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Nearly 30 Educators from Alameda and Concord Counties Urge Lawmakers to Vote for Public Schools

More than two dozen educators -- representing hundreds of their colleagues -- journeyed by bus to the state Capitol on Tuesday for a very important reason: to urge their 10 lawmakers to support key pro-education legislation and to vote against counterproductive measures. They also spoke about other education issues, such as funding, that are vital to their students.

Educators from the area head to the Capitol annually to talk to their legislators about education and labor issues.

During their meetings, the teachers and other educators asked lawmakers to support:

CTA-sponsored AB 449, by Assembly Member Al Muratsuchi (D-Torrance).  This measure will close a loophole that will allow the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing to revoke the credentials of superintendents who fails to report to the CCTC accusations of child abuse or misconduct that have resulted in an “adverse” action against an employee. The bill would open district officials widthout credentials to criminal misdemeanor charges for failing to make the required reports.

They asked their elected representatives to oppose:

AB 815, by Assembly Republican Leader Connie Conway (R-Tulare), and SB 452, Senate Republican Leader Bob Huff (R-Diamond Bar), two measures that would allow profit-making charter school companies to take over public schools by pulling a “parent trigger.”

All three measures are set for hearing on Wednesday.

The teams of educators met width Assembly Members Susan Bonilla (D-Concord), Rob Bonta (D-Oakland), Joan Buchanan (D-Alamo), Jim Frazier (D-Oakley), Bill Quirk (D-Hayward), Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley), Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont),  and Senators Ellen Corbett (D-San Leandro), Mark DeSaulnier (D-Concord), and Loni Hancock (D-Berkeley).

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