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CTA Debuts New Publication, Supports Safe Schools, Opposes Arming Teachers and School Volunteers

What happens in the state legislature, in the governor's office, and at state agencies can affect every teacher, education support professional, and student in the state. That's why CTA has created Capitol News—a weekly publication designed to provide you width timely information about what is going on in the state capitol. Stories from the publication will also be posted on the blog. Here's the first....

CTA Supports Safe Schools, Opposes Arming Teachers and School Volunteers

Federal and state lawmakers have proposed legislation to ban the sale of military-style assault weapons and to arm teachers. CTA opposes any efforts to unilaterally arm educators across the state and supports U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein's legislation to ban high-powered assault weapons.

Most recently, Assembly Member Tim Donnelly (R-Twin Peaks) introduced AB 202 – that would authorize trained school employees to carry weapons on school campuses. CTA Pres. Dean Vogel has told reporters that funds would be better allocated to help schools provide desperately needed counseling and other services to students as one part of a preventive program designed to protect students and school employees. As the bill was just introduced, CTA has an interim oppose position. The CTA Board of Directors is set to take action next week.

CTA legislative advocates believe there is very little chance that AB 202 will be approved in the Assembly Public Safety Committee.

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