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CTA-sponsored, Cosponsored Measures Gain Floor Approval

Thanks to your efforts in the field, CTA has won two major victories recently, following up on battles won just prior to a key legislative deadline.

 

CTA’s only 2014 sponsored bill, which would mandate kindergarten attendance, and a second cosponsored measure, which would support employees of small and rural schools districts, were among the dozens of bills approved and moved by the legislature’s fiscal committees by their Friday, May 23rd, deadline.

 

CTA-sponsored AB 1444 not only cleared the Assembly Appropriations panel’s suspense file, it also passed the full Assembly on a 54-24 vote last week.  The measure, by Assembly Education Chair Joan Buchanan (D-Alamo) and Assembly Member Shirley Weber (D-San Diego), now moves to the Senate, for a hearing in the Senate Education Committee.


Help win passage of AB 1444 by contacting your State Senator through the CTA Legislative Action Center.

AB 1444 would help all students succeed by making sure they all have gained the advantages of kindergarten prior to starting first grade.  Currently, about 90% of students attend kindergarten in high quality free public schools or in parochial or private schools. Kindergarten teaches them important basic skills, including math and reading skills that serve them throughout the rest of their careers. Studies demonstrate students from fiscally disadvantaged families do better in school if they attend kindergarten.  

                                                                                                                                                                                            

The second bill, CTA-cosponsored AB 1619 by Assembly Member Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego), aims to ensure permanent status for certificated educators in small school districts and small county offices of education, including those in nonteaching positions in county offices of education, and those in regional occupational centers or programs.

 

The bill flew through the Assembly Appropriations Committee and later passed off of the Assembly floor by a party line vote of 52-24. The bill’s next stop is the Senate Education Committee, where CTA and its cosponsoring partner, California School Employees Association (CSEA), will press for fair treatment for the four classifications of employees covered by the measure.

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