill would open district officials widthout credentials to criminal misdemeanor charges for failing to make the required reports.

They asked their elected representatives to oppose:

AB 815, by Assembly Republican Leader Connie Conway (R-Tulare), and SB 452, Senate Republican Leader Bob Huff (R-Diamond Bar), two measures that would allow profit-making charter school companies to take over public schools by pulling a “parent trigger.”

All three measures are set for hearing on Wednesday.

The teams of educators met width Assembly Members Susan Bonilla (D-Concord), Rob Bonta (D-Oakland), Joan Buchanan (D-Alamo), Jim Frazier (D-Oakley), Bill Quirk (D-Hayward), Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley), Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont),  and Senators Ellen Corbett (D-San Leandro), Mark DeSaulnier (D-Concord), and Loni Hancock (D-Berkeley).

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Capitol News: New Huff Measure Would Shorten Layoff Notification Lead Time

Sen. Republican Leader Bob Huff (R-Walnut) has introduced a measure that would change the current preliminary and final layoff notification deadlines of March 15 and May 15 to new dates of June 1 and August 1.

The current deadlines give employees a reasonable opportunity to find work in other districts that may have openings. Deadlines proposed in SB 559 would mean teachers, librarians, nurses, counselors, and other certificated personnel could have as little time as two weeks to find a newposition elsewhere.

CTA State Council will review this bill next month. The Association's policy-making body has opposed previous attempts to shorten the notification period.

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