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Educators Urge Lawmakers to Support Bill to Protect Students and Due Process

(Photo above from r.) CTA educators Don Bridge, Deborah Adams, and Mary Jan Roberts learn during a Tuesday meeting with Sen. Correa’s chief of staff, Amy Jenkins, that the senator is not only supporting the CTA-backed measure, but he’s also agreed to sign onto the bill as a principal co-author.

A team of CTA members was in the state Capitol on Tuesday meeting with legislators and legislative staff in support of a measure backed by CTA and EdVoice that would protect students by streamlining the dismissal process for certificated employees who have been charged with egregious misconduct, including specific drug crimes, child abuse and sexual misconduct.

AB 215 by Assembly Education Chair Joan Buchanan (D-Alamo) and co-authored by Senators Lou Correa and Alex Padilla has also gained the support of the governor’s office. The compromise measure creates a two-element dismissal process, with the most serious allegations – grouped under egregious misconduct – being expedited to protect students and to give the accused access to a fair hearing in a timely fashion.

The bill is slated for a hearing on Wednesday in the Senate Education Committee.  The CTA educators are scheduled to continue meeting with lawmakers on Wednesday and then testify before the committee.  Please join educators in contacting senators urging their support of AB 215. Click here to use CTA’s Legislative Action Center to send an e-mail to your legislator.

(Photo above, from r.) CTA educators Jeff Johnson and Leslie Littman speak with Trent Hager, a staff member of Sen. Cathleen Galgiani in support of the CTA-backed measure to expedite hearings against certificated employees accused of egregious crimes.

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