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Teachers Seek Charter Accountability, Employment Fairness

(Photo above) CTA Legislative Advocate Seth Bramble explains some of the finer points of two CTA-backed measures to a group of educators, including (from r.) Deborah Adams Behm, a fifth-grade teacher at Stone Elementary in Alvord, Chantaine Fauntleroy, a teacher at Bret Harte Middle School in Hayward, and (not pictured) Liz Esquiel Waterman, a fourth-grade teacher at Terra Bella Elementary in Terra Bella.

The teachers came to Sacramento today in support of two CTA-backed measures that will separately increase transparency and accountability for charter schools and provide employment equity to a small group of educators not now receiving fair treatment.

Later in the day, the educators were slated to meet with members of the Senate Education Committee, which will be hearing the two CTA-backed measures.

AB 913 (Chau) is a bill CTA is cosponsoring with the California School Boards Association (CSBA).  This CTA-cosponsored bill would require charter schools to comply with four provisions of law that govern other public entities, including schools: the Brown Act (open meeting laws); the Public Records Act (governing finances); the Political Reform Act (barring conflict-of-interest); and Government Code 1090 (providing for criminal prosecution for self-dealing).

The measure aims to hold public charter schools to the same disclosure, transparency, and conflict-of-interest standards as other public schools.

AB 1619, the second measure that is cosponsored with the California School Employees Association, grants the ability to earn permanent status to certain employees of small school districts, county offices of education, and regional Occupational Centers or Programs.  These employees are currently barred from earning permanent status solely because of the size of their employer.

Both measures are expected to be heard in the Senate Education Committee on Wednesday.

The teachers in Sacramento represent two key policy committees on CTA’s 800-member State Council of Education: the Professional Rights and Responsibilities Committee and the Negotiations Committee.

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