(Photo above) Center – Ann Katzburg, from San Ramon, and a
team of educators discuss AB 215 with its author, Assembly Education Chair
Buchanan during a Tuesday morning meeting. This team and other teams met with
more than a dozen lawmakers with a focus on the two important CTA-backed bills.
Two dozen teachers and other school personnel from Alcosta
Service Center ventured to the state Capitol on Tuesday, April 22, to talk with
their legislators about two crucial issues: protecting the safety of students
and ensuring that the youngest students are properly prepared to succeed in
school and life.
The educators focused their efforts on two measures. The first is CTA-supported AB 215, by Assembly
Education Chair Joan Buchanan (D-Alamo), which aims to expedite the discipline
process for certificated personnel charged with egregious misconduct, including
drug sale and sexual misconduct with minors.
The second is AB 1444, the CTA-sponsored bill by Assembly Education
Chair Buchanan and Assembly Member Shirley Weber (D-San Diego), which would
ensure that all youngsters benefit from kindergarten prior to starting first
grade. Currently, kindergarten attendance is voluntary, and about 10% of
parents fail to enroll their children.
As a result, these youngsters are at a distinct advantage when they
enter first grade.
number of youngsters living in poverty and children of color are among the
(At center) Carleen Maselli of Bencia and a team of educators
talk to a member of the staff of Assembly Member Susan Bonilla (D-Concord) in
support of AB 215 and AB 1444.
Kristen Berg, an educator in the San Ramon Valley, takes
notes during an early morning briefing from CTA staff on the details of the