(Photo above from l.) Sen. Kathleen Galgiani (D-Stockton) listens intently as John Anderson and other members of a half-dozen member team from her area talk about the importance of kindergarten in helping students – particularly those living below the poverty level and those learning English, as well as youngsters of color – master the skills that will help them succeed throughout the academic careers.
Educators from a wide area around Sacramento – some from the Delta Service Center and others from the Capital Service Center – came to the state Capitol on Tuesday to speak with their local lawmakers.
The message they delivered was simple and powerful: they urged lawmakers to vote for several key measures that would collectively help narrow the student achievement gap and extend fair treatment to all certificated employees.
These two Service Center Councils – which provide support to CTA chapters in their area – are among the many whose members meet with their legislators in Sacramento during the session.
Educator leaders from virtually every CTA chapter in the state will be heading to the Capitol in May as part of efforts that coincide with the pending adoption of a state budget.
The Delta and Capital educators stressed the importance in legislators allocating sufficient resources to public education as part of the budget process, fulfilling a promise made to voters who supported Proposition 30 in November 2012.
The educators also advocated for passage of measures including CTA-sponsored AB 1444, which would make kindergarten attendance mandatory, which will help ensure all students get the critical skills they need to succeed in first grade and the rest of their academic career.
They also informed lawmakers about the importance of AB 1619, the CTA-cosponsored bill by Assembly Member Lorena Gonzalez (D-Diego), which will provide certificated employees of small districts and county offices of education the right to earn permanent status. During recent testimony on the bill, educators informed lawmakers that temporary status allows districts to summarily fire educators who advocate forcefully for their students.
(Photo above) A team of educators discusses fairness for employees of small and rural schools districts with Assembly Member Tom Berryhill (R-Tracy). Current law has allowed employers to keep their certificated personnel as temporary employees, never granting them permanent status. The lack of permanent status undermines the efforts of these educators to battle for their students.
(Photo above) Lysa Sassman, an educator from Auburn, and a group of Placer County educators sign in with lawmakers’ staff in preparation for meeting with their legislators on vital educational issues.
(From l.) Mike Patterson, an automotive teacher from South Tahoe High School and chair of the Capital Service Center, and Claudia Sandberg-Larsen, an English teacher at Inderkum High School in Natomas, look over some information about the legislators they are preparing to visit later that day.