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Governor Acts in Line with CTA Positions on 73 Recent Bills: Vital Ones Signed

billsDuring the final days of the 2013 legislative year and prior to the October 13 deadline for his signing or vetoing bills, Gov. Jerry Brown acted in concert with CTA recommendations on 73 measures.

The governor signed a number of vital CTA-backed bills that will help protect student safety, improve student testing and assessment, and make it easier for voters to approve parcel taxes for schools.  At CTA’s urging, he also vetoed measures that would have reduced Proposition 98 school funding and made it more difficult for districts to gain funding for their English learners.

To help protect students, the governor signed CTA-cosponsored AB 449, by Assembly Member Al Muratsuchi (D-Torrance).  That measure will subject district and county office superintendents to criminal penalties and credential revocation if they fail to report to the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing any serious misconduct by a certificated employee.

Among the other top measures the governor signed was AB 484, by Sen. Susan Bonilla (D-Concord).  The bill ensures accountability and allows students and educators to be better prepared for the new assessments under the Common Core State Standards. Suspending state testing this year while the state overhauls its assessments and accountability system and aligns it to the new standards is the right thing to do for our students and will help make this historic transition work. 

At the top of the list of opposed CTA bills that he vetoed were SB 344, by Sen. Alex Padilla (D-Pacoima), a bill that would have placed onerous requirements on school districts prior to their receiving supplemental funds for English learners under the Limited English Proficient Students program, and SB 284 and SB 285, by Sen. Kevin De Leon (D-Los Angeles).

The De Leon bills would have reduced Proposition 98 funding by granting tax credits for donations made to scholarship funds. More action is expected on these topics when the legislature reconvenes in January.

Click here for a complete list of CTA position bills that were signed or vetoed during 2013.

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