Two legislative committees defeated a pair of so-called reform bills that would allow profit-making companies to take over public schools.
Members of the Assembly Education Committee on April 17 provided only two yes votes for AB 815, a CTA-opposed measure by Assembly Republican Leader Connie Conway (R-Tulare) that would expand the universe of schools that could pull a "parent trigger" and convert to a charter school run by a for-profit private entity.
On the same day, members of the Senate Education Committee provided only two yes votes for SB 452, a second CTA-opposed measure on the subject by Sen. Bob Huff (R-Diamond Bar). The bill is virtually identical to the Conway measure, and both bills are being backed by the Republican caucuses in each house.
CTA testified that so far the parent trigger law has only caused confusion and chaos in local school districts and divided parents and communities.