Care about making sure students are safe and can benefit from the
experience of seasoned educators? You can take some action to help that happen.
CTA will be urging lawmakers to approve two supported measures and to
defeat three opposed bills in legislative committees on Tuesday, April 30. All
CTA members can help win the battles by using the CTA Legislative Action Center to contact your lawmakers electronically.
Senate Education is slated to take up CTA-supported AB 215, a measure
by Assembly Education Chair Joan Buchanan (D-Alamo). The bill will help protect the safety of students and the sanctity
of the teaching profession by expediting the process of determining the guilt
or innocence of certificated employees charged with egregious misconduct,
including sales of drugs to minors and sexual misconduct.
Senate Education is also set to
act on SB
1185, by Senate Republican Caucus Chair Bob
Huff (R-Diamond Bar). The bill would allow a school district to deviate from
seniority in terminations, reappointments, and substitute service in relation
to career pathway programs.
On the same day, the Assembly Education Committee is
scheduled to act on CTA-sponsored AB
1444, by Assembly Members Buchanan and Shirley Weber (D-San Diego).
The measure would make kindergarten mandatory to ensure that all students get
the preparation they need to succeed in first grade and beyond.
Assembly Education is also ready to take up two CTA-opposed
measures, one that would undermine teacher experience and the other that would
allow unsupervised outsourcing of instruction to charter school students.
2240, by Assembly Member Shannon Grove
(R-Bakersfield), would allow districts to ignore teacher experience and lay off
certificated personnel based on the community in which they work.
The passage of AB
2178, by Assembly Member Marc Levine (D-San
Rafael), would open the doors for charter schools to outsource instruction with
little oversight. The bill would allow charter schools to sidestep state
protections designed to assure that online teaching of students, when combined
with classroom instruction, maintains a high quality.
The bills modifying the
seniority system could impact the job security of all employees. In
addition, numerous academic studies support the commonsense notion that