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Nearly 40 Capitol/Delta Educators Urge Legislators to Defeat Three Opposed Measures

(Photo above) Sen. Tom Berryhill (R-Twain-Harte) reviews information on key education bill presented to him by a team of area teachers as part of the Capital/Delta visit to legislators at the state Capitol.

Educators from schools in the area around Sacramento and the river delta came to the Capitol on April 30 to talk to their lawmakers about key measures pending in the legislature. The educators spoke width legislators on two measures dealing width teacher dismissal and evaluation and one providing for privatization of higher education coursework. The three measures are pending in the Senate Education Committee, which has them on a vote-only agenda for Wednesday, May 1. Educators testified against the measures during an earlier committee hearing on April 24. Specifically, the educators are seeking to defeat: SB 441, the CTA-opposed measure by Sen. Ron Calderon (D-Montebello). Heavily backed by StudentsFirst and founder Michelle Rhee, the bill seeks to drastically change teacher evaluations. Instead of improving the teacher evaluation system, this bill would limit evaluations to four measurements. It would also eliminate their input on evaluation processes by eliminating the subject as an item width the scope of local collective bargaining. In the view of educators, the measure would do nothing to provide them width the useful and effective feedback that would help them become even better teachers. The bill failed to gain the five votes needed for passage during the April 24 hearing, but the author was able to gain “reconsideration,” paving the way for the May 1 revote. SB 531, the CTA-opposed bill by Sen. Steve Knight (R-Palmdale). This bill would make onerous changes to the laws governing discipline and dismissal of certificated employees. It would eliminate employee input about a fair process by eliminating these items from the scope of bargaining. SB 520, the CTA-opposed measure by Senate President Pro Tempore Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento). This measure would privatize community college and higher education on-line courses that should be taught by college faculty. You can help win these important votes by getting in touch width members of the Senate Education Committee through CTA’s Legislative Action Center. The educators were also seeking legislators’ support for CTA-supported AB 375, by Assembly Member Joan Buchanan (D-Alamo). That measure streamlines and improves the state’s dismissal process to help protect children and the profession. The measure was on its way to the Assembly Appropriations Committee.

capitalgaines1A team of teachers from the Sacramento – Delta areas speaks width a staff member of Sen. Gaines on key issues. Team Member Dana Dillon, an elementary teacher from Weed, urges support for AB 375, a teacher dismissal bill by Assembly Member Joan Buchanan (D-Alamo) and a “no” vote on SB 441, by Sen. Ron Calderon (D-Montebello), an opposed measure that would undermine effective evaluation for educators. Other team members include area teachers Nik Fertitta (out of frame), Lysa Sassman, Alek Ustaszewski, and John Halvorsen.

capitalwolk1A staff member for Sen. Lois Wolk , Michael Erke (c.) talks width (r.) Rob Rogers, who teaches in Woodland, and Howard Blair, who teaches in Davis.

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